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Lenovo K900 Hands-on and Initial Impressions: A drool-worth smartphone

Hands on with the Intel-powered K900
Hands on with the Intel-powered K900

Up close and personal with the Lenovo K900!

Lenovo Mobile PH officially unveiled that the Intel-powered Lenovo K900 is going to make its way here in the Philippines sometime in June or July. Unfortunately they didn’t give anymore details like the pricing or actual launch date. The good news though is that they had several units on display during the event and we were able to get our grubby hands on one and play with it for a couple of minutes! Read on for our initial impressions.

Lenovo K900 Spec Sheet

  • 1.8Ghz Dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 CPU
  • PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
  • 5.5-inches IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • 1920×1080 resolution, ~401 ppi pixel density
  • 13.0-megapixels rear-facing camera with autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 2.0-megapixels front-facing camera
  • WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS with AGPS Support
  • Confirmed for HSPA+, not sure about LTE
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 2,500mAh Battery

It is sinfully thin

Wapak! Ang nipis!
Wapak! Ang nipis!

The Lenovo K900 measures just 6.9mm thick, making it one of the thinnest smartphones in its class. While the 6.9mm number is impressive, you won’t really get to appreciate how slim and light it is until you have one in your hands. That’s exactly how we felt when we saw it. Add to that the materials they used and you’ll definitely see and feel that this is a premium high-end device. As we mentioned in our first feature, the K900’s chassis is made from a combination of polycarbonate and a composite of stainless steel alloy. The result is truly breathtaking. The Lenovo K900 looks absolutely gorgeous from any angle you look at it!

What the back looks like
What the back looks like

At the front is the 5.5-inch display with 1920×1080 resolution. Images are crisp, detailed, and vibrant. Note though that the Lenovo K900 is literally on the Phablet spectrum of smart devices because despite the slim profile it still is quite big given the 5.5-inch display. That said, not everyone will like it. The problems with Phablets is that they tend to polarize potential customers. Some people just don’t like the idea of big phones.

Blazing fast

Definitely a phone to watch out for this June/July
Definitely a phone to watch out for this June/July

We only had a few minutes with the K900 but we can definitely say that it was blazing fast. Transitions and animations all ran smoothly and apps loaded with little waiting time. This is truly a testament to the potential power that Intel brings to the table with mobile devices. Based on our research we found out that the Antutu benchmark scores of the K900 is through the roof as it scored over 25,000 putting it within striking distance of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

One Complaint: Why you no LTE?

We walked away from the Lenovo K900 very much impressed and drooling. However it was a bit of a downer when we confirmed that it doesn’t have a LTE radio. This means you can only go as fast as the speeds an HSPA+ connection can give you. Hopefully this means that it won’t be priced like other LTE-powered devices.

Pricing and Availability

No word yet on pricing and final launch date but they did say it will begin to roll out June-July this year. Hopefully it will be somewhere around Php15,000 (here’s to wishful thinking… *cheers*).

Thanks again to the good folks over at Lenovo Mobile PH for inviting us to their event. Looking forward to seeing your new phones out in the market!

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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