The somewhat reliable DigiTimes reports this morning that Lenovo Group (LNVGY) will launch its first 5.5-inch smartphone with a dual-core 2Ghz Intel (INTC) Atom Z5280 processor in China for $642 in April. According to the publication’s sources, Intel believes the phone named ‘IdeaPhone K900’ is the most important product for its advancement in the smartphone market in 2013 and has provided extensive support to Lenovo, hoping to acquire a firm share in the China smartphone market.
At just 6.9mm thin, the Intel-powered handset is believed to be the thinnest for its class. The device, which comes with 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage and 13MP rear camera with Sony BSI sensor, boasts an In-Plane Switching display with 1,920 x 1080 resolution, placing it firmly next to other full HD phones in the market.
Digitimes notes however, that due to the aggressive competition from ARM-based chipmakers such as Qualcomm (QCOM) and MediaTek, Intel may still face difficulties expanding in the Chinese smartphone market in 2013.