First impressions: Lenovo K900, an Intel Atom-powered smartphone

Alora Uy Guerrero
Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom
The Lenovo K900 is powered by an Intel Atom Z2580 chipset.

Lenovo K900 specs:

*Intel Atom Z2580 chipset
*Dual-core 2GHz CPU
*Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX544 GPU
*2GB RAM
*16GB internal storage
*microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
*5.5-inch IPS-LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 (1,080 x 1,920 resolution; 400ppi pixel density)
*13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
*2-megapixel front camera
*157 x 78 x 6.9mm
*162 grams
*2,500mAh battery
*Android Jelly Bean (version 4.2.1)

Lenovo took the road less traveled with its latest flagship effort, partnering with Intel and sticking half the number of cores many heavyweight Android devices carry. The result is the Lenovo K900, the company's first Intel-based smartphoneand coincidentally, Lenovo's most premium-looking mobile yet, thanks to its (mostly) brushed aluminum back and unibody design.  

Its suggested retail price and availability in the Philippines are not yet known, but it's rumored to hit local store shelves in June. It's good, then, that we were able to get up close and personal with the Lenovo K900 againthis time at the Intel Atom Mobility presentation; the first was at the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas.

So while we're still waiting for the Lenovo K900 to go on sale, you may want check out our early impressions.

The first thing you'll notice about the Lenovo K900 is that it's big, and by "big," we mean you'll likely struggle to wrap your fingers around it. Much to our relief, it's pretty easy to handle, so holding the device for long periods won't be a problem.

Measuring a mere 6.9mm on the sides and tipping the scales at 162 grams, what it lacks in ergonomics, it makes up for in slimness and lightness, we suppose. 

The Lenovo K900 features a two-texture back, with the top and bottom parts donning an anodized finish and the middle portion getting a brushed-aluminum treatment. Our major gripe here has something to do with the four exposed screws on the corners of the rear, which, besides being hardly pleasing on the eyes, are not consistent with the phone's clean aesthetic.  

Despite bearing non-traditional design cues, this Lenovo touts a familiar boxy design, which is fine by us, except that the hardware only makes it appear taller than it needs to be. The K900 is easily among the tallest devices we've handledand frankly, that may turn off some people.

Dominating the front of the Lenovo K900 is a 5.5-inch IPS-LCD display with a full-HD, 1080p resolution, wrapped in damage-resistant Gorilla Glass 2. And despite its almost-tablet screen real estate, it decidedly bests the Apple iPhone 5 in terms of pixel density (400ppi versus the iPhone 5's 326ppi). The resulting screen performance is nothing short of excellent: graphics appear pin-sharp and bright, and colors look natural and rich. The screen also offers fantastic views from most angles.

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As mentioned earlier, the K900 is among a small but burgeoning group of smartphones to run on an Intel silicon. The chip is a dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 operating at 2GHz. The device also features Imagination Technologies' PowerVR SGX544 grapchics, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 32GB).

There's hardly any delay when switching between home screens and apps, and bread-and-butter chores, such as Web browsing, video watching, and benchmarking, seem to work perfectly. In short, hardware performance is top-notch and fitting of a flagship product, as expected. But don't just take our word for it; here's the AnTuTu Benchmark result of the Lenovo K900: 

We weren't able to put its gaming muscle to use, but judging from the relatively lag-free gameplay of most games on the lower-spec'd ASUS Fonepad, the Lenovo K900 should be able to run the latest and most graphically taxing Play Store titles with ease.

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The rest of the spec sheet is mildly impressive: Android Jelly Bean (version 4.2.1); 13- and 2-megapixel rear and front cameras; WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth modules; and a 2,500mAh battery.

At this point, it's probably fair to say that the Lenovo K900, especially if priced just a few thousand pesos more than the P19,999 Lenovo K860, has all the makings of a compelling top-tier offering. Hopefully, we'll be able to take it for a more thorough spin and have a full review of this 5.5-inch Android tour de force soon.