Lenovo’s latest smartphone, the K8 Plus comes with stock Android and dual-rear camera setup. It is available with 3GB RAM for 11,000 rupees and with 4GB RAM for 12,000 rupees, both variants are available in Venom Black or Pure Gold colour options. We have the black variant with 3GB RAM here for review.
The Lenovo K8 Plus has a similar design just like many older smartphones from Lenovo. The first thing you will notice is the smaller size, due to the 5.2-inch display, this phone is comfortable for one-handed usage. The smaller display makes this smartphone suitable for single handed usage, if you don’t mind the extra weight. Design wise it resembles the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.
The Lenovo K8 Plus is not a slim device, it is 8.99mm thick, and weighs around 165 grams, which many will find bulky and heavy. The phone has very good build quality, it feels like a metal unibody design, but it is not. The rear top and bottom are plastic.
Lenovo did the right decision by not using the Vibe UI in this smartphone, instead they came with stock Android. The Lenovo K8 Plus has a really impressive software in terms of fluidity. The stock Android allows us to do daily tasks like web browsing, using social media applications, and taking occasional pictures without any lag. The Android 7.1.1 is able to deliver a smooth as butter experience with no bugs or app crashes. The almost stock Android gives an experience similar to that found on moto smartphones. We can expect an update to Android Oreo in the near future, but there is no confirmation regarding this from the company.
Lenovo’s decision to use stock Android is a really good decision, but it comes with some bloatware. A full suite of Microsoft applications and Lenovo’s annoying Help app, none of these can be uninstalled. Lenovo also included the Dolby Atmos audio support, which works very well.
The Lenovo K8 Plus comes with a 5.2-inch full HD LECD IPS display with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Viewing angles are good, and colour reproduction is also decent. If you like warmer colours, there is an option to switch the colour mode in the settings, just like the moto smartphones. The display also has good amount of brightness at 450nits, but under direct sunlight things are not clear. The smaller display size gives it a good pixel density of 424 pixels per inch. The ambient light sensor sometimes takes time to adjust the screen brightness sometimes, which is not a good thing.
The MediaTek Helio P25 chipset is not a powerhouse, but it can deliver a good performance for normal users. It is equal to the Snapdragon 625 in terms of performance. It comes with a Mali-T880 MP2 GPU. If you push it too much by opening too much tabs in the chrome browser or by keeping too may apps in the background, the phone will begin to lag. We tested it with games like Asphalt 8 and Modern combat 5 and the gameplay was really smooth, but we did had some lag here and there, but not much to talk about. As it is stock Android, features like the split-screen multi-tasking are present.
Lenovo also decided to join the dual camera war, but it fails. The experience is different, but it requires a lot of improvement. The dual-rear camera setup uses one 13-megapixel f/2.0 sensor and one 5-megapixel sensor, which is used just to capture the depth information. The second sensor can’t be used alone just like some other smartphones to capture black and white photos. It is also not helping to improve the performance in low light conditions. The rear camera setup also includes a dual tone dual LED flash.
Bokeh shots captured from the K8 Plus is far from what the Mi A1 can do. The Moto G5s Plus is able to deliver better bokeh effects than the K8 Plus, but Moto did struggle to give blur effect in most occasions, which never happened with the K8 Plus. The edges are not smooth, in some blur modes and the shutter lag is too much. There is an image editor, which we have seen in the Moto G5S Plus. Using this you can apply different like select black and white and more. Under low light conditions, there is a lot of noise, even with the use of flash.
The 8MP front camera has f2.0 aperture with LED flash and a beauty mode, it is able to capture decent images good enough for social media. The images sometime feel less sharp or softly focused. The rear camera can record full HD videos in 30 frames second, it doesn’t look like any kind of stabilization is present. May be Lenovo will implement electronic image stabilization in a future update. There is no option for 4K video recording.
The 4000mAh battery is supposed to give more than a day of battery life. The 3D Mark batter test shows results better than the Moto G5S Plus and Xiaomi Mi A1, in normal usage it does perform well. In mixed usage You will be able to go through a full day in a single charge with at least 20 percent battery life remaining. We were able to get almost 7 hours of screen on time and if you are careful enough, the phone can provide a day and a half battery life.
The Lenovo K8 Plus is not an exciting smartphone for 11,000 rupees. But it is definitely a no-nonsense, budget friendly smartphone which offer great value for money with the stock Android, great battery life, and full HD display. If you are looking for a good mid-range smartphone but don’t fancy a massive 5.5-inch form factor, the Lenovo K8 Plus is a good option. The dual-rear camera setup is only good in paper.