Lenovo upped the ante in the Indian smartphone market, when they announced the Lenovo K3 Note phablet priced at just Rs 9,999 at a launch event in Delhi. It is probably the only device from a reputed brand to come with a Full HD display and priced below Rs 10,000 at the same time. We were present at the event and spent some time with it. So lets find out in our Lenovo K3 Note hands on if it’s really a #KillerNote or Lenovo has cut some corners to achieve the pricing.
Lenovo K3 Note Hands on (Video)
Lenovo K3 Note Hands: Display
Lets start off with the thing which is not rarely seen on a sub Rs 10,000 device – the Full HD display. The Lenovo K3 Note features a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display with 72% screen-to-body ratio along with 178-degree wide viewing angle which is great for this price range. It is also very bright with 400 nits brightness. However, the colour saturation did not seem to the best along with some issues with touch response. It is to be noted that it does not come with Corning’s Gorilla Glass which could be the reason of the display feeling flimsy too. But overall, it is quite good.
Lenovo K3 Note Hands: Hardware and Build Quality
Moving to the design and hardware, the K3 Note looks exactly like the Lenovo A7000 and also has similar dimensions. The body is plasticky but also quite sturdy at the same time. It also fits nicely in the hands in spite of having a 5.5-inch display. At the top, we have the microUSB port and the 3.5 mm audio jack. We get the volume rocker followed by the power button on the right side. Only the microphone is located at the bottom. At the back of the phablet, the 13 megapixel rear camera sits at the top left with the dual-tone LED flash below and secondary noise cancellation mic, speaker grill at the top right followed by the Lenovo branding in the middle. The left side has been kept clean. On the front, we have the 5 megapixel front-facing camera, hearing grill and couple of sensors at top followed by the display and three capacitive touch buttons. Overall, the phablet has a slim form factor with 7.99 thick body and weighs 150 grams.
Lenovo K3 Note Hands: Performance and Storage
Coming to the performance, the Lenovo K3 Note packs a punch. It is powered by 1.7 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processor along with Mali-T760 MP2 GPU. This is able to handle day-to-day usage without any issues. The 2 GB RAM comes in handy for multitasking and gaming. With our limited hands on time, we did not have any lag or frame drops while gaming, glancing through the UI and clicking pictures. On the storage front, it comes with 16 GB internal memory which can be further expanded up to 32 GB via microSD card. If you’re not satisfied with that, the good news is that USB OTG works on K3 Note.
Lenovo K3 Note Hands: Camera and Software
It packs in a 13 megapixel auto-focus rear primary camera with dual-tone LED flash. We tested it out and it performed pretty well. The shutter speed did not have a lag or delay and focusing was bang on as well. The software also has many live filters which can be used to change the look and feel of the shot. However, we have seen previous Lenovo smartphones like the A6000 and A7000 to churn out over saturated images. It needs to be seen if this one turn out to be the same as well. We will do a complete camera review when we have a review unit and bring it to you in our full review. It has a 5 megapixel front-facing selfie camera and its above average.
The phablet runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS out of the box with Vibe UI on top of it. We have never been a fan of the custom UI from Lenovo and a refreshed look is the need of the day. But if you’re okay with it, then there is nothing to worry as the UI is quite smooth and lag free.
Lenovo K3 Note Hands: Connectivity and Battery
The K3 Note packs in Dual SIM as well as have support for 4G LTE bands in India. However, unlike the Xiaomi Mi 4i, it only supports 4G LTE in one SIM and 2G on the second SIM. The usual WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB OTG are on board. It packs in a 3,000 mAh battery under the hood, which should be plenty to last more than one day of normal usage. However, we need to test it out more as it boasts of a power-hungry Full HD display.
In our Lenovo K3 Note hands on, we found it to be a #KillerNote and a breakthrough in the sub Rs 10,000 Indian smartphone market. It sure does come with its fair share of cons and it is expected, when you want to cram such specs in a Rs 9,999 device but the pros outweigh the cons by a mile. The Xiaomi Mi 4i was lauded and became a benchmark in the sub Rs 15,000 price range and now Lenovo has set a benchmark with the K3 Note in the Rs 10,000 market.
It will be exclusively sold on Flipkart via flash sales. The pilot sale is on July 8 and registrations is currently underway. The K3 Note is available in White, Black and Yellow colour variants but the Yellow variant will be available from late July, according to Lenovo. We will bring out in-depth review as soon as we get the review unit from Lenovo. In case you have any questions about the device, write it in the comments section below.