Lenovo Launches 6 new Android phones in India

Last weekend we caught up with the Lenovo team, and got a preview of some of their new devices which are hitting the Indian shores. They announced 6 new Android devices running on Intel processors ranging from around Rs. 8700 for the starting range up to Rs. 33,000 for their premium phablet phone the K900.

One phone to look out for is the P780, which comes with a whopping 4000mAH battery, which you can also hook up to other devices via USB OTG and charge them as well!

Lenovo says,

We met up with the Lenovo folks including Nick Reynolds, who is the Executive Director for Worldwide Product Launch in Lenovo Product Group. He took up though the line up and answered quite a few question which we had as well.

When asked about the customizations that Lenovo puts on top of Stock Android, Nick had told us that Lenovo doesn’t layer Android too heavily, they just put in a light layer of UI skin, which is light enough so that they can get updates out much faster.

We also asked Nick about why they decided to go with Intel processors, and if these phones would have lower battery life due to that choice. Nick answered that the latest Intel processors are much better in battery efficiency than their predecessors  so these should give comparable battery life as their ARM based cousins.

The Lenovo folks also mentioned that according to current plans, they’d be refreshing their product line every 6 months, instead of the 1 year cycle which most other manufacturers follow.

Product Overview

Let’s get an overview of the 6 devices and their Maximum Retail Prices for India now:

 

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K900: The powerful and elegant smartphone

  • Processor: Lenovo K900 is the first smartphone in the world to leverage the latest Intel® Z2580 processor, a dual core chip, which runs up to 2.0 GHz and utilizes Intel® Hyper-Threading technology to boost performance efficiency
  • Display: The K900 is one of the first smartphones in the world to combine a 5.5” IPS display with 1080p high-definition resolution performance at 400+ pixels-per-inch, all under the latest, touch-capacitive Gorilla Glass 2
  • Camera: The phone is equipped with a 13 MP camera and an industry-leading Sony® Exmor BSI sensor. Moreover, the camera has an F1.8 focal length lens, making it the first smartphone to offer such a wide aperture on its camera. The front camera has also been widened to an 88⁰ viewing angle, the widest available on a smartphone front camera for convenient self-photos and video calls.

Retail price for the K900 is Rs. 32999.

Lenovo P780

P780: A smartphone for professionals with a high powered 4000mAh battery

  • Battery: The P780 has the best battery life of all smartphones in the market today and boasts 25 hours of active standby thanks to Lenovo Smart Energy and a 4000mAH battery, the largest in its class
  • Processor: The P780 is equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor for a smooth experience
  • IPS screen: The P780 has a large, high-resolution IPS Screen offering clearer images, better refresh rates and show accurate colors from all viewing angles (178 Degrees)

Retail price for the P780 is Rs. 22529.

S920 Lenovo

S920: A super slim, large screen entertainment phone 

  • IPS screen: Fronted by a 5.3” (1280 x 720) IPS display, and framed in a smooth, rounded chassis, the Lenovo S920 smartphone is eye-grabbing, either when viewing the 16M-color screen or admiring it from afar.
  • Camera: The S920’s rear-mounted “super camera” shoots at 8MP for clearer images, and allows for up to 100 consecutive shots in burst mode, capturing still shots within video and advanced photo editing functions.
  • Processor: Backed by a 1.2GHz, quad-core processor, the S920 handles videos and demanding game graphics with ease
  • Size & Weight: The phone weighs only 159g and has a depth of merely 7.9mm, with a unique “hourglass” design that gives it an even slimmer feel

Retail price for the S920 is Rs. 26399

 

S820: A sleek, ergonomically designed multimedia phone

  • Processor: The phone is powered by a powerful 1.2 Ghz Quadcore processor for ultra-smooth Android experience.
  • Camera: A high-res 12MP camera captures ultra-fine images and a 2MP front camera. It is also equipped with SuperCamera software allowing you to take 100 photos in burst mode, take stills while video recording et al

Retail price for the S820 is Rs. 19599.

Lenovo A706

A706: A high performance phone

  • Processor: The phone is backed by a 1.0GHz, quad-core processor and 1GB RAM
  • Sound Quality: The Dolby Digital Plus technology lets you get the best audio experience from headphones or built-in speakers
  • Display: The phone has a 4.5” IPS display for a better experience when gaming, watching videos or surfing the net. A higher resolution means sharper images.

Retail price for the A706 is Rs. 15949.

Lenovo A390

A390: A value smartphone with substance

  • Processor: The phone has a 4” Capacitive Display with 480 x 800 resolution for a better experience when gaming, watching videos  or surfing the net. A higher resolution means sharper images
  • Storage: The A390 offers 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage expandable up to 32GB, and handles mobile gaming with ease
  • Camera: With a 5.0MP camera for capturing and sharing photos of friends, the A390 is the perfect solution for customers needing a solid performer that doesn’t break the budget

Retail price for the A390 is Rs. 8689.

Product Factsheets (links to PDF)

Lava & Intel Launch the Xolo X900

Intel & Lava Mobile unveiled the Xolo X900 back in MWC; back then it was one of three phones with Intel’s Mobile SOC (More specifically, the Atom Z2460), the other two being the Lenovo K900 and the Orange Santa Clara. Well, they finally launched the device, so the Xolo X900 is officially the first smartphone to be launched that utilizes Intel’s Processor. The device itself is based on Intel’s reference design. The launch (and sales figures) means a lot more to Intel than it does to Lava; Intel has been trying (unsuccessfully) to get into the Mobile processor space that’s so far been ruled by ARM.

The phone will be available from Monday, April 23rd via Xolo.in and at Croma Stores for around Rs. 22,000 (around $400). Nothing has changed in terms of specs since MWC:

  • Display: 4.03″ 1024×600 TFT LCD
  • Processor: 1.6GHz Intel Z2460 Atom
  • Imaging: 1.3MP Front facing Camera, 8MP Rear Camera, Full HD (1080p) video recording, Burst Mode image capture at upto 10FPS
  • Battery: 1460 mAh
  • OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread (ICS coming soon)
  • Memory: 1GB RAM, 16GB Internal Storage
  • Connectivity: WiFi b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 2.1, USB 2.0, Quadband GSM, Quadband HSPA+
Intel has also worked to ensure app compatibility on the device with all apps that have been basically made for ARM devices by means of a software layer, but we’re not sure what will work and what won’t right out of the box. The battery life has been quoted as upto 7.8 hours of 3G talk time, but it’ll be interesting to see how this holds up to actual daily use.

 

Lava and Intel unveil the Xolo X900

Lava International has partnered with Intel to release the Xolo X900. Apart from the weird name, the Xolo X900 has some decent specs; it’s based on Intel’s Medfield Processor and the handset itself is based on Intel’s reference design so don’t expect something that actually stands out. It does have NFC built in and claims to have a camera capable of “capturing 10 pictures in under  a second”.  We’ll have to see how it stands up to real use when it launches in Q2 this year on Airtel & Aircel in India.

Here’re the specs:

  • Display: 4″ 1024×600 LCD
  • Processor: 1.6GHz Intel Z2460 Atom
  • Imaging: 1.3MP Front facing Camera, 8MP Rear Camera,
  • Battery: 1460 mAh
  • OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Intel Says they have ICS running on the Device, it’s upto the handset maker to push it out)

Here’s the Press Release:

Lava First to Deliver New Smartphone Based on Intel Technology to Fast-Growing India Market

Lava Launches XOLO Brand, Bringing Best of Intel Computing to Mobile Users in India

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, Barcelona, Spainand New Delhi, India, Feb. 27, 2012 – Intel Corporation and Lava International Ltd., one of India’s fastest-growing mobile handset companies, announced that the companies are collaborating to launch the XOLO X900 — India’s first smartphone with Intel Inside®. The XOLO X900 from Lava is based on Intel’s smartphone reference design featuring the Intel® Atom™ processor Z2460 with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology and supporting HSPA+ with the Intel XMM 6260 Platform.

Lava is a successful and growing mobile phone brand in the Indian market. In order to bring a high- performance and differentiated smartphones to the market, Lava has collaborated with Intel to introduce its first Intel-based smartphone under the brand XOLO. The XOLO X900 Android smartphone is expected to hit retail shelves in India early in the second quarter this year and will support all major 2G and 3G networks.

“We are proud to partner with Intel on XOLO to bring a superior smartphone computing experience to customers in India,” said Vishal Sehgal, co-founder and director, Lava International. “Over the last two and a half years, we have built our business in the feature phone segment where Lava has been the brand of choice for nearly 10 million Indian customers. With XOLO, we intend to now serve the discerning and fast-paced smartphone customer, which is where this collaboration with Intel is critical to us.”

“India is one of the fastest-growing smartphone markets with the world’s second-largest mobile subscriber base,” said Mike Bell, Intel vice president and general manager of the Mobile and Communications Group. “We are pleased to be working with Lava to bring the best of Intel computing to the India market. Lava’s XOLO X900 device is a great result of our collaboration. It also demonstrates how innovative and compelling products can be brought to market through strong partnerships by using Intel’s smartphone reference design as a foundation.”

The XOLO X900 is powered by a super-fast 1.6 Ghz processor and comes equipped with a 4.03-inch high-resolution LCD touch screen for crisp text and vibrant images. The smartphone delivers a fast application, Web browsing and multitasking experience, and also features two cameras for advanced imaging and video capabilities, including burst mode that allows individuals to capture 10 pictures in under a second with 8-megapixel quality. The smartphone also supports HDMI®, NFC and HD video playback.

As service providers roll out 3G services and connect more cities in India, the smartphone market will grow as more people access the Internet from their phones. The smartphone opportunity in India for 2012 stands at 19.1 million units which is a 78 percent growth year-on-year over 2011, according to Deepak Kumar, research director for Telecommunications and Mobile Phones, IDC India.

About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

About Lava
Lava international is one of the fastest growing brands in Indian mobile market today. The organization started operations only 30 months back and is rapidly growing its market share. “Get the power in your hand”- with this motto as the guiding principle, Lava embarked on its journey to empower people with innovative products. Today the brand has a wide range of handsets in its portfolio. The company has already expanded its operations in all the states of India and has a network of 1,000 distributors and presence in ~50,000 retail counters.

Intel, Atom and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries. Lava, Xolo and Lava Xolo are trademarks of Lava International Ltd.

* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

 

Source: Engadget

Intel and Nokia Joint Innovation Center: Mobile 3D

Intel & Nokia announced today that they would be establishing a Joint Research Center,along with the University of Oulu.  One of the initiative’s first objectives will be to work on developing a 3D experience, leveraging mobile computing power, to be used by Meego.

Here’s the press release:

University Research Center Will Lead to New User Interfaces and Experiences

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Intel Corporation, Nokia and the University of Oulu have announced the establishment of their first joint research center.
  • One of the first objectives of the new lab is to create new and compelling mobile user experiences that leverage the rapidly increasing capabilities of mobile devices.
  • The lab is the latest member of Intel Labs Europe – Intel’s European Research Network.

OULU, Finland, Aug. 24, 2010 – Intel Corporation, Nokia and the University of Oulu officially opened the Intel and Nokia Joint Innovation Center today. It will employ about two dozen R&D professionals and become the latest member of Intel’s European Research Network, Intel Labs Europe.

Initially the lab will conduct research for new and compelling mobile user experiences that could leverage the rapidly increasing capabilities of mobile devices. Creating interfaces that are more similar to interactions in the real world can enable experiences that are more natural and intuitive, in the same way that modern games and movies are more immersive through the use of realistic 3-D graphics.

The new lab is well aligned with the MeeGo open source platform recently launched by Intel and Nokia. MeeGo provides the greatest flexibility for developing new 3-D experiences on mobile devices as much of the lab’s research activity will also be open source.

“The University of Oulu’s focus on future telecommunications solutions as well as electronics and photonics made it the perfect location for the Intel and Nokia Joint Innovation Center,” says Justin Rattner, Intel chief technology officer and director of Intel Labs.

Another potential area of research could look into technologies that allow displaying a 3-D hologram of the person you are talking to on the phone, a capability only found in science fiction movies today. Consumers will feel more involved and engaged with their mobile experience than with current methods.

“3-D technology could change the way we use our mobile devices and make our experiences with them much more immersive,” said Rich Green, Senior vice president and chief technical officer, Nokia. “Our new joint laboratory with Intel draws on the Oulu research community’s 3-D interface expertise, and over time will lay down some important foundations for future mobile experiences.”

The lab will be located at the Center for Internet Excellence at the University of Oulu, and will work closely with the Oulu Urban Living Labs, which provide a unique environment for sensor research, testing and piloting technological and social innovations. The Intel and Nokia Joint Innovation Center follows a successful industry and academia collaboration model similar to the ones of Intel Labs Barcelona and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Spain, the Intel Visual Computing Institute and the Saarland University in Germany or Intel Labs Berkeley at the University of California at Berkeley in the United States.

About Intel Labs Europe
Intel R&D/Innovation in Europe is driven by a network of research labs, product development labs and innovation labs spanning the region as well as a variety of Intel business units. Intel Labs Europe was formally established in early 2009 as the central means of coordinating activities across this diverse and extensive network, and to strengthen and improve Intel’s alignment with European R&D. Today, Intel’s European research & development network, Intel Labs Europe, consists of 22 labs employing more than 900 R&D professionals.
About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.comblogs.intel.com.
and
Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.
* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.”

Source: Intel News Room

Meego UI for Handsets unveiled!

Intel & Nokia have officially unveiled Meego for mobile, and it looks really good.

The current release, which is actually available here, is still pre-alpha, and comes with it’s share of bugs. The Meego team says that this is a release targeted at developers and is not meant for the end user, but if you’re brave enough/have a few N900’s lying around, go ahead and check it out. In case you do, let us know what you think about it by commenting below!

You can learn more about Meego here.

Check out this video of how the UI looks and behaves:

Here are some of the UI screen shots:

Introducing MeeGo!

Big news at the MWC:2010 today, Nokia and Intel teamed up and merged their platforms Maemo and Moblin to form MeeGomeego

MeeGo is an open source project and is  hosted by the Linux Foundation which encourages community contributions.

Project releases for MeeGo version 1 are expected in the second quarter of 2010.

You can find out more on their FAQ page over here.

While  you’re at it, have a look at the Qt blogpost welcoming MeeGo at this link.