Lenovo talks up LePhone launch
Into China in May - UK later this year?
Lenovo has reiterated its plan - announced at the Consumer Electronics Shows earlier this month - to launch an Android-based smartphone later this year.
Lenovo's LePhone: reaching out beyond China later this year
The clamshell device will be called, simply, LePhone. Lenovo will tailor Android the device by adding its own applications and user interface.
China will be the first LePhone recipient - with an expected arrival date of May. LePhone will be launched in other countries later this year, Lenovo confirmed to the Wall Street Journal.
Android-based, but with a Lenovo UI spin
The LePhone will have 3.7in, 480 x 800 touchscreen with a physical keypad mounted underneath - though this can be removed from the main body of the handset leaving you with a candybar device.
LePhone will connect to the web over Wi-Fi and 3G, and support Bluetooth for short-range data transfers and GPS for navigation. There's a 3Mp camera on the back.
Ditch the physical keypad if you don't like it
Lenovo has yet to confirm if and when LePhone will arrive in Blighty. But a UK launch doesn’t sound unreasonable as Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing expects the growth of handset shipments to exceed that of PCs in the future. ®
More Chinese rubbish.....
When wil people learn, just becuase the shininess quotiant is high does mean you should buy.
More and more Chinese rubbish coming our way. We all jump up and down when we read the 'China / Google ' attacks on the Reg', but as soon as something 'pretty' comes your way, you drop to your knees like a Reeperbahn prostitue.
Shame on you all for coverting the shiny things.......
laptop concept the same
This is kind of the same concept as the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook they were showing at CES. Nowt wrong with a bit of design re-use, particularly with a good idea like this.
Got to say though, the keyboard looks more about style than typing speed.
What's with this 'candy bar' nonsense?
It's a chocolate bar. Even for cell phones.