Lenovo K8 Plus Review

Lenovo recently decided to discontinue its custom vibe UI. With this, the company’s stock Android journey started. The new Lenovo K8 Plus is a destination for this journey. In recent times the demand for the device running on stock Android has increased, Lenovo removed the Vibe UI for this reason only. The Lenovo K8 Note (review) was the first phone from the company to run on this UI. Now customers also have the option of Lenovo K8 Plus.

By the way, like the Xiaomi Mi A1 (Review), Lenovo’s 8 Plus is not part of the Android One family. But the experience of using it is almost the same. Is this the only interesting feature in the Lenovo K8 Plus? Let’s know.

Lenovo K8 Plus design

If you have recently used a Lenovo smartphone, then the K8 Plus will look a bit familiar. Like other options available in the market, the Lenovo 8 Plus has a metal body. At first glance, the phone size will catch your attention. This is the link between the Lenovo K8 and Lenovo K8 Note. It is made for use with one hand. The phone has a 5.2-inch full HD display. Capacitive Android navigation buttons are below the display. Lenovo has used non-backlit navigation buttons in this phone. There is a problem finding these buttons in the dark.
The power and volume buttons are on the right. The power button has a slightly different texture, so it is easily identified. On the other side, there is a physical music button. It can also be used to play or pause songs, or to change songs. The good thing is that this button can also be customized to take screenshots or launch a particular app.

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Lenovo K8 Plus is a dual SIM device and has a SIM tray on the left side. You will get 2 slots for Nano SIM and a separate slot for MicroSD card.

On the back side, two rear cameras have been given in the K8 Plus. The cameras come with dual-tone LED flash. The fingerprint sensor has got a place under the camera. It is easy to reach. The response is also good and we never had any problem unlocking the phone. Fingerprints are easily found on the metal back. These were clearly visible on our Vanam Black Review Unit. There is a micro-USB port at the bottom of the phone. There are speaker grills on either side of it. The 3.5mm headphone socket has a place at the top.

The Lenovo K8 Plus is slightly thicker. The thickness is 8.99 millimeters and weighing 165 grams. Some people will find it a bit bulky. This may be due to the large battery of 4000 mAh.

Lenovo K8 Plus specifications and software

Lenovo’s 8 Plus has a 5.2-inch full-HD display. It has the protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Viewing angles are good. Color reproduction is also fine. If you want a punchy contrast, you have the option to switch the color mode of the display. Brightness is sufficient for indoor, but you will have difficulty reading anything on the screen in sunlight.

Lenovo has used the MediaTek Helio P25 octa-core processor with 2.5 GHz clock speed. Lenovo’s 8 Plus has 4 GB RAM. Storage is 32 GB and you will be able to use MicroSD card up to 128 GB.

Lenovo’s 8 Plus has two rear cameras to stay in trend. One camera is 13 megapixels and the other is 5 megapixels. In setup, the secondary camera performs depth measurement in depth mode. An 8-megapixel sensor has been given on the front panel. It comes with Selfie Flash. Talking about connectivity, the smartphone has two Nano SIM slots and both support 4G VoLTE. Apart from this you will get Bluetooth and Wi-Fi B / G / N.

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Android enthusiasts will be happy to know that Lenovo’s 8 Plus runs on stock Android Nougat. Now there is no difference between the UI of Lenovo and Motorola brand of the company. There is no other blotware in the phone other than the select Microsoft Office app. From Lenovo, you will also get the option to install some apps while setting up the phone. However, future updates like Android One phones have not been promised.

Lenovo K8 Plus performance, battery life, and camera

Lenovo has chosen strong hardware for the K8 Plus. The results of the benchmark test point to this. We got a 4 GB RAM variant for the review. It handles multitasking easily. This phone has so much power that you will not have any problem in working on a common use app. We played games like Sniper 3D, Drafty Chase and Clash Royal on this phone. It never slowed down. However, the phone is definitely hot when playing games for a long time. But this did not make our game playing experience worse.

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The battery of the phone is 4000 mAh. Because of this, the phone has become slightly thicker and weighs more. Battery life is good and the phone will last up to one and a half in common use. The battery in our HD video loop test lasted 13 hours 49 minutes, which is good. This large battery will be fully charged in about 2 hours with the charger provided with the handset.

Lenovo has given a very basic camera app that is easy to use. HDR and camera mode toggles are easily accessed. You will get Panorama and Professional modes. You will be able to record videos of 1080 pixels resolution from both cameras at the rate of 30 frames per second.

Landscape photos taken from the K8 Plus came out well. But we did not have the sharpness as per our expectation. Photos taken in HDR mode in daylight look a bit odd. Sometimes good pictures come and sometimes bad. Night time shots were good. The camera manages to control noise in low light. Macros shots came out quite well. Camara captured photos with details in broad daylight and low light conditions.

The depth mode can be easily enabled. The difference between the background and the subject is clearly visible in the output. However, we found that the camera slows down a bit after taking some pictures. The 8 megapixel front camera has a beauty feature. It can be used manually or in auto mode. Pictures taken with the front camera were of good quality. You will be able to use them on the messenger and social networking sites without any hesitation. The front flash proves to be a work feature in dark areas.

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Our decision

Lenovo wants to gain popularity by opting for stock Android and achieving convergence in feature and price. The Lenovo K8 Plus is a capable handset and performs every task well in daily use. Battery life is strong. You will be able to use it for more than a day without charging. There is enough storage for the common user. The good thing is that you will get a separate slot for the microSD card, no need to compromise other SIM cards. Apart from this, the feature with two rear cameras is attracting attention to the customers till date. Camera performance may be better in landscape mode, but it must also be remembered that this is a budget phone. If stock Android experience and good battery life are your priority then Lenovo K8 Plus is a good choice.

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