- Looks like these phones will have Clover Trail+
- Lenovo and Intel both stress single core is optimal for Smartphones
- Lenovo will sell these devices in China in April.
Lenovo has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone the K900, claiming the Intel powered handset will be a game changer within the industry. Lenovo unveiled the K900 alongside Intel at a press party at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
The smartphone features a number of unusual features, chief of which is the use of an Intel Atom processor.
Lenovo is yet to release the processors exact speed, though Intel has claimed that the chip will make the K900 one of the fastest smartphones in the world.
"Intel is pleased to provide the processor that will power Lenovo's latest flagship, K900. This innovative smartphone exemplifies the close cooperation between Lenovo and Intel," said general manager of mobile at Intel, Hermann Eul.
"We believe that consumers will appreciate Lenovo's cutting-edge design and the overall responsiveness provided by Intel's next generation processor."
Prior to the K900 in the UK only two other smartphones have been released running off Intel chipsets, the Motorola Razr I and Orange San Diego. Both devices ran using single core Intel processors, taking heed of the company's claim that there is currently no need for multi-core processors in a smartphone.
Lenovo senior vice president Liu Jun went on to support Intel's claim, reiterating the company's argument that better software hardware optimisation removes the need for multi-core processing in mobile devices.
"With the K900, our team has broken down the key functions of the smartphone and redesigned them from the ground up," said Jun.
"Rather than focus on specifications that look good on a datasheet, we've zeroed in on what consumers want [...] The K900 is a game-changer that looks as good as it performs."
The K900 will also feature a 13MP rear camera that Lenovo loaded with a Sony Exmor BSI sensor and F1.8 focal length lens for shooting in low light conditions.
Lenovo claims the camera will be able to outperform all competing smartphone's cameras, including Nokia's Lumia 920. The handset is confirmed to house a 5.5in IPS 1080p HD screen that will display over 400 pixels-per-inch.
The K900 will measure in at a skinny 6.9mm and weigh 162g, making it roughly 30g heavier than competing devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S3, which weighs a more modest 133g.
The smartphone is confirmed to arrive in China in April this year, with Lenovo promising a wider rollout to "select territories" will follow. There is currently no information regarding the K900's price.
An Intel based phone from the world's leading maker of PC technology? That's a huge win for Intel! It's an even greater win that Lenovo is indigenous to China's large and rapidly growing mobile market.
Not sure if it is single core or dual core, the reports are conflicting at this time...
Much like how Lenovo's K800 was unveiled as the first Intel Medfield phone last CES, this year the manufacturer pulled another first with the K900, powered by Intel's recently-announced Clover Trail+ platform (likely an Atom Z2580 clocked at 2GHz). For those who missed the Intel keynote, Clover Trail+ is the much improved yet still secretive successor to the relatively quiet Medfield, though it is odd that Lenovo only says "the forthcoming Intel Atom processor platform for smartphones" instead of just "Clover Trail+" in the press release.
"Aside from its seemingly excellent construction (company's reps wouldn't let us actually hold the phone), the big news here is the inclusion of Intel's just announced Clover Trail+ platform: an Atom chip that marks the company's second stab at powering mobile devices. It's a dual-core setup clocked at 2GHz, but we're unsure as to the amount of allocated RAM. Storage-wise, you're looking at configurations up to 64GB with the option to further augment that memory via microSD slot."
"Anyhow, said Android device comes with many mouth-watering features: 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display, Gorilla Glass 2, 13-megapixel F1.8 camera with dual flash, and a front-facing imager with an 88-degree super wide viewing angle. 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage add to the package. As with many Lenovo phones, there will also be three capacitive touch buttons below the screen. All of this goodness comes in a handsome 6.9mm-thick body that consists of stainless steel alloy plus polycarbonate, and together they weigh just 162g."