Lenovo LePhone Makes Keyboard an Option

Lenovo LePhone 

While the rest of the world was excited over the release of Google’s Nexus One, China is set to get giddy over its most anticipated smartphone handset for 2010:  The Lenovo LePhone.

Contrary to popular belief, the LePhone is not named after "The Phone" in French but rather "Happy Phone" in Chinese.  Set to be available in May 2010, the LePhone has a 3.7-inch 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen and is powered by 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset on the hardware side and Android 1.6 OS at the software front.  It also includes cameras on both sides (3 megapixels at the back), A-GPS, WiFi, 3.5mm headphone jack, a 9-pin dock connector, and accelerometer-based controls.

If you like a physical keyboard without the bulkiness that goes with it, LePhone has solved that problem by offering an optional snap-on keyboard highlighted by a circular directional pad at the center.

To target the Chinese smartphone users, LePhone comes preloaded with the most popular apps in China and can download more apps that are fine-tuned for the phone.

No word on the price range and exclusive carrier (if there is any) as of this posting, but we will sure hear more from Lenovo about their LePhone in the coming weeks.

Image source:  Lenovo on Flickr

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