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Lenovo Debuts Android Smartphone, LePhone

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Last year it seemed like everyone was jumping on the smartphone bandwagon. This year it's even worse. Here's a company that we never thought would release a phone. Meet Lenovo's LePhone.

At CES last week Lenovo announced an Android device for the Chinese market. The LePhone packs a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, a 3.7-inch (800x480) capacitive touchscreen, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a three megapixel camera (and an additional, forward-facing camera presumably for video conferencing), GPS and WiFi.

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What's probably the neatest part about the LePhone is that Lenovo is also offering an external keyboard for those who can't bear the thought of a virtual key. It clips on like sort of a hard case but no word on if it'll offer any protection for the phone itself.

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As far as price, release and carrier goes, we're all still in the dark but according to Engadget, it's hitting China first. Hopefully we'll hear more details soon.

Check out Engagdet's hands-on video here.

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    kyeana , January 12, 2010 5:21 PM
    The more the merrier! Personally I'm happy to see android getting so much attention :) 
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    Hanin33 , January 12, 2010 5:26 PM
    correct me if i'm wrong, but doesn't china use a funky CDMA variant? meaning if it comes to the US at all, it'll be sprint/verizon only...
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    JohnnyLucky , January 12, 2010 5:30 PM
    GEE! More of the same stuff. I wonder what kind of spin the marketing guru's will come up with.
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    extremepcs , January 12, 2010 5:31 PM
    Wow, the marketing guy that named it should be fired :)  Anyone old enough to remember the LeCar from the 70's? Right up there with the worst looking cars ever made.
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    Camikazi , January 12, 2010 5:48 PM
    LePhone, the phone that wants to be French.
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    lightsaber , January 12, 2010 6:19 PM
    Well I always believe competition is a good thing, not to mention it helps drive the prices down for the rest of us!!
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    kin3000 , January 12, 2010 6:57 PM
    The name alone just killed its marketability here in the US, unless they plan to advertise it to the female and homosexual market. LePhone sounds way too prissy for me. They should've put more thought into naming their product. Then again, it's going to be marketed only in China. Maybe if they decide to bring it stateside they'll consider renaming it.
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    iboomer , January 12, 2010 7:21 PM
    CamikaziLePhone, the phone that wants to be French.

    End the end though, the phone would surrender.

    Everyone wants a pieces of the pie these days. Don't get me wrong I love innovation, competition, and new gadgets, but in reality how many of these 'new kids' on the block are going to make it? Apple did, but they still don't have the saturation of Nokia. Of course that is changing, but it will still be some time before Apple hits Nokia like heights.

    Stay with what you know folks. Give us innovation in your field of expertise, compete with those in your forum, and sell me stellar gadgets.
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    Anonymous , January 13, 2010 6:16 AM
    Just what the world needs is another piece of Lenovo LeGarbage.
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