Lenovo K3 "Music Lemon" is a sub-$100 smartphone made to compete with Xiaomi's Redmi series

Lenovo K3
Lenovo officially unveiled a brand new Android handset that should be available in China starting today. Called Lenovo K3 “Music Lemon” (hey, we've seen much weirder names), the device is part of Lenovo’s plan to counter Xiaomi and its hugely successful smartphones. Thus, the K3 offers pretty cool features at a very attractive price: only 599 CNY - meaning about $97.

The K3 (model number K30-T) runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and has specs that are a bit more appealing than those of Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S, including: a 5-inch 720p IPS display, LTE connectivity, 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera, Waves MaxxAudio sound, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable storage space. The handset is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, measures 141 x 70.5 x 7.9 mm, and comes with a 2300 mAh battery. Other than the yellow color, we’re not sure what the connection between the K3 and lemons is.

According to CNMO, the Lenovo K3 will be available only online - just like Xiaomi's smartphones - and it looks like it’s offered in China exclusively via JD, one of the country’s largest retailers.

Lenovo may launch the K3 (or at least handsets similar to it) in other markets in the near future, but for now there are no official details about this. What do you think, is the K3 worth $100? 

source: JD (translated) via CNMO



1. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

For now it's ok but the Redmi is old and likely to get an update soon.Lenovo's effort is not bad at all but not ideal, they could have used a bigger bang to launch the new brand. 1GB of RAM and 8MP back cam are not enough for this one in the China market, they should have went with 2GB RAM , 8GB NAND and 13MP cam at 699CNY (114$) to keep it competitive for a while longer. Ofc even then it might not have been enough, Xiaomi should try to go for 1080p at 114$ and shock the market again. Hell, the Jiayu S3 made a much bigger splash y-day than this one.

5. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

"8GB NAND" Well this thing is $97 and 16GB deal maker to me, over a $114 8GB any day. imho even in the low end 4 or 8GB should be outlawed in this day and age.

10. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

8GB would save a few $ enabling a slightly lower price and 8GB is acceptable in that category.Obviously there would be a microSD slot.

17. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

You have not even seen that it is a 4G Phone. I don't think Xiaomi can tackle this.

2. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

"Waves MaxxAudio sound" ....with that particularly less intelligible portrait back firing (pun fully intended) dual speakers I guess that this line in the spec sheet warranted the highlight and not much else in that aspect. For $97 though it's a pretty strong proposition. But I really wish on the firmware/software side of things that Lenovo can ante it up as well. "Other than the yellow color, we’re not sure what the connection between the K3 and lemons is." lol ;p very well played Florin T. sir. Hopefully not that wrong "lemon" to be associated with.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Definitely worth $100. Very nice and thin design too...

6. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Lenovo is following Samsung's legacy in overflooding the market. Just do a 4" and 5" options for one model, you're going to lose more sales lenovo because of the confusion you create.

7. revampmybrain unregistered

Those are some decent specs especially considering phones here at that price range are usually garbage or are somewhat decent with a 4gb internal storage. Which leaves people with no space at all in reality. I'd definitely buy this.

8. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

I thought Lenovo is coming up with a different brand to take on xiaomi.


Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

Lol, that name, "lemon" is a term we use in OZ to describe a product that continually has all and every type of problem/faults.

18. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I am sure if the Motorola version comes out outside of Asia the PR/marketing team will change the name to lime or something. At least I would hope for their sake. Phonearena really shouldn't be reporting this product anyways just like the original Galaxy S shouldn't have even been allowed into evidence since the North American versions were completely different.

11. jbob123

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Pardon the Ignorance but im relatively new to all this, but can I as a Verizon user purchase one of these Chinese market phones and use it in the USA? Thanks in advance for any help!

16. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

No. Verizon is a CDMA carrier, so you cannot use GSM phones on a CDMA carrier. And even if it were a GSM carrier most Chinese phones don't have compatible bands for US 3G/4G.

12. leenwen

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Lenovo is bleeding, Do you want to see the spec review of Lenovo Lemon k3?

13. DroidMystic

Posts: 91; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

After all this is the company that bought Motorola from Google and manage to be successful in the market as number 1 on the PC. With the agressive price tag for such a amazing phone Lenovo can still some share market from Xiaomi and Samsung. And now with Google having 4% shareholder with Lenovo (Motorola) the software department meaning the update will be more regular than before I just hope so.

14. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

It's worth $100, but if they're going to sell it in China only, they'll most likely not gain the same success as the Redmi 1S

15. rinque85

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Bring that sucker to the US and have it support the LTE bands here for AT&T and T-Mo, and you got a hit on your hand.

19. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Ironically, yellow (exact same hue on top of that) is the color of the occupy movement and Lenovo is from China and partially state owned by the communist party. Sorry just couldn't resist lol.. X)

20. kamlesh2011

Posts: 1; Member since: May 24, 2015

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