The all-new Lenovo K6 Note is the company’s first K-series smartphone to be available exclusively via offline channels, and the company claims that it will be available at 15,000 retail stores in the country. Lenovo launched the K6 Power in India last month, in an attempt to strengthen its portfolio in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment. Considering that the company introduced the entire K6 series – Lenovo K6, K6 Power, and K6 Note – at IFA earlier this year, we’re not surprised to see that the next model is already here.
The K6 Note offers an all-metal body and some decent specifications.
The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 401 pixels per inch. Lenovo K6 Note price in India starts from Rs. 14,499.
The Lenovo K6 Note is powered by 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Lenovo K6 Note packs a 16-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The Lenovo K6 Note runs Android 6.0.1 and is powered by a 4000mAh non removable battery. It measures 151.00 x 76.00 x 8.40 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 169.00 grams.
The Lenovo K6 Note is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.
K6 LOOK AND FEEL
At first glance, the front of the K6 Note also looks similar to the K6 Power, though the screen size is obviously a big differentiator. There is definitely a lot of consistency between the siblings in terms of design.
There are capacitive navigation buttons just below the display, and the volume and power buttons are on the side.The hybrid SIM tray, which can fit either two SIMs or one SIM and one microSD card, is on the left. The 3.5mm audio jack is on top, while there are two speaker grilles on either side of a Micro-USB port on the bottom.
The set weighs almost 170 grams, the Lenovo K6 Note initially felt heavy for its size, but after using it for a few days, we got used to it.
The round fingerprint scanner is located right below the rear camera and flash. Two gold lines frame the top and bottom of the phone, and there’s some company branding towards the bottom as well.
Lenovo K6 Note specifications and features
The Lenovo K6 Note has the same Snapdragon 430 processor clocked at 1.4GHz as the K6 Power, and we would have preferred something a bit more capable. There are two variants of this phone, one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
The K6 Note sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and a dual-LED flash. At the front, the K6 Note retains the same 8-megapixel front camera seen on the K6 Power. Connectivity options on the handset include 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS. The K6 Note also includes an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and digital compass.
On the software front, the Lenovo K6 Note runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Lenovo’s Vibe Pure UI on top. We liked using it on the K6 Power, and it’s still good. Other software features are common across the models as well, including the app lock functionality that allows users to lock any app behind a fingerprint; Dual Apps mode, which lets users have two WhatsApp and other accounts on the same phone; and Fingerprint Snap, which lets the fingerprint sensor act as an alternative shutter button.
Lenovo K6 Note performance
Despite featuring a mid-range Snapdragon 430 processor, the K6 Note was fast enough for our daily requirements. We didn’t experience lag while multitasking or while flipping through multiple apps. We however noticed slowdowns during video calls on WhatsApp, Skype, and Google Duo, which was unexpected considering that we were using a fast Wi-Fi connection.
The fingerprint scanner at the back was quick, and unlocked the device even when in standby. Watching videos, movies, and games on the K6 Note was a treat, and the Dolby Atmos audio enhancement makes a noticeable difference. However, we were disappointed with the bundled earphones, which were below average. The Lenovo K6 Note supports VoLTE (voice over LTE) on both SIMs.
The Lenovo K6 Note’s camera does a good job when it comes to casual everyday shots.The 16-megapixel sensor with PDAF is quick to lock focus. The Smart Composition tool tries to help in different situations, but can be turned off in the camera settings. The app offers various modes including Pro, Panorama, Nightscape, HDR, Fast-motion, and Slow-motion. We especially liked the Fast-motion and Slow-motion features as they increased and decreased the subject’s speed.
We were impressed with low-light shots. Even in the dark, the camera was able to hold a subject in focus, which is good. Selfies on the K6 Note were decent for sharing casually on social media, but not very impressive overall.. Images taken in daylight could have been sharper, and edges tended to have noticeable noise when seen on a larger screen. In some shots taken under direct sunlight, we noticed that colours were washed out.
Lenovo brought several models in the recent past online exclusives. With its new K6 Note however, the company wants to reach customers who like purchasing phones offline. The K6 Note offers a large screen and a basic VR experience through the affordable Ant VR headset, which is a great feature even if it isn’t always practical. We like this phone’s build quality and display, but we still would have liked a more powerful SoC.
Starting at Rs. 13,999, the Lenovo K6 Note will be competing against the similarly priced Moto G4 Plus (Review) and will also have to fend off the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Review) which is priced lower and offers good overall performance.