Lenovo K8 Note: Really a Killer Note?

Lenovo, a company well known for its mid-range devices has brought a new mid-range device – Lenovo K8 Note.

Lenovo keeps on improving their ‘K’ series but the improvements were minor, and the performance of its ‘K’ series lineup was very average till Lenovo’s K5 lineup.

When Lenovo released its K6 lineup, the game actually changed in favor of the company. (It was the first Lenovo phone to beat Xiaomi Redmi 3 Prime, which was unbeatable at that time)

Lenovo has unveiled its K8 Note, which is quite impressive on the paper. Let’s see what it has to offer us:

  • Build & design:
    • Lenovo K8 Note is made up of a metal uni-body design with curved edges for better in-hand feel and for a better grip.
    • The weight of the device is 180g and the dimensions are 154.5 x 75.9 x 8.5mm, which is pretty good for a budget phone.
    • This time Lenovo has added a nano coating on this device which means it is splash resistant but not water resistant.lenovo-k8-note-variants-840x472
    • Display:
      • Lenovo K8 Note has a 5.5 inch IPS LCD panel with capacitive touch screen.
      • The screen to body ratio is 71.1% which is not bad for a mid-ranger like this and a display resolution of 1080p (1080 x 1920 pixels) which results in a ppi (pixel per inch) of 401ppi pixels density.
    • Performance & Hardware: It is the first department that is exciting.
      • Lenovo K8 Note is powered by a Mediatech Helio X23 chipset which is a deca-core CPU. Yes, you read that right. A deca-core or 10 core tri-cluster CPU (means that the CPU is divided into 3 different parts).
      • 1st cluster is a combination of 4 cores based on the ARM-Cortex A53 clocked at 1.4GHz.
      • 2nd cluster is a combination of 4 cores based on ARM-Cortex A53 clocked at 1.85GHz.
      • 3rd cluster is a combination of 2 cores based on ARM-Cortex A57 which is clocked at 2.3GHz, and is coupled with ARM Mali-T880 MP4 GPU for better gaming performance.
    • Software: Lenovo has decided to use the stock android or vanilla android as their UI which should enhance the performance of the device since its been powered by a MediaTech SOC and Lenovo should provide faster android updates with the stock Android OS.
    • Battery:
      • Lenovo K8 Note has a 4000mAh battery which should give a battery backup of 1day to 1.5 day depending on the usage.
      • Lenovo has added an additional key to the phone which is a red music key to launch the music player and control music as well.
      • The good thing is that it is map able and it can be set to perform any other task like flashlight or opening social media apps etc.
      • Like all Lenovo phones this thing also has theater max as well as Dolby Atmos but with only one speaker which is pretty sad and is a cost cutting in my opinion.lenovo-k8-note-top-features
    • Camera: It is the second department which was surprising and unexpected from Lenovo cause in the past Lenovo has a very bad track record in terms of camera performance.
      • Lenovo has used a dual rear camera setup, a primary camera of 13MP PureCell Plus sensor and a secondary camera of 5MP (which is a Samsung sensor for depth sensing).
      • It has a 13MP front camera with a selfie flash for good selfie. (Well, on paper at least, it sounds pretty good but actual performance can’t be assumed right now)Lenovo-K8-Note-Dual-rear-camera
    • Storage, Price & Connectivity: Lenovo is offering K8 Note with two flavors, what are they? You ask.
      • The two versions are – 3GB RAM & 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM & 64GB internal storage, which can be expanded via microSD card up to 128GB.
      • It has a proper dual sim support so that means you can add 2 sims and a micro SD card as well.
      • Both the sim-slots support 4G connectivity.
      • The phone has both 2.4GHz & 5GHz bandwidth wifi. (That’s pretty good in terms of wifi security)
      • It comes with the prices as INR 12,999 or $204 and INR 13,999 or $220, which is pretty decent.

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Considering the above points, and specs of the K8 Note, it seems to be a pretty decent device. It should perform smoothly without any lag cause of stock android but the actual worry about the processor is that it’s a 10 core processor by MediaTech.

 

If you look at the track record of MediaTech, pushing this processor to its extent would cause overheating. MediaTech processors always heat more that Kirin, Snapdragon and Exynos processors, which lowers down the performance as well as battery life of any electronic equipment. Hope, we really find a robust smart phone in a middle range price.

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