Lenovo today announced the company’s latest budget handset- Lenovo K8 Note in the global launch event that took place in the capital city New Delhi. The successor to the last year’s Lenovo K6 Note, the smartphone will be available in two variants- 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage at Rs. 12,999 and Rs. 13,999 respectively on Amazon.in.
This phone marks a shift in company’s software strategy and brings the stock Android experience for Indian consumers. The company says that the new K8 Note is two generation ahead of the previous Note device and takes care of all basic things such as storage, connectivity and software experience. Lenovo K8 Note runs the stock Android 7.1.1 and comes with a dedicated microSD card slot. Another highlight feature is the 13MP+5MP dual-lens camera setup to offer bokeh effects. With all such features Lenovo K8 Note seems like a worthy option in the sub Rs. 15,000 price-point. But is it the best handset in its respective price segment? We try to answer this with the first impressions of Lenovo K8 Note.
While there’s not anything special about the design of the new K8 Note, the handset will not disappoint you in terms of look and feel and ease of use. It looks quite premium and brings a sturdy design. The smartphone is mostly made out of metal and glass, 6000 Series Aluminium to be precise. The round edges and corners make sure you don’t struggle with one-hand use. The power button and volume rockers are place on the right side while the left side is used for SIM card tray and a dedicated microSD card tray. Moreover, you also get a customizable hardware key on the left side that can be used to launch a particular app, flashlight, camera, play/pause music, etc. You can also use this key to change music tracks. The 3.5mm headphone jack is placed on the top.
The rear side of the handset follows a symmetrical design where the microphone, dual-lens camera module, fingerprint scanner and the Lenovo log are placed in the centre. The speaker units are placed at the bottom along with the microUSB charging port. It is worth mentioning that only one of the two speaker units is functional. The one on the left is placed to add symmetry and to house a microphone. Lenovo also says that the handset has an oleophobic coating and is also splash-resistant. However the company also mentions that liquid damage is not covered under warranty. Overall, Lenovo K8 Note is a premium looking budget handset with a sturdy design.
Lenovo K8 Note sports a 5.5-inch Full HD screen. The display offers a resolution of 1080x1920p and churns out a pixel density of 441ppi. The display is very responsive and offers vibrant colours. It is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and has a 2.5D curved glass to make for good viewing angles. Moreover the display also has an oleophobic coating to offer protection from scratches and smudges.
Lenovo K8 Note features a dual-lens rear camera setup. The smartphone sports a 13MP+5MP rear camera and has a depth mode that allows you to change aperture value from f/1.2 to f/1.8. The 5MP secondary camera is provided to capture depth information in the images you capture. For selfies, Lenovo K8 Note has a 13MP front facing camera with CMOS sensor and f/2.0 aperture. The front camera is also accompanied by an LED flash light. Lenovo has kept the camera app quite minimal and it also offers Pro mode, interestingly both for rear and front camera. The rear camera captures good detailing and accurate colours that look quite vibrant on the 5.5- inch Full HD screen. The 5MP secondary camera is able to capture a good depth information which is also customizable in real-time from within the camera app. The Bokeh effect that the dual-lens combination creates is good but you have to be a little patient to get the desired results. This is because the camera app does not always offer the desired results and you have to spend a little time to make the most out of the dual-lens camera module. We will evaluate the camera’s full potential in our detailed review of the handset.
Lenovo K8 Note is a feature packed Android smartphone. It offers everthing that you would expect from a mid-range handset in the camera, software, hardware and battery department. The stock Android Nougat and a dedicated micro SD card slot are certainly the plus points here. Besides, the company has also stepped up the game by integrating a dual-lens camera setup. The smartphone is bound to give a tough competition to Honor, Xiaomi, Coolpad and Samsung handsets in its respective price point.