I am excited to review the Lenovo K3 Note for you. This noticable device of Lenovo, which is orginally meant for the Chinese market, is now at the LostGeeks office for review. Is it worth for import or should you stay away from it despite the great specifications for its price? Let’s find out.
First of all, the specifications of this mid-range device are very good for the price of $153 (Gearbest). The Lenovo K3 Note features MTK6752 64bit 1.7Ghz Octa core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB ROM for your data. The 5.5 inch screen is FullHD with a resolution of 1920×1080 (401 ppi). All this gives the Lenovo an Antutu score of 36000+, although we have some scores found on the net around 45000! The Lenovo also features a descent 3000mAh battery and a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera which make descent photos as well. The rearcam is equipped with a dual-LED system which seems to help good pictures as well in low-light conditions. Extra options on this device are a MicroSD port (up to 32GB) and dual SIM. The Lenovo K3 Note also supports 4G, unfortunately the 800Mhz is not supported by the K3 Note which means I couldn’t test 4G in The Netherlands.
The body is from solid plastic which makes the smartphone very light to carry (around 140grams). In my opinion it doesn’t effect the protection of the K3 Note although it looks a little bit cheap. Furthermore the smartphone lies comfortable in my hands. The sound of the K3 Note is also very loud and good, the low and high tones are coming well balanced from the speakers and I even noticed a (non-distorted) bass. The FullHD display has a decent amount of sharpness and it has a nice contrast.The color reproduction seems to be fine. Text is displayed very crisp. A minor is that the display screen is very reflective which makes it difficult to use it under direct sunlight.
The front of the phone has capacitive touchscreen buttons which are placed below the display. The keys are very responsive, unfortunately they don’t have backlit which affects the user experience while using the phone in the dark.
The Lenovo K3 Note features Android 5.0 preinstalled and skinned with Lenovo Vibe 2.0 which customizes various features in the phone. Although it features lollipop I am not happy with this pre-installed release, everything runs fluid but it’s full of bloatware that can’t be removed. Some apps are in English some in Chinese and after a short investigation I found out that the YouTube app is also manipulated. What the difference is with the original app I don’t know, but it make me suspicious. For that I’ve decided to root the bloatware and even later I provided it with a custom ROM. You can follow all instructions on XDA and find various roms also on XDA. I’ve chosen for the rom of Cuoco92 which seems to run very stable and is further a clean system.
I thank Gearbest for providing the Lenovo K3 Note for review.