CES 2012 | Lenovo unveils Medfield powered K800 Android smartphone

Lenovo unveils Medfield powered Android phone
Lenovo unveils Medfield powered Android phone
First Intel powered Android smartphone introduced by Lenovo at CES 2012.

At Intel’s keynote speech yesterday, CEO Paul Otellini revealed that the company had reached an agreement with Lenovo and Motorola to start producing the first Intel-powered smartphones and we now have proof of existence. Here in Las Vegas at CES 2012, we managed to spend some time with a reference design for Lenovo’s K800 smartphone, which is the first Android smartphone with an Intel Atom chip on the inside.

The details about the device are still scarce since it won’t be shipping till Q2 2012, but we did manage to garner bit info. First of all, the device will be powered by an Intel Atom Medfield processor, will feature a 4.5” screen and will also feature Wi-Di to wirelessly steam media rather than over HDMI. In addition, the K800 runs a heavily customized version of Android 2.3, and we were especially impressed with the 3D media center, which organizes the device’s photos, video and music for streaming and also includes some extremely nice background effects.

Overall, the device seemed very snappy and the Atom processor appears to have some serious pull behind it. Sadly, it seems that the K800 will only be available in China for starters, but we definitely expect the device to make its way stateside soon enough. 

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Author: Omar Qudsi, 2012-01-12 (Update: 2012-05-26)