Product Launch by Michael Oryl on Wednesday January 06, 2010.
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At the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show today, Lenovo officially announced its very first smartphone, the Android based LePhone for the Chinese market.
The WCDMA based device features a large 3.7-inch
In spite of the fact that this device is based on the 2.1 version of Android, it does not offer the Android Market or even compatibility with current Android applications on the market. It does, however, support on-screen widgets, a Palm webOS-like card view task manager, and an obviously Apple iPhone inspired main menu. It looks quite different from what we've seen from devices running the Android platform so far.
For starters, it has no keys at all - not even touch sensitive keys. Instead, it relies on a gesture area that is, once again, not unlike what we've seen with Palm's webOS. The phone is equipped with dual cameras, the rear-facing one offering 3 megapixel still photo capability.
The company didn't offer any firm dates as to when the device would be available in China, or when it might attempt to enter the U.S. market with it - if ever.
A video demo of the device will be put up on MobileBurn later today.