Lenovo K8 Note
It’s been since long time launched a new smartphone under its own brand. The wait is finally over and Lenovo K8 Note is here. The phone sports mid-end specifications, dual cameras, and a big battery. There are two variants of the phone: 3GB RAM and 32GB storage at Rs 12,999 while the 4GB RAM and 64 GB storage version will cost Rs 13,999. Lenovo K8 Note has become the company’s first smartphone to embrace stock , even though -branded phones have been shipping with the stock Android for a while now.
2. Battery with turbo charging
3. Dedicated Music Button
6. Splash resistant
1. Processor can be better
2. No Backlight in the button
3. Dual Camera can be better
4. Design Can improve
The dual-SIM (Nano) Lenovo K8 Note runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The smartphone is powered by a deca-core MediaTek MT6797 SoC with four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4GHz, four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.85GHz, and two Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.3GHz. The processor is accompanied by either 3GB or 4GB of RAM.
Getting to the primary USP of the Lenovo K8 Note, its dual rear camera setup, the smartphone sports a 13-megapixel primary sensor that's accompanied a 5-megapixel depth sensor, enabling the smartphone to capture depth-of-field effects like Bokeh. The rear camera has a dual-LED CCT flash module. At the front, the Lenovo K8 Note sports a 13-megapixel camera with an LED flash module.
The Lenovo K8 Note ships with either 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via a dedicated microSD card (up to 128GB) slot. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and 3.5mm audio jack. The smartphone is powered by a 4000mAh non-removable battery and supports rapid charging with the bundled 15W rapid charger in the box - Lenovo says this is the first smartphone from its stables to ship with a rapid charger, something that's pretty staple with the Moto series. The battery is rated to deliver up to 24.7 hours of talk time, and 378 hours of standby time.
The K8 Note measures 154.5x75.9x8.5mm and weighs 180 grams. Sensors on board the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. It bears a fingerprint rear on the back panel, below the dual camera setup. The company is also touting the smartphone's Dolby Atmos support for improved audio performance. There's also a dedicated Music Key on the smartphone, which allows users to launch the music app, and control playback, based on shortcuts and can be customized to open and close flash light or camera to change music key you have to go to Setting > Music Key.
· Deca Core Processor 2.3GHz- MediaTek Helio X23
· GPU – Mali T880 MP4
· Android 7.1.1 Nougat (Upgradable to Android 8.0)
· Two Colours – Black and Gold
· Two Variant
o 3GB RAM and 32GB Storage – Rs 12999/-
o 4GB RAM and 64GB Storage – Rs 13999/-
· 4G VoLTE Supported
· Bluetooth 4.2
· FM Radio
· 3.5mm Jack
· micro SD Card supported up to 128GB
· 13 + 5 MP Dual Rear Camera with dual tone flash light
· 13 MP fornt Facing Camera with Flash
· Battery – 4000mAH with turbo charge
· Display - Full HD with corning gorilla glass protection
The Lenovo K8 Note's metal body feels sturdy when you hold the phone for the first time. The Aluminium 6000 material offers a premium feel and a soft touch. While there's no doubt that the K8 Note is one of the better looking phones in its category, the design is far from original, and strongly reminds of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. It has 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass spread across the front edges, which looks neat. Lenovo has used an anti-fingerprint coating on the screen which means you shouldn't have to bother cleaning it very often.
The Lenovo K8 Note has capacitive navigation buttons at the front, which are not backlit. It will often had trouble using them in the dark. The front camera has its own LED flash which has been a popular demand lately, according to Lenovo. The rear has the dual cameras which are placed one above the other, accompanied by a dual LED flash. The fingerprint sensor is right below the cameras, and was easily accessible at any point. The overall size and placement of physical buttons makes them easy to use. I liked the fact that power and volume buttons have been slightly low to easily fall under a thumb or forefinger depending on which hand you are holding the phone in.
There are the familiar antenna bands on the top and bottom of the handset's rear. The bands will match the phone's colour, making them blend in. The Lenovo K8 Note will be available in Fine Gold and Venom Black. Lenovo has gone with minimalistic branding on the K8 Note, which is good. You can find a logo at the back.
The left panel has a dedicated "Music key" which is customisable for any purpose. Users can customise it via Settings > Music Key for playing/ pausing audio or video, toggling the flashlight, launching the camera, taking a screenshot, or opening a specific app. The Music Key has a red colour accent to make it stand out, with play and pause icons above it. There are also dedicated slots for two SIMs and a microSD card, which Lenovo stressed is one of the most demanded features in this segment. There's a Micro-USB port at the bottom, with a speaker grille on either side. Unfortunately, there's only one functional speaker, but this phone does support Dolby Atmos Audio enhancement. The other grille is just for show, much like on many other budget phones. The top has a 3.5mm audio jack.
There is no trouble using the K8 Note with just one hand. It measures 154.5x75.9x8.5mm and its rounded edges make it fit well in a palm. At 180g, this phone is a bit heavy compared to the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (175 grams) which should be seen as direct competition. Additionally, the Lenovo K8 Note has a water repellent design which help it survive light splashes, but don't consider it to be equivalent to actual water resistance. Lenovo clearly points out that liquid damage will not be covered under the warranty.
When compared to the Lenovo K6 Note, the Lenovo K8 Note has a lot of improvements in terms of design that make it feel more premium for its price. In the box, you get a transparent plastic case, a USB cable, a 15W rapid charger, a SIM ejector, and instruction manuals. The Lenovo K8 Note is the company's first smartphone to ship with a rapid charger. However, there are now no bundled earphones which might be a bit of disappointment for some buyers.
· Material – Metal and Polycarbonate
· Dimension – 154.5 x 75.9 x 8.5 mm (6.08 x 2.99 x 0.33 inch)
· Weight – 180g
· Thickness – 8.5mm
· Form Factor - Candybar
· SIM – Dual SIM(Nano + Nano) – Left Side
· Micro SD Card slot – Left Side
· 3.5mm jack – On Top
· Micro USB 2.0 - Bottom
· Music Key – left side
· Power button and Volume Rockers – Right Side
· speaker grille – Bottom
One of the big changes Lenovo is making with its all-new K8 Note is in terms of software. The Chinese company confirmed that all future Lenovo phones will run stock Android out-of-the-box. The Lenovo K8 Note runs on the recent Android 7.1.1 Nougat. This means Lenovo has entirely ditched its Vibe Pure UI. Running Android 7.1.1, the Lenovo K8 Note comes has the 3D Touch-like app shortcuts feature, which was rolled out in December last year. K8 Note users can perform contextual actions using any optimised app by simply long-pressing its icon. Lenovo promises that users can expect timely updates from now on. Some of the other notable Android 7.1.1 features on the K8 Note include GIF support directly in the keyboard, a wide varieties of new emoji, split-screen multitasking, and Google Assistant.
You get all the standard Google apps including Duo, Play Movies and Play Music but the phone also comes with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, which are removable. The interface is fluid, and you won't feel the device stuttering even when many apps are running. Google's Photos app becomes the default gallery, which in my opinion is good, since you can sync all your photos and videos to the cloud.
There are still some minor tweaks to the software. You can find the Dolby Atmos app preloaded on the handset for tweaking audio settings. There's also TheaterMax VR support which was initially introduced with the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note. This time around, however, Lenovo doesn't have an exclusive partnership with any headset maker. The company feels that there are enough VR headsets in the Indian market, and the Lenovo K8 Note with TheaterMax tech will support most of them.
TheaterMax mode on the K8 Note with a VR headset works flawlessly. The VR mode can be enabled by long-pressing the power button and tapping the TheaterMax option. This lets you enjoy media on a virtual large screen, with a 100-degree field of view. I hope that Lenovo partners with content providers and does even more with its VR push.
Interestingly, Lenovo has already promised that the K8 Note will be receiving an update to Android O before end of this year which makes it an even sweeter deal at this price.
· Android 7.1.1 Nougat (upgradable to 8.0)
· Google apps Duo, Play Movies and Play Music, Photos (Default – Gallery App) but the phone also comes with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, which are removable.
· Dolby Atmos – Audio Setting
· Theatre Max VR support (VR Headset is included in the bundled so you have to purchase it from outside)
The K8 Note has received a major bump in the camera department. It sports a 13-megapixel Purcell sensor and a 5-megapixel Samsung BSI sensor at the back. While the main 13-megapixel sensor is used to capture images, the 5-megapixel one captures depth of field information. The Camera app on the K8 Note is pretty stock which means you won't get a lot of tweaking options. Users can take images either in Normal mode or in Depth-enabled mode for a bokeh effect. Images taken in normal mode have good details and natural colours with low noise. The camera is quick to lock focus on a subject, and landscapes and macros are decent too. A lot more detail was visible in outdoor shots compared to most smartphone cameras in this category.
Coming to the depth-enabled shots, the K8 Note handled this well but achieving a natural bokeh effect did take some effort. There will be times where you can get it right without making several attempts, but most often, you will get blurred-out shots the first time. You need to set the aperture value between f/1.7 to f/2.8 to blur out the background. The K8 Note camera was a bit harsh, and we ended up with some shots with unnatural-looking edges. Sometimes the subject wasn't adequately separated from the background and was partially blurred itself. I hope that this is something Lenovo can improve with software updates especially considering that the Lenovo K8 Note is the company's first smartphone with dual cameras.
Low-light shots tended to have a lot of noise especially when there was very little light around. The camera for landscape shots at night ended up with results that looked washed out. Some indoor shots had visible color shading with poor detail.
The 13-megapixel front camera does a good job with selfies and the LED flash adds to its usefulness. There is a beauty mode and pro mode to tweak shots slightly. The front camera was able to capture colour tones and details well enough compared to the competition in the segment.
· 13 MP + 5MP – f/1.7, phase detection autofocus, Dual LED flash
o Geo – Tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama
o Pro – Mode, Beautify Mode
· Video – 180p 30fps
· Front Facing Camera – 13MP – f/2.0, LED Flash, Wide Angle
o Pro – Mode, Beautify Mode
The 5.5-inch display on the Lenovo K8 Note is a 1080p affair with a pixel density of 401ppi, resulting in crisp text. The IPS panel offers vibrant colours. The brightness levels are also adequate, and there is no issue in reading the display outdoors. Protecting the display against scratches and accidental drops is a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. From the display settings, you can switch between vibrant and standard color profile (just like Moto phones). Whites on the display lean towards blue, which is what most consumers must be used to by now. The display brightness, dynamic range, contrast, and colors are good for the price. Bluelight filter isn’t present on the phone by default. Yes, the option to switch to the sRGB color mode is present under developer options, but you can’t enable it. If you toggle it on, it gets turned off as soon as you leave developer options. The phone has adaptive brightness. So there are no issues under Sunlight.
· Size - 5.5”
· 1920*1080p – Full HD
· Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection
· 71.1% screen – to – body ratio
· Multi-Touch upto 10 fingers
The 4000mAh battery in the K8 Note lasts roughly for 20 hours with heavy usage. With lighter usage, phone easily lasted over a day before switching to battery saving mode. However, the K8 Note still falls short of what the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 delivers in terms of battery performance.
In standard video loop test, the K8 Note lasted for 14 hours and 20 minutes, which is good enough for a battery of this size. The Lenovo K8 Note ships with a rapid charger which means you can top it up quickly. 20-minute charge took up to roughly 40 percent which should be enough juice to last for few hours. If you need a full charge, it will take nearly two hours.
· Battery Type – Li – po,
· Non – Removable
· Battery Life
o Standby – 15 Days
o Talk Time (4G) – 24.7hrs
· Battery Capacity – 4000 mAH
The Lenovo K8 Note price in India starts at Rs. 12,999, and it will be available exclusively via Amazon India from 12pm IST, August 18. The smartphone has been launched in a two variants in India, with a 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant and a 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant. I've already mentioned the price of the base model, while the higher-specced version is priced at Rs. 13,999. It will be made available in Fine Gold and Venom Black colour variants.
Launch offers of the Lenovo K8 Note on Amazon India include a Rs. 900 discount on the Moto Sports Headphones, up to 80 percent off on Kindle ebooks (up to Rs. 300), and a Idea data offer - up to 64GB of 4G data from Idea with unlimited calls for 56 days at Rs. 343.
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Lenovo has done pretty good job this time around. Lenovo K8 Note is one of the best in its price. It delivers great multi-media features like Dolby Atmos, Theatre Max VR support, Full HD display, Good Camera Front and Rear both. Both Camera come with Led Flash lights. It is splash resistant as well which can save your phone in rain. It have several other features like Fingerprint scanner, 4G VoLTE. Pricing is also great. But everything have Negative things as well, like that its also get some like not that good processor and design. It has MediaTek Helio X23 which can lag while playing high-end games. Design is also average can be improved. Overall the phone is great and can be considered in this price segment. Thumbs Up for Lenovo K8 Note
Good in Lenovo K8 Note
· Stock Android love it
· Music Key
· Battery with turbo charge
Bad in Lenovo K8 Note
· Average Design
Ratings – 3.5/5