Lenovo K4 Note Released – Full Specs
Today we finally get a glimpse and the full specs for Lenovo’s newest phone – the K4 Note, also known as the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note (Vibe being the name of the Android UI that Lenovo runs on this phone).
For the first time Lenovo has decided to start this phone off as an exclusive only to Amazon in India through flash sales that need to be registered for beforehand. Kinda sucks for overseas owners of the K3 Note who want an upgrade ASAP. But we shall soon see this being shipped by Chinese vendors in the future.
Price is at Rs 11,999 ($180) or only Rs 12,499 ($187 USD) for the bundle which includes the VR headset and is available starting Jan 19, 2016.
- 5.5 inch 1920×1080 pixel Godilla Glass 3 display (401 ppi)
- Mediatek MT6753 with a Mali T720-MP3 GPU (bit of a let down here – they should have went with the Helio X10, which incidentally Meizu upgraded to going from the Meizu M2 Note to the Meizu Metal to compete with Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 2 and 3)
- 13 mp Isocell rear camera with auofocus, f2.2 and two tone flash
- Front 5mp camera
- Dual micro sim
- Dual 1.5W speakers with Dolby Atmos
- LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac support
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Rear fingerprint sensor (no mention of speed yet)
- FM Radio
- 3300 mAh battery with fast charging
- Vibe Android UI based on Lollipop (no Marshmallow on launch)
- Digital compass, accelorometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor
- Expandable microSD (up to 128GB)
- Weight: 158 g
- Thickness: 9.1mm
From early demos it looks like the front capacitive buttons do not light up (this will have to be confirmed when we get a physical unit).
The front looks great overall with a minimal bezel on ths sides and fairly small bezels top and bottom. Front is all black and looks slick without a logo – front logos are something that we’re not a fan of (yeah we’re talking to you Samsung and Huawei).
Slight curve on the back means a minimal rock when touching the sides from the front. But nowhere near the likes of the Nexus 6 which is kinda impossible to operate when sitting on a flat surface. Then again, you’ re going to have to pick up to fingerprint unlock if you have that set on anyway.
Back looks slick with a dark charcoal color and the logo placed horizontally alongside the Dolby Atmos logo near the bottom. The fingerprint sensor is fairly close to the camera, so there may be times where you may smudge your camera. Compared to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, the fingerprint sensor is distinctly separated below the rear shooter.
The phone is finished off with a beautiful grey metal bezel. We really like this design. Kind of half Moto X/ Nexus 6 style swith the front speakers and the rear reminds us of of the OnePlusTwo with the dark charcoal and dark grey writing of the logo.
We feel the Lenovo K4 Note comes up a bit short in terms of power for money. The latest 5.5″ 1090p phones from Meizu and Xiaomi both pack the Helio X10 cpu. What the focus here seems to be a fairly powerful (not blow you away powerful) cpu for the price and a focus on entertainment.
The K4 Note comes with a feature called TheaterMax which turns multimedia content into 3D VR content that can be used with a seperate Lenovo VR headset. You can actually buy the phone and headset bundle for Rs 12,499 ($187 USD). Totally worth the extra for the bundle.
We think the VR stuff is cool, but kinda gimmicky given only a 1080p display is being used. A 2k display would have suited this better, but given the price of this device, you can’t really complain.
There should also be good developer support over on XDA given the popularity and good support for the K3 Note.