December 6, 2016 10:31:21 am
Lenovo is back with another K phone in India, and this time we are getting the K6 Power. Lenovo K4, K5 Plus, K5 Note were all launched in India this year, but the latest one sports a beefy 4000 mah battery.
Lenovo is now the second biggest smartphone vendor in India, a position that was previously held by Micromax for some years. The K series, which is online only, along with the Moto phones, has helped the company become the biggest online vendor in India, if you go by IDC’s numbers. But Lenovo isn’t just playing the online-only game in India; in offline stores there’s the push from its A series smartphones. For now, this tactic it looks like this it is paying off.
The K6 Power is priced Rs 9,999 and given the specifications, it will directly take on Xiaomi’s popular Redmi 3S Prime. So does the K6 Power live up to the hype? Here’s what we thought of the phone.
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Specs: 5-inch full HD IPS display | Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core 1.4 Ghz processor | 3GB RAM+32GB storage (expandable to 128GB) | 13MP rear camera + 8MP front camera | Android 6.0 with Pure UI | 4000 mAh battery
Price: Rs 9,999
Lenovo K6 Power
If you put the K6 Power, next to the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note, you can see the similarities in design, except that this comes in a smaller, more compact 5-inch form factor. Of course, comparisons with Redmi 3S Prime will continue, and from the front both phones look very similar, except for the different styling of the on-screen buttons.
Lenovo K6 Power in a metal unibody design, that has become the norm in this price range. The main camera is in the middle of the rear panel, followed by the flash, and the round fingerprint scanner. Lenovo has added dual speakers at the bottom of the phone just below the logo. It has antenna bands running on top and bottom, and is slightly curved from the back, making it easy to hold.
We got the dark grey colour version of this smartphone, and it looks as good as any other mid-range phone in the market. As a design, the K6 Power might not be revolutionary, but it is practical, and that works in its favour.
So what’s good?
Given that the 4000 mAh battery is the USP of this phone, let’s start with this. I set-up the phone with under 50 per cent battery and this includes close to 20 apps, all of which were downloaded on 4G, and the battery levels didn’t budge. Most phones start to get warm when you are downloading a flurry of apps, but the K6 Power handled the task easily. If you’re looking for a phone that won’t die, Lenovo K6 Power is a solid bet. Even with heavy usage like gaming and watching a lot of videos, this phone lasts a day. If your usage is moderate, which is just basic browsing, etc, you can go without charging this one for two days. At this price-point, a long-lasting battery life is a crucial need for many users, and K6 Power easily nails the brief.
Lenovo K6 Power comes with a full HD display which is crisp and vibrant. Watching videos, using the phone in sunlight is not a problem. Add to this, the 5-inch form factor means this is a much more manageable device, especially for those who love smaller phones.
Lenovo K6 Power has a 13MP rear camera, which I’d say is a notch above competition. In bright daylight, pictures come out nice, and there’s no tendency for the colours to look unnatural. However, there are some issues in low-light performance, which I’ll discuss next.
On the performance front. there’s 3GB RAM and 32GB storage on board which is expandable. The phone comes with Snapdragon 430 and multitasking is not an issue especially if your main use case is browsing the Internet, watching videos. But heavy games like Asphalt 8 do tend to lag.
Lenovo’s Pure UI is pretty much like stock Android, and that’s a good thing. It’s clean, swift, and comes with settings you’d get on a pure Android phone, and at this price point this is a win in my opinion. Most phones from other companies come with customised UIs at this price range, and these have some issue or the other.
Finally, this is a 4G VOLTE phone.I set it up exclusively via the Jio SIM, and faced no troubles with downloads or connectivity, and even calls.
What’s not good?
The camera struggles with focus especially in low-light and tends to slow down. And there’s a lot of noise in these pictures. But again this is a Rs 10,000 smartphone. My main issue would be that some pictures taken in bright sunlight looked over exposed. For the selfie freaks the front camera is nothing exceptional.
Lenovo has kept the speakers at the back, which means that if you place it flat on a table, the sound is muffled, even with Dolby Atmos mode on. I really could not need feel a difference to the sound quality with this mode.
While I didn’t face any app crashes, I felt the phone does have some issues with touch response. There’s a lag at times when you’re trying to open some apps. The lack of fast-charging is a big miss on this phone; I feel Lenovo could have really changed the game by introducing this a budget price point.
Should you buy?
Lenovo K6 Power is another phone in the company’s great lineup of K phones. It scores simply because of the UI and battery; the overall performance is not too bad either. Of course, the phone will compete against the Redmi 3S Prime, which is similar in terms of specs, except for the lack of a full HD display.
But Lenovo’s smartphone lineup looks a bit confusing as well. There’s also the older Vibe K5 Plus which has a better processor, but less battery and storage that can also be an option. It is also priced less than the K6 Power. But overall, the K6 Power lives up to its claims of being a solid phone for under Rs 10,000, and you can add it to your buy list.
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