Do you know how much an average Indian spends for their first smartphone? I know, it is in between a range of 10,000 to 20,000 INR (130 USD to 250 USD). This is considered as a low or mid-range budget. The manufacturers has already done the mathematics. Hence, they are showering the market with phones in this price range. Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo everyone has fired some rounds in this market. Lenovo K10 Note Review. So, why should Lenovo back out!
Lenovo has been a computing company all its life long. But after buying Motorola, they gathered their thoughts and started to manufacture smartphones as well. But they also learned the desire of the common people of having good smartphones in a price point which suits their pockets. So, Lenovo gathered their thought and announced Lenovo K10 Note to the market to compete the mid or low-range budget smartphone.
But in this roaring market, can Lenovo K10 Note withstand the wrath of the big dogs? Or they will go down deep in the waters? Let us find out!
Lenovo K10 Note Review: The Budget Smartphone by Lenovo
Lenovo K10 Note has been announced and launched in a short period of time. They announced the phone on the 5th and launched it in the market on the September 16th, 2019. Wow that was first! They didn’t even waited for at least 15 days to create the hype. Maybe they were too confident that their phone will be rocking the market. Who knows! All we want to know what their phone is really made of. And is the phone worth your money?
Before making an impression on the phone we will be considering some viable aspects which will enhance our understanding about the phone’s capability. The aspects are:
- Sensors and Other Features
- Water Resistance
So without wasting any time let us move into the review real quick.
Unboxing Lenovo K10 Note
Well what we have here? The All-new Lenovo K10 Note. The box is a good looking one indeed. When we open it, we see our main device with a plastic wrap around it. When we lift the phone there are some documentations, a charger brick, a SIM tray ejection tool and an USB A to USB C connector. Oh, wait! Where is the earphones? There isn’t any! Unfortunate Lenovo. Strike One!
Design: Typical Safe playing Design!
Lenovo has done nothing much, or out of the box innovation with the phone as per the design is concerned. They played safe which is okay with me. The phone is made out of polycarbonate plastic which will look like glass from distance but you will feel it when you hold it in your hands. The back and the frame is made out of plastic, the polycarbonate one. The front side is obviously the glass screen. The demerit of the phone is that there are no protection for the screen where other competitors are giving some Gorilla Glass protections in their phones. Shame Lenovo! Shame!
Let us talk about the attributes now. The phone has a dimension of 6.17 inches on the length, 2.93 inches as the width and the breadth is of 0.31 inches. The weight of the phone is almost 164 grams. This is an ideal weight and size compared to the phones and the form factors of the people’s likings now a days. As for the buttons, the volume adjustment button and the power/lock button is on the right side and the Hybrid SIM tray on the left. The primary microphone is on the top and as far as the bottom is concerned, there is a noise cancelation microphone, the speaker grill, an USB C port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack is placed.
On the back the triple camera module, the finger print scanner and the branding of Lenovo is there to be seen. The texture of the back is pleasing though, gives a rough texture and rather adds a premium feel to it.
Overall nothing fancy with the design and Lenovo has not bothered to try something innovative and out of the box. It’s a decent design though.
Display: The Dew Drop Notch IPS Display
Lenovo has done reasonably good with the display as they are offering a dew drop notch with a full high definition IPS LCD display. Yes you have heard it right! They have installed an IPS LCD Display on this phone and I must admit that this is a nice screen to look at. It is a full high definition display that means it has a resolution of 1080 pixels into 2340 pixels. The aspect ratio is 19:5:9 and the screen to body ratio is almost 83.7%. The dimension of the display is 6.3 inches. Lenovo K10 Note Review.
After using this device for some time, I must say that this is a very good display. The screen color is very nice compared to the other screens in the market. The brightness and the contrast is also worth appreciating and it works pretty decent in the brighter light conditions.
Lenovo K10 Note Full Specifications
|Release date||5th September 2019|
|Launched in India||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||156.60 x 74.30 x 7.88|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4050|
|Screen size (inches)||6.30|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Dedicated microSD slot||No|
|Rear camera||16-megapixel (f/1.8) + 8-megapixel (f/2.4) + 5-megapixel (f/2.,2)|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Active 4G on both SIM cards||Yes|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
Performance: The Snapdragon Processing Power!
When someone comes to me and asks me what are the key factors I would consider before setting up a score on the performance of a particular smartphone then the first thing that come into my mind is that combination between the software and the hardware. The better the combination, the better the smartphone’s performance is. In my experience, I have been reviewing a lot of phones recently with killer hardware, but lacking in the software took the phone down in deep waters. But I have also seen some phone who are doing a pretty decent job in low or mid-range hardware just because of fascinating combinations between the hardware and the software. Now, let us see what Lenovo K10 Note has to offer under the hood and how is the software experience.
Hardware of Lenovo K10 Note
As far as the hardware is concerned, the Lenovo K10 Note has a chipset of Qualcomm Snapdragon 710. This is a mid-range chipset manufactured by Qualcomm and is indeed a decent one available in the market. This 10 nm popular chipset is Octa Core that means it runs in eight cores from which the first 2 cores are clocked at 2.2 GHz Kryo 360 Gold and the rest are clocked at 1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver. The GPU is Adreno 316. Lenovo K10 Note Review.
The RAM is of two variants; 4 GB and 6 GB and the Internal Storage is of 64 GB and 128 GB. So that means that the phone is either available in 4GB-64GB variant or the 6GB-128GB variant.
Now let us have a look on the software that runs the phone.
Software of Lenovo K10 Note
This phone runs in Android 9 which is pretty recent compared to the market. But there is no confirmation about the upgrade to Android version 10 whatsoever. The UI is Lenovo’s ZUI 11. This is pretty much a stock Android interface. But the OS is a bit dodgy sometimes when it comes to the animation.
There are some unnecessary apps which you can uninstall anyway. Over all the UI need an update to settle things down smoothly.
Overall the hardware and the software does a decent job. However the animations of the OS is a bit jittery and does not the compliment the amazing screen. That is Strike Two Lenovo!
As we speak, the loudspeaker is not the loudest out there but does a pretty good job, the earpiece is very good compared to the current market.
Camera: The Triple AI Camera!
Lenovo claims that their triple camera is a Smart AI camera. Let us try to justify the statement of them real quick.
The rear camera has a triple camera setup as I have mentioned earlier. The main camera Is a 16 Mega Pixels camera with an aperture count of f/1.8 with PDAF Sensors. The second camera is an 8 Mega Pixel telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and an aperture count of f/2.4. And the last camera is not a camera, rather a depth sensor of 2 Megapixel with an aperture count of f/2.2.
The rear camera does a great job in the bright day light conditions and also in artificial lighting as well. But it falls apart when the sun goes down or the low light condition occurs. The photos get washed away ant there is too much tech going inside that which is proven to be a little too much as the quality is concerned.
The front facing camera is a 16 Mega Pixel wide angle camera with an aperture count of f/2.0. That’s about it. But the selfie camera is not that up to the mark when it comes to the sefies.
When we took some selfies it started to smoothen our skin tone a little bit excess and the main problem is that it is a bit dodgy as per as the aperture count is concerned. SO, if you are a selfie lover then I will not recommend you this phone because you will be disappointed for sure. Strike 3 and you are out Lenovo! Just kidding!
Overall the camera was a bit upsetting as the picture quality in low light6 is concerned. But we should not forget that this is after all a budget phone. The videography supports a resolution of 1080p at 30 fps on both the camera units.
Battery: 4050 mAh powerhouse!
This little dude comes with a huge 4050 mAh battery with fat charging capability. It provides an all-day battery life even after heavy usage. But if you ever run out of juice, you can surely refill the bottle with a blazing fast 18 watts charger brick which comes with the phone. Cool isn’t it! Good job Lenovo! Lenovo K10 Note Review.
Sensors and Other Features of Lenovo K10 Note
The finger print scanner is rear mounted. As I have small fingers, I need to kinda reach out a little bit to get a scan on that, but the finger print scanner should have been installed a bit lower than the current positioning. All the other sensors like accelerometer, proximity, gyro and compass is included in the phone to give you an all-round feedback.
You cannot and should not expect a phone in the lower mid-range have water resistance of some sort. And Lenovo K10 Note has certainly not been an exception. Lenovo K10 Note Review.
Advantages and Disadvantages
The Advantages of Lenovo K10 Note are:
- A good display
- Snapdragon 710 chipset
- Good Earpiece
- Budget friendly
- 4050 mAh Battery with 18 Watt fast charging
The Disadvantages are:
- Sloppy UI
- Jittery animations
- Slow Finger print Unlocking
- Camera performance issues
- NOT for selfie lovers
FAQs of Lenovo K10 Note
Is Lenovo K10 Note Waterproof?
Perhaps the most common question for all the phones. No, it is not water resistant.
Is Lenovo K10 Note suitable for heavy multitasking?
The hardware is pretty decent for multitasking. However, the software; especially for the UI is pretty sloppy. So it is not entirely suitable for heavy multitasking, but the next upgrades will resolve those issues and minor bugs.
Is Lenovo K10 Note good for PUBG?
It has a Snapdragon 710 processor. So, hopefully you will be able to experience smooth game playing in high configuration setting in graphics sensitive games like PUBG, Call of Duty Mobile and Asphalt 9.
As we have inspected the phone in and out we are gonna be brutally honest about it. This phone is not for multitasks and good selfies. However, if you a light user and click limited photos and not into selfies then you can buy this one. Hopefully Lenovo will come up with new software updates to resolve the issues and bugs real soon.
So that was all for today. Hope you guys have enjoyed my review of the all new Lenovo K10 Note today. Will see you guys with more reviews later. Good bye!