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.

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  • 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

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Xorg-Kc/100000867435778 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).

  • http://profiles.google.com/mtcisme 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.