Lenovo K8 Note has finally launched in India with some cool specs and great full metal design. In recent, months Lenovo is only concentrating on Moto to launch smartphones. But now they finally launched a smartphone with their own name and brand. Lenovo’s own smartphones however have suffered as a result of the company concentrating more on the Moto brand name as of late.
K8 Note – a smartphone which not only comes with a premium all-metal design and top of the line specifications but is also the first device from Lenovo’s stable to run on a near stock version of Android. It seems i.e Lenovo is finally killing its Vibe UI from their smartphones. Lenovo K8 Note priced at 12,999 which is competitive segment in smartphone market. Where as its nearly competitor Moto G5 Plus is very known to Lenovo. Lenovo claims that the performance, cameras and software experience are the key highlights of the smartphone.
Phone`s Software [Stock Android]
First impression of smartphone from inside feels that, it is a Moto phone in body of Lenovo. Previous Lenovo smartphones ran Vibe UI which was notorious for being very heavy, laggy and full of bloat. Thankfully, Vibe UI is now dead in the water. Stock Android is truly the highlight of this device. Paired with the fairly powerful internals, the software just seems to zip along and rarely shows signs of slowing down. This smarphone is a complete copy of Motorola handset from its software end.
The Music Key can be used to control music playback. It can also be used to perform a variety of other functions such as opening a third party application or turning on the flashlight upon a long press. I personally love it when OEM’s include such customisable hardware keys and this particular implementation reminds me of Nokia’s old Xpress Music phones which used to come with dedicated music controls.
What is also missing is Moto’s suite of applications and iconic gestures such as twist for opening the camera and double karate chop for turning on the torch.
The big question mark when it comes to the K8 Note is whether the smartphone will receive timely updates. Historically, Lenovo has not had a very good reputation for updating their smartphones on time. Lenovo claims that the move to a common software platform will help them provide better support and efficient updates so hopefully the K8 Note will buck the trend.
All Metal Premium Look & design
The software is packaged in quite a premium body made entirely out of metal and glass – there is no plastic to be found here. The back is made entirely of metal and the front is an all glass affair protected by Gorilla Glass.
While the K8 Note is a little chunky and weighty, it looks very classy especially in the sleek matte finished Venom Black color. My only problem with the design is that it is not very original and looks a little generic from some angles. The build quality though is top-notch and the phone feels built to last.
5.5 inches Crisp & Powerful Display
The Lenovo K8 Note comes with fairly powerful internals. The smartphone is powered by the deca-core MediaTek Helio X23 processor paired with the Mali T880 GPU, a 4,000mAh battery with TurboCharge support and either 3 or 4GB of RAM depending on the variant. In my limited time with the device, the K8 Note seemed to handle day to day tasks like web browsing and social media use fairly well. Further tests and evaluations are needed to determine the battery life and how the smartphone handles intensive use and gaming.
A point of concern with the MediaTek processor is its efficiency. Even in my limited time of use, the device showed signs of overheating. While the X23 is quite a powerful processor, MediaTek chipsets are not very well known for their power management and efficiency.
The ‘bokeh’ shots produced by the dual camera look nice if a little artificial
The K8 Note comes with a 5.5-inch full HD IPS LCD display which seems par for the course. It has nice and punchy colours and good viewing angles. It is also good to see Lenovo not follow in the footsteps of some of its rivals and equip a phone in this segment with a 720p panel. What I noticed within a few hours of using the device is that the maximum brightness is not enough to deal with Delhi’s blazing sun. Also, the top and bottom bezels are a bit too big and make the phone a bit unwieldy to hold in one hand.
To add to the K8 Note’s multimedia credentials, the smartphone supports Dolby ATMOS and Theatre MAX 2.0. The surround sound effect that DOLBY ATMOS audio provides will appease most while watching movies or TV shows but audiophiles may find it artificial. Theatre MAX 2.0 basically splits your mobile screen into two halves. When viewed through a VR headset, it seems as if you are watching content on a large screen. While the feature is a bit gimmicky, it is a nifty one to have nonetheless and will be a great conversation starter.
The smartphone supports all the usual stuff when it comes to connectivity – Wi-Fi, 4G, Dual SIMs and so on. Where it pulls ahead of the competition is that it does not come with the menace called a hybrid SIM slot – brownie points for Lenovo for that. However, the lack of NFC and the presence of microUSB port for charging and data transfer which just feels old fashioned in 2017 are downers.
The K8 Note comes with dual cameras at the rear – a primary 13MP Pure Cell sensor alongside a secondary 5MP sensor. Both cameras have an aperture of F2.0. The primary camera seems to produce quite good images in well lit scenarios with good detail and dynamic range. On the front, there is a 13MP sensor with an aperture of f/2/2 which also seems to be above average.
Has Lenovo done enough with the K8 Note? That’s the big question. Lenovo K8 Note might not the best looking smartphone I’ve ever seen, but it appears to be a solid option. Its dual cameras, and pure Android software are all plus points. The pricing means this will challenge the Redmi Note 4, which is one of the most popular smartphones in the category.