Lenovo K900 Hands On and Initial Impressions

I was roaming around Shangri-la Plaza Mall about two days ago to check out the new sights and scenes of the mall’s new east wing. New gadget shops are in the new area. I had a short time playing the Lenovo K900, the Chinese company’s current flagship. This is one of the few smartphones powered by Intel’s Atom processor for mobile phones.

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Lenovo K900 specs:

  • 2GHz Dual Core Intel Atom Z2580 processor
  • PowerVR SGX544 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal memory
  • 5.5-inch IPS HD LCD display (1080 x 1920 pixels) 401 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0, USB On-The-Go
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,500 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P22,990

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Here are my initial impressions:

  • Good build quality – The phone has a metal casing with a brushed design making the phone look really elegant and more expensive than its pricetag.
  • Great screen! It has a full HD IPS display and its really vibrant and sharp.
  • Performance – It is quite laggy at times but its very minimal. Honestly I was a little disappointed because I was expecting zero lag from Intel’s Atom processor. I’m not saying its a bad thing. Maybe, I just had high hopes.
  • Camera – The 13 megapixel camera takes good pictures. It will be perfect for Instagram and Facebook posts.
  • Connectivity – My one big gripe – no LTE. The phone only sports HSPA+ which is faster than usual 3G/HSDPA but a little slower than LTE. Globe has heavily invested on HSPA+ networks as a result, it is faster than Smart’s HSPA+. If you are looking for an LTE enabled phone, look somewhere else.
  • Value for money – For P22,990, its quite disappointing that this beautiful phone lacks LTE. You can get LTE enabled phones even cheaper than this one – Sony Xperia V (P12,400), Sony Xperia SP (P12,780), Sony Xperia ZR (P16,900), and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 (P16,900). Adding a few bucks, you can get other top of the line smartphones with LTE – Samsung Galaxy S4 (P23,100), LG G2 (P22,180) and Apple iPhone 5c (P23,400). Prices are from online store Kimstore.
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