Computex 2012: Lenovo K800 quick hands on

Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012, Lenovo's K800 isn't your typical Android 2.3 smartphone. It's one of the rare few not to use an ARM processor. Instead, it's powered by Intel's Medfield chips, which is based on the Intel Atom platform found on many netbooks.

The Lenovo K800, one of the two Intel Atom smartphones available in the market.
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The single-core 1.6GHz processor on the K800 uses a 32nm design for power efficiency. While Android was designed for ARM processors, this phone runs the x86 port of the operating system. We found the heavily skinned Gingerbread Lenovo phone to be quite smooth when we gave it a spin.

Apart from the novelty of a handset running on an x86 processor, the smartphone also features a 4.5-inch 720p display, and it comes loaded with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage.

It isn't quite so slim.
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While the handset is fairly chunky, at 10.95mm, compared with today's svelte smartphones, the added bulk does help give it a better grip. While mobile phones are less susceptible to viruses, Lenovo has added a built-in antivirus program called Le Sec.

Le Sec should protect your phone from colds.
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The handset is currently available in China for 3299 Chinese yuan (US$518). There's no word yet on whether you'll see this outside of the country, but given the fact that Lenovo tends to only sell its smartphones in its home territory, chances are likely slimmer than the phone itself.

Via CNET Asia

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