First look and hands-on with the Lenovo’s Intel-powered phablet, the IdeaPhone K900

January 9, 2013
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The 2013 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show will probably go down in history as the edition where all the full HD phones were launched. Let’s see, we got the One Touch Idol Ultra from Alcatel, the Vizio Phone, the ZTE Grand S, and of course, the much anticipated Sony Xperia Z.

Today, we’ll add a new smartphone to the list, one that follows another trend – supersized phones, or, if you will, phablets. The Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 is a 5.5-inch phablet with an 1080p display that catches the eye through its slim profile, but also through an interesting (borderline weird) metallic scales design.

We’ve got a chance to spend some time with a Lenovo representative at CES, and also to spend a few minutes of hands-on quality time with the K900. Check out the video.

As you can see, the Lenovo K900 is the first device to run Intel’s new Clover Trail+ processor clocked at 2Ghz. In the time we had with the K900, the device seemed quite smooth and snappy, but we’ll have to wait for a thorough review before we make judgments on the performance of the Intel chip.

The Lenovo K900 we were shown at CES runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1, but apparently at launch the phone will get 4.2. An interesting thing is the fact that users will be able to turn off the custom skin that Lenovo has applied over stock Android.

Lenovo K900 specs

  • Display: 5.5-inch IPS LCD 1920 x 1080, 400ppi
  • Dimensions: 6.9mm thick, 162g
  • Processor: 32nm dual-core Z2580 @ 2GHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Expandable storage
  • 13MP rear camera, Exmor RS backside illuminated sensor, f/1.8 lens, dual flash

Price and availability

The Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 will be available in China starting April, at an undisclosed price. No word yet on the availability in the rest of the world.

We’re working on a comparison between the Lenovo K900 and the Galaxy Note 2. Stay tuned.

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