Lenovo announced its ultra slim (6.9mm) 5.5" 1080p IdeaPhone K900 at CES earlier this year, based on Intel's presently unannounced CloverTrail+ SoC. While we're expecting to learn a lot more about CT+ next week at MWC, Intel did post a video showcasing the K900's performance. The video below includes footage of the K900 running Epic's Citadel for Android very smoothly at 1080p, as well as PR TextureMark.

PR TextureMark is a video decode/GPU texturing/memory bandwidth benchmark, although Intel was careful not to actually run the benchmark on the phone. Intel's Atom SoCs have always been very good on the memory interface side compared to the ARM competition, which makes PR TextureMark an obvious showcase for the platform.

Epic's Citadel runs well on the K900, but as we showed earlier, it runs well on just about every high-end Android smartphone at this point. It's clear that the CT+ based K900 however integrates a much better GPU than the PowerVR SGX 540 included in Medfield, as the latter wouldn't be able to run Citadel at 1080p this smoothly.

I should also point out that some have been incorrectly assuming that the K900 is based on Intel's forthcoming Merrifield silicon. Merrifield and the rest of Intel's 22nm SoC lineup isn't due to ship/sample until the latter part of this year. Lenovo's K900 will be available in China starting in April, and expanding to other territories afterwards.

Source: Intel YouTube - François Piednoël

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  • Kjella - Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - link

    Intel already sells an Atom E620 to use in embedded appliances for $19, so I'm not sure where you're getting that from, if they're aiming for $300+ phones and tablets there's a healthy market even if they won't compete for the low end. Just because you're Chipzilla doesn't mean it's easy, just look at how long it's taken them to get decent graphics performance. Yet them seem to gain a little with each generation...
  • StrangerGuy - Sunday, February 24, 2013 - link

    The innovation dilemma is a bitch.

    I don't think any of the major players with inhouse ARM design teams would want to be locked into x86 solely designed and manufactured by a single entitty by this point either. Besides, now with current gen high-end ARM chips being more than fast enough for usual phone stuff, the next wave will be next-gen low-end ones with the same level of performance for developing markets with margins so low Intel won't be able to compete with to recoup their enormous R&D costs.
  • hammerd2 - Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - link

    Competing with Tegra4 won't be an issue, unless it's trying to find a product with one in to compare it with :-)

    Process shrink will see Intel hitting parity with ARM designs in much shorter order than ARM will be comfortable with I'm sure.
  • MadMan007 - Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - link

    Here's hoping there's a Nexus phone based on an Intel chip...the 2014 model with a Bay Trail/Valleyview SoC would be cool.
  • nofumble62 - Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - link

    which processor inside is what for the fan boys to debate.
  • Toadster - Thursday, February 21, 2013 - link

    All this talk/chatter about the processor (which looks to be pretty fast) I just think this phone looks awesome!

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