A slab of power for less than the average flagship
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Band mode: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth: Yes, with A2DP
Camera: 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Data services: GPRS, EDGE, HSPA+
Memory: Internal 16GB, 2GB RAM expandable to 32GB via microSD
Nowadays, if you want to release a smartphone you need give a great deal of thought as to what will make your handset stand out from the pack.
Lenovo, in what was presumably a series of late-night sessions with design staff, pondered the question, "What hasn't been done yet?" And the answer? Easy: release six handsets at once.
Budget models, media models, ultra-portables; it was difficult to single out one to play with, but eventually we said: "We'll have the big one."
In crafting the flagship K900, Lenovo has clearly laboured under the assumption that size is everything. And in fact it goes a long way. Although Samsung's Galaxy S4 boasted the same 5.5-inch screen dimensions, the K900 tacks on half an inch of border at either end that gives the illusion of scale. But the squared-off finish, the 162g weight, 6.9mm profile and elegant steel chassis give the device a lean aesthetic, although its dimensions make it slightly more suited to a handbag than a pocket.
The screen is a 5.5-inch IPS display with 1080p full high-definition resolution performance, at 400+ PPI. The scratch-proof glass is a welcome addition, negating the need for hours of trying to dislodge those pesky bubbles from under your screen protector. The capacitive touch screen was satisfyingly reactive and scrolling the apps carousel caused an eye-catching barrel effect. So far, so slick.
But looks aren't everything, so, as Jeremy Clarkson would say, let's take a look under the bonnet. The K900 is powered by an Intel Atom Z2580 processor, a dual core chip, which runs up to 2.0 GHz and employs Intel hyper-threading technology to boost performance efficiency. It runs Android Jelly Bean and we thoroughly approved of the connectivity performance, experiencing solid speeds for upload and download of apps, pics and videos.
The13MP camera with 4X digital zoom takes bright, crisp images and video footage, but the shutter can lag for a second in low light.
The K900 scores high in the usability column. It's easy to change the apps on the home screen and a handy weather widget nestles under the clock. All the standard apps are there, along with Google Talk, which responded very well to multiple different accents.
The battery life is great: it lasted 11 to 12 hours while running four email accounts, Facebook and WhatsApp. Also included is a comprehensive battery life indicator that shows how many hours are left before the handset needs to recharge.
This is premium kit for an attractive price. AED1,999 is considerably lower than that of rival flagships from Samsung, Apple and Nokia, but while the spec may be reduced, we could see no degradation in performance.
The Lenovo K900 is available in UAE and KSA at the end of July.