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Lenovo's Intel Atom-powered Medfield Phone to Launch Next Month

We've been quite patient in waiting for the first of Intel's smartphones to come to fruition, and in January Intel announced the first Medfield-based smartphone in the form of the Lenovo K800. Featuring the low-power Intel Atom Z2460 with Hyper-Threading Technology and support for HSPA+, the K800 packed a 4.5-inch 720p display and Android 4.0. However, that was almost four months ago, and we've heard little about the Lenovo K800 since. Intel had said the Ice Cream Sandwich device would have the Lenovo LeOS user interface for a localized experience in China where it was apparently scheduled to launch in the second quarter, but there's been little else revealed about the first Medfield phone's launch.

Today, word has it that the K800 could land in stores as soon as next month. According to Intel's Sean Maloney, the phone will arrive in May. Maloney announced the news via Weibo, a popular Chinese microblogging site, but failed to provide any further information on pricing, a specific date, or details on an international launch. Maloney did highlight the fact that the phone will pack Intel's new Avatar Technology but, again, provided little else in the way of additional information on that.

Full specs for the K800 have not been made available as of yet, but we're hoping to learn more about the phone and the possibility of a North American launch when the device hits China next month. Europe's first Medfield phone is the Orange Santa Clara, which was shown off at MWC in Barcelona in February/March of this year and will arrive this coming summer.

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