Lenovo has been aggressive in the smartphone market, after the acquisition of Motorola, the Chinese company has ascended as high as 3rd place in terms of global smartphone market share and they are still planning to push their own line of Lenovo branded mobile phones in the mid-range to budget-level segment while positioning the Moto devices as their top-tier phones. One of the latest is the K6 Note that features a 4,000 mAh battery with Dolby Atmos audio technoogy for a price of just P12,000 pesos! Read on below for our review:
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-core processor clocking at 1.4Ghz.
RAM: 4GB LPDDR3L
Storage: 32GB, expandable up to 128GB via microSD card
Sim Card: Dual Nano Hybrid SIM Slot
Rear Camera: 16MP with Dual LED flash
Front Camera: 8MP
Battery: 4000 mAh Li-Po non-removable
Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
Connection: LTE up to 150 Mbps
Screen: 5.5-inch FULL HD IPS display
Design and Construction
It features an all-metal uni body design to give you that “premium” look, holding it with one hand is not a problem as its curved edges allows you to have a better grip. Antenna lines are visible on top and bottom while in-front is covered entirely of glass, one thing I liked about this device is that it doesn’t get fingerprint smudges on its body which is pretty impressive on a mid-range phone.
The Lenovo K6 Note offers a great 5.5-inch IPS display with 1920×1080 FHD resolution. Viewing angles are great and the brightness nits are decent enough to be used in direct sunlight. Located below are the capacitive buttons that doesn’t light up which is a letdown and at the top is where the 8-Megapixel selfie camera is located. Although the screen bezels are slim, you can still see little bit of black color on the sides which is noticeable.
On the right side is where the volume rockers are found that can be used as a shutter button for selfies and right below it is the power button. The K6 Note has a feature wherein you can double tap the screen to wake it up and with that, it lets you use the physical button to its minimum.
Right below the device is where you can see its micro USB port for charging and data transfer, a little outdated since the shift to USB type-C is already starting with other smartphone brands. It doesn’t support fast charging and that is why it takes a little longer to fill up the enormous non-removable 4000 mAh battery. For sound quality, the K6 Note doesn’t disappoint with Dolby Atmos audio enhancement technology, sounds are decent enough for watching movies or even using it as a portable music device while in the shower.
You can put in two (2) Nano SIM cards in dual-standby mode, for additional storage it can accommodate up to 256GB via microSD card in the SIM 2 tray.
At the top part is the 3.5 mm audio jack along with a 16-megapixel rear camera with DUAL LED flash and the fingerprint scanner, there is nothing much of a problem in terms of responsiveness but I do hope that it can also unlock your device even when it is in sleep mode.
Here is our unboxing video:
Inside the Lenovo K6 Note is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa Core processor with Adreno 505 as its GPU. Browsing through the device is a breeze, no sign of lags or slowdowns when switching apps. You can play NBA 2K17 smoothly in medium settings but you can feel its lack of processing power in terms of playing high demanding games. On the bright side, its 4GB of LDDR3 RAM gets the job done in using several applications at the same time. for the software you can get the device in Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow already and the Nougat update should come in also in the next couple of weeks.
In terms of software there are several features that are useful like the Guest Mode and Tap to Wake up:
For the camera, the K6 Note has a 16-Megapixel shooter with DUAL LED flash and an 8-megapixel for selfies. Shots taken by this device is mediocre to average, it lacks details and sharpness while color saturation and brightness are well balanced especially when taken in broad daylight. Here are some of the sample photos taken by K6 Note:
This is where the K6 Note shines above the rest, for a price of just P12,000, you can get a smartphone with Li-Polymer battery already. Li-Po batteries are better than Li-Ion since it does not have liquid inside that is why it can withstand sudden high electrical charges that may result to battery leaks in Li-Ions plus it has a thinner form factor for a 4,000 mAh battery. Typically you can use the K6 Note for 2 days before charging with LTE on, call and text, constant email checking, social media browsing, and binge watching netflix shows. These are possible due to the power efficiency of the Snapdragon 430 octa core processor and less bloatwares installed.
- Battery life is great
- Doesn’t get any fingerprint smudges on the body
- Cleaner OS, less bloatwares
- Build Quality
- Audio quality is outstanding
- Affordable price
- Camera is mediocre
- Outdated microUSB charging port
- Processor is not for high demanding mobile games