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CES: Lenovo K800 smartphone hands on review

First smartphone to ship with Intel Atom Medfield chip
Thu Jan 12 2012, 03:38

CHINESE ELECTRONICS MAKER Lenovo will be the first manufacturer to ship a smartphone with Intel's Medfield processor, a surprise considering the firm's lack of experience in the mobile handset market.

The Lenovo K800 is a large high-end device that sports an angular frame design, much like Lenovo's Thinkpad range of notebooks. One of the best features is the 4.5in display with 1280x720 resolution. The screen is large and we found that video playback was smooth, with vibrant colours.

At 10mm thick, the device appears chunky compared to other handsets on the market, such as the Samsung Galaxy S II at 8.5mm and the upcoming Huawei Ascend PS 1 at 6.68mm.

Lenovo K800 Intel Atom smartphone thickness

The K800 was running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with a unique overlay. On first glance it didn't even look like the device was running Android. However, we found the overlay interface quite user friendly. Lenovo does expect to upgrade the device to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich after launch.

Lnovo K800 Intel Atom smartphone

There are shortcuts on the home screen that allow you to access calls, text messages and emails. In the middle is an icon to view contacts. It's not too fancy, and there are options to customise this, so we like it. However, questions remain over how the overlay will impact battery performance. From experience we have seen overlays such as HTC Sense drain a lot of juice.

Performance was very snappy, with the Intel Atom Medfield chip running at 1.6GHz and providing more than enough power to run applications.

Lenovo provides 16GB of internal storage in the K800, but there isn't a microSD card slot.

It remains to be seen whether the Lenovo K800 will make it to western markets. We can't help but think that Intel's reference smartphone is more likely to show up in the UK than this device. µ


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