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Lenovo K900

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Lenovo makes laptops. Lenovo makes tablets. Did you know that Lenovo also makes phones? We’ll forgive you if you don’t, as they hardly ever make it to the UK. The Lenovo K900 is one phone we’d quite like to see hit our shelves, though. It’s Lenovo’s take on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and boasts a seriously powerful processor.

Lenovo K900- Design and Features

The Lenovo K900 is a large phone, boasting at 5.5-inch screen that matches the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This will automatically put it out of the running for some people, but for its size it feels distinctly light. And it’s seriously slim too, just a shade under 7mm. The k900’s severe, sharp-edges and boxy design don’t make too much of the phone’s lithe dimensions, though.

It uses what Lenovo calls its unibody design. The Lenovo K900’s rear is brushed aluminium, with the top and bottom segments using an anodised finish for a bit of differentiation.

Unibody designs generally give phones a sense of design cohesion, but the deliberate exposed screws on the rear make it look a bit like a Frankenstein phone. The Lenovo K900 isn’t shy about showing its speaker grille either, which sits at the bottom of the phone’s rear.

Lenovo K900 – Screen

The Lenovo K900 has a 5.5-inch screen, the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2’s display. However, it uses a 1080p resolution display, matching the top-end phones of 2013.

We’re glad to see the phone uses an IPS LCD screen too, which offers more neutral-looking colours than most OLED displays.

Lenovo K900 – Software and Performance

Running Android with a custom skin, the Lenovo K900 is just like every other Galaxy Note-a-like in town. It runs Android Jelly Bean, and its custom features are largely geared towards giving the K900 its own visual flavour.

However, parts of it feel like an interface that one of the bigger Android names might have made a few years ago. For example, the apps menu folds into a 3D animated column as you switch pages. And in truth it feels a little gimmicky.

The clock widget is clearly inspired by HTC Sense too – although HTC has largely ditched this design in the HTC One’s Sense 5 UI.

Some slightly musty visual feel aside, the engine behind the Lenovo K900 is cutting-edge. It uses the latest Intel Atom mobile processor, the dual-core 1.8GHz Z2580. This is an powerful chipset that shouldn’t be underestimated simply because it’s “just” dual-core. However, it didn’t particularly show in operation. The K900 was quick, but the Lenovo UI left some screen transitions with a bit of judder. With an Atom processor and 2GB of RAM, we wouldn’t usually expect this.

We’ll put the Lenovo K900 through proper benchmarks if Lenovo decides to launch the phone in the UK – a release here isn’t yet confirmed.

Lenovo K900 – Camera

Continuing the top-specs trend, the Lenovo K900 has a 13-megapixel camera using the Sony sensor that just about every top-flight phone of 2013 is using. There’s also a good-quality user-facing camera, using a 2MP sensor. We’ll test these out fully once the review units ship out.

Lenovo K900 – Impressions

The Lenovo K900 boasts some impressive specs, but we’re not convinced it has the chops to lure many away from better-know phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It doesn’t have a digitiser stylus, its Atom processor will cause app compatibility headaches and some of its styling elements are slightly suspect.

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February 25, 2013, 1:12 pm

It's also taller than the Note II.

Ethan Beck

February 28, 2013, 9:48 am

I like it a lot. I love the "industrial" feel to the styling. It's maybe not going to appeal to everyone, but this is the handset I want more than any of the others which are appearing now or are imminent such as the Xperia Z, Galaxy S4 or HTC


February 28, 2013, 12:36 pm

How sure are you that there will be problems with app compatibility? Surely Qualcomm and Exynos powered devices manage to work? Are they both ARM based? I guess I need to do some research. IF they can get around any app issues then I really like this phone. I was a big Thinkpad fan mainly because of their build quality so if the K900 matches it'll be on my wish list (assuming it gets released in the UK and get Root)

Sonny Koo

March 28, 2013, 9:05 am

yeah no more boring design for smart phone ,,,,,,, this is the phone i want

Leonardo Rojas

November 19, 2013, 8:43 am

Hey! There's almost no problem with "app comatibility".
Did you get the device in the end?
I've heard Lenovo is going to release it in my contry (finally), Peru. And I became interested again n.n
I currently have the Xperia ZL ad it's quite enough for anything... But the desing of the K900 is so good... Would you trade the ZL for the k900?
Just want some opinions and know if you got the device.
- L.

Geoffrey Jackson

August 20, 2014, 5:02 pm

Oh dear...

There are a lot of dodgy K900s around the world, and your suppliers either certainly saw you coming, or their suppliers saw them coming, and so on. Mine is a little gem, and my previous phones have been mostly Samsungs.

Most reviewers seems to miss that the K900 corresponds to a very specific set of criteria. Anyone who bought one because they just wanted to be different and have something their mates would drool over should have chosen another of the exotic Chinese products. I wanted a utilitarian, robust unit that would spend most of its life on stand-by but really get a move on when I used it. I certainly do not spend hours on end on any phone conversation, because I don't know anyone vacuous enough to put up with me if I did.

But a friend in the USA liked her K900 so much she sent me one. The cue is on the back of the casing "intel inside", meaning raw power at the expense of user comfort and battery life. It does get "a bit 'ot", not a problem for anyone I know, and the battery will not provide a full day of music, but I don't know anyone who makes phone calls on their hi-fi, so... We all have lives.

Problems? None really since, since I have a stack of UK and Europe friendly chargers, and there was no sign of that odd interface with which you have allowed yourselves to be lumbered. I have even up-graded to KitKat without really getting a serious improvement. If "up-grades" were "improvements" that is what they would be called. A K910? Unlikely. Why bother? The K900 puts up with life in a tool-case better than any other mobile I have ever used, and that is vital.

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