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.