The Lenovo LePhone: Something Different

Posted: Jan 12 2010, 11:19am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 6:52pm CDT , in Mobile Phones


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Let's talk about design. Specifically the difference between "good", "great" and "innovative" smartphone design. The Droid's design is good; it looks nice, is fairly intuitive, and garners mostly compliments from critics. The Nexus One's design is great; it is sleek and comfortable in your hand and extremely thin yet solid and sturdy. The iPhone's design is innovative; it turned smartphones into a fashion accessory and has caught tens of millions of eyes across the globe to date.

Good and great-looking smartphones are common, but the last truly innovative mobile launched was the original iPhone. At least, that was true until the Lenovo LePhone (PMP Today) was announced. The LePhone has a clamshell-ish design that opens up to reveal a 3.7" touchscreen and a keyboard unlike any you've ever used. It has a center-mounted trackpad, which should allow for easy manipulation and, simultaneously, comfortable typing.

The LePhone is not a true clamshell, though. Not unlike the U1, the phone itself can pop out of the holder that contains the QWERTY keyboard. I would imagine a whole line of accessories (projectors?) will be made for the LePhone to slip into. Both the LePhone and the U1 run on the Skylight OS, although the U1's version of Skylight is Android-based. The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon and the device sports WiFi, Bluetooth, and A-GPS.

This is a device to look out for. I think we'll be hearing a lot about the LePhone and its mother-device, the U1, over the coming months.

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