Lenovo K9 Talking about the key features of the smartphone, this smartphone comes with four cameras. The funniest thing is that after a long time, Lenovo has launched the favorite K series phone in the market. Lenovo K3 Note, Vibe K4 Note, K6 Power And Lenovo K8 Plus, launched last year, is included in the company’s K series. Let us know whether Lenovo will be able to repeat its past successes or not.
Design of Lenovo K9
Usually, the glass back panel is not seen in smartphones coming in this budget, but the company’s Lenovo K9 smartphone comes with a glass back panel. The blue and black glass panel of the phone is reflective. Being a glass panel, it slips easily in the hands, which is why users are advised to be careful while holding the phone in hand. After using the review unit we had for a week, we found that there were scratches on the back panel of the phone.
Two selfie cameras, sensor and earpiece are present 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 thick borders at the top and bottom. But the look of Lenovo K9 looks quite impressive at this price. The glass on the front and back panels come with curved edges. The rear camera setup is a bit bumpy. Due to the curved frame, the grip of the phone remains good. Fingerprint sensor is visible on the back panel for security. At the bottom of the phone, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB Type-C port for charging. The buttons on the right are quite small and are also very close to each other. It is possible that at times you get confused in choosing the right button.
Lenovo K9 Specification and Software
This Lenovo phone is equipped with the new MediaTek Helio P22 processor. The phone is powered by eight ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs clocked at 2GHz and also uses the PowerVR GE8320 GPU. Considering the price of the phone, we liked 32 GB storage with 3 GB RAM. 3000 mAh battery has been given to bring life to the phone.
It has a 5.7-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) display. It is very crisp and bright. But due to the reflection on the glass surface, it was difficult to use it outdoors. On the rear is a 5 megapixel camera with 13 megapixels. 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. The hybrid dual SIM tray, on the other hand, disappoints, which means you can either insert a SIM or a microSD card in the second slot. If you use two SIMs, then LTE support will be available on both. Lenovo has also added some of its own features to the software, but it still looks like stock Android 8.1.
The first thing we noticed in the Lenovo K9 is its UI elements, such as icons, text, and the status bar. Using three fingers, you will be able to take screenshots easily. With the help of gestures it will be possible to use customization. DuraSpeed feature has been given in Lenovo K9. We have also seen this feature in phones equipped with other MediaTek processors. This feature will completely close the current app, due to which the app will not run in the background after closing. Note that after using this feature, you will not receive notifications related to that app. The review unit we have runs on the August 2018 security patch.
You will already get Gameloft games and UC Browser pre-installed in the phone, the good thing is that you will be able to remove these apps. In Lenovo K9 you will get SyncIt app which will help you to backup and restore your contacts, messages and call logs. With this, it will not be possible to uninstall Lenovo App Daily App Store.
Lenovo K9 performance, battery life and cameras
In normal use, we did not have any complaints with the phone. But heavy apps lag was realized. Many times this problem also happened while scrolling in Google Play Store. Gaming experience was also not very good. It was fun watching videos on this screen. The speaker is suitable for conversation, but the sound is poor in music. Fingerprint sensor works fast. The phone does not get too hot.
Lenovo K9 scored 78,460 on Antutu benchmark, 4,876 on PCMark Work 2.0. Lenovo K9’s performance was 27fps in the GFXBench T-Rex graphics test scene. Battery life is good. As per our experience, the Lenovo K9 battery will last a whole day in normal use. The battery lasted for 11 hours and 22 minutes in the HD video loop test. At the same time, the battery takes an hour to charge from zero to 40 percent, which would be called slow.
About the performance of the four cameras of this phone, we would 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. The Lenovo K9 also had a problem with scenes in which there was a lot of contrast between light and shadow areas. Colors also came very dull and washed out. A couple of shots were excellent in Bokeh mode, but the background was artificially distorted. You can also take portrait selfies using the two front cameras. The effect was good, but the overall quality of the image suffered.
Shots taken at night came a little dark. But whatever detail was visible, it seemed fine. Noise and grain were clearly visible when zoomed in at full size. But considering the price, the quality cannot be called bad. Videos also came grainy and dark. Apart from panorama mode and beautification, not many features will be available in the camera app.
The most important feature of Lenovo K9 is four cameras – two on the front panel and two on the rear. However, the photo quality is not the strongest side of this phone. The camera setup gave us some shockingly weak shots even during the day. We expect the company to make some improvements through software updates. Apart from this, it is a very attractive phone. We don’t think there is any such significant need for a notch or a very thin border. Lenovo has struck 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 only the hybrid slot present in the phone. We recommend using a protective cover to protect the phone. If you like the look of Lenovo K9 for security and can compromise on its cameras, then this is a good alternative to Xiaomi Redmi 6.