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.
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.