These days people like powerful packages in slim sizes. Ask Samsung, they are doing pretty well, you know. But no one else has been able to replicate the mantra with any semblance of success. At least not in the Android ecosystem. Well, Lenovo for the last few quarters has been defying the odds in the PC market and now it feels that it can take on the best of the best in the smartphone market and the launch of the K900 in India typifies this gung-ho attitude. On paper, the K900 has a lot going for it. It is slim, powerful and also has a big screen, but can it match Samsung’s all conquering Galaxy Note II? Only time will tell, but in the meanwhile you can read our first impressions.
The Lenovo K900 is built out of a delectable brushed metal alloy, and the chassis feels just down right gorgeous in the hand. There is no comparison between the build of the Galaxy Note II and the K900. Add to this the K900 is incredibly slim at 6.9mm, which ties it with the iPhone 5. At 162 grams it is also lighter than the Galaxy Note II. Long story short, we believe that the build and the design of the K900 is superior to the Galaxy Note II, though one should note that it does not have a stylus.
However, there is a remedy for that too as it uses a Super Sensitive touch technology, which is similar to what we have seen in the Nokia Lumia 920. So users can use their nails on the screen and since it has Corning Gorilla Glass II, one does not need to worry about scratching the screen.
Talking of the screen, we have a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS panel that delivers 401 pixels per inch. The pixel density is lower than the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One but it is more than ample and users will not be able to notice a difference in pixel density. The screen quality is really good and the colour reproduction was natural and not over saturated. Even the viewing angles were good. On all counts, the screen of the K900 when compared to the Galaxy Note II is better, and we’d say it’s equally good as the HTC One or the Galaxy S 4.
On the back it has a 13-megapixel camera which has a f/1.8 aperture coupled with a Sony Exmor RS sensor. Lenovo packs in the usual array of setting and features and the image quality seemed nice, we could no check the images on a PC. It also has a 2-megapixel front facing camera.
In our short time with the device, we found the Android 4.2 experience to be buttery smooth and that was something we expected as the device is powered by Intel’s CloverTrail+ dual-core CPU that is clocked at 2GHz and also has hyper threading and 2GB of RAM. It was just buttery smooth, in spite of the software being heavily skinned. Samsung smartphones on the other hand have the propensity to lag at times because of the software customisations. We will test this in great detail when we review the device.
The device packs in an 2,500 mAh battery in the slender form, which is quite commendable. Obviously we could not test the battery life.
Internally, it also has 16GB of storage and on the connectivity-front includes, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity.
All said and done, Lenovo really nailed it by pricing the K900 at Rs 32,999, which means its a good deal than the Galaxy Note II which retails at Rs 37,380. Even the Galaxy S4 is more expensive, so on paper Lenovo is offering a better deal, but because we have not throughly tested each and feature of the product over a great length, we will hold our final opinion for the review, which pop up soon, so watch out.
Photographs: Harshita Rastogi