Lenovo K3 Note: Best Budget Smartphone title Justified or Not?

Lenovo K3 Note: 6 Reasons to buy it

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Talking about Lenovo, the Chinese smartphone maker finally got its attention from A6000. Following the success, Lenovo launched two other handsets – A7000 and A6000 Plus.

Understanding the consumers demand, Lenovo launched another smartphone in its family under ₹10,000 category names as K3 Note, the smartphone has been priced ₹9,999 and is available through its exclusive partner Flipkart . The K3 Note will be available through pre-booked flash sale method and the first flash sale will start on 8th of July.

At this price,  Lenovo K3 Note will definitely upset several smartphone makers including Xiaomi, ASUS, Meizu, Huawei and Yu.

Right after the launch of Lenovo’s new smartphone Lenovo K3 Note, this was considered the best budget smartphone to buy. Although, the same was said about Yu Yuphoria. But we encountered some sneaky bugs in there. This time we will try to find out about Lenovo K3 Note, if its really worth spending Rs 10k.

Let us see:


Lenovo K3 Note

The Lenovo K3 Note features a 5.5-inch, 1920×1080 pixels, 401PPI display that is sure to impress big screen phone lovers. For this price, there is no other smartphone available till date which offers 1080P display on board. The only smartphone comes close in that matter is Meizu M1 Note, which offers similar resolution and pixel counts but is priced ₹2,000 higher than the K3 Note.



Lenovo K3 Note

 The Lenovo K3 Note is powered by an octa-core 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6752 SoC, the same SoC in the Meizu M1 note. The Lenovo A7000 features MediaTek MT6752M, which is octa-core but offers less clock speed resulting less performance than K3 Note.

In our review, we found the smartphone scored 42964 in Antutu, 739 single-core and 3680 multi-core in GeekBench, 875 on Basemark OS II, 1105 metal and 2549 browser on Vellamo and 63.0fps on Nenamark in comparison with Xiaomi Mi 4i’s 34081 in Antutu, 633 single-core and 2151 multi-core in GeekBench, 285 on Basemark OS II, 1044 metal and 2062 browser on Vellamo and 59.9fps on Nenamark.

K3 Note and A7000 feature the same 2GB RAM but the more powerful processor of the K3 Note will definitely achieve higher benchmarking score with much powerful performance than most of its competitors.

Another advantage of K3 Note is its 3,000mAh hot swappable battery, which means you can buy a spare battery. It also doesn’t require any assistance for replacing the battery, which is preferred by some users.



The Lenovo K3 Note packs a huge 16GB built-in storage along with the option of memory expandability up to 32GB. In comparison, the closest two competitors Xiaomi Mi 4i and Meizu M1 Note packs similar storage but skips the expandability support.




Talking about camera, Lenovo also boasts an impressive 13MPl auto-focus rear camera with Dual LED flash and a 5MP front snapper for sharp, vibrant images. In the price bracket only Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G, Huawei Honor 4C and Yu Yureka feature similar specification cameras. But again all of them offer 720p display and less powerful processor making the K3 Note winner among them.


Design and Build 

Lenovo has designed the K3 Note pretty well, leaving little space for us to find any flaws. The removable back covers uses nice material and the device feels quite compact with only 8mm in thickness. Of course it doesn’t feels as compact as Mi 4i feels in hand but ₹3000 price difference means a lot.


Our Verdict

While Lenovo K3 Note packs a Full HD display, decent camera and good hardware for its price, its competitors feature either better camera, better performance or good battery. At the most, the devices boast a blend of any two among them.

The K3 Note also runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system out-of-the-box, which is available only in Xiaomi Mi 4i and ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE550ML, but the Mi 4i lacks memory and the ZenFone 2 offers 720P display.

So considering all this Lenovo K3 Note may be considered the best budget smartphone for its price.


Specifications of Lenovo K3 Note (16 GB)

Brand Lenovo
Handset Color Black, White, Yellow
Form Bar
SIM Size Micro SIM
Call Features Loudspeaker
Model Name K3 Note
Touch Screen Yes, Capacitive
SIM Type Dual Sim, LTE + GSM, (Dual Standby)
In the Box Handset, 2-pin Wall Charger, USB Cable, Battery
Video Recording Yes, 1920 x 1080, 30 fps
Flash Yes
Other Camera Features Dual LED Flash (Dual Tone), Auto Focus, HDR, Guidelines, Geo-tagging, Face Detection, Auto Beautification, Omnivision OV13850 with 5 Lens Element, F2.0 Max Aperture
HD Recording HD, Full HD
Rear Camera Yes, 13 MP
Front Facing Camera Yes, 5 MP
Video Player Yes, Supports 3GP, MPEG4, AVI, WEBM, Full HD
Sound Enhancement Dolby Atmos
Music Player Yes, Supports MP3
FM Yes
Audio Jack 3.5 mm
Preinstalled Browser Google Chrome
Bluetooth Yes, v4
4G Yes
Navigation Technology A-GPS, with Google Maps
Internet Features Email
Wifi Yes, 802.11 b/g/n
USB Connectivity Yes, micro USB, v2, OTG Compatible
Tethering Wi-fi Hotspot
3G Yes, HSPA+
Sensors Game Rotation Sensor, Light Sensor, Orientation Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gravitation Sensor, eCompass
Call Memory Yes
SAR Value At the Head – 1.590 W/Kg, At the Body – 0.688 W/Kg
Important Apps Lenovo SHAREit, Lenovo SYNCit
Additional Features Vibrator Mode, Secure Zone, Selfie Beautification, Battery: 2900 mAh (min), 3000 mAh (Typical)
Warranty Summary 1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories
Resolution Full HD, 1920 x 1080 Pixels
Other Display Features IPS Display, 5-point Multi-touch, 178 Degree Viewing Angles
Size 5.5 inch
Color 16 M
Weight 150 g
Size 76.2×152.6×8 mm
Removable Battery Yes
Type Li-Ion, 2900 mAh
Expandable Memory microSD, upto 32 GB
Memory 2 GB RAM, 16 ROM
Internal 16 GB
Operating Freq GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS – 2100; 4G LTE (FDD): Bands 1/3/7, LTE (TDD): Bands 38/39/40/41
User Interface Vibe UI 2.0
OS Android v5 (Lollipop)
Graphics ARM Mali-T760 MP2
Processor 1.7 GHz + Cortex-A53 (MediaTek MT6752 64-bit 4G LTE)


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