Well, look who’s getting serious about leaving a mark in the global smartphone world! It’s Lenovo, one of the world’s leading PC vendors, a company that until recently seemed like it couldn’t care less about mobile phones.
By far Lenovo’s most exciting handheld for some time to come is going to be the IdeaPhone K900, first unveiled back in January and finally up for grabs in China starting today. The K900 is not just an extremely sexy slab of silicon, with a stunning metal chassis and uber-thin profile, but it’s also the zippiest Intel-powered phone to date, so there’s been a lot of media attention focused on it.
Available in “The Middle Kingdom” for 3,299 Yuan ($530), the K900 is expected to roll out on a wider scale beginning next week. Rumor has it the 5.5-incher will look to take the whole Asian continent by storm, but unfortunately there’s no official word on a Western launch yet.
Why unfortunately? Simple, because Lenovo’s crown jewel has everything it takes to be a serious Galaxy S4, HTC One or LG Optimus G Pro contender. Besides the awesome design and the incredible 6.9 mm thickness, the K900 comes with a Full HD IPS screen, an explosive dual-core 2 GHz Atom CPU, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 13 MP camera and 2 GB of RAM.
The 16 GB of on-board storage might not sound too hot, but there’s microSD support, so this thing still allows you more wiggle room than, say, the HTC One. And what can we say about that (Chinese) price other than it makes for an extremely lucrative all-around deal?
But besides the K900, Lenovo has a few other aces up its sleeve. Like the P780. Aggressively promoted in China with the help of NBA star Kobe Bryant, this is almost certainly going to be an Asian-exclusive device.
Which is a terrible shame, even though the P780 is no powerhouse. Still officially undetailed, the phone looks like a mid-ranger on paper from every single point of view, save for the battery size. Several “insiders” claim the P780 will come equipped with a giant 4,000 mAh ticker, so its prospective buyers can forget about charging it for days on a row.
And the autonomy is going to likely be boosted even more by the power-saving quad-core Mediatek chip beneath the hood. From the design standpoint, the thing doesn’t look as “premium” as the K900, but somehow manages to not be chubby (9.9 mm thick). Is Lenovo on a roll or what?