Lenovo LePhone

At Lenovo's press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company unveiled a smartphone called LePhone. We were there to get up close and personal, and grabbed a few pictures of the sleek device.

We weren't permitted to play with the phone ourselves, but from the demos it seems to operate relatively smoothly. Our one concern is that the heavy modification that Lenovo has done to the operating system will rob Android of its crucial usability advantage over most rival platforms. Not all of the homebrewed apps seemed as usable as the Google defaults.

Still, this is yet another interesting Android handset in a year of many interesting Android handsets. While it's not planned for release outside of China just yet, it's certainly a handset to keep an eye on from the Chinese company making baby steps into the mobile market.