Lenovo K800: The Smartphone with an Intel Processor


The ShowStoppers event at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas saw Intel announcing of first smartphones that will have the 1.6GHz “Medfield” processor from Intel- The Lenovo K800. Thus Intel has kept its promise made earlier of entering the smartphone area, which until now was heavily dominated by the UK based ARM processors. The phone will not be available in US for now, but will be launched in China in the second quarter this year. The show-piece available at CES was fully loaded.

The K800 has pretty standard look with three buttons at the bottom: the menu, home and back buttons. There is no search button, which could have been used to initiate speech commands. It runs Android 2.3 “Gingerbread,” and is expected to be upgraded to Android 4.0, or “Ice Cream Sandwich”. There is 500 MB of internal storage, besides BlueTooth 3.0 and GPS. On the backside is the principle 8-MP camera with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 3200.; there’s a front-mounted camera as well, whose resolution is yet to be decided. The 4.5-inch multitouch TFT screen offers 720p resolution.  It will feature 45 hours of audio playback, 6 hours of video playback, 8 hours of talk time and 14 days standby. But the most cutting-edge feature of K800 is Wi-Di, the Wireless Display capability that Intel pioneered.

Talking of the processor, Unlike previous Intel Atom CPUs it will be a SoC – System on Chip designed for use in mobile phones and tablets.  Medfield is built on the company’s 32 nm LP (low power) process. Compared to Moorestown, built on Intel’s 45 nm process, this has allowed Intel to use 43 percent less dynamic power at the same frequency, or alternatively, offer a 37 percent higher frequency for the same power draw.  In conclusion, Intel has now entered the smartphone and had an impressive debut as well.

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