Monsters from Asia: the Lenovo K80 with its 4GB RAM, OIS camera, and giant, 4,000 mAh battery

For our 30th episode (does time fly!) in our fortnightly column dedicated to exotic handsets from faraway lands, we'll be taking a look at a relatively new entrant to the Chinese market — the Lenovo K80.

Heralded by many as the device that has Asus' ZenFone 2 in its cross hairs, the 0.33 inches-thick (8.5 mm) K80 has quite a bit going for it, especially considering it costs either ¥1,499 (~$242) or ¥1,799 (~$290) in its homeland of China. That's right, like the ZenFone 2, the K80 also comes in two distinct models, though they differ only in terms of the RAM (2GB vs 4GB) and storage (32GB vs 64GB, both support microSD) available. The rest is shared between the two.

So what do we have on offer? Starting with the 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution IPS display, it should be obvious that Lenovo is going for the kill. Complimenting the large screen is a 64-bit, quad-core Intel chipset running at 1.8GHz (likely the Z3560) and capable of supporting the 4 gigabyte LPDDR3 chip mentioned before. If our guess is correct, we're looking at silicon built on  22nm node, with a GPU that peaks at 533MHz. On the imaging front, we're looking at a comprehensive, 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, dual LED flash, and f/2.2 aperture lens at the back, and a 5-megapixel selfie snapper up front. The typical connectivity features — NFC, LTE, GLONASS-supported GPS, and FM Radio — are all also on board.

To round off the package and seriously sweeten the pot, Lenovo is also selling the K80 with Android 5.0 Lollipop (with its custom skin) out of the door, not to mention that it has managed to fit a gigantic, 4,000 mAh battery. Considering previous endurance monsters from Lenovo, we'd wager that the K80 will require no more than three or so charges a week.

The Lenovo K80 is already being sold in its country of China, and we expect third-party, global e-commerce sites to pick it up promptly. Keep in mind, however, that only the 2GB RAM is currently up for sale, and we have no information on when the higher-powered, 4GB model will launch.

Regardless, is this a sweet deal or are we crazy?

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12 Comments

1. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

nice phone but the zenfone 2 is better.

7. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

The only downside to zenfone 2 is the intel CPU, which is a power hunger.

8. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

yeah and the camera isn't all that good either. but for the price its a great phone.

9. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I agree with that. For the price, it's a great phone. But I prefer the Mi 4i just because BOTH at the SIM1 & SIM2 can be LTE (or 3G) at the SAME time. Perfect for fighting blank area or travelling.

2. justplainfacts

Posts: 5; Member since: May 19, 2015

if this thing had ios instead of android, they would sell millions, Apple would lose their market share to Lenovo... Just Plain Facts!

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

They wont cause there wont be Apple logo on the back

4. peace247 unregistered

If this had that apple logo on its back then they would have sell this in million.... That's a sad but just a plain fact..!

10. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

If this thing have better dev support for custom ROMs too, they would sell millions. . Maybe some necessary spillover effect from what's gonna happen on Zenfone 2 but who knows.

5. dimas

Posts: 3369; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Boo to both of them for their 5.5" displays. Give us smaller displays with same monster internals.

6. justplainfacts

Posts: 5; Member since: May 19, 2015

it has little to do with apple logo. apple will never let other manufacturers sell phones that run ios instead of the competition (Android, Windows, Ubuntu etc.) because if they offer ios to other phone makers... Apple will crumble to the ground. Think 9/11, that's how fast they would fall. For an Android to sell 10M phones within a month or so, that's very remarkable in all honesty especially among the vast competition that runs on the same platform, unlike the Iphone. Just Plain Facts!

11. JayBEE

Posts: 180; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Which one of these puppies, the Lenovo K80 or the Asus Zenphone2, has the dual SIM support?

12. JRPee

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

I have not ordered from the site so I can't comment on whether or not it is reliable, however, the K80 (2GB + 32GB, Black, 5" display, unlocked) is offered for sale at lightinthebox for $209.99. It's tempting.

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