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Hands-on with the Intel-based Lenovo K800 [CES 2012]

Lenovo is the first to announce an Intel-powered Android smartphone, their K800 headed to China Unicom. We had the opportunity to go hands-on with the device here at CES 2012 and we can say definitively that there is a bright future for the Intel/Android combination. The phone features a 4.5-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, and an 8MP camera and runs Lenovo’s custom interface on top of Android Gingerbread.

We couldn’t tell much of a difference between the this phone using the Medfield platform and devices running on ARM-based systems, and that’s a good thing. Response was smooth, HD video didn’t lag or stutter, and the camera was quick when flexing its “burst shot” (10 pictures in 1 second) muscle. It will be interesting too see how the market develops as companies such as Lenovo and Motorola begin to create devices using the different chipsets.

The phone has a solid feel and a sharp design, with geometric lines and hard corners. Intel’s SoC allows for a pretty thin profile, but the K800 won’t set any precedents as far as that is concerned. Check out the video below for the rundown.

Continue reading on the Lenovo K800 forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.

  • Darkbotic

    Brightness too high. Epic fail.

    • molomolo

      What’s the dumbest comment…  As well as dude who liked it.

      Have you ever hear about settings and brightness adjustment….
      Also there is pretty dark there.

  • clay

    Also comes equipped with a powerVR sgx540..
    Meh…by the time it’s ready for production it will be struggling to keep up.

  • Michael Moore

    Ahh yes we see the good stuff and get the water down version later

  • Xorg Kc

    From what I understand, Intel based devices will run Java apps fine but about 1/4 of Android apps are in native ARM code.  Intel has a binary translator for ARM code but word is that compatibility is not perfect and is slower.  Looks like we’ll have yet another level of Android fragmentation.  Is a bummer cause I’d like to have a tablet that runs both Android and Windows (and Ubuntu Linux).

  • Michael Christopher

    Oh please let me buy a Lenovo phone in the US soon!

    I love that company, their products sure do make ASUS and Sammy’s feel like the big bad wolves of the android ecosystem.

    Lenovo is a brand I can take pride in supporting.