Lenovo K8 Note review
Lenovo has accomplished an unattainable goal in Indian Smartphone market with the launch of their flagship K series Android based smartphones and acquisition of American tech giant Motorola. To join this fleet of powerful devices Lenovo has just launched another powerfully-specced smartphone called K8 Note which is going to be tough competition for the smartphone of this level from other brands such as the Cool pad, honor, and One plus. Lenovo launched the K8 Note as the replacement and direct successor to K6 Note which was launched last year. The K8 Note is better than its ancestor in every term so let’s dwell deep about the stuff and goodies Lenovo has it with. The Lenovo K8 Note review includes design, specifications, camera & battery, performance and other extended features.
Mask Off – exterior and design
Similar to other smartphones of K series, K8 Note is also composed of metal (Aluminum 600) body that gives sturdy feeling when you hold it first time with the premium look and soft touch. Moreover, it has been said the K8 is far better from the original design to make it even more ergonomic and everyday device. When it comes to the display Lenovo has equipped it 5.5 inch HD display with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels and a pixel density of about 401 PPI added with 2.5D Corning gorilla glass protection. Lenovo has kept the screen-to-body ratio of about 71% which is slightly less than the K5 Note and K6 Note smartphones. Keeping every detail in mind, Lenovo has also coated the phone with anti-fingerprint material on the screen making the sensory system hassle-free.
Above the display of typical bar shaped K8 Note, you will get a front camera with LED flash, speaker grille, LED notification indicator, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. While below the screen there are three capacitive touch buttons. On the edge it has power and volume buttons within in thumb’s rich while on the left edge it has micro SD card (up to 128GB) & SIM card (Micro + Nano) slots along with newly introduced feature called a dedicated music key to control the music playback which was missing in previous smartphones of K Note series. You can long press the key to start and stop the music, double press to skip the song and triple press to switch to the previous song. What a music lover can ask for more!
The K8 measures 154.5×75.9×8.5mm and its rounded edges make it handy and fit well in a palm. Moreover, the water repellent and shock proof design help it to survive light splashes and quick drop. When it comes to back panel of K8 note, it houses the vertically placed dual 13MP camera and LED flash on the right-hand side. Below the camera finger print sensor is located. Still, when compared to another smartphone of this range there few design elements missing to give it even more sophisticated look.
Specification and software
Lenovo launched the K8 Note in 3GB with 32GB and 4GB with 64GB, RAM, and memory respectively, variants. Both variants are powered by deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 (MT6797) processor out of them four cores clocks at 1.8GHz, another four at 1.4GHz and remaining two at cores at 2.3GHz leaving no chances for lagging. When it comes to the graphics, Mali T880 takes the charge and handles games and app animations without slouching. One important thing to notice, K8 Note is the only smartphone with the Deca-core processor in this price range which makes it quite unique in terms of performance. According to Lenovo K8 Note review from popular sites, Android memory management of K8 Note can run more than 20 application without noticing even single lag. Even the gaming is quite able to handle heavy graphics of games such as the need for speed but the warming up of the phone has been noted after certain minutes of continues playing. Though the odds are on the side of K8 when it comes to performance. Moreover, it is running on the latest Android operating system and comes with tonnes of sensors and all standard features a smartphone should have such as Wifi, GPS, finger print sensor, Bluetooth etc. Lenovo has also changed the primary UI from Vibe to stock Android. you will find a couple of pre-installed Lenovo apps on board such as File Manager bunch of Microsoft apps, Lenovo Help, and Dolby Atmos. Microsoft apps include PowerPoint, Word, Excel, OneNote, Outlook and more & Google apps as well.
Camera and Battery
Next and the last part of Lenovo K8 note review is the Camera. The Camera UI is similar to most other MediaTek-powered smartphones with toggles for Flash, Timer, HDR, and options to switch between photos, videos, panorama, and switch between front and rear cameras and select manual to control the various aspects of pictures manually. Lenovo has packed the K8 Note with a 13MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash & PureCel plus OV13855 sensor, along with a secondary 5-megapixel Samsung BSI sensor camera with the S5K5E2 sensor to capture depth information. It has a 13-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, wide-angle lens, and soft LED flash. When it comes to batter K8 is powered by 4000mAh non-removable battery and supports the rapid charging. As per the Lenovo, the K8 can go more than 20 hours in the single charge with heavy usage of applications, gaming, video playing and internet surfing. Though 4000mAh is much capacitive compared to other smartphones of this price range and level.
Pros and cons of buying Lenovo K8 Note
- Latest Android version
- Longer battery life
- Turbo Charger
- Splash resistant
- Economical price
- Dedicated music key
- Deca-Core processor
- Average design