Lenovo may be focusing more on its range of Motorola-branded smartphones in recent times, but the Chinese company just introduced a new device under its name in India: the Lenovo K8 Note. With a low price tag and respectable specifications, the K8 Note is a pretty interesting budget smartphone; the fact that it runs on stock Android makes it that much more compelling too.
That’s right: the K8 Note runs on a stock version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. Moving forward, all future Lenovo-branded smartphones will come with an unadulterated version of Android; these devices will no longer ship with Vibe UI. We imagine many consumers – especially fans of Nexus and Pixel smartphones – will be happy with Lenovo’s decision.
Software aside, the K8 Note boasts some respectable hardware. These include a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a MediaTek Helio X23 deca-core processor paired with 3GB or 4GB of RAM, two choices of internal storage (32GB or 64GB), a microSD card slot, a rear fingerprint sensor, and a generous 4,000mAh battery.
In the camera department, the K8 Note comes with a dual-camera system. The 13MP rear camera is the primary shooter, while the 5MP shooter acts as a depth sensor. The front-facing camera, on the other hand, is a 13MP snapper; it comes with a “Party Flash” too.
The Lenovo K8 Note will be available for purchase in India on 18 August. The 32GB + 3GB model retails at 12,999 Indian rupee (about RM870), while the 64GB + 4GB variant goes for 13,999 rupee (approximately RM940). Whether or not the K8 Note will be sold here still remains to be seen, but considering Motorola’s strong presence in Malaysia, it may not arrive here – not officially, anyway.