Lenovo K8 Note: Specs, dual cameras, stock Android, price and everything to know

first_imgThe K8 Note is the first significant smartphone from Lenovo’s stables to reach Indian shores in a long time. The K8 Note not only comes with top of the line specifications, dual cameras at the rear and a premium all-metal design, it is also the first smartphone from Lenovo to run on a near stock build of Android.The K8 Note has been launched in India for Rs 12,999 and is exclusively available via Amazon India. Lenovo claims that the performance, imaging prowess and software experience are the key highlights of the smartphone. The smartphone aims to compete with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Moto G5 Plus.Lenovo has always been known to make stellar hardware. It is their heavy and messy Vibe UI software that has let them down occasionally. The K8 Note aims to bring the best of both worlds together – smooth stock Android along with top of the line specifications. Let us examine the K8 Note in detail:Striking all-metal designThe Lenovo K8 Note is constructed out of metal and glass and looks quite classy and premium. The smartphone is available in two colors – Fine Gold and the menacing sounding Venom Black which comes with a matte finish.The back is made entirely out of metal – there are no plastic elements to be found here. The overall look is very clean with a subtle Lenovo logo in the lower half of the back panel and a vertically mounted dual camera setup and fingerprint sensor at the top.advertisementAlso Read: Lenovo K8 Note with stock Android, dual cameras launched in India for Rs 12,999 The front is an all glass affair and is covered by Gorilla Glass for protection against scratches. Underneath the display are the capacitive keys for home, recent apps and back. On the left edge are the volume rocker and power button and on the right frame resides the multi-functional Music Key.Full HD DisplayThe  Lenovo K8 Note is geared towards multimedia consumption and it shows. The smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD IPS display covered with Gorilla Glass for protection against nicks and scratches.The display has 450 nits of brightness and a viewing angle of 178 degrees. Additionally, the smartphone comes with support for Dolby ATMOS audio and Theatre Max 2.0 which further add to its multimedia credentials. Theatre Max 2.0 basically splits your mobile screen into two halves. When seen through a VR headset, it looks like you are viewing content on a large screen.Pure Android experienceStock Android is the biggest talking point of the Lenovo K8 Note. After years of running a heavily skinned version of Android in the form of Vibe UI, Lenovo has finally embraced stock Android with the K8 Note.Lenovo claims that the move to adopt a pure version of Android came after extensive market research revealed users were frustrated with the lag and slowdowns associated with heavy skins. People apparently wanted a phone that was fast and fluid and Lenovo felt that stock Android was the best way to deliver the same.Whether the smartphone will receive Android updates in a timely manner is another question altogether that will only be answered with time. Lenovo has not had a very good reputation as of late for providing updates on time. Lenovo claims that the move to a common software platform will help them provide better support and efficient updates. So hopefully the situation will improve in the future.Power packed internalsThe Lenovo K8 Note is powered by the 20nm deca-core MediaTek Helio X23 processor paired with the Mali T880 GPU and either 3 or 4GB of RAM depending on the variant. The X23 processor consists of three CPU clusters – two high-performance ARM cortex A72 cores and two sets of quad-core ARM cortex A53 cores for less intensive workloads.Additionally, the smartphone comes with 32GB or 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded via a microSD card slot (of up to 128GB) and a 4,000mAh battery with TurboCharge support. Lenovo claims that the smartphone can last up to 1 full day of fairly intensive use.ConnectivityOn the connectivity front, the Lenovo K8 Note supports dualSIMs, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS/A-GPS. The smartphone also comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a 3.5mm headphone jack which is fast becoming a rarity in today’s world.There is no NFC chip to be found on board which is a bit disappointing. The microUSB port for charging and data transfer also feels a little old fashioned.Dual cameras on boardLenovo has caught onto the dual camera craze with the K8 Note. The smartphone comes with a dual camera setup at the rear – a 13MP primary sensor mated to a 5MP secondary senor. Both cameras have an aperture of f/2.0. The addition of the secondary sensor allows users to capture images with depth of field effects.advertisementOn the front, there is a 13MP sensor for selfies with an aperture of f/2.2. While most smartphones have a Pro mode for the rear camera which allows users to adjust the ISO, white balance, shutter speed and so on, the K8 Note has a Pro mode for the front sensor as well.Not only is there a dual-LED flash at the back, but Lenovo has also equipped the K8 Note with a front facing flash which will make the smartphone an attractive proposition for selfie aficionados.  Special featuresDedicated Music KeyIn a move reminiscent of Nokia Xpress Music phone of old, the Lenovo K8 Note comes with a dedicated Music Key on the right edge. The Music Key can be used to control music playback.  It can also perform a variety of other functions such as opening a third party application or turning on the flashlight upon a long press.Splash resistantWhile the Lenovo K8 Note does not come with full-fledged IP68 dust and water resistance, it does feature a water repellent nano-coating which protects the device against light splashes and rain.Price and availabilityThe Lenovo K8 Note has been launched in two configurations – one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage for Rs 12,999 and a higher-end variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage for Rs 13,999. Both variants will be exclusively available via Amazon India.Launch offersThe Lenovo K8 will be available for buying from August 18 at 12 noon, exclusively via Amazon India. The company will also roll out few introductory offers to attract more buyers – users will get up to to 80 per cent off on e-books (up to Rs 300), Idea users will get 64GB data along with unlimited calls for 56 days at just Rs 343 and users can also buy Moto Sports headphones, which originally retail for Rs 1599, for Rs 699.last_img read more