Monday, January 11, 2010

Lenovo LePhone

"...the Lenovo handset has no distinguishing features. Snap-on accessory keyboards aren’t new – the LG Versa on Verizon is a recent example – but we’re particularly feeling Lenovo’s curvy layout.

We’ll have to see whether centrally-positioning the D-pad makes sense ergonomically, but given we’ve complained both about left-side and right-side positions previously (Motorola CLIQ and DROID, we’re looking at you) at least it doesn’t make you stretch to reach the letter-keys. Meanwhile the high-polish chrome finish and angles certainly make it distinctive, and that’s pretty tough to do when most touchscreen-centric devices are gravitating toward a pretty generic aesthetic.

As for specifications, there’s a a 3.7-inch 480 x 800 touchscreen with a touch-control panel underneath, a WCDMA radio, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS, along with two cameras: a 3MP shooter on the back and a VGA one up-front for video calls. The Lephone is set to arrive in China sometime in the first half of 2010; no word on when – or if – the rest of us will get a sniff of it."


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