PC manufacturer makes a smartphone that looks sleek, has a great display, but…
We hate the term “phablet”. Besides the fact that it’s not a real word to begin with, it even sounds terrible. Like “chillax”.
The K900 is a pretty big phone, but no one uses the term “phablet” when they first see it. The thing is, Lenovo has been really smart about the form factor and has added some extra bezel to the top and bottom of the device, to retain the candy-bar form factor that’s automatically associated with mobile phones.
And quite literally too. At 157 x 78 x 6.9mm, the K900 is roughly the size of a Swiss chocolate bar… a thin Swiss chocolate bar.
The front of the K900 is pretty much all Gorilla glass, while the back has a premium brushed-metal finish, with four bolts fastening the device, to keep you out of the battery’s reach. The primary camera is placed a little off the top left corner – not the best location, considering the length of the phone and the way you end up holding the device while shooting. But that’s only a matter of getting used to.
It was interesting to note that even people who were not fond of big-display phones found the K900 appealing. This is because the device isn’t all screen, despite having a 5.5-inch full-HD display. Speaking of which, the screen quality is very good on the K900, with a crisp 401ppi display, and adequately saturated colours. A skinned version of Android version 4.2.1 is the OS that the phone comes with. We would have preferred that it came with stock Android (as we always do), since the interface here is just not as friendly. As premium as the device feels from the outside, the interface makes it look cheap and gimmicky.
Another issue we faced was the phone’s overheating. Watching a movie or playing a game tends to stress any device, but here, it gets apparent quite early on. The 13megapixel camera performed well under all bright lighting conditions, but less-than-adequate lighting gave us smudged results.
The Lenovo K900 is a great-looking device with a premium feel, excellent display and great specs. We just feel it hasn’t lived up to its potential.
At a glance
Dimensions: 157 x 78 x 6.9mm
Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inches, 401ppi
Memory: 2GB RAM
Storage: 16GB internal
Camera: 13MP (rear) 2MP (front)
OS: Android v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean)
Battery: Li-Ion 2,500mAh
Chipset: Intel Atom Z2580, Dual-core 2GHz
Price: Rs 28,999