Quad-core 5-inch Lenovo K860 priced at $345, goes after Xiaomi
The Lenovo K860 started its life in the world of mobile leaks branded as LePhone (a moniker the Chinese company has extensively used before to designate its devices), but then we heard it may get launched as the IdeaPhone K860 (so a similar brand to the IdeaPad / IdeaTab that the company uses for tablets and laptops). That still may be its final name, although it could also go by Music Phone K860. Or it may just be that Google Translate confused the words Idea and Music there – no way to tell just yet.
Anyway, the high-end K860 is going to cost 2,188 yuan in China. That amounts to $345 and is slightly less than the 2,199 yuan that was rumored.
So what do you get for $345? First of all, an unlocked device. No long term contracts needed to get that price. Then, the K860 has a 5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 processor (same one used in the Samsung Galaxy S III), 1 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front-facing camera, and a 2,250 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Pretty cool, right? And just around $40 more than the upcoming Xiaomi MI-2, which comes with similar high-end specs (but a smaller, 4.3-inch touchscreen). That makes the Lenovo K860 the first real competitor to that device, in terms of the price per features ratio. And for those who like touchscreens as big as possible, the Lenovo will obviously be the first choice.
The K860 will become available at midnight tonight, in limited quantities. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it will make it outside of China for now.