Lenovo K900.

At CES in January Lenovo unveiled the K900, a high-end, big-screen smartphone aimed at the Chinese market. And at Mobile World Congress this week, the manufacturer gave us a closer look at this dual-core, Intel-powered beast.

At 5.5 inches diagonally, the K900 dwarfs even the Galaxy Note 2, and like other devices in this half phone space, half tablet it's easy to see how this might not be ideal for every smartphone buyer.  But the overall design is attractive enough, with a metallic chassis and squared-off edges. On the front is a 1080p display, which looks about as sharp and clear as you'd expect. On the inside, Intel's Clovertrail+ -- a dual-core, HyperThreaded CPU -- provides enough horsepower to keep things running smoothly, and around the back is a 13MP Sony Exmor R camera with f/1.8 aperture. On the hardware side, we came away pretty impressed.

The K900 is running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, along with Lenovo's own software layer software, and although it's great to see 4.2 finally rolling out to devices, the manufacturer's UI customizations leave something to be desired. Visual gimmicks such as a rotating cylindrical app drawer persist, and the sleek minimalism of stock Android has been replaced by cartoonish buttons and a lack of overall visual cohesion.

Lenovo is a relative newcomer to the smartphone market, and like many in the early days, they're doing better in terms of hardware than they are software. Nevertheless, our brief time with the K900 has our interest piqued, and we'll be keeping a watchful eye on what's next from the manufacturer.

We've got more photos and your first hands-on video after the break.


Reader comments

Hands-on with the Lenovo K900


Is it just me or are Sony supplying EVERY manufacturer with the same 13mpx camera units...

If I see the Galaxy S4 unveiled with 13 megapixels (which will probably be again the same Sony unit that's been pimped on the market for ages now) I'm going to scream.

The S3's unveiling last year was met with dismay and disappointment in general (despite their efforts to redeem it with software gimmicks), and I fear this will happen again.

You have no idea what your're talking about.
Sony is not the best. Sony only manufacturers low-end Nikon Camera sensors. High-end sensors made by Nikon itself.

nope, Sony is providing in-house designed sensors to low-end Nikons, for the high-end cameras - designed by Nikon BUT manufactured by Sony.

Is a velcro glove attachment included? Better get A GOOD case to protect it because it will be hitting the ground with regularity!

This is great hardware. It would be awesome with a pen and stock Android.

How long until someone gets windows running on this?

How about the Intel's processor perfomance? Did you get the chance to play with it for a while? I'm really interested in these new Intel's processors.