Lenovo K8 Note review
10-core Note with live bokeh camera
Our Lenovo K8 Note review finds that Lenovo has gone all out to create the best Note sized smartphone for the market. With a 10-core processor and live bokeh camera, only time will tell if the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 can challenge the specs of this mammoth offering from Lenovo.
The Lenovo K8 Note has a really solid feel that is attained through the use of premium metals in the body’s constriction. Symmetry and rounded corners are pleasing to the eye and palm of the hand and the front face is made from 2.5D glass.
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The metallic body is 8.5mm thick and weighs in at 180g, making it neither overly fat or thin, heavy or light. A splash proof nano-coating has been applied, which is great news for us who live in a predominately wet country.
The two colour options are Fine Gold and Venom Black.
The Lenovo K8 Note has something that few smartphones have, with its ten core processor. The Helio X23 deca-core 2.3GHz processor is paired with 4GB RAM, together giving 200% higher performance.
Audio gets plenty of attention with Dolby Atmos support for the built-in rear speaker or your own headphones. Dolby Atmos produces immersive audio that appears to come from all directions and is deep, powerful and rich.
Audio is so important on this device, that Lenovo have incorporated a dedicated Music Key. By pressing once, twice or three times, you can play, pause or skip tracks. The Music Key can also be customised to open the camera, open an app or take a screenshot.
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Finally, media is presented at its best through a 5.5” Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels), which equates to 401 pixels per inch.
Phone Set Up
Security and transferring content
The Lenovo K8 Note has a fingerprint sensor on the back and this new generation of sensors can unlock the phone in just 0.3 seconds. A large internal memory of 64GB makes it easy to transfer content over from an old mobile phone and this can be boosted through a microSD card slot, that accepts cards with a value of up to 128GB.
Pure Android and VR
The Lenovo K8 Note follows in the path of Motorola, a company owned by Lenovo. Lenovo has opted to put a pure version of the Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system on the K8 Note, which means that there is no bloatware slowing down the super-high performance given through the processor.
There is plenty of Google goodness though with multi-window apps running side-by-side and the Google Assistant assisting in everyday tasks. Pre-loaded Google apps includes Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Drive, Photos, Play Newsstand, Duo and YouTube.
If you pair the Lenovo K8 Note with a VR headset, then you can use TheaterMax for a widescreen cinematic experience of any standard content or play VR games.
Camera & Video
Real time bokeh
The Lenovo K8 Note has a dual camera system with parallel lenses. This consists of a 13MP PureCel Plus sensor and a 5MP depth sensing lens.
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You can select Depth Mode and capture depth of field effects (blurred backgrounds) like those captured through a DSLR camera. You can also view the bokeh effects in real time as you shoot.
A special photo editor lets you do other cool things like mixing colour elements from the 13MP lens with black and white elements from the 5MP lens.
High resolution selfies
The 13MP high resolution selfie camera has beautification software and a ‘party flash’.
High density battery and rapid charger
The high density 4,000mAh battery can be charged using the 15W rapid charger, which is included in the box. The battery gives up to 15 days of standby or up to 24.7 hours of talk time.
Written by: Michael Brown