Lenovo Announces That It Will Launch 5 New Android Handsets Starting This Month

Lenovo announced at CES that they are planning on releasing 5 new Android-powered devices, aside from the IdeaPhone K900, in 2013.

The devices will vary from entry-level to mid-level handsets. All of the handsets will be available in China, and “select markets” starting this month.

The first two handsets announced are the S-series smartphones, the S890 and the S720.

The S890 is said to be optimized for entertainment. It offers a 5-inch qHD screen and 8MP camera (which is enhanced by Lenovo’s “super camera software” which allows photo-in-video, complex photo-editing, and ability to take photos in low light). The design of this handset is said to have a  unique, elegant “loop” design that makes the product feel thin and “sexy”.

The S720 is a “multimedia workhorse”. It has Dolby Digitial Plus and Super Camera software. It contains the following specs:

  • 4.5-inch IPS display
  • Dual-core Mediatek processor
  • 8MP rear-facing camera
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 2000mAh battery

It will have 3 color options to choose from, and will also feature the “loop” design.

The third handset is the P-series handset, the P770, which is optimized for business users.

The P770 is a professional, business-oriented device. It features a large 3500 mAh battery and is optimized with special security and antivirus features. The P770 is able to deliver up to 30 hours of talk time with one charge, and has “genuine battery detection” to utilize the most out of its battery. It also features a “USB on-the-go” feature that lets the P770 recharge other devices, as well as share files and data. It features dual-SIM slots as well.

The last are the A-series handsets, which are entry-level smartphones meant for first-time smartphone users.

The A800 is an entry-level smartphone that offers a nice balance between price and performance. The specs include:

  • 4.5-inch FWVGA display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 2000 mAh battery

This device is optimized for first time smartphone users who want a device that works well and at a low price point.

The A690 is also an entry-level smartphone. Lenovo says that its the “first phone in its class to break the 1GHz barrier”, whatever that means (and it can’t mean anything good). The phone has a 4-inch WVGA screen, is ergonomic, and has dual-SIM capabilities. Lenovo added a lot of extra fluff and keywords to try to make this phone stand out… but honestly this sounds like the kind of phone that should have been left back in 2010.

Most of these devices are on the low-to-medium end of the scale. Lenovo plans on gaining some traction in the Android smartphone market, in hopes of overtaking Samsung as the top smartphone provider in China. We’ll see how well that works however. What do you think of these devices? Honestly, the p770 is the only smartphone in this line-up that somewhat stands out to me.


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