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Lenovo's Killer K8 Note With Dual Rear Cameras, Deca-core, Price in India, Review, Specifications & Features

Lenovo is amongst the top 5 manufacturers in India and its products and about Lenovo and moto brands are hugely popular. Lenovo’s new K8 Note is the company’s latest attempt to take on the value market in India. It offers dual rear cameras and also a stock Android experience. We are about to find out how well this phone performs in the real world. The smartphone is priced at Rs.12,999 and Rs.13,999 for 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM variant respectively.


The metal body of the Lenovo K8 Note feels solid right away, the 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass right across the front looks neat. While there is 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 us of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. When compared to the Lenovo K6 Note the K8 Note has a lot of improvements in terms of design that make it feel premium for the price tag it carries. We had no trouble using this phone with just one hand, and the rounded edges make it fit well in a palm, the physical buttons are easy to use. The left panel has a dedicated music key which can control music play back and can be assigned to other shortcuts.

The Lenovo's Killer K8 Note has a 5.5-inch Full HD display with nice viewing angle. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by a 1.4GHz Deca-core MediaTek Helio X23 chipset processor. There are two storage and RAM options 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB of storage. We had a great time using the Lenovo K8 Note, and stock Android is easy to use. We didn’t have any trouble with performance. The only issue we found was that the phone got warm quite quickly, you will start feeling the heat if the camera app has been opened for a minutes and when you use GPS navigation even for brief periods. Call quality was decent, and we were able to make calls using the Jio Network thanks to VoLTE support. The phone also does a good job of holding on the network signals uncongested locations, the single speaker on the bottom is loud enough but don’t expect it to match the performance of the stereo speakers.
A Dolby Atoms app gives you options to enhance audio quality but still has its limits. One of the most marketed features of the K8 Note is its Dual rear cameras, and there is a 13-megapixel primary sensor teamed up with a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For selfie lovers, K8 Note also has a 13-megapixel front camera with its own LED flash. Shots taken in auto mode have a good amount of detail and natural colours. The camera quick to lock focus on subjects, most of our outdoor samples shots were sharp with vivid colours. Depth effects using the second camera on the K8 Note also look good to us, but it did take some effort to capture them, in the depth mode you can change the venture value from f1.2 to f2.8 for different levels of background blur. In some depth enabled shots the edges of the subject came out too blurry, we hope that this is something Lenovo can improve where software updates. Low light shots tended to have a lot of noise especially when the light was very limited. In this regard, the camera is a bit of disappointment. The 13-megapixel front camera does a good job with selfies and LED flash is useful in low light.
The Lenovo K8 Note runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat which is a most recent android version out there. You get all the Android Nougat features including 3D touch lights shortcuts which let you perform contextual actions by long pressing an app icon. The 4000mAh battery in the K8 Note lasts for few 20 hours with heavy usage. This phone ships with a rapid charger in the box. There is also a theatre max VR support which moves you can enjoy the multimedia content as a few were watching it on a larger screen with 100° field of you when using VR headset. We were happy with the Lenovo K8 Note for its overall performance and stock Android Experience. We would recommend this phone to anyone looking for a good balance of specifications and features. The theatre max feature is the value add at this price as well. Lenovo could still iron out a few kinks in the camera department, and heat is an issue. If you can live with these things, the Lenovo K8 Note should serve you well.

Tech Specs

  •               Processor     Helio X23 10-core 2.3GHz, 64-Bit
  • Operating System      Android 7.1.1, Nougat
  •                   Battery     4000 mAh Li-poly, built-in
  •   Primary Camera       Dual camera  – 13MP Primary Sensor + 5MP Depth                                      sensor with Dual LED Flash
  •        Front Camera      13MP Selife Camera with Party Flash
  •                    Weight     180 g
  •            Dimensions     154.5 x 75.9 x 8.5 mm (L x W x T)
  •           Battery Life      Active Standby: Up to 15 days, Talk Time: Up to                                          24.7 hours (4G)
  •                     Sound     Single rear speaker, Dolby Atmos®, 3.5 mm jack,                                        Music Key
  •                   Display     13.97cm (5.5) FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS with 401ppi,                                      2.5D glass
  •                        SIM      Dual nano SIM slot
  •                 Security      Fingerprint reader
  •                  Sensors      Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, e-compass,                                         Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor
  •       Color Options        Venom Black, Fine Gold
  •                   Google       Maps, Hangouts, Google+, Play Music, Play                                                Games, Play Movies & TV, YouTube, Gmail, Play                                           Books, Play Newsstand, Photos, Drive, Chrome
  •          Connectivity       Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth® 4.2, GPS, VoLTE

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