Number one PC maker backs up move toward smartphones
Lenovo has of late been increasing its focus on smartphones and tablets, and now the company is backing up its move into the mobile device sector. On Monday, London's Financial Times reports, Lenovo announced that it had begun construction on a major new facility for smartphone and tablet development. The facility, to be built in the Chinese city of Wuhan, will cost around five billion renminbi ($790 million) to complete, and is expected to go online in late 2013.
Lenovo K800 inbound, first Atom-powered mobile
Lenovo's Intel-powered K800 (hands-on) is expected to arrive in North America by the end of May, according to Intel's China Chairman, Sean Maloney. The K800 is the first smartphone to run Intel's 1.6GHz Atom Medfield processor, although it may launch with an x86-compatible variant of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), instead of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Google has developed an x86-compatible version of ICS, although it is not known whether it will arrive in time on the K800 for its US launch.
First mainstream Intel Android smartphone
Lenovo brought its new Atom-powered smartphone, the K800, to a special event following Intel's keynote at CES. Electronista had a chance to try out the unique device, which is expected to be the first Android handset to arrive on the market equipped with Intel's mobile processor.