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Is Lenovo K9 worth buying?

Lenovo a brand which use to focus on the budget segment of smartphones is back with some of the new devices like Lenovo K9 and Lenovo A5. Both these phones lie in the low-budget(Lower than Rs.10,000) price point. The Lenovo K9 comes with a quad camera AI setup(dual in front and back) and the A5 has a whooping 4000 mAh battery. I have used Lenovo K9 more than the A5 so here are the views on this deivce. It surely does pack some decent specs in the price point. But is Lenovo K9 worth buying? Let us find out with a full review of the device.

Is Lenovo K9 worth buying?

Design: 9/10

Lenovo K9 is covered with glass on the front and the back with aluminium alloy frame. The back has a shiny linear trail and is visible when you move it with vertical axis. On the bottom it has the type C port, speaker grill, and the 3.5 mm audio jack with power button & volume rockers to the right. On the left is the hybrid SIM card tray with fingerprint sensor on the back. The navigation button are on screen with some considerable bezel on the top and bottom. From the design point of view, the device looks just great and that too with such attractive price point. Apart from the bit of the bezels on the front, I would say the device is sleek and feels premium for the price.

Display: 8.5/10

Is lenovo K9 worth buying

The new Lenovo K9 comes with a 5.7 inch 18:9 HD IPS LCD display. The viewing angles of the display is good for watching videos/movies etc. The brightness is great and the device can be used in outdoors with sunlight. There is no dedicated gorilla glass protection, but the build quality of device looks good. I tried some drop tests from pocket length and above, but the device was able to survive every fall without any damage in particular. The glass back and front is made up of some toughened glass because of which it manages to avoid scratches too. Though it catches few fingerprint smudges due to glass surface. The navigation buttons are on screen itself. I would say the display does a pretty decent job.

Performance: 9/10

Let us start with hardware first. Lenovo K9 comes with a Helio P22 octacore processor clocked at 2.0 GHz with Mediatek MT6762 chipset. It has 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM. When you boot up the device and start using it with various apps, you will see how snappy and fast it is. Frankly speaking, I never expected this kind of performance from a low budget device. But it surely did amaze me, and I found out one of the core reasons. By default Lenovo has turned of the window animation, transition scale and other factors to 0. This is one of the reason the device feels so quick to open up apps and switch between them. I had to turn on developer option to confirm the same. Though it seems like a good idea for the low-budget smartphones. Coming to the gaming performance, it has a PowerVR G8320 GPU which can support decent gaming. I tried playing the very famous PUBG game on this device at medium and low graphics setting. On medium I experienced a lot of lag, but on low graphics the experience was much better. I also tried Asphalt 9 high-performance mode, and the results were quite the same. You can play high graphic games on K9 at low graphics for a better performance and for low graphics game it works all fine. Though a bit more of performance from the processor would have made the gaming experience much better. The normal usage of apps on this device is excellent with a very few app crashes. Multitasking is also great with Lenovo K9. The device doesnt heats up much during gaming and you can barely feel the heat.

On the software end it comes with Android 8.1.0 with a stock like UI. It comes with some preinstalled games and apps(bloatwares) which you can remove. The stock like UI does feel great to use if we compare it to other companies fancy UI skins. The fingerprint sensor takes quite some time to record your fingerprint, but works fine to detect it afterwards. There is no face-recognition on this device. Overall the performance of the device is good and one of the key features when it comes to K9 and its budget.

Camera: 7.5/10

The Lenovo K9 comes with a quad camera setup having 13MP + 5MP shooter on both front and the back. There is flash again both on the front and the back. Front flash feature is not something which you normally see in every device. It does help to take some decent selfies in low light. With Lenovo K9 you can click some decent pictures in adequate light. The shutter speed of the camera is quite less because of which the camera is quite fast to click pictures. One needs to hold the camera still as many of the pictures clicked by me were a bit shaky. Also the bokeh mode was not at all impressive. It was able to blur the background to some extent, but it needs improvement. Lenovo needs to work on the camera end to improve it on its devices.

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Sound and Connectivity: 8.5/10

Is lenovo K9 worth buying

The speaker is located on the bottom of the device. It is pretty loud and clear which makes the movie watching experience good. As for the connectivity the device has basic options of Wifi, bluetooth, & GPS. Though it lacked magnetic sensor/magnetometer which was a real shock. When I launched the maps it took me a while to figure out that my orientation is not shown because of the missing magnentic sensor. Also the GPS takes sometime to acquire fix which should be fixed with a software update if possible. Apart from that it offers hybrid SIM slot and supports dual 4G which is a very necessary feature. That means you can use two JIO sims with network connection on both of them. I didn’t have the best of experience with the microphone while on a call, I had to keep the phone in a proper position for the other person to hear me perfectly.

Battery: 8.5/10

Lenovo K9 comes with a 3000 mAh battery. It will last till evening with power usage and full day with medium usage. I always have Wifi or 4G connection turned on with bluetooth and sometimes GPS. With 3 hrs of video playback and frequent calling, messaging the device lasts till evening and sometimes full day too. I was pretty satisified with the device battery. Lenovo says that it comes with quick charging feature, though it has a power rating of 10W with 5V and 2A. It takes about 2-2.5hrs approx to charge the device from 0 to 100 percent. Initially it took more time than but once the battery got calibrated the time reduced.

Price and availability:

The Lenovo K9 is priced at 8,999 INR and is available exclusively on Flipkart. It comes in two colors blue and black.

Verdict:

The device Lenovo K9 is great when it comes to design, performance and battery. The software UI usage experience is good too. The factors which I think can be improved includes camera performance, magnetometer, microphone audio quality input. Apart from these factors the device in good and can give a tough competition to the Redmi Series and other competitors. If you are focusing on looks and performance with decent battery then definitely go for this device. If you want a better camera then you can go with other devices. Do let me know your thoughts in the comment sections below.

 

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Best Slimmest Gaming Laptops 2017

The best gaming laptops take on many different appearances, these slimmest laptops are the best ones for gamers which are easy to move, they can enjoy their passion inside out. Gamers will end up loving the deadly combination of the software and the lightest weight. Here are the best 3 light weighted best slimmest gaming laptops 2017:

Best Slimmest Gaming Laptops 2017

  1. ASUS GX501 Zephyrus – The world’s slimmest gaming laptop powered by a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 (Kaby Lake) processor and the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 graphics with Zephyrus features the Windows 10 Creators Update.

The 15.6-inch Zephyrus features an ultra-slim profile and incorporates the ROG-exclusive Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) — a specially designed cooling system. It also features customizable ASUS Aura RGB lighting effects and a super-fast 120Hz panel with wide-view technology, 100 percent sRGB color gamut and NVIDIA G-SYNC™ for breathtaking gaming visuals.

Price – Rs. 2,99,990/- onwards

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2. Lenovo Legion Y720 – the gaming laptop features a 15.5-inch Full HD IPS display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The device is powered by the latest Intel Core i7- i7-7700HQ Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz) along with NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1060 graphics card. The laptop is backed by up to 16GB RAM (2x8GB DDR4 2400) and 2TB of internal storage. On the connectivity front, it offers three USB 3.0 ports, Wi-Fi 2×2 AC, Bluetooth 4.1.

The device runs on latest Windows 10 and comes with loaded with HD 720P webcam. It measures 38.0 cm x 27.7 cm x 2.9 cm and weighs 2.95 Kg and offers up to 5 hours of backup.

Price – Rs. 1,49,990/- onwards

3. Acer Predator Helios 300 – The Predator Helios 300 notebook is powered by up to a 7th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, mated with 16GB of DDR4 RAM. The laptop can be configured with either an overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or 1050Ti graphics processor. The AeroBlade 3D fan inside the notebook keeps it cool while you play graphics-heavy games.

Acer Predator Helios 300 comes with a 15.6-inch full HD IPS display. It offers a 256GB SSD and a 1TB HDD for storage.

Price – Rs. 1,29,999/- onwards

So these were some of the best slimmest gaming laptops 2017. Let me know which one would you go for in the comment section below.

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Lenovo K3 Note full review

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Lenovo has launched some great phones in the low budget segment like Lenovo A6000, A7000 & the A7000 Plus. And in March 2015 a new smartphone Lenovo K3 Note was introduced by them in the sub-10k segment. So today we are doing Lenovo K3 Note full review to find out if its worth your money.

Design – 7.5/10

Lenovo K3 Note looks similar to the previous smartphones launched by Lenovo. It has a full plastic compact body with removable back cover. The dimensions of the phone are 152.6 x 76.2 x 8 mm and the weight is just 150g though it has a 5.5-inch screen. The micro USB port and 3.5mm audio jack are on the top. Volume rockers and power button are placed at the most convenient position i.e. on the right side. The primary microphone is present at the bottom and secondary at the back. On the rear, we have 13MP camera with dual led flash, speaker grill, and a Lenovo logo at the center. The three navigation buttons on the front are not backlight which will be an issue while using phone in the dark. This is just a basic requirement, but many other smartphones also lack this backlight feature. Design wise the phone is slim and light in weight but the build doesn’t feels sturdy.

Display – 9/10

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The Lenovo K3 Note has a 5.5-inch full HD(1920×1080 pixels) IPS display with a pixel density of 401ppi. It has no screen protection as such and is a fingerprint magnet, so you will need to additionally apply screen protectors to keep it scratch proof. The phone has nice viewing angles which will make your gaming and movie watching experience better. I would say this is one of the best displays that you can get in this range of smartphones. Lenovo has done some substantial improvement in Display quality if compared to previous A series phones.

Performance – 7.5/10

Lenovo K3 Note runs on 64 bit Octa-core A53 cortex(MediaTek 6752 SoC) processor clocked at 1.7Ghz and Mali-T760 MP2 graphics. It has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. You can expand the storage upto 32GB using external microSD card. In a normal usage I did not find any lag while running multiple apps simultaneously.  We tested many games like Asphalt 8, Dead Trigger 2, Daddy was a thief etc and most of the games ran without any lag. But high-end games like N.O.V.A. 3 had some frame drops while running, so don’t expect too much on the gaming side. The phone does gets a bit warm while gaming, but it is bearable. Overall the performance is great on this device if we keep hardcore gaming aside.

Coming to the software specifications, the phone comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. The interface is Lenovo’s own VIBE UI which has many apps preloaded. The good news this time is that you can uninstall most of the unwanted apps. You don’t have any app drawer so all the apps are placed on the home screen. You need to turn off the cell broadcast as it is quite annoying while using the phone in day to day life. Apart from that you can customize the phone as per your choice from the settings option, or download your favourite launcher.

Camera (6.5/10), Sound (8.5/10), and Connectivity (9/10)

Lenovo K3 Note comes with a 13MP rear shooter with a Dual LED Flash which is capable of capturing images with a resolution of 4128×3096 pixels. The picture quality in adequate light condition is pretty good, but in low light conditions you can notice noise in the photo. For low light conditions I would suggest you turn on LED Flash as its quite powerful and keep the phone steady while taking pictures.The front is a 5MP shooter which can take decent selfies. The camera can record 1080p videos which turns out to be good with adequate amount of light.  So overall I would say the camera is slightly above average when it comes to K3 Note.

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Lenovo K3 Note Speaker Grill

The speaker grill on this smartphone is at the back and the volume is loud which is rarely seen nowadays. With Dolby Atmos equalisation, you can get a good surround sound experience but put on the earphones to notice the difference clearly.

The phone supports Dual Sim with 4G LTE support which enables high speed internet connectivity. Other options such as Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS are also available. There is no NFC feature present, but it does support USB on the GO (OTG) so you can connect your USB drives to transfer data.

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Dual Sim 4G LTE, microSD

Battery and Availability (7/10)

Coming to the most important feature of a smartphone i.e. battery life, Lenovo K3 Note has a 2900mAh removable battery. Well I was not much impressed by the battery life of this device as it lasted for half day in my case with moderate usage. I would recommend using battery saver mode for those who wants to stretch the battery life a bit more. The phone was available in Flash sale, but its now sold openly on Flipkart. There are three colour variants of the phone viz. Onyx Black, Pearl White, & Laser Yellow.

Verdict

Lenovo K3 Note would make a good choice while buying a phone in sub 10k segment. The Display and sound does seems to amaze with moderate performance and average camera, battery life. If you want alternatives then it would be Coolpad Note 3 if you want 3GB RAM and Fingerprint scanner. You can also go for ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser, Meizu M2 Note, or Yureka Plus. If you have any doubts please post them in the comment section below. If you like our review Please SHARE it on Facebook,Twitter. Google Plus or any other social media platform.

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Lenovo A6000 Plus hands on review

After reviewing Lenovo A6000, we now had a hands on experience with its successor i.e. Lenovo A6000 plus. It offers a quite good upgrade in terms of memory with a very less price increment. We also have a dual SIM 4G LTE support at a low budget price level. Lets do a full review of the device and see, what it has got to offer.

Lenovo A6000 Plus hands on review

Design

The device has got a matte rubberised finish at the back which gives it a nice grip and feel. The phone is light to hold in hands with just a weight of 128 g. I liked the way Lenovo has compressed the size of its phone as compared to other brands. The power button, volume rockers are on the left with micro USB port, 3.5 mm audio jack on the top. The dual speaker grill is at the back on the bottom with a Lenovo logo at the centre. The one thing that still needs improvement are the 3 touch capacitive buttons which have no back light support. You can see nothing in the dark, and sometimes it very confusing to use the buttons. This can be the only disadvantage in the device design. It is exactly same as Lenovo A6000.

Display

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It has a 5 inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (320 dpi). The touch is smooth and the display is bright when compared to Honor 4C. The viewing angles on this device are great giving you full freedom while watching movies and playing games. The quality of display is much better than other phones falling under this price range. However they have made no improvements in terms of screen protection when compared to its predecessor. You might need a tampered glass or scratch guard to keep your display safe.

Performance

It comes with a 64 bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 Ghz. The RAM is upgraded from 1 GB to 2 GB so you can multi-task more efficiently. You also get an upgrade in internal memory from 8 GB to 16 GB (10.19 GB available). These upgrades in memory makes this device a tough competitor in this price bracket. There is no change in graphics processor so you still have Adreno 306 GPU. So you can run all the games like Asphalt 8, dead trigger 2, Brothers in arms 3 easily. The phone does gets a little bit warmer while running high end games but that is acceptable. The device has a expandable SD card slot which can support up to 32 GB of memory. I faced no lags while multi-tasking or normal usage. We got a score of 20623 on AnTuTu benchmark test. The overall hardware performance is quite good.

Coming to the software side, it comes with its own VIBE UI which is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. There are few games and apps pre-installed out of which, only some can be removed. I do not like the notification panel as the toggle buttons are congested and small. The theme consist of bright colours which can be sometimes annoying. You can use different launchers as per your choice, as a substitute to Vibe UI.

Camera, Sound and Connectivity

The device boasts a 8 MP auto focus rear camera with flash which can take photos of resolution 3264 x 2448 pixels. The front camera is a 2 MP fixed focus camera which is capable of taking decent selfies. You can also record videos at 720p HD videos with this device. To see some of the snaps of the camera, checkout our last article of Lenovo A6000 as there is no difference in the camera quality of both the phones. The camera is of average quality which can take nice photos and videos in good light conditions.

The device has dual Dolby speakers which can give you decent sound output. Both the speakers are located at the rear bottom of the device. The sound is much more clear when you listen to music using your headphones.

It supports 4G LTE, bluetooth v4.0, WIFI and GPS for connectivity. There is no USB OTG feature in this device so you cannot connect a pen drive. Coming to the last point that is battery backup, the device has a 2300mAh battery which can last for 1 day with normal usage.

If you were going to buy Lenovo A6000, I would suggest you to buy this successor as you get double the RAM and internal storage just by paying Rs.500 extra. Lenovo A6000 Plus is priced at Rs. 7499 and is available on Flipkart in flash sales (REGISTER).  If you have any doubts regarding this device, do post them in the comment section below.

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Lenovo A6000 Review : A Low Budget smartphone

Lenovo entered the smartphone market in 2012, and have built some phones with amazing features. At the start of this year, Lenovo launched a low budget smartphone A6000. There is quite a competition in this low budget segment from other companies like Huawei, Xiaomi and Micromax Yu Series. Lets get a closer look at Lenovo A6000 by doing a full review, and find out how it performs.

Lenovo A6000 Review :

Design

The first thing you notice when you get hands on the phone is the weight. The phone feels very light in hand (Weight – 128 g) and is compact in size. The back has a plastic matte finish with a Lenovo logo. One can easily operate the phone with one hand due to the firm grip of the phone. The volume rockers and the power button are on the right, along with 3.5 mm audio jack and micro USB port at the top. On the back we have dual speakers with secondary noise cancellation microphone and camera (with flash).

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Lenovo A6000 has a 5 inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (294 ppi). The display is bright, colourful and touch is also responsive. The viewing angles on this phone are great offering 180 degrees of freedom. The phone has no screen protection as such, so you can either use a scratch guard or tampered glass. I would say the phone has a nice display despite of being a budget phone.

Performance

The device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 chipset which is a quadcore processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. It has 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. Out of 8 GB, only 4.67 GB is user available. So you need to increase the memory using external micro SD card(up to 32 GB). For graphics we have Adreno 306 GPU which works fine while playing games like subway surfers, dead trigger 2, Asphalt 8 (low graphics), Daddy was a thief etc. Antutu Benchmark test got us a score of 20353.

On the software side, the phone has Android 4.4.4 Kitkat running out of the box. There is still no news of any future upgrades to the Android version. Lenovo has their own VIBE UI running on the phone with some themes available for download. The UI is clean and looks decent. There are many bloatware apps like Security, SYNCit, SHAREit, Guvera Music and a few games.

Camera, Sound, & Connectivity

The device has a 8 MP rear camera with flash that can take pictures of 3264 x 2448 pixels resolution. The picture quality is. The front camera is of 2 MP (1600 x 1200 pixels) and can take great selfies in good light conditions.

The phone has dual Dolby speakers which can deliver good volume level, and the quality is great when you connect headphones. You can enjoy unlimited music with the Guvera Music app pre-installed in the phone. Other than that, its a GSM dual sim phone with 4G LTE support. The GPS works great even when you don’t have internet connection. Other connectivity options like Bluetooth and Wifi are also supported on the device. The device has a battery of 2300mAh which can last for one day with average use.

The phone is priced at Rs.6999 and is available exclusively on Flipkart. Overall the phone has a very nice display with average camera.  If you pay Rs.500 extra you can get 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory on Lenovo A6000 Plus which is a successor to this device. Other recent competitors include Micromax Yuphoria, Redmi 2 and Dazen One. If you have any doubts you can post them in the comment section below.