Lenovo K3 Note: The best phablet under Rs 10,000?

NEW DELHI: Lenovo’s new phablet, K3 Note, seems to have generated a lot of interest among phone buyers. The phone went on sale on Wednesday and is the most feature-rich offering available under Rs 10,000.

The phablet that sports a full-HD display and better optics compared to the company’s A-series phones. It also includes some software based gesture features seen only in mid-range phones like the Lenovo Vibe X2. Here’s our quick hands-on of the phone focusing on its strengths and weaknesses.

The K3 Note looks very similar to the Lenovo A7000. In fact, the two share the same design and dimensions (152.6×76.2×7.99mm) though the K3 Note is slightly heavier (10grams).

The phone essentially sports the same rectangular form factor combined with rounded corners and a plastic shell. It has a removable back cover that comes in three colour variants – onyx black, pearl white and laser yellow. The black and yellow panels sport a matte finish and look premium though the latter may not appeal to everyone. The back panels will be available separately. Other than that, the phone has a very utilitarian design.

The front of the phone features a 5.5-inch IPS full-HD (1920x1080p) display which offers good viewing angles and vibrant colours. We found the phone’s touch panel to be responsive. It’s worth pointing out that there’s no Gorilla Glass protection, leaving the phone susceptible to scratches.

The three capacitive touch navigation buttons are placed right below the display and were pretty responsive. Sadly, yhe buttons are not back-lit. A 5MP front-facing camera is placed right above the display next to the earpiece.

The right edge of the phone houses the volume rocker and power keys. Both of the keys offer good tactile feedback and were responsive. The left and bottom edges are barren while the top sports the 3.5mm headset jack as well as the micro-USB port.

The back cover wraps around the front panel and hides the 3000mAh battery (removable), two micro sim card slots and a microSD card slot. It’s worth pointing out that the phone’s second sim card slot does not support 3G or 4G connectivity. The 13MP camera lens and dual-LED flash are placed towards the upper portion of the back. We’ll have a detailed look at the phone’s cameras in our full review.

Lenovo K3 Note is powered by a 1.7GHz 64-bit MediaTek MT6752 octa-core processor, MALI T760 GPU and 2GB RAM, the phone comes with 16GB internal storage and a microSD card slot for expansion (up to 32GB).

The K3 Note runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and features Lenovo’s Vibe UI skin on top and comes with Lenovo’s utility apps. It also includes support for gestures like double tap to unlock.

The phone’s default UI is devoid of an app drawer and app icons and widgets are spread across the home screens. The unified home screen-app launcher style may come across as user-friendly to people who have not used an Android phone before.

We were satisfied with the responsiveness of the phone’s user interface and did not experience any lag or stutter while launching and switching between apps.

In terms of connectivity options, the K3 Note supports both FDD 1800MHz (Band 3) & TDD 2300MHz (Band 40) 4G LTE bands in addition to 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

Priced at Rs 9,999, the phone will compete with the likes of the Meizu M1 Note, which is one of the few full-HD display-equipped devices priced below Rs 12,000. However, we’ll need to spend a few days with the phone before giving a final verdict.

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