Lenovo K800 – single-core Samsung Galaxy Nexus beater?
By Jon on January 16th, 2012
CES 2012 may not have contained all that many major smartphone reveals (Nokia Lumia 900, Sony Xperia S, errr…), but it did produce something truly intriguing and different – the Lenovo K800. It promises Samsung Galaxy Nexus-topping performance with a brand new single-core processor from Intel.
Over the past year or so we’ve come to accept that multiple processor cores equal faster phones. It’s not a difficult concept to grasp, as it’s been informing PC processor technology for years.
The Lenovo K800 doesn’t appear to fit into that appraisal, though. What’s more, the Chinese computer giant is set to produce a smartphone of real class in other areas. Here’s how.
1.6GHz Atom Z2460 processor
The vast majority of modern smartphones run on processors that share the same basis – ARM’s Cortex A9 architecture. The Lenovo K800 is going for a completely different approach with Intel’s new 1.6GHz Atom Z2460 chip. This processor only has the one core, but thanks to hyper-threading technology it can still run two instructions simultaneously, thus producing benchmark scores that outstrip even the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in certain areas (like the web browser).
There have been some doubts as to the Atom Z2460′s battery efficiency, as it’s based on the same kind of chip design you find in your laptop. Intel‘s fact sheet seems to dispute this, however. It looks like we could have another smartphone CPU player – and both Lenovo and Motorola have signed up.
4.5-inch HD display
The Lenovo K800′s processor might be taking most of the headlines, but it’s not found wanting elsewhere. It comes with a 4.5-inch 720p display, for one thing. This should prove competitive with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus’s screen, at least in terms of sharpness.
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It probably won’t be displacing the iPhone 4S any time soon, but the Lenovo K800′s 8-megapixel camera should provide decent enough snaps. It’s also worth pointing out that this megapixel count is better than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus’s, which can only rustle up 5-megapixels. We’ll have to wait and see if the K800 has the lens and image sensor combo to really succeed.
The model demonstrated at CES 2012 only ran Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but we’d be surprised if any western release camer with anything below full Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That should continue the handset’s competitiveness with the Google-approved Samsung Galaxy Nexus. But what’s that about a western release?
Yep, the Lenovo K800 has only been announced for the Chinese market so far. But why bring such a device to a US show if it’s to remain confined to its home market? It’s possible that Intel wanted a partner to show off what its new CPU could do. It’s also possible that Lenovo wanted to drum up some interest ahead of a western launch, which is what we’re hoping for.
[picture courtesy of ZDNet]