Lenovo has been quite dominant player in the Chinese smartphone market for the past several years. The manufacturer has tons of different devices in its portfolio, but it still feels that the company cannot produce a device that everyone desires like Xioami is capable of doing so. This time around we are looking at the Lenovo K3 Note, which is said to directly compete with the Meizu M1 Note and other cheap, but good phones. Did Lenovo make it right? This is what we are going to do in this full review of the Lenovo K3 Note.
|Display||5.5 inches 1080p|
|Processor||Mediatek MT6752 64-bit octa-core (1.7 GHz)|
|Camera||5MP Front/13MP Back (f.2.0 aperture)|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth, 3G, 4G, GPS, WIFI, GSM,EDGE, GPRS, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+,|
|Battery||3.000 mAh Li-polimer (removable)|
|Dimensions||152.6 x 76.2 x 8 mm|
|OS||Android 5.0 Lolipop|
|Storage||16GB (can be expanded up to 64GB via Micro SD)|
The specs are very good for the device that costs just over $160. However, we need to see how the smartphone performs in reality.
The device comes in a simple, yet good looking box, which has some main specs printed on it. This is a Chinese version of the smartphone as you may have noticed.
Scrolling through menus is fast and smooth. There are some basic stock Lenovo apps pre-installed. They have a good looking minimal design and run without hiccups.
As far as synthetic benchmarks go, the device manages to get a really high score of over 46000 on Antutu 64-bit benchmarking app, which is even higher then some great devices with the Snapdragon 801 chip. Pretty impressive for a device with such a low price tag.
To support the high score, the Lenovo K3 Note handles graphically intensive games without a sweat. Well, there were some skipped frames there and there, but nothing annoying.
The Lenovo’s music app is easy to use, runs smoothly and has tons of settings for a pre-installed player. You can adjust the sound settings and do a lot of other things here. What is interesting is that you can simply put in a search the song you want and play it or download it for free! Well, this is a Chinese ROM and this is what’s going on in China. I’m not sure if it’s legal though, but whatever…
The sound output via loudspeaker is great. Also, has quite the balanced and rich sound.
As far as the sound quality via headphones, it is not the best I’ve heard (compared to the vivo Xshot and the HTC One M9), but definitely good for a budget device.
Using a gallery app is a blast. It runs fast and I didn’t have any hiccups. However, it didn’t seem that the device came with decent a video player preinstalled, so I had to download a third-party one.
The 1080p video playback is good (used the MX Video Player) and scrolling throughout the footage is smooth.
The FM radio is also included and runs well (headphones required).
CONNECTIVITY AND CALL QUALITY
I checked all possible connectivity options and can assure that everything is running fantastic. It takes just a second to get the GPS lock outside and offline GPS apps run very accurately. I compared the lock speeds to the vivo Xshot, which has Snapdragon 801 and they were identical. It seems that Mediatek’s GPS struggles are the thing of the past.
Other connectivity options like Bluetooth and Wifi were excellent. I was even surprised by a great Wifi range the device is capable of.
The call quality using both earpiece and loudspeaker is excellent on both ends. The voices are clear, natural and loud enough to hear.
The camera app is simple and it is not overloaded with features. You can adjust some basic settings and select from a few different modes. The shutter speed is not the fastest I’ve seen, but still very good.
The 5MP selfie shooter is actually pretty good. It has wide angle lens, decent amount of detail, so it should be enough for those social media pictures.