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.


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.

Lenovo K6

Lenovo K6

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.77 x 0.32 inches

141.9 x 70.3 x 8.2 mm

Weight

4.94 oz (140 g)

Lenovo K6 Note

Lenovo K6 Note

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.99 x 0.33 inches

151 x 76 x 8.4 mm

Weight

5.96 oz (169 g)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Dimensions

5.75 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches

146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.61 oz (159 g)

Motorola Moto M

Motorola Moto M

Dimensions

5.96 x 2.97 x 0.31 inches

151.35 x 75.35 x 7.85 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

Lenovo K6

Lenovo K6

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.77 x 0.32 inches

141.9 x 70.3 x 8.2 mm

Weight

4.94 oz (140 g)

Lenovo K6 Note

Lenovo K6 Note

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.99 x 0.33 inches

151 x 76 x 8.4 mm

Weight

5.96 oz (169 g)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Dimensions

5.75 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches

146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.61 oz (159 g)

Motorola Moto M

Motorola Moto M

Dimensions

5.96 x 2.97 x 0.31 inches

151.35 x 75.35 x 7.85 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

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.



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4 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 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!

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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

3. Joms_US

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 02, 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.

4. Mr.mobile

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

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

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