Lenovo K9 Review

Handset manufacturer Lenovo has made its place in the Indian market. There are many such smartphones of Lenovo brand in the price segment of Rs 10,000 to 15,000, which can be a profitable deal to buy. Lenovo focused on the Motorola brand and the Zuk series of smartphones to strengthen its grip. Along with making Motorola brand phones, the company has started to launch its own smartphone in the Indian market once again after a long time. Recall that last month, the company launched two new smartphones Lenovo K9 and Lenovo A5 in India.

Talking about the major feature of Lenovo K9 smartphone, this smartphone comes with four cameras. The funniest thing is that Lenovo has launched a series of favorite phones in the market after a long time. Lenovo K3 Note, Vibe K4 Note, K6 Power and Lenovo K8 Plus launched last year are among the company’s K series. Let’s know if Lenovo will be able to repeat its old successes or not.

Lenovo K9 design

Usually, the glass back panel is not seen in the smartphone coming in this budget, but the company’s Lenovo K9 smartphone comes with a glass back panel. The phone’s blue and black glass panel is reflective. Due to the glass panel, it slips easily in the hands, which is why the user is advised to take precautions while holding the phone in the hand. After using the review unit we had for a week, we found that there were scratches on the back panel of the phone.

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There are two selfie cameras, sensors and earpiece on the front panel of the phone. This model of Lenovo brand is a budget smartphone. Being a budget smartphone, the front panel still has a thick border in the top and bottom. But the Lenovo K9 look looks quite impressive at this price. Glasses on the front and backpanel come with curved edges. The rear camera setup is light bulge. Due to the frame being curved, the grip of the phone is good. Fingerprint sensor is visible on the back panel for security. A 3.5mm headphone jack is provided at the bottom of the phone and a USB Type-C port for charging. The buttons on the right side are very small and also very close to each other. It is possible that you get confused in choosing the right button several times.

Lenovo K9 specification and software

This phone from Lenovo is equipped with the new MediaTek Helio P22 processor. The phone has eight ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs with a maximum speed of 2 GHz and also uses Power VR GE 8320 GPU. Keeping in mind the price of the phone, we liked 32 GB of storage with 3 GB of RAM. 3000 mAh battery has been given to make the phone live.

It has a 5.7-inch HD + (720×1440 pixels) display. It is quite crisp and bright. But reflections on the glass surface made it difficult to use outdoors. A 5 megapixel camera with 13 megapixels is provided on the rear. The same setup is also on the front panel. Accelerometer, ambient light sensor and proximity sensor are part of the phone.

The presence of a USB Type-C port surprised us. Because almost all budget phones and many premium phones still come with standard micro-USB. On the other hand, the disappointment with the hybrid dual SIM tray means that you can either insert a SIM or a microSD card in another slot. If you use two SIMs, then LTE support will be available on both. Lenovo has added some features to the software as well, but it still looks similar to the stock Android 8.1.

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The first thing we notice in the Lenovo K9 is in its UI elements, such as icons, text and the status bar is also visible. You will be able to take screenshots easily using three fingers. With the help of gestures it will be possible to use customization. Lenovo K9 features Duraspeed. We have also seen this feature in phones equipped with other MediaTek processors. This feature will close the current app completely, due to which the app will not run in the background after closing. Note that after using this feature you will not get notifications related to that app. The review unit we have runs on the August 2018 Security Patch.

In the phone, you will already get Gameloft games and UC browser pre-installed, the good thing is that you will be able to remove these apps. In Lenovo K9 you will find SyncIt app which will help to backup and restore your contacts, messages and call logs. With this it will not be possible to un-install the Lenovo App Daily App Store.

Lenovo K9 performance, battery life and camera

In general use, we did not have any complaints from the phone. But the heavy apps lag was realized. Many times this problem occurred even while scrolling in Google Play Store. The gaming experience was also not very good. It was fun to watch the video on this screen. The speaker is suitable for conversation, but the sound in music is disturbed. Fingerprint sensor works faster. The phone does not get too hot.

Lenovo K9 has scored 78,460 on the Antutu Benchmark, 4,876 on the PCMark Work 2.0. Lenovo K9’s performance in the GFXBench T-Rex graphics test scene was 27fps. Battery life is good. According to our experience, the Lenovo K9 battery will last a full day in common use. In the HD video loop test, the battery lasted for 11 hours 22 minutes. At the same time, the battery takes an hour to charge from zero to 40 percent, which will be called slow.

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Regarding the performance of the four cameras of this phone, we will say that the results were mixed. The focus of the 13-megapixel primary rear camera is soft. Some of our shots came out blurry, that too in sunlight. Lenovo K9 also had a problem in scenes where there was a lot of contrast between the light and shadow area. Colors also came out quite dazed and washed out. One-two shots came best in Bokeh mode, but the background was artificially distorted. You can also take portrait selfies by using two front cameras. The effect was good, but the overall quality of the image suffered.

The shots taken at night came a bit dark. But whatever detail was seen was fine. Noise and grain were clearly visible when zooming in at full size. But quality cannot be called bad given the price. The videos also appeared Granny and Dark. Apart from panorama mode and beautification, there will not be much features in the camera app.

Decision

The most important feature of Lenovo K9 is four cameras – two on the front panel and two on the rear. However, photo quality is not the strongest aspect of this phone. The camera setup gave us a few shocking weak shots during the day as well. We hope that the company will make some improvements through software updates. Apart from this, it is a very attractive phone. We do not think that there is such a significant need for a notch or a very thin border. Lenovo has made a good balance between features and portability with this phone.

The performance and battery life of this phone is enough for the budget segment. Its biggest drawback is the hybrid slot present only in the phone. We recommend using a protective cover to protect the phone. For security, if you like the look of Lenovo K9 and can compromise its cameras, then it is a good alternative to Xiaomi Redmi 6.

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