We already know Lenovo is super-serious when it comes to Android. After showing off their first smartbook, the Chinese company has unveiled what seems as the single most original Android smartphone out there called Lephone. The trick is in using a somewhat unusual (super rounded), yet expandable design coupled with Lenovo’s own widget-friendly UI (Widget Space) that works on top of Google’s mobile OS.
Specs wise, the Lephone comes with a 3.7-inch WVGA OLED touchscreen (a ala Nexus One), GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, Snapdragon CPU, Android 2.0, dedicated music control keys, and so on. The trick, however, is in the mentioned unique design that allows expansion using a connector on the left side. And as you can guess for yourself from the image above, you can use it to connect a keyboard to the phone this way, which is super-cool! To be fair, the keyboard showcased at the CES has a somewhat awkward layout, but that doesn’t mean you can’t master it with some practicing — as a matter of fact that sounds like a time well spent. 😉
No word on exact release date, but from what we’ve heard – Lenovo plans to initially start selling the phone in China and eventually expand to the U.S. and other markets. We’ll be certainly watching this carefully…