Intel and Lenovo are getting serious about smartphones... together
The Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 was one of the first big surprises of CES, after Lenovo had already announced all the products that they would be showing off this year prior to the start of the show. However, the reason for this was because Lenovo couldn’t reveal the K900 until Intel officially announced the CPU powering the K900, the Clover Trail+ dual-core Atom Z2580, at their CES 2013 press event.
The K900 is gorgeous piece of industrial design, having a refined and elegant look, with lots of clean lines and brushed metal. We have already written about it a couple of times, and also reported on the first benchmarks for the Z2580 CPU in the K900 (which are unsurprisingly stellar), but just to recap, the K900 features a 5.5” Full HD 1080p IPS display, 2Gb of RAM, a f1.8 13MP Camera with Sony’s new Exmor RS BSI sensor (the same one as the Xperia Z), in a beautiful 6.9mm thick body, and will run an unspecified version of Android at launch.
The K900’s back is made from stainless steel, rather than the more common aluminum, with the top and bottom being moulded polycarbonate for better reception. The front uses Gorilla Glass 2, and features a very minimal bezel, and the whole phone weighs only 162g. Lenovo was showing it off at CES in four different colour combinations – overall silver/brush steel, almost brown gunmetal, silver with a machined ‘diamond’ pattern on the back, and what we thought was a pretty garish brass/dark gold finish.
We did get a chance to get a demonstration of the K900 on video at CES, which you can check out below. Unfortunately, the Lenovo representative showing it to us was adamant that he couldn’t turn it on to show us the OS in action, which would be understandable for a pre-release device…if Lenovo didn’t then turn around and show some other sites the K900’s software in action! Oh well, what can you do? Those other videos, like these ones from our friends at Slashgear, show that the K900’s present at CES were running a lightly-skinned version of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, though the OS version is likely to change when the phone is launched later this year.
Sadly the K900 does not support LTE, so it probably won’t be coming to North America anytime soon. It is scheduled to launch in China this April, and in Lenovo’s other phone markets (India, Russia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines) soon after. No pricing was announced at the show.