The high-end Android smartphone market niche might not be overly crowded at this time, but the situation could change soon enough. Aside from the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X, which have seen the light of day recently, the LG Optimus 4X HD, Huawei Ascend D Quad, HTC One XXL and maybe even the Meizu MX Quad-core could stir things up over the next few months.
Another quad-core beast has today been spotted online and while we don’t know when it might start selling and how much it will cost, it’s pretty obvious that we’re dealing with yet another important contender for the title of world’s fastest smartphone.
Powered by a Samsung Exynos 4412 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, the Lenovo LePhone K860 will sport a 5-inch full HD (1280 x 720 pixels resolution) display and it’s still unclear whether it will be marketed as a larger than average smartphone or as a “phablet”.
In either case, the 5-incher looks like a pretty great piece of technology on paper, also coming with an 8 MP rear-facing camera with LED Flash, a 2 MP front-facing webcam, 1 GB of RAM, and 4 GB of internal memory. That last particular detail might bug some of you, but hopefully Lenovo will be releasing this big guy in several versions, with one of the more “generous” ones coming with at least 8 GB of on-board storage. Worst case scenario, the K860 is at least expected to come with a microSD card slot, so you should be able to get enough storage space to go around.
The LePhone K860 will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and, in terms of design, the handheld doesn’t exactly strike us as quite the looker. Don’t get me wrong, I like the rectangular look as much as the next guy, but there’s just something missing to make the new 5-incher truly elegant or good-looking.
The phone’s dimensions and weight are not very promising either and the K860 is set to weigh in at 185 grams (6.5 ounces) and measure 9.6 mm (0.37 inches) in thickness. For comparison sake, the Galaxy Note, which sports a larger display than Lenovo’s future flagship, only weighs 178 grams.
Lenovo will most likely be releasing the LePhone K860 in China sometime in August for an undisclosed price, while there’s no way to know at the time if we’ll ever see the 5-inch beast hit Europe or the US.
Would you like to see the Lenovo LePhone K860 released stateside? Could it have what it takes to be at least a decent and slightly cheaper alternative for the HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S3?