Lenovo K6 Note Review: Noteworthy

By 07:22 Tue, 17 Aug 2021 Comments


Introduction

Lenovo's legendary "K" series hardly needs an introduction. If you are looking for fine value budacquire offers in the ranks of the well-known Chinese manufacturer, then this is where you will inevitably discontinue up.

With a $200, or so, starting price, the K6 Note definitely has the budacquire aspect covered. However, serious contenders from the likes of Meizu, Xiaomi and even Samsung at times are constantly battling it out in the $200, or so niche.


Competing means performing a constant balancing act between price, hardware, user needs and preferences. We often praise fine value devices, like the OnePlus 3 or ZTE Axon 7 for ticking all the correct boxes at $400, or so, entry point.

When you have only half that budget, it is clear that some compromises have to be made when you have only half that budacquire to work with. That being said, there are a lot of polarizing recent aspects in the latest iteration in the long-running "K" family. Some, you might find appealing, then again, others might put you off entirely. But it is undeniable that Lenovo has been working hard on the K formula, constantly mixing it up generation to generation.

Lenovo K6 Note Key features

  • 5.5" IPS Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) display of 1,080 x 1,920px resolution; 401ppi
  • Body measuring 151 x 76 x 8.4mm and weighing in at 169g
  • elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset; octa-core 1.4 Giga Hertz (GHz) Cortex-A53; Adreno 505 GPU; 3GB or 4GB of RAM;
  • 32GB of built-in memory; hybrid microSD card slot (up to 256GB)
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 16MP main capturing camera with PDAF autofocus; dual-tone Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash
  • 1080p video capture @ 30fps video capture
  • 8MP front-facing capturing camera
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint reader
  • Dual-SIM model available; Cat. 4 LTE support; 802.11 a/g/b/n, dual band Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11n; Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE; GPS; Frequency Modulation (FM) Radio
  • 4,000mAh battery;

Main shortcomings

  • No added front glass protection is officially noted
  • Only one bottom-mounted speaker, despite Dolby Atmos enhancement
  • No Quick Charge support, even though the chipset should support it
  • Hybrid DualSIM/microSD slot limits options
  • No NFC or 5Giga Hertz (GHz) Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) connectivity

There isn't really any one aspect of the K6 Note that helps it shine amidst the competition. The design is rather mundane, although quite stylish and clean, with a few modern touches here and there. The display has no ambitious aspect to boast, like AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) technology, nor does the 16MP main camera. The same goes for the internals - no 14nm efficient chipset in sight and only the bigger than average battery power of 4,000mAh really stands out.

Lenovo is trying to market the K6 Note for its enhanced multimedia capabilities, including an fascinating hold on Google Cardboard-style VR, with Lenovo's ANT VR viewer. In the words of Sudhin Mathur, Executive Director, Lenovo Mobile Business Group, India at the device's local launch:

It is built on the foundation of our most successful K-franchise and with enhanced features like Theatermax and Dolby Atmos, this generation takes the multimedia experience to the next level and redefines entertainment.

We will definitely see into those claims, but without any particular hardware to back the software features, they mostly come off as marketing talk.

So, it is clear that the Lenovo K6 Note is no showboat in any apparent shape or form. However, it's still a well-rounded budacquire device.






Lenovo K6 Note in official photos

Join us in the following sections, as we explore how the Lenovo "K" formula has been changed, where the K6 Note shines and where it falls short and most-importantly, as we try to respond whether it can hrecent a candle to the ever-growing competitors.


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