I am not a big fan of Lenovo as the company is still on its way to mark its presence in the field of a smartphone. No doubt, it is one of the best companies in the field of laptops but, laptop and phone are two completely different things. It is the success of Lenovo A6000 and A6000 Plus that I thought of giving Lenovo a chance to prove itself.
Lenovo K3 Note is the latest smartphone launched by the company and after using it for a week or so, here I am with the detailed, unbiased review of the device. The point that company has the guts to call a device Note and price it at under 10k gave me the confidence to test out the device.
Looks & Design: Things could have been much better
The phone is light in weight, and that is the only good thing about its design. The build quality of the device could have been much better as the company has used the poor plastic body in constructing the device. While every other brand is focusing on the metal body, Lenovo is still struck with plastic and flat back fronts.
There is nothing much to talk about the look and design of the phone as Lenovo has followed the conventional design of keeping the power and volume buttons on the right and audio socket & USB port on the top. One thing about the design that I liked the most is that battery is removable. It gives me the freedom to use the extra battery in case of emergency or when I am travelling.
Since, it is not a normal phone as it is what we call a “Note”, I faced a little bit of trouble in using the phone for first few days. However, despite being big in sizes, it easily fit in the hand. The design of the phone could have been much better as we have the phones Moto G3, which feature a unique design of its own.
Display: Best in class
Lenovo K3 Note proudly boasts of a 5.5 inch full HD display, and it is one of those rare smartphones which features a full HD display under 10k. The pixel density of the screen is 401 ppi that is a pleasure to watch. The must have gorilla glass is missing from the display but, the viewing angles and colour reproduction is just apt and you can’t ask for much at such a price tag.
The bezel length of the display is also decent, and the on-screen navigation buttons also work perfectly fine. Although, if you are a fan of reading while travelling, I have a bad news for you. The display is not matched for reading in bright sunlight, and you will have to adjust it a lot for a better reading experience.
Hardware and Performance
Lenovo K3 Note is powered by a 1.7 GHz processor with MediaTek 6752 chipset. It is supported by a 2GB of RAM and eight ARM Cortex-A53cores. Being gamers by nature, I immediately downloaded some heavy games like Asphalt 8 and Dead Trigger 2. I was expecting many heat issues as phone likes Yureka Plus, and Mi4i heats a lot during heavy gaming.
The device gets warm (not heated) after few minutes of basic use but it started heating up when the duration of the gaming increased, and soon it reached a point where phone started showing lags and stutter. I also tried to check the multitasking capability of the phone by opening 10-15 apps at the same time, and as expected, it started taking a lot of time in switching from one app to another.
If we talk about Performance, Moto G 3rd Gen. is the sheer powerhouse and no matter how heavy or high-end graphic game you play, the phone never hangs or slows down. Although, the 2900 mAh of battery lasted for a day that is not normal these days. Despite taking 3 hours to get fully charged, the battery lasted for a good period. I would like to have a word about the speakers of Lenovo K3 Note; they are not great but not bad as well. Lenovo 6000 Plus had much better speakers.
Asus is currently leading the market in terms of camera performance. Thanks to the devices like Asus ZenFone 2 and Asus Laser that most of the brands lag far behind. However, Lenovo has almost tried to reach the level of Asus by its 13 MP rear camera. The rear camera is placed in one of the rear corners so make sure your finger don’t come in the way while clicking pictures.
If you love to take selfies, then you will remain happy with Lenovo K3 Note as device’s 5 MP front camera clicks some really good selfies with a correct amount of light. There was no such noise or colour exposure in the pics like Xiaomi devices which is the reason that I can say that Lenovo K3 Note is the perfect competitor of Asus in terms of camera.
Lenovo K3 supports USB OTG and thus we can connect the external drives to the phone and access the data. There are many smartphones in this price range that don’t provide the USB OTG support but with this gadget, you can plug in the pen drive to listen to the music and watch the video without the need for transferring the data to the phone memory.
There are many good features of the phones like full HD display, 4G connectivity, Dual SIM and 13 MP camera that makes it stand out from the league. But, at the same time, weak performance, heating issues, average speakers and old design, brings it back to square one. The phone is not a bad choice as it is still one of those handful phones that offers 4G, full HD display and decent camera at just INR 9999.
However, if you’re a pro gamer like me who wish to have a phone that can withstand intense gaming, this device is not good as I noticed some frame drops while playing the heavy games and experienced heating issues as well.
Besides, if you want to talk a lot on phone, I would suggest you wait more for a better device since this device has a high SAR (Specific Absorption Rate – a calculation of the amount of radiation absorbed into the head when talking with the phone) value that would cause the risk of cancer. So, you may opt the best gadget for more phone talking.