This time we have the Lenovo K8 Plus smartphone here for unboxing. It comes with a 5.2-inch screen and it is powered by an octa-core MediaTek chipset. This smartphone is available in two variants, one with 3 gigabytes of RAM and the other variant has 4 gigabytes of RAM, we have here is the variant with 3 gigabytes of RAM, which is available for 11,000 rupees. The 4 gigabytes RAM sells for 12,000 rupees. Both variants are sold via Flipkart, I will leave a link in the description section in case you want to purchase it.
Opening the box shows the phone itself, let me keep this away for now and take a look at what else do we get in the box. There is a SIM ejector tool, and also some usual documentations. We get a standard Micro USB cable, and a charger, both are white in colour. It is a regular charger, 5.2 volts at 2 amperes, Lenovo calls it a quick charger, it will be interesting to see the charging speed. we will be posting detailed reports on charging and battery life in the full review.
Build and Design
Lets look at the phone now, it is partly plastic, the top and bottom are plastic, the backpanel is metal. Despite the weight, it feels comfortable to hold. It weighs around 165 grams, thickness is 9 mm, and there is no camera bump on the rear panel.
Another highlight of the smartphone is the dolby atmos support and a dedicated music key. On the front, we have the 5.2-inch display and above the display is the 8-megapixel front camera, earpiece and an Led flash along with other sensors. Below the display is the capacitive buttons. These buttons don’t have led backlight, but they are reflective
The SIM tray is not a hybrid one, which means you can insert two nano SIM cards and one MicroSD card at the same time. It can support MicroSD cards up to 128 gigabytes in capacity.
Let me give you a configuration overview, this Lenovo K8 Plus smartphone is powered by a mediatek MT6757 (Helio P25 Octa Core processor) with the Mali T880 GPU. 4 cores are clocked at 2.4 GHZ and the other 4 cores are clocked at 1.7GHz. 3 gigabyte and 4gigabyte RAM variants are available. Both variants have 32GB of internal storage, and it can also support MicroSD cards up to 128GB.
It comes with a 5.2-inch full HD LCD IPS display, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The rear dual camera setup uses a 13-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor, with dual tone dual LED flash. Front camera is 8-megapixel, also with LED flash. It also has a 4000 milli ampere battery, fingerprint scanner and Dolby atmos support.
Software & Features
It is good to see that Lenovo decided to go with the stock Android this time. Some apps like Microsoft office apps are preinstalled, which cannot be uninstalled, but you can disable them. It has FM radio and the dolby atmos feature. I will test if the dobly feature has any effect on audio quality or not in full review.
It runs on the Android version 7.1.1 Nougat, and all features of the stock android are also present here. Out of the 32GB internal storage, you will get around 23GB of free space.
The 5.2-inch full-HD LCD IPS display has good viewing angles and colour reproduction. Due to the smaller size, the display has a good pixel density of 424 pixels per inch. The smaller display makes the phone suitable for single hand usage. Just like the Moto smartphones, there is a colour mode option. By default, it is set to neutral, you can change it if you like vivid colours.
The mediatek processor seems to be performing well in AnTuTu benchmark, the stock Android is supposed to give a good experience, but we can confirm that only after running so many benchmarks and games.
The dual rear camera setup is able to give some blur effect, but the effect is not very good. The same effect can be achieve easily using a third-party image editing software installed in the smartphone. There is a depth editor, same as the Moto G5S Plus. Rear camera can record full HD videos in 30 frames per second. Front camera is good, the front LED flash makes it usable even in low light conditions.
The 4000 milli ampere battery is supposed to give at least a full day of backup, but the mediatk processor is not as power efficient as the snapdragon series. We will publish the test results in the full review.
There is no notification LED, but interestingly, we can see a white LED while charging, if the phone is turned off, how much money would cost the company to make it a notification LED? It is like Lenovo planned to add a notification LED, but they forgot about it later! magnetic sensor is supported, OTG support is also there.
The Dolby Atmos feature is good only for using with headphones, because this smartphone comes with a single speaker setup. The fingerprint scanner works, not the fastest, but better than many we have seen in some budget smartphone. Sometimes it fails to read the fingerprint, 9 out of 10 times, it works.
I was able to grab this smartphone for 9,000 rupees during the Big Billion Day sale in Flipkart. Even for rupees 11,000 it is good. But if you want a good rear camera better add some more money and buy the Moto G5 Plus. Or if you want a good stock Android smartphone with the depth effect, better go for the Xiaomi Mi A1.
The full review will be added in few days with benchmarks and camera samples.