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Lenovo LePhone Is Going To China

Even with its unusual form factor, keyboard design, and obvious Asian influence, Lenovo’s LePhone intrigues me in a way that I can’t explain. It’s a good thing I didn’t get excited about this phone coming to the US as I’m sure all signs pointed to a stern “no” from Lenovo, but at least our Chinese friends are able to get their taste.

Powered by Android 2.1, the Lenovo LePhone has a pretty sizable 3.7-inch AMOLED display with a unique interface that I’m sure will pull many people in. The 1ghz snapdragon and dual cameras (front and back, both 3-megapixel) puts this one in a class with the rest. The kicker here is that weird looking keyboard can be detached if you don’t like it, leaving you to use the software keyboard exclusively (and, even more wishful, leaving room open for Lenovo to release other keyboard designs separately for it in the future).

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The phone is out in China now, but Lenovo has stated they’d be offering the product in other markets in the near future. We’ll be crossing our fingers that Lenovo extends their love to other markets, and in the meantime, I hope other handset manufacturers will consider the optional qwerty design for their future products.

[Thanks MobileBurn, MobileCrunch for video]

Continue reading on the Lenovo LePhone forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.




  • Phydeaux

    That docking station is a nice piece of kit, though the keyboard layout looks more form than function. I could see an accessory like that appealing to owners similar form-factor devices.

  • http://www.brandonvfletcher.com Brandon

    this is similar to Lenovo’s tablet/laptop hybrid. Not sure how it works on a phone but for tablets I think its a great idea. There is a processor in the tablet and in the laptop. Just take the screen off and there you go. http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/05/lenovo-ideapad-u1-hybrid-hands-on-and-impressions/

  • http://www.eitemtech.com wilmer

    The first google adroid OS mobile phone MI-A3 launched in china
    http://www.eitemtech.com/news/2010052216_en.html
    The phone is a relative of the Eitem technology in china, a handset which has been extremely popular.

    Many people are talking about this as being the Android phone that can really take some significant market share from the iPhone.

    The deisgn in my opinion looks Apple like. That’s not a bad thing and it will make the phone more popular.

    The display is amazingly colorful and vibrant which is 3.5 inch 320*480 pixel touch screen competed with iphone.

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