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Lenovo K6 and K6 Note Review

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Lenovo K6 and K6 Note Review

Introduction


At first look, the new Lenovo K6 and K6 Note are nothing out of the ordinary: two slightly chubby Android phones with a fingerprint on the back, running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and with no clear path for future updates.

Yawn, right?

But there is more to them than one can spot on the surface. We have been testing and using the phones for a while, and we are eager to tell you what makes them stand out. Hint: it’s not just the rock-bottom price.

With no further ado, let’s kick off our review of the Lenovo K6 and K6 Note.

Design and Display

Old-school design that looks solid, but lacks refinement. Display quality is not terrible, but whites are bluish and colors are not well balanced.

Lenovo K6 and K6 Note Review
Lenovo K6 Note - Lenovo K6 and K6 Note Review
Lenovo K6 - Lenovo K6 and K6 Note Review

Lenovo K6 Note

Lenovo K6


The Lenovo K6 and K6 Note both share an identical design: a slightly chubby and slightly overweight body, a metal back cover with catchy silver trim accents around the camera and the fingerprint sensor on the back.

This would have been fine late last year when the phones launched, but we’re in 2017 and we have some meticulously well crafted affordable phones recently: the new Galaxy A series are polished to perfection (admittedly, they are more expensive), and similarly priced phones like the Sony Xperia XA and Moto G5 have a slightly more refined design. The Lenovo K6 series are not on par with those higher standards: comparatively, they feel lackluster in terms of design.

What is wrong with them? The three capacitive keys right below the display look oversized and offhand on the K6 (they do look fine on the K6 Note), there is a hollow feel when you type on the on-screen virtual keyboard, the metal on the back is complemented by cheap plastic antenna strips, the design lacks in curves and is not particularly ergonomic, and all these things come together in a way that is not great.

And what was it about placing the microUSB charging port on the Lenovo K6 up top? It feels wrong and weird, and while it is not likely to be a dealbreaker for the hard-headed budget buyer, it is just inexplicable. Thankfully, the K6 Note has its microUSB port on the bottom, where it belongs. And there is no water-proofing on either phone, in case you were wondering.

On a more positive note, the fingerprint scanner on the back of the two phones is really fast and very accurate. Well done, Lenovo!

Lenovo K6
5.59 x 2.77 x 0.32 inches
141.9 x 70.3 x 8.2 mm
4.94 oz (140 g)

Lenovo K6

Lenovo K6 Note
5.94 x 2.99 x 0.33 inches
151 x 76 x 8.4 mm
5.96 oz (169 g)

Lenovo K6 Note

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
5.75 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches
146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm
5.96 oz (169 g)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Motorola Moto M
5.96 x 2.97 x 0.31 inches
151.35 x 75.35 x 7.85 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)

Motorola Moto M


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Both phones have IPS LCD screens: a 5” Full HD one on the K6, and a 5.5” Full HD panel on the K6 Note. We have no issue with the choice of resolution: both appear sharp, but Lenovo could have put a little more effort into balancing the colors.

You have two display color modes to choose from: one with vivid, punchy color, and one with more neutral colors, but both have whites that appear very bluish, and both completely miss color calibration targets, meaning that the colors appear unrealistic. The screens are not terrible, but they are again just not on par with the high-quality displays on other new affordable phones. There is auto-brightness setting on both also (it does the job, but is not always perfectly accurate, so sometimes we found ourselves manually tweaking the brightness) and there is a Night mode that further dims the screens.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Lenovo K6 495
(Good)
6
(Good)
1:1163
(Good)
7625
(Average)
2.29
3.41
(Good)
7.49
(Average)
Lenovo K6 Note 521
(Excellent)
5
(Excellent)
1:1408
(Excellent)
7516
(Average)
2.23
4.87
(Average)
4.23
(Average)
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 556
(Excellent)
1.8
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6725
(Excellent)
2.02
2.37
(Good)
7.25
(Average)
Motorola Moto M 445
(Good)
7
(Good)
1:1398
(Excellent)
8452
(Poor)
2.24
4.21
(Average)
8.42
(Poor)
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posted on 09 Mar 2017, 06:10 4

1. GreenMan (Posts: 1768; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Biased PA, as always...
And... Here's why:
iPhone 7 Plus vs. Lenovo K6 Note (PhoneArena Size Comparison)
http://www.phonearena.com/phones/size/Lenovo-K6,Lenovo-K6-Note,Samsung-Galaxy-A5-2017,Motorola-Moto-M/phones/10234,10409,10297,10300#/phones/size/Lenovo-K6-Note,Apple-iPhone-7-Plus/phones/10409,9816
See...?! Yet they just can't stop complaining about the so called 'chunky' size...!
Yes, PA is biased...! I used to say otherwise but... I can see it now...
Oh well,
G'Day!

posted on 09 Mar 2017, 07:06

2. ibend (limited) (Posts: 6577; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


and it even beat iPhone7plus by more than 1.5 hours in PA's battery test...
and it shouldnt be compared to A5 since A5 is in totally different price range (~$400)

CONS
- Terrible camera quality (for both photos and videos)
just like all other $200 smartphones out there
- Clunky Lenovo user interface
custom launcher can fix this

btw, rear-facing loudspeaker should be listed as CON

posted on 09 Mar 2017, 07:40 1

3. Joms_US (Posts: 194; Member since: 02 Oct 2016)


For them, l!ck!ng Cr@pple's @$$ is better than giving 8 points at least for any Android phone and hardly 9.0 on flagship Android phones that are infinitely better in specs/features than any iCrap to date.

posted on 09 Mar 2017, 07:52

4. Mr.mobile (Posts: 62; Member since: 09 Mar 2017)


I wish they went with SD 625 with lenovo Note 6 , but battery life is great

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