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It's finally happening - Intel processors are coming to Android phones, for better or for worse (we tend to think it's going to be the former). The world's first Intel smartphone? The Lenovo K800. But the real question is, is it actually going to be any good? Judging by the short time we spent with the device earlier today, the answer is a pretty emphatic "nope." The device in question has a 1280x720 4.5" display, 1.6GHz Z2460 Atom processor (single core with hyperthreading), and an 8MP camera.

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While this isn't the completely finished product, Lenovo has said the device will be shipping in China (and likely never in the US) in Q2 this year, which is an ample amount of time for some, shall we say, improvements. Let's just put it this way - we hope the device consumers get is not very much like this one. Homescreen scrolling was laggy. Touch responsiveness was definitely subpar. The browser was horribly sluggish. There's almost no internal storage (for all intents and purposes, about 1GB, along with what we believe was about 12GB of some kind of usable flash storage shoved in there). The camera app took 5-10 seconds to load. And let's not forget that it's still running Gingerbread (2.3.7). Worse yet, it was also quite plasticky and flimsy - and given the amount of noise Lenovo and Intel made during the keynote about it, we doubt the choice of materials or design will be changing.

Check out our hands-on, below:

Let's hope Motorola gives us an Intel smartphone we can actually get excited about.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • wyngo

    Hutzpah? I do not think it means what you think it means.

  • jonathan3579

    Uhh, maybe it's just me but I have seen handsets that lag A LOT more than that. You really aren't giving it a fair amount of credit especially considering that it is only a single-core. Sure, the exterior quality might be sub-par at best but I still think credit is deserved here.

    • David Ruddock

      We're giving it plenty of credit for a smartphone that is being released on a brand-new processor platform in 2012. It feels like you're using a device from 2010 - and not in a good way.

      There is absolutely no reason for this level of performance to be acceptable on an Android device anymore, and it gives the platform a bad name.

      Sorry, the days of "I've seen worse" are over for Android, and manufacturers need to meet acceptable standards for performance. This is pathetic, and Lenovo shouldn't have shown this product or let us use it if it wasn't ready for some critical evaluation - they get no sympathy from me.

      • Cameron Summerson

        *slow clap*

      • jonathan3579

        I suppose I can see your point there. I don't really think they intend that phone to be for the power users, do they? Who knows what evolution the new processor may bring about but on the other hand it could very well be just as broken later as it is now. Trial-and-error.

        In regard to the platform having a bad name... I'd love to also point fingers at some of the biggest players in Android aka Motorola, LG, Samsung, HTC... Honestly, at this rate the list goes on and on and will probably grow as anyone can jump on the bandwagon. I'd love for Google to take a more Apple-like approach and set some serious bars for handsets that run the platform. Okay okay, wishful thinking I know.

        • David Ruddock

          Audience is pretty irrelevant here - I've used a $300 phone (off contract price) that is 50 times better than the K800, which I can almost guarantee will be substantially more expensive.

          I use a BIONIC as my daily device, which is quite laggy compared to something like a GSII. My BIONIC still makes the K800 feel pretty damn slow and unresponsive.

      • Circs

        Do you think that this same phone would perform better with ICS on board due to the baked in support?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It was pretty bad, and while we understand that the software is probably not final just yet, it's not looking promising for that particular device, considering it's going to China pretty much now. I felt like using a Donut or Eclair release on something between the Hero and the EVO 4G at times.

      Yes, Intel phones will get better, and it's possible software updates can fix a lot of the UI lag and responsiveness, but what we have here now is something I cannot honestly recommend to anyone.

  • Damian

    Why is the Intel processor so important? What does this mean compared to any other processor? All I know is that once Apple pushed Intel processors into all their laptops, there was no more support for my PowerPC device and I'm still struggling with that.

    • Ryan

      I would assume using almost any computer that is 6+ years old would be a struggle. If you paid any attention to the internal workings of Apple, you would know that they moved away from the PowerPC architecture because no one who manufactured them was able to provide them in the quantities they required while keeping their QC in check.

      • http://lul.com lolercopter

        and the PowerPC platform was garbage

        • Circs

          Yep, and that's why there are still 48 PowerPC driven supercomputers in the top 500 list of most powerful supercomputers in the world.

          Leave those sort of statements at the kids table please, the adults are talking.

      • Circs

        You missed the biggest reasons: Thermals and performance vs. power consumption. In short the PowerPC architecture became unsuitable for laptops and Apple knew where the market was heading.

        Yield was a problem, but only one of them.

  • Jordan

    You have to remember Gingerbread was never optimized for x86 which is why I am surprised it is on that phone and ICS is not.

  • juan

    did anybody else see the resemblance with the zuneHD?

  • http://android.bswireless.hr cile1977

    What abou app compatibility? Most apps are compiled for ARM architecture?