Lenovo K6 Note Review: Noteworthy: Hardware

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Lenovo's "K" series has a nice physical progression to boast through the generations. As already mentioned, some hardware segments tdiscontinue to appear or disappear from model to model, but, at least from a purely dimensional standpoint, the devices have clearly been shrinking over the years. This is all done while maintaining the same 5.5-inch display size.

The Vibe K4 Note, measured 153.6 x 76.5 x 9.2 mm, which the K5 Note slimmed down a bit. Now the newest K6 Note, with its slick unibody, comes in at 151 x 76 x 8.4 mm - a tad slimmer than its predecessor. Moving to the scale, however, we see the K6 Note is noticeably heavier than its older sibling at 169 grams. The fine news is that most of this seems to be due to the bigger 4,000 mAh battery. This is by no means an exceptional power for this form factor, but is still a nice improvement.


From a purely aesthetic standpoint, the K6 Note ticks a lot of boxes. Its metal finish looks and feels nice. Lenovo could have, perhaps, done a small better in color-matching the top and bottom plastic parts on the back to the metal in the middle. However, that is only noticeable under fine light and quite-frankly, it's nitpicking on a budacquire device.

Truth be told, we can live with the color shades perfectly fine, but the slippery nature of the handset is a whole other story. Lenovo has went for very smooth and rounded lines, which see great, but provide small grip. Perhaps some chamfering would have been a fine idea. We often found ourselves struggling to acquire a proper grip, which is worth noting.




Lenovo K6 Note in the hand

Taking a quick tour around the handset, we see a lot of things have changed in the K-mix, as we mentioned earlier. Some long-time fans might miss this or that, but, overall, there seems to be an upward progression in design.

The plastic look, for one, is now long gone, with a second iteration going for metal. It makes up the better part of the back. The remaining top and bottom parts are still plastic and necessary to accommodate a fine signal for the various internal radios. The grooves separating the two materials are now wider and a bit rounder and more pronounced than on the K5 Note. This is definitely in tune with the similar detailing used by other manufacturers and it does give the K6 Note a modern look.




Lenovo K6 Note clean backside

The shiny silver accents in the grooves also nicely match the rings around the capturing camera and the back-facing fingerprint reader.

The fingerprint reader is snappy and very accurate. We had no problem with it and are also excited to report it is always on so touching it can wake the phone from standby.

Our OCD is a bit less excited about the selfie capturing camera and ambient light and proximity sensor on the front of the device. They differ in size, but then again, appear quite evenly spaced, flanking the earpiece on either side. We are excited to report, there is a notification Light Emitting Diode (LED) on the far right.

The rest of the front is very clean. Just like with the K5 Note. Lenovo hasn't officially mentioned any Gorilla Glass or similar protection for the panel. There is just a slight 2.5D effect at the edges of the glass - nothing fancy, but potentially, just enough to create edge-to-edge tempered glass classy screen protectors a no-go.

Lenovo has also made sure to include capacitive touch buttons underneath the display, which Lenovo K Note fans have come to expect.






Clean front side

Moving on to the bezels, the left-hand side is mostly empty. It only houses the SIM card tray. In it, you can place two nano SIM cards or exchange one for a microSD. We hope the Moto design, featuring a dedicated SD cradle makes its way to Lenovo's main line as well, as it is an immensely better arrangement.





Mostly empty left bezel

On the opposing side, you acquire the standard three-button layout. That includes the volume rocker and power button underneath. These could have been positioned a bit higher and we found them a bit inconvenient, but your mileage may vary, depending on preference and hand size.




Standard button controls

The situation is also pretty standard on the top of the K6 Note. Here you have a 3.5mm audio jack and a small hole for the secondary noise-canceling microphone.



Top-hand side

Symmetry is strong on the bottom side as well. Lenovo opted for the older Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 interface and standard Universal Serial Bus (USB) Micro-B connector, to go along with it. There are two grills here as well. Only the left actually houses a speaker, while the correct is, presumably, responsible for hiding the microphone.

We're not quite sure how the single speaker fits with Lenovo's premise of an enhanced multimedia experience, nor the Dolby tweaks included in the software. But, more on that later.




Single speaker on the bottom

The Vibe K4 Note did have the benefit of a stereo setup. Sadly, that appears to be one thing Lenovo decided to sacrifice for something else in the K5 Note. The trdiscontinue has carried over to the K6 Note. On a more positive note, at least the speaker is now mounted on the bottom, which is not ideal for multimedia, but is still better than rear mounting.


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