Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 hands-on

Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 hands-on
After rummaging through the myriad of cool tablets and ultrabook convertible devices at Lenovo’s outdoor booth at CES, we finally came upon the mysterious Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 Android powered smartphone. Even though we were unable to see the device in action, like actually seeing Android running, we managed to get a good hands-on time with this phablet/tabphone.

Sure, its overall large size is one of its most discernible aspects, but for something so grand and ready to compete with things like the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the K900 is simply gorgeous! Donning a stainless steel back casing combined with some polycarbonate elements to give it a good contrasting look, the K900 simply has an impeccable industrial design that makes the Samsung Galaxy Note II look outdated and cheap. At the same time, though, it’s amazingly thin at only 6.9mm, which is deceptively streamlined when you compare that figure to some of phablets out there.

From head to toe, this beauty is blessed with an impressive specs sheet that no doubt will give the competition a good run for their money. Specifically, it features a 5.5” 1080p HD display with a pixel density of 400 ppi, Intel’s new 2GHz Atom processor, 13-megapixel auto-focus camera with an f1.8 lens and Sony Exmor sensor, 88-degree wide-angle front-facing camera (mentioned to us to feature an f1.8 lens as well), and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a custom skin of course.

Going with the premium look and feel, the Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 is undoubtedly sharp looking in every facet, which easily would make us forget about the Note II at this point. Unfortunately, there’s no mention if this one is going to specifically making an appearance in the US market, since for the moment, it’s going to launch in the Chinese market starting in April. Still, we can only hope that this one will somehow make an appearance stateside.



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28 Comments

1. TheCynicalTechie

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Definitely the best phone I have ever seen. I love it more every time I see it.

10. AnTuTu

Posts: 1596; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Well done Lenovo and best of luck. Will get it as soon as it comes out :)

21. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It's a beauty, at 5,5" however I would've loved a sylus included. It's surprisingly bigger than the Note II BTW, but lot slimmer, which has me worried a bit about battery life. In any case, excited about the product and processor.

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Front looks good but back looks ugly as hell.

7. SmartPhoneStream

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

There are different versions to the back

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Yes, I know and they all look not really good.

14. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

In my opinion Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 has good technical specifications but design looks definitely not solid and premium, it look kinda cheaply shiny. Like a imitation jewelry, it shines but you still knot that it is cheap spangle.

16. SmartPhoneStream

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

I agree with you, it's not the best looking phone but it's certainly not the worst

18. MeoCao unregistered

Most sites praise the design, aethetics always depends on tastes, But the phone back is stainless steel and people like steel. until the phone actually comes to market we don't know how good it is, but Intel has bad track record on mobile.

24. fost4real

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

i agree 101%

3. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

that back has me with a bit of concern. my old htc's with metal backs weren't known for the best signal strength around

4. TheCynicalTechie

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

They said they did something to the steel to increase it's radio strength. We shall see if their claims are true or not.

5. SmartPhoneStream

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

You should also mention you can turn off the custom skin

6. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Xperia Z

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Talking about Sony Xperia Z, perhaps first Sony Xperia Z drop test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBNEEE-O_J4

15. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i actually would choose xperia z myself as well..but what's holding my back is that on screen navigation which is i really dont like!!! and this phone is really cool and i bet also price cheaper (but since it is intel, and the first intel dual core on a phone, this might be pricey.... all intel powered device are pricey in my opinion...) the xperia z and this one has similarities like the camera, this one also uses the camera of xperia z... full HD but this one is bigger... and intel and s4 pro might be just the same

11. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

at least the 5.5" dont look ridiculous on john V's hand unlike the note 2 which has the same size with this but looks very big! and also this one is very premium looking!! a stand up device!

12. guruprasad

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

looks similar to optimus l series design ...

13. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

the back looks very iphone 5-ish though

17. Rishin17

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I own a note 2.but I am really impressed with the build and Specs of this lenovo phone..but seeing these pictures I somehow feel that the phone is a bit too long (too rectangular)..I mean for a 5.5inch effective screen size the dimensions of the note 2 is more proportionate.dont u guys think so?

19. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

I am sorry What I don't get is is it actual phone or possible prototype? I am not saying it is kind of cheating But phone with no screen power-on looks just toy to me Useless review overall

23. SmartPhoneStream

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

This is a real phone, they weren't aloud to unlock it because it was getting low on battery while other sites we're using it

20. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

".... but for something so grand and ready to compete with things like the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the K900 is simply gorgeous! Donning a stainless steel back casing combined with some polycarbonate elements to give it a good contrasting look, the K900 simply has an impeccable industrial design that makes the Samsung Galaxy Note II look outdated and cheap." Beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder. Personally, that back plate/cover looks hideous & somehow feels like a cheap knockoff of an original. Also would be very interested to know the battery capacity of this phone considering it's slim profile.

22. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Right now this could be the best handheld device ever unveiled, haha. But I'm REALLY curious about the battery life. Dual core Atom combined with this screen and thinness sounds like a hammering combination for the battery. I've no doubt that Exynos Octa will easily outperform this processor in both power and power efficiency

25. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Well Done Intel. Now you guys need to imagine a quad core variant based on the same processor technology.

26. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Another piece of cheap Chinese plastic and with Android on top of it. Only the CPU sounds nice:)...Until I am sane, I would only use such thing if it is being given for free. :)

27. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

I would buy Huawei Phone, But no Lenovo, Their Software is hell as ugly, Android OS with Go Launcher UI. They should not make top tier devices, better keep making Cheap devices. Atleast i'm not interested in this phone.

29. babupaki

Posts: 1; Member since: May 07, 2013

Great Phone, Intel is really pushing the gas on its processors, Thanks for bring us this great device. I am surprised when learn this Intel Atom Z2580 device. I also like to share the great offer of Lenovo K900 - Lenovo Flagship 3G Smartphone WCDMA/GSM - 6.9mm thin 5.5 Inch 1920*1080 Resolution Intel Atom Z2580 Dual Core 2GB Ram Android OS 4.2 Rear Cam: 13MP Front Cam: 2MP

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