Chinese major Lenevo, a well-known name in the PC manufacturing industry, is going Samsung way. The company recently announced a plethora of Android running handsets in the low-to-mid-high end category. Their star device - K900 managed to enthrall crowd present at Lenovo Bloggers meet held at New Delhi on June 5. GizBot was invited by Lenovo India to have a detailed look their launched devices including the K900.
Lenovo is not a typical Chinese company. It's an international firm with global presence. Unlike so called -Chinese tech vendors, Lenovo has an image of being a sophisticated player in the teach arena. Their last hit device - IdeaPad Yoga 13 was a uniquely shaped convertible notebook. Let's aside notebooks from this feature, as GizBot tested K900, Lenovo's flagship device in India. It has been priced Rs.32,999 in the market.
The Lenovo K900 comes with a giant 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD display, large enough to watch superb quality videos on the go. It looks like a mini tablet, isn't it? The viewing angles were decent. The screen size could be a bummer for those not having big hands. On the front panel, you will get to see three standard Android standard capacitive buttons below the screen, a front facing just above the display, volume- rocker on the ride side, a 3.55mm headphone jack down at the bottom along with microUSB 2.0 port.
Talking about the design, it is fairly simple with looks great looks attached to it. Made from Stainless steel and polycarbonate plastic -it easily become one among the best looking handset available in the market today. On the rear back, Intel logo engraved on the stainless steel chassis, adds charm.
The device has a 13-megapixel rear camera with Auto Focus and dual LED flash. It is powered by Sony Exmor BSI sensor. The biggest highlight of the camera: F /1.8 lens. GizBot tested the camera both rear one and front facing -the rear back camera performed really well. As time was limited more hard core test need to be done, especially, a must have exercise in the low light situation. The handset feels light despite its large size. It is thin, even thinner than Sony Xperia Z. At 6.9mm in thickness, and weighs 162grams - it is certainly recommended, if you are looking for a portable multimedia device.
Lenovo used Intel Atom processor instead of NVidia Tegra 3 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. There's a 2GB of RAM fused inside along with 16GB of ROM (non-expandable memory via a microSD card).The company says that the handset trounced many quad-core handsets in the AnTuTu benchmark tests. Well, Intel Atom chip is indeed a battery saver. The actual test will be conducted By GizBot on its own.
Now the big questions that Lenovo must answer -Why the interface i.e. UI looks so clumsy, and bizarre in nature. It was very difficult to recognize whether K900 supports Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or vendor's own OS.
If the Lenovo K900 would have come with nearby stock Android experience then GizBot gave 9/10. It's a high one, and quite difficult to get as per GizBot benchmark. The UI looks so cluttered, and it's very confusing to operate. Lenovo should work on the UI interface thing. Being a new player in the market is accepted at this hour. Still, when you are competing with likes of Samsung naturally you cannot beat your competitor on the hardware side.
The Lenovo K900 does not come with removable 2500mAh battery. The only reason why Samsung is selling Galaxy S4 like hot cakes is because they offer removable battery option. If a user spends Rs. 32,999 on a device then a tech vendor must provide an option to change batteries.
Lenovo K900 is not a bad device at Rs. 32,999. It has the best display in the industry. In the imaging department, the device can compete with HTC One. The handset has a solid feel to it and Indians would appreciate the fact that Lenovo has come with an amazing device like this. The actual problem with the device has to be its user interface (UI). Otherwise, GizBot found no major fault in the device. Stay tuned to GizBot.