Lenovo seems didn’t want to be let down so skipping the seven Lenovo launched the K8 Note, A successor to the underwhelming K6 Note from earlier this year so how does this one fare, Well let’s find out in this post.
Design and Buid Quality-
With the ginormous amount of devices being launched these days we feel the need to start this review with the question “What’s the K8 Note known ?”, well it’s a large battery toting smartphone from lenovo armed with dual cameras and a 5.5 inch display to the front, the last bit seemingly being enough to warrant unknown Monica ,Now with that out of the way let’s take a closer look at the placements and build, To the front on top there earpiece sensors and 13 megapixel selfie camera with a single LED flash followed by a 5.5 inch 1080p display, We then have the capacitive buttons that sadly had not Backlit, this was an annoyance in the five days that we spent with his phone anyway moving on to the back we’ve got the secondary noise cancelling microphone, a dual camera setup, a dual tone dual LED flash, a fingerprint scanner and the Lenovo branding, This scanner worked fine we didn’t face any issues with the accuracy but it was quite snappy too, On the right we’ve got the power key and the volume rockers on top there’s the 3.5 millimetre headphone jack, the primary microphone, the micro USB port and a loudspeaker is set at the bottom, to the left we have the music key a very underrated feature that are really loved and we’ll get to in a bit, we also have a dual SIM slot and a dedicated micro SD card slot yeah now while the exterior of the phone looks like almost every other metal uni body phone out there, no points for originality but the quality itself is quite good this phone feels sturdy the hundred and 180 grams weight adds to the heft yes but it is spread evenly so that even with long usage it led doesn’t really get tiring on the hands with that said the 76 millimetre width thanks to that single-handed usage, it seems unlikely most of the times I ended up using this phone two-handed but the aluminium body with curved edges to the back and the rounded corners did help with the grip after all that the K8 Note comes with splash resistance so it can handle the occasional drain, it doesn’t have any IP certification but it can for what its worth and for few splashes
Let’s now talk about the display, This is a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display, we’ve got Corning’s 2.5 D go to the glass on top for protection, The resolution is full HD meaning a pixel density of about 400 pixels per inch which is quite sharp for most things about from VR, the display quality seems to be quite good the colour reproduction and contrast seem to be on point the viewing angles are excellent and it gets bright enough to not pose major issues outdoors.
Now let’s move on to what’s underneath the hood, this time around Lenovo was gone with a Mediatek Helio X23 chip, Mali-T880 handles GPU duties, The X23 which is which a lot of apps including Antutu and CPU Z read as the X20, It is a performance chip from the Mediatek stable. it has its share of pros and cons now first let’s talk about the pros- This is a monster off a chip it’s got 10 cores that are split into three clusters first four A-53 cores clocked at 1.4 gigahertz each for light tasks then four more A-53 cores clocked at 1.8 gigahertz each for heavier tasks and finally to A-73 cores clocked at 2.3 gigahertz each for the most intensive of tasks, Given this setup the K8 Note probably has one of the most powerful associates on a phone in this price segment if you’ve seen us be test the, X23 easily outperforms other Qualcomm chip, chips like the Snapdragon 625 or 430 on phones price similarly. but that said mediatek chips have a couple of issues and they return to haunt the K8 Note firstly the GPU the Mali-T880 GPU here gets outperformed by its Adreno counterparts on Qualcomm chips in the segment so the K8 Note does have issues that a phone would say Snapdragon 625 wouldn’t.
It’s not a deal-breaker it’s mostly minor like for example with some popular games we experience way more frame drops than we would with a Snapdragon 625 so while the K8 Note it shines with regards to CPU intensive tasks, Lets check out the rendering times on our speed tests, it performed quite impressively compared to Snapdragon 625 it does leave a bit to be desired with regards to GPU intensive tasks like gaming as for the reports of overheating I personally feel there crossly blown out of proportion the K8 Note doesn’t get heated up even after 30 minutes of gaming, it was about about 42 degrees in particular places and that isn’t really hot, it is warm anything under 45, we give it a pass we don’t call it hot it’s generally usable not a big problem.
The next con comes in the form of idle battery drain this has been a Mediatek fault for as long as I can remember and sadly it still remains same so the 4000 mAh power battery inside does too well it can easily get you through a day of moderate to intense usage even on a single charge but even with light usage you can’t really get through today too because the idle drain overnight is a little too high but if you are like me and plug in your phone in the night everyday you shouldn’t you should be fine for the most part and anyway rounding off the spec part of this review is the fact that the K8 Note has two variants one with 3 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of storage that’s what We are using here in this review and another with 4 gigs of RAM and 64 gigs of storage.
Now let’s move on to one of the important piece of this phone “The cameras”, the K8 Note sports 13 megapixel F 2.2 primary camera then there’s a secondary camera that the 5 megapixel sensor for capturing depth information, the camera interface is similar to the one we’ve seen on the Moto G5s and the Moto G5s plus the shutter response is quick there’s a panorama and a pro mode you have control over everything from ISO shutter speed to focus and white balance, At outdoors and a good lighting conditions this camera performs really well, the images are sharp with a lot of detail on zooming in you could see the veins on this leaf here the colours look quite good the dynamic range isn’t up to the mark you could see the shadows being way too dark kind of getting crushed and the highlights being completely blown out at times but once you turn HDR on it does get much better there’s a lot more detail you could see on the roof here in below image, the shadows are brighter as well here’s another picture with HDR.
On back to the camera interface itself tap here and you can find the depth enabled mode there are three different levels of blur to choose from here are a few samples not the best execution we’ve seen before but I guess it’s okay for the price, Given the f 2.2 aperture and a lack of optical image stabilisation that’s not a lot I expected this camera to do under low light and it kind of performed the way I expected it to the colours look good but there’s a lot of noise in the images there are other phones in this price segment that can perform better under low-light.
The K8 Note can shoot 1080p videos at 30 frames per second yep no 4k the quality of the footage is fine good detail levels and colour reproduction average dynamic range, The 13 megapixel front-facing camera can capture some sharp selfies there’s a lot of detail just like on the images shot with the rear camera the colours are natural the camera manages to get the skin tones right the dynamic range though is just about okay.
Software and User Interface-
Now let’s talk software, lenovo recently scrapped their Viper UI in flavor of stock android for all the future smartphones and the K8 Note guess what is the first of those future smartphones, it runs on Android 7.1.1 nougat there’s a little glow just on Microsoft apps and those are also an even uninstallable there are also a few first party apps available like FM radio and Dolby sound profiler which enhances the audio experience one of the things the K Note phones are meant for are their audio capabilities and lenovo has kinda delivered here well yes we don’t get stereo or front facing speakers even the audio output via the speaker was good and so was the audio output via the 3.5 millimetre headphone jack, to enhance the multimedia functionality of this phone Lenovo decided to bolster the stock media options with their own theatre max technology so if you have a VR headset you can experience all of your 2d media as if you’re watching it on a hundred inch display right in front of you and then there is the music key to the left it can be used to play pause and change tracks but that’s not all the key can also be mapped to perform other actions like opening the camera app or taking a screenshot this is by far the most underrated feature on this phone for most of my time with the K8 Note I use this key to launch the camera app, I adore the fact that the key can trigger actions even with the screen off so overall with stock Android Lenovo squeaks and the X-23 chip the user experience is quite good the apps opened up quick without lag there’s definitely room for improvement with things like ram management that’s the main reason why K8 Note lost out on speed tests.
Now let’s talk price the Lenovo K8 Note is available exclusively via Amazon India foe 12999 Rs that’s for the 3GB Ram and 32GB variant and for a thousand bucks more you will get the 4GB Ram and 64GB variant at these prices the K8 Note is definitely not a bad offering it does kind of feel like a jack-of-all-trades it’s got a powerful CPU but not the most powerful CPU in this segment it’s got a OK GPU not the best GPU in the segment, it’s got a high-capacity battery but not the best battery life in this segment, it’s got good dual cameras but not the best dual cameras in this segment, I’m sure you get where I’m going with this all that said these are I mean none of these are really bad and really good but they just are in best in segments so it doesn’t have that one USP that where the K8 Note does much better than every other phone in this segment so if you want an all-round device that does everything reasonably well then the K8 Note is something you can consider but if you give higher weightage to some aspect or the other there are other devices in this segment or a few thousand bucks higher that will suit you as well so do you agree with what I have to say in this post or do you disagree let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Where to Buy-
You can buy Lenovo K8 Note via Amazon India, Just click on amazon to buy.
Buy Here- Amazon