Move over Galaxy Note II, and make room for the Lenovo IdeaPhone K900

Anna Scantlin
Contributing Editor from Kansas City, MO
Published: February 28, 2013



These past few days we've seen a lot of interesting devices and new technologies revealed, but one beautiful device that caught my eye was the Lenovo IdeaPhone K900. The K900 is a giant of a phone that matches up in size to the Galaxy Note II – but how well do the specs compare? Could the Lenovo IdeaPone K900 actually pose as a threat to the Samsung Galaxy Note II? Let’s check out the differences between the specs and features in both devices.

First we’ll look at the Galaxy Note II since we’re more familiar with it. The Galaxy Note II measures in at a whopping 5.5-inches, making it questionable whether the device should be used for a phone or a tablet, so why not both? The popular “phablet” from Samsung quickly gained a following with its first generation device, the Galaxy Note, and only got more popular with its second release. The Galaxy Note II has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels (~267 PPI pixel density) on a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 screen. The behemoth device runs top-tier performance on a Quad-core 1.6 GHz processor and has 2 GB of RAM. We have an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a 1.9-megapixel camera on the front. The device comes in 16, 32, or 64 GB versions with option for expandable memory up to 64 GB through microSD. The device currently runs on Android version 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean).

We know that Samsung wasn’t messing around when they made the Note, and even people like me who don’t really like the size of the device can admit that the features and specs alone may actually be worth a little carpal tunnel from stretched out hands. While the specs of the Note II aren’t anything new to us, I’ve decided to add it in as a refresher before comparing them with the specs of the Lenovo IdeaPhone K900.

The Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 is, at a glance, a very elegant looking phone. It’s generally a good first impression when the phone looks solid, let alone actually being made out of durable material like the  stainless steel featured on the back of the device (to match kitchen appliances!) The corners of the device are sharp and the handset looks professional. However, while looks are what draws the customer in we all know that it’s what’s inside that counts. Let’s have a look, shall we?

The Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 also features a 5.5-inch display on a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 screen, but has a much higher pixel density with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, giving it a pixel density of ~401 ppi (a full HD display). This device only runs on a 1.8 GHz dual-core Intel processor with 2 GB of RAM, which makes it a bit slower than the Galaxy Note II but nonetheless still shows great performance capabilities. The back features a 13-megapixel camera, and the front facing camera is about the same as the Galaxy Note 2 at 2-megapixels. This device only comes with 16 GB of internal memory and an option for expandable memory up to 32 GB. This device will run on Android version 4.2 (Jelly Bean).

Both phones have really nice specs in their own regards. While the Galaxy Note II surpasses the IdeaPhone with its speedier processor and options for more memory, the IdeaPhone takes the lead in other aspects like higher resolution and better cameras.

Then you have to consider the features each phone offers. One of the biggest pluses of a Galaxy Note II is the S-Pen, which draws a lot of customers in because it takes the term “stylus” to a whole new level – the S-Pen actually feels like a real pen and makes it comfortable to adapt to when using the device for writing or art purposes. The Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 doesn’t really have any special quirks that make it especially worth noting other than its elegant and ultra thin design, which in my opinion overshadows the cheap plastic design of the Galaxy Note II any day.

Although the Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 is currently unavailable in North America, the representative in our hands-on video states that Lenovo is currently taking the first steps in branching their smartphone market out into more countries – and I for one hope that North America will soon be among them. 

Could the Lenovo IdeaPhone be considered even competition against the Galaxy Note 2? After all, there are some aspects of the IdeaPhone that prevail over the Galaxy Note 2, and vice versa. I could see people who are in the market for a phablet to go either way with these smartphones as both offer optimal performance and different enticing features.

What do you think readers? Does the Lenovo IdeaPhone seem like a solid competition for the Galaxy Note II? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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