Lenovo Vibe K4 Note was launched in India a few weeks back, and it received a lot of appreciation for its features and specifications at such a low price point. Does it really stand on all its claims? We’ll find out in our review-
Design & Display
Lenovo Vibe K4 Note has a brushed metal finish on the sides, with plastic on the front and the back of the device. The device feels amazing in hand, and the build quality is the just top notch. The back has a soft touch matte finish, and the front is quite glossy, but doesn’t attract any fingerprints.
The device comes with a large 5.5-inch display that has a resolution of 1920×1080, and is covered with Gorilla Glass 3. The panel used by Lenovo seems perfect in all regards, it is quite bright, colour output is amazing, sunlight visibility and viewing angles are even spot on. The display has a screen-to-body ratio of 71% despite sporting dual front-facing speakers, and that’s a really great thing.
An octa-core Mediatek MT6753 powers up the device, and a RAM capacity of 3 GB handles multitasking. We did not face any lag or hiccups while performing the day-to-day tasks. 3 GB RAM makes multitasking a breeze, and the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note doesn’t stutter even when multiple apps are opened at the same time. The device did become a bit warm while using it for some time, but there were no heating issues, or whatsoever. The fingerprint scanner on the back of the device is very fast and accurate, and is very convenient to use.
Running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, Lenovo has included its own Vibe UI on top. The company has made many changes in its UI, and now it looks closer to the stock Android. Though the UI consumes a large portion of the RAM, the performance remained smooth, as said above. There is no announcement from the company about the OS update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is a bit disappointing.
Also, the device comes with stereo speakers sitting on the top and bottom of the display. With the use of Dolby Atmos technology, the speakers are just phenomenal. They are adequately loud, and the sound doesn’t distort even at high volumes. Besides an amazing pair of speakers, the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note also supports 4G LTE connectivity on Indian bands. While 4G is becoming common in budget smartphones, it definitely makes the device future proof.
There is a 13 MP shooter on the back of the device that houses a Samsung ISOCELL sensor. The images came out to be decent in broad daylight, but there were some shortcomings too. Despite having PDAF, the camera sometimes struggled to lock the focus on small objects, and colour reproduction is even not perfect. The night shots were a bit grainy, but the dual-tone flash helped a lot.
Just like camera, battery life is nothing to boast about. Though the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note packs a 3300 mAh battery size, the battery life wasn’t really satisfying. The device will barely last for a day with medium to heavy usage, with both the SIM cards in use and one of them being hooked to 4G network.
If you want an overall good device in tight budget, and are good with the little shortcomings related to camera and battery life, then Lenovo Vibe K4 Note is for you. Otherwise, you can wait for Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro, that will also come with similar specs, and will soon launch in India.