CES 2013: Lenovo Sets the Bar High with Its 5.5", 1080p K900 "Superphone"
January 8, 2013 11:04 PM
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K900 looks good, but looks to be just for Chinese consumption
Lenovo is looking to make some waves in the smartphone market with its new K900 "superphone". Most were wowed by
Sony's impressive Xperia Z
with its 5" 1080p display, but Lenovo's K900 is sporting a 5.5" display while still retaining 1080p resolution (this also means that it will have a slightly lower pixel density than the Xperia Z).
Under the screen, the K900 is powered by Intel's
platform. To go with that firepower, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage are also in the cards. More impressively, Lenovo has managed to toss in a 13MP camera with a F1.8 focal length lens, dual-LED flash, and the requisite front-facing camera for video chat.
The device itself is 6.9mm thick and weighs just 5.7 ounces. The body of the phone is a mixture of polycarbonate and stainless steel that gives it a nice, business-like exterior.
“With the K900, our team has broken down the key functions of the smartphone and redesigned them from the ground up,” said Liu Jun, president, Mobile Internet Digital Home, and senior vice president, Lenovo. “Rather than focus on specifications that look good on a datasheet, we’ve zeroed in on what consumers want and proved that for smartphone users, top performance doesn’t require a thick profile. The K900 is a game-changer that looks as good as it performs.”
Unfortunately, it looks as though Lenovo is targeting the K900 primarily at the Chinese market and a few other select markets. There's no word on when (or if) it will be available to a U.S. audience. At least Sony has enough confidence to market its “superphone” in the U.S.
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1/9/2013 2:27:41 PM
Much of it has to do with the intended usage. A 23" display due to its size causes you to sit back to visually capture the whole image with your eyes. That distance limits your exposure to the lack of detail that actually exists in your 23" display at 1080 lines of resolution. Say your resolution is 1920 x 1080. That works out to a pixel density of 95.78ppi at 23 inches.
Bring your face closer to the display and look at fonts. in particular curves in the font. Notice the fuzzy look? Now it may not look fuzzy to you, it may look normal. But if you compare the font on your screen to say a printed font in a magazine, you'll see the difference.
Now get a smaller form factor display. One that by it's size will cause you to hold it closer to your face. Also one that needs to display some percentage of the same information that you see on your computer. And one that tries to promote its use for reading books or other text. When you get that much closer, you need higher pixel density to achieve the same feel for the human mind. If you maintained only 95ppi at 5.5" screen size, the look would not be satisfying.
At 5.5" with the same resolution you are around 400ppi which is well above what the Ipad with Retna display has (264ppi). The Galaxy Note II which is around 5.5" has PPI of 267. The first iphone has a pixel density of 163ppi. The first Droid 265ppi.
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