At the launch event, Sudhin Mehta, Head of Lenovo India Mobile Business, drew attention to the significant contribution of batteries to the company’s popular smartphones in 2015 and 2016. Years changed but the company’s strategy hasn’t changed completely. Lenovo K8 Plus is a true upgrade to Lenovo K6 Power. But this time the key feature was not just the battery. Customers will now also get two rear cameras. By the way, you get both the features in the slightly expensive Lenovo K8 Note as well. But the company understands the importance of every thousand rupees for the customers during the purchase, only then these features have been made part of a slightly cheaper avatar. Has the Lenovo K8 Plus company made any major compromises because of the low price? To know the answer to this question, we spent some time with Lenovo K8 Plus and Lenovo K8 at the launch event. How did we like these handsets at first glance? Let’s tell….
Before discussing about the first look of Lenovo K8 and Lenovo K8 Plus, let us clear the difference between both the phones. The display of Lenovo K8 Plus and K8 is only 5.2 inches. The difference is of resolution. The Plus variant comes with full-HD resolution and the common variant with HD display. Apart from this, you will get the same rear camera in Lenovo K8. At the same time, Lenovo K8 Plus has Helio P25 processor and K8 has Helio P20. And the biggest difference will be in the price, the disclosure of which is possible only in the coming time.
The first time we took the Lenovo K8 Plus smartphone in our hands, it was not easy to differentiate it from the Lenovo K8 Note. But it’s light, there’s nothing wrong with that. The K8 and K8 Plus are quite compact too. Both the phones fit easily in the palm. There is no problem in reaching the power and volume buttons on the right edge or the fingerprint scanner on the back. Both the phones have 3.5mm audio jack on the top and USB port on the bottom. There are speaker grills on either side of the port. Let us know that both the handsets come with the support of Dolby Atmos. Both the phones have a music button on the left edge which is also customizable. Just above it is a slot for microSD card and SIM card. The good thing is that the company has not given a hybrid SIM slot.
Screens are crisp. Viewing angle is also fine. And we have no complaints with the phone’s response to the touch response. It is worth noting that these types of complaints are now rarely found in phones in this price range. We have already told you that you get different processors in K8 and K8 Plus. In the limited time spent with them, we found that there is no problem in multitasking. Apps launch faster. However, it will be possible to give a final decision on performance only after the review.
Both the phones run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and the company has also promised an Android Oreo update. Like Lenovo K8 Note, these phones also come with stock Android. Because of this, unwanted apps have been discharged from the phone’s UI. Get ready to enjoy Android Nougat features like App Shortcuts and Google Assistant.
Now talk about the important feature of Lenovo K8 Plus Dual Rear Camera. There is another 5 megapixel sensor with 13 megapixels on the back side. With the help of both the sensors, it will be possible to bring bokeh effect. Pro mode is also given in the camera app. During the launch event, we used the camera of this phone. We have no complaints about the quality of the pictures taken in the limited time. But we would suggest you to wait for the review to explain in more detail. The smartphone also packs an 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture, 84-degree wide angle lens, and a ‘party’ flash. With this our selfies also came fine. There will be no problem in using them on social media.
On the other hand, Lenovo K8 has only one rear camera. You will get 13 megapixel sensor. Whatever the quality of the pictures, it is so clear that you will not be able to do the work of the Plus or Note variants with the camera of Lenovo K8. The few pictures we took were satisfactory. The same can be said about the pictures taken with the 8-megapixel front camera.
All three Lenovo phones have one specification in common, that is the battery capacity. All three handsets are with 4000 mAh battery. This figure only points towards reliable battery life. On the other hand, the company has claimed to run the phone without charging for about two days. But we will pronounce the verdict only after review.
The dual rear cameras have been a premium feature till now. But companies like Xiaomi, Motorola, Coolpad and Honor have brought it to the reach of common customers. So how could Lenovo lag behind? It started with Lenovo K8 Note which was well received by the customers. Now the company has introduced Lenovo K8 Plus, an upgrade to Lenovo K6 Power, for its fans. Along with this, Lenovo K8 has also been launched to maintain its reach in the offline market. Will these smartphones live up to the company’s claims? Has the company found a winning formula by combining budget and powerful specifications? The answers to these questions will be found only in the future. But Gadgets 360 will at least clear up some of your dilemmas by reviewing these handsets.