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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RE: Nice phone
1/9/2013 7:10:22 PM
Yes, DPI is appx. equal, but viewing area is way too small.
I get why some people like it, and that's fine, but really, when you think about all the great things we can to on todays smartphones (all of them from IOS to Android to WP8 to other smaller players) to have all that greatness is wasted on a tiny screen. Thus the reason large screens are becoming more and more popular and the high end is getting bigger and bigger with each new generation of products that come out.
I am telling ya man, give it a shot on your next phone go 4.7 to 5 inches. You wont go back. What you lose with a larger phone in your pocket and super easy one handed access is gained back 10x in usability and sheer awesome factor. Watch an HD show or movie on Netflix or play a game on an iPhone and one a 4.7+ inch and you wont go back.
RE: Nice phone
1/9/2013 10:02:24 PM
I guess that's the huge difference, I don't watch videos or play games on my phone. I use apps, browse the web, etc, but the extent of video playback I do is a 3 min youtube video here and there, hardly demanding of a large full HD display. To each his own, but I prefer the smaller form factor of a ~4" phone to that of ~5". If I get the chance I will take your advice and give it a shot, but I really don't see it changing much.
I tend to favor battery life over most aspects of the phone. Smaller screens will save a lot of power from physical backlight size, Lower resolutions from a drastic reduction in graphics processing, and lower DPIs benefit from having comparable brightness levels without putting as much power into the backlight itself, since the lower pixel density restricts less light from showing through.
In most cases quad core processors are also mostly useless, as phones very rarely benefit from having greater than two cores. One for system tasks and one for the active process, everything else is suspended. Very few phone applications benefit from a multi-threaded environment. Apple is one who caught on to this. As you may note, their A6 is only a dual core processor. Having 4 cores rarely adds much, and often just drains the battery faster because there is often not aggressive enough power management built into the hardware.
RE: Nice phone
1/10/2013 12:37:35 PM
Everything you do on the phone is better, browsing is anotehr huge one I should have mentioned. far less pinching nad zooming and more just reading the site.
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