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Lenovo K6 Note Review

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Although the smartphone industry is crowded, highly-competitive and is steadily approaching saturation, everybody still wants a piece of the cake. Long gone were the days when cellphones were a luxury. Today smartphones are a basic need, like food. People will buy smartphones and will keep on buying and will keep on replacing their old ones.

In the laws of economics, a highly competitive market is, more often than not, favorable to consumers.While both veteran and new-entry industry players grapple to get smartphone buyers’ attention retail prices are kept at competitively reasonable points.

With the smartphone arena becoming more cut-throat for industry players, consumers, on the other hand, are presented with more options at more affordable prices.

So, for smartphone buyers, it all boils down to “which phone has the best specs for the price.” Price is always a take-off point or the deciding factor.

Earlier this year, Lenovo introduced a new member of its well-loved “K” series, the K6 note.With a price tag of PHP11,999, the mid-range Lenovo K6 Note targets to cater to tier one and tier two cellphone buyers.

In the competitive smartphone industry, what sets a good phone from everyone else is the perfect balance of price point, specs, performance and durability.

The Lenovo K6 Note hits all these factors in all the right spots. The Chinese phone manufacturer also understood that a little extra can go a long way with the addition of Dolby speakers in the phone.

The Lenovo K6 Note does its job well. There is nothing fancy or flashy about it but it is a good phone.

Why? Let us walk you through its specs and features.

The full-metal body Lenovo K6 Note in gold looking classy

Lenovo K6 Note:

  • 1.4GHz octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
  • Adreno 505 graphics
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage expandable memory via MicroSD up to 256GB
  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels) with 2.5D curved glass
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with PDAF and dual LED flash f/2.2 aperture
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera, f/2.2 aperture
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner, Dolby ATMOS
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Dimensions: 151 x 76 x 8.4 mm
  • Weight: 169 g
  • Price: P11,999
  • Status: Available at Lenovo stores and retailers
What’s inside the box

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

The Lenovo K6 Note’s prowess is contained in a full-metal body. Combined with its glass screen, the phone looks classy and elegant.

Measuring  151 x 76 x 8.4 mm, the Lenovo K6 Note is following the current trend on phone size.

The K6 Note looks smooth and fluid with its curved edges. With the thin almost non-existent bezels, holding the phone makes you feel like you’re holding a screen.

The phone’s ergonomic design is okay.  With buttons placed where they will be easy to reach and press with minimal effort.

The volume and power buttons are placed to the right of the screen.  And to the left, the hybrid dual sim tray.

Volume slider and power buttons

Sitting at the bottom of the phone’s body is the MICRO-USB port which is sandwiched by the Dolby speakers.

Micro USB port

However,  we would rather have the earphone jack at the bottom of the phone instead of the top.

Rear camera
Small detail, big difference

Running across the top and bottom part of the K6 Note’s non-detachable metal backplate is the antenna bandwhich is barely seen because it is monochromatic to whatever color your phone is. This gives the phone a well put together look.

The camera is positioned at middle of the upper half of the backplate. Just below the camera, the LED flash sits.

The fingerprint scanner also sits at the phone’s backplate where is is easy to reach if you are holding the phone and want to unlock it.

The Lenovo logo the the bottom of the backplate adds attitude to the phone,  making it have its own identity.

We love the phone’s size.  It makes the phone look and feel premium. However,  for smaller hands prolonged use causes hand strain.

DISPLAY

The Lenovo K6 Note’s screen display is amazing with punchy, well defined colors that pop. Its impressive 5-inch display can be attributed to its FHD IPS 1920 x 1080 resolution w/ 2.5D curved glass at 401 ppi.

Amazing 5″ screen

Boasting of an in plane switching screen, the screen produces realistic and more accurate colors. Matched with good saturation viewing pictures and videos on the K6 note’s screen is visual bliss.

The Lenovo K6 Note’s screen is capable of adjusting instantaneously when used under direct sunlight. It auto-brightness feature reacts quickly.

The phone’s fingerprint scanner is very responsive. We also find its positioning at the phone’s backplate very ergonomic.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

For its price point the Lenovo K6 Note’s benchmark scores were fantastic. It posted 43464 at 1080p on AnTuTu. After running Geekbench on the phone single core score is 634 while multi-score is at 2044.

We lived how smooth the performance is. Multitasking and inter-app switches were smooth as silk, thanks to its 4GB RAM. The phone has an internal storage of 32GB, expandable to 256GB max.

This phone which was initially running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS is easy to use for both work and leisure.

Good news for gamers, we found this phone great for gaming, too, because it is powered by Snapdragon 430 with Adreno 505 GPU.

The phone’s OS is also update to Android 7.0 Nougat just last week.

CAMERA

We said the Lenovo K6 Note performs all its tasks well. Doing its camera function is no exception. The Lenovo K6 Note is simple and very easy to use with just four shooting modes that will not confuse the user.

Each of the four shooting modes–fast motion, slow-motion panorama, nightscape and artistic HDR are everything you need from a camera phone.

Camera interface

We find the PRO shooting mode is a welcome addition to the Lenovo K6 Note’s camera portfolio.

It allows users to manually set ISO, exposure compensation, white balance, shutter speed and focus. The rear camera is capable of ISO from 100 to 1600. Its shutter speed of 2/3 per second is okay for the camera’s price point.

We find the shutter release a bit slow. The auto-focus also takes sometime to find the focal point of the frame. But these shortcomings are passable.

Camera interface

We are pleased with the photos taken with the K6 Note. Although some photos are a bit grainy the colors are realistic.

Videos taken using the Lenovo K6 Note are also great! It can produce 1080p, 420p and 480p resolution videos. There are no artistic options available on video shooting but it has slow and fast motion modes.

Camera Samples

Low light, indoor
Low light, outdoor
Selfie comes out a little pale when shot in low light
Macro shot is pretty decent

CONNECTIVITY

LTE, Bluetooth, SMS and calls all work well. This phone easily connects to WiFi. We did not experience spotty LTE connections nor disconnection from WiFi networks. Bluetooth worked perfectly well connecting to car receivers.

BATTERY

Powered by 4000 mAh battery the Lenovo K6 Note’s endurance is impressive. On a regular 8-hour workday with apps and LTE running the battery kept up with our heavy usage.

Upon reaching 20 percent battery mark the phone prompts if you want to switch to power saving mode. Charging takes an hour or two after its been down to less than 10 percent.

VERDICT

We loved the Lenovo K6 Note. If you are looking for a great phone that is below PHP15,000 this phone is a great buy.

It does all of its tasks well. It may not be a master of a particular task, say selfie taking, but it can do everything that’s expected from a phone decently.

The Lenovo K6 Note is one of the best mid-range phones we have used.