Much like how Lenovo's K800 was unveiled as the first Intel Medfield phone last CES, this year the manufacturer pulled another first with the K900, powered by Intel's recently-announced Clover Trail+ platform (likely an Atom Z2580 clocked at 2GHz). For those who missed the Intel keynote, Clover Trail+ is the much improved yet still secretive successor to the relatively quiet Medfield, though it is odd that Lenovo only says "the forthcoming Intel Atom processor platform for smartphones" instead of just "Clover Trail+" in the press release.
Anyhow, said Android device comes with many mouth-watering features: 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display, Gorilla Glass 2, 13-megapixel F1.8 camera with dual flash, and a front-facing imager with an 88-degree super wide viewing angle. 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage add to the package. As with many Lenovo phones, there will also be three capacitive touch buttons below the screen. All of this goodness comes in a handsome 6.9mm-thick body that consists of stainless steel alloy plus polycarbonate, and together they weigh just 162g. Little else has been unveiled about the K900 so far, but it'll be available in China from April.
Update: We've just gotten up close and personal with the Lenovo K900 and it's certainly an impressive piece of kit. This 5.5-inch 1080p device touts a low magnetic property steel in combination with polycarbonate to offer users lavish style without compromising on antenna reception. Depending on the model -- four colors in all -- users will be treated to a striped brushing or, in the case of the Diamond Plate model, a very reflective gem-like design on back. For more of these first impressions of Lenovo's K900, follow on after the break.
Aside from its seemingly excellent construction (company's reps wouldn't let us actually hold the phone), the big news here is the inclusion of Intel's just announced Clover Trail+ platform: an Atom chip that marks the company's second stab at powering mobile devices. It's a dual-core setup clocked at 2GHz, but we're unsure as to the amount of allocated RAM. Storage-wise, you're looking at configurations up to 64GB with the option to further augment that memory via microSD slot.
Lenovo's wrapped the K900's UI in its Le Phone skin, separating this particular Android handset from the rest of the stock pack. You know how we feel about skinning (for the most part), so thankfully that overlay can be disabled. Unfortunately, we weren't able to glimpse much of the software in action, as these are obviously pre-production models on the showfloor.
There are no surprise where the K900's ports are concerned -- it's all pretty standard. You have the volume rocker on the left, power on the right and beneath that the covered microSD slot. Around back, there's a single strip of shiny metal surrounding the 13-megapixel camera and accompanied by a dual flash. And in what we consider to be an interesting industrial design decision, Lenovo's left four screws visible on the phone's back further conferring an element of elegance and high-end rigidity.
Details on pricing or even Android version for the K900 have yet to be disclosed and, apart from a spring bow in China, we don't know when we'll be seeing this hit stateside. In the meantime, whet your appetite with our gallery and brief video walkthrough.