Lenovo K3 Note – Review

Lenovo is having a huge success in the Indian market. A recent study indicates that Lenovo has the biggest market share for the 4G smartphones in India. Much of this success is attributed to the whooping sales figures from its A series mobiles. The Lenovo A6000, A6000 plus and then the Lenovo A7000. The recently lauched A2010 could become a success for it as well. The A7000 was a beast of a mobile but mildly crippled due to its 720p display and 8 GB internal storage. So Lenovo launched a refreshed version of the A7000. but decided to call it the K3 Note for reasons known only to them.

Design

Weight 150 grams Slighly heavier than the A7000, but still easy to handle
Thickness 8 mm Very thin and svelete profile

The K3 Note is identical to the A7000 visually. It has the same plastic material body construction. Frankly there isn’t any upgrade when compared to the A7000. It would have been great if they had changed the design a bit and moved the speakers from the rear to the top or the bottom. Also the android menu keys are not back-lit. The design is flush and the edges are rounded. The bezels are thin, yet the device feels large in hand. It is quite thin and slightly heavier than A7000. There is a hint of metal used in the buttons. The back is removable and the SIM slots (Dual + LTE) are accessible under the battery. The battery is also removable.

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Display

Size 5.5 inch Large bright screen
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels Full HD display is a welcome upgrade
Ppi 401 ppi Crisp UI rendering

The display in the K3 Note is a noteworthy upgrade from A7000. The K3 has full HD display. The screen has no branded display protection. It comes along with free screen protector like any Lenovo mobile. It is a fingerprint magnet and under my usage conditions, it attracts a lot of grease and I had to keep cleaning the mobile often. Else the proximity sensor went haywire. The display is bright and the contrast levels are perfect. It has good viewing angles, but the sunlight readability isn’t that great. The HD display is pretty sharp and vivid to give you a great entertainment experience.

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Hardware

Processor Mediatek MT6752m Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 Offers good perfromance
GPU Mali-T760MP2 Handles graphics and resouce intensive games with ease
RAM 2 GB For better multitasking and faster process handling
Internal Memory 16 GB (Expandable) A much welcome upgrade

It is a 4G mobile and now with the K3 Note, both the SIM slots supports 4G LTE. When you start up the mobile, the SIM setup wizard pops up and you can decide which SIM to use for data and voice calls individually. The processor and does a good job. It doesn’t heat up excessively on prolonged usage. Under the hood, technically the A7000 and K3 are identical. But the K3 scores better on benchmark tests. The mobile has 16 GB internal memory and it is expandable.

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Camera

Rear Camera MP 13 MP Major upgrade from A7000. Excellent quality images in day light. Average performance under low light
Flash Dual Tone LED Flash Renders a more natural lighting to the subject
Front Camera MP 5 MP Good for selfies and video chats

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K3 Note pleasantly surpised me with its quality of images. The 13 MP upgrade has worked wonders for the K3 note. The level of details in the images is really good. There is a bit of sharpening algorithm applied, but it stays within the natural level. HDR images are good as well. The Camera UI is practically the same, but has received a few upgrades in terms of available options. It doesn’t have any fancy laser focusing system, but the auto focus system is really fast and efficient. Low light images were not great. It was average and had lot of noise. You can reduce the ISO level manually for noise free images, but then you will have to hold the mobile very steadily. It offers some bit of guidance to compose your images better, by overlaying grids or the golden ration spiral. I liked the voice activated shutter option. It worked all the time and great for group shots. The 5 MP front facing camera captures good details for your selfies. I hate the skin smoothenig option and always disable it. The shutter can activated with voice, timer, blink or an eye or hand gesture. Both the camera are capable of 1080p videos. The quality of videos are good and the sound recorded is decent as well.

Software

Like the A7000, the K3 Note also runs on Android 5.0 with Lenovo’s Vibe UI on top. There is no app drawer and like most of the Chinese phones, it has the app laid out on the app desk. The Lenovo K3 has little customization options. There are only 6 themes in the theme store. When the notification bar is pulled down, there is a button to open the notification log. This is a very useful featur. In the system settings, under features, there are a bunch of gesture tricks that the Lenovo K3 Note can do. When enabled, the device can wake up on double tap. Also the volume button can be set to click a picture instantly when clicked twice when the screen is locked. The smart scene lets you change the system profile at preset time. The feature called “Wide Touch pane” put a ring on the screen. The screen opens a bunch of frequently used app and a some recently opened apps. On double tapping the ring, every app can be pushed to the background. The mobile comes preinstalled with a few apps and games and these programs can be uninstalled if needed. The highlight among all the features is the permission control center. It gives you full control of the apps permissions and you can dictate which apps gets which feature and all that without having to root your mobile. Overall the UI is very snappy, responsive and functional.

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Battery

My average usage would mean a few minutes on call everyday, constantly checking social media updates, 4G always on, connected to WiFi 10 hours a day, watching video clips and listening to music for a few hours. With my average usage, the mobile lasted for 19 hours on a single charge. It is powered by a 3000 mAh battery and the battery is removable.

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Verdict

The Lenovo K3 Note is priced at Rs 9999. It is available in black, white and yellow color, but it is available in Flipkart Flash sales exclusively. After a few initial weeks, the flash sales model will be discontinued and will be available on open sales. The fact that it supports 4G SIM on both the slots is a great plus point. It is the only best recommendation I can give, if you are looking for a good smartphone in this price range.

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If you are unsuccessful with the flash sales, you can check gearbest.com. Gearbest.com offers a great range of mobiles and gadgets to be imported at a competitive price. Also the Yellow and white versions of the K3 Note are available with Gearbest for $153 (~10k INR). Gearbest give you free shipping, however Lenovo does not support with warranty and service for imported mobiles.

 

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