Lenovo K10 Note’s direct competition in this price segment in the market Realme 5 Pro, Vivo Z1 Pro ,review) And Xiaomi Mi A3 ,review) as from the handset. Lenovo K10 Note has a big battery, high-resolution display and powerful processor, let’s know in detail about Lenovo K10 Note …
Design of Lenovo K10 Note
We talked about the simplistic design of the handset in our first impressions of the Lenovo K10 Note. Its design is good but not everyone’s attention-grabber. The body is made of plastic which is of good quality and the phone feels sturdy. We liked that the back and sides are made from a single piece of plastic, which made the phone hold in the hands very well.
We have the Night Black color variant of the Lenovo K10 Note for review, though it was difficult to keep it clean. The stains on the plastic back panel were not easy to clean. At present, only one color variant of the phone has been launched. The volume and power buttons have been placed on the right side of the phone, while the dual-SIM slot has got a place on the left side of the phone.
Both slots come with 4G VoLTE support, while the fingerprint sensor has got a place for security in the back of the phone. A microSD card can be used to expand the internal storage but the thing to note is that you will have to remove the second SIM for this. Meaning only one SIM and one microSD card can be used in this phone.
All the ports are at the bottom of the Lenovo K10 Note. While playing games with wired headphones, the 3.5mm headphone jack will come in the middle if you hold the phone in landscape mode. The speaker won’t block easily as it is placed above the USB Type-C port. Lenovo K10 Note flaunts a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LCD display that captures colors well.
The phone doesn’t have Gorilla Glass, but according to Lenovo, the K10 Note uses Panda Glass. Viewing angles are also good, the display comes with a dewdrop-notch but the bezels are not too thin and not too thick. The notification LED has got a place in the earpiece. The fingerprint sensor given at the back of the phone also identifies it correctly.
There is also a fan unlock feature, but the default Smart Lock feature of Android Pie is slow and doesn’t work properly in low light. In the retail box, Lenovo K10 Note will come with 18W fast charger, Type-C cable, SIM eject tool and some manuals. For the information of you people, let us tell you that the case will not be available with the phone.
Lenovo K10 Note specifications and software
Lenovo K10 Note has a powerful processor, the handset is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC. This octa-core chip is made from 10 mm fabrication process. Lenovo K10 Note price in India starts from ₹ 13,999. 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage variants will be sold at this price.
We have 4 GB RAM variant of Lenovo K10 Note for review. On the other hand, the price of 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variant of this handset is Rs 15,999. Both versions include dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, USB OTG, FM radio, GPS, and Dolby Atmos support for speakers and headphones.
Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, compass and proximity sensor are part of this phone. Lenovo K10 Note runs on the custom version of Android 9 Pie, but the customization is not heavy so overall its look and feel is close to stock Android. The notification shade is designed in such a way that you will only see two rows of toggle switches.
You have to swipe left instead of the second swipe-down action for other buttons. The order of switches can be customized. The home screen of Lenovo K10 Note will display a large clock as a widget, which will also inform you about the weather etc. Swiping up from the home screen will open the app drawer.
The Settings app also has some additional features such as the 4D U-Touch menu, which lets you swap three-button navigation for gestures. Our review unit is running on May 2019 Android security patch which is quite old. We also liked the features like screenshot editor or in-built screen recording. Lenovo K10 Note does not have much bloatware, you will get Lenovo curated App Store App Daily in the phone which is nothing special. Games like Asphalt Nitro, Puzzle Pets and Spider-Man: Ultimate Power will come pre-installed on the phone, but you can also uninstall these games if you want.
Lenovo K10 Note performance and battery life
The Lenovo K10 Note looks compact despite having a bigger display. The slim body and light weight of the device made the phone easy to use. To some extent it is possible to use the phone with one hand but it is still difficult to reach the upper corners of the screen. Android ran well in our 4GB RAM variant. Apps loaded fast and heavy games also played well.
It did not get hot on normal use of the phone, but it did get a little hot while playing games. We played PUBG Mobile on the High preset and the phone did not get too hot even after 30 minutes of gameplay. Lenovo K10 Note supports media playback very well. High-resolution videos look good on the display and due to the presence of Dolby Atmos, the sound is good even from the single speaker in the phone.
You can choose from three presets, Dynamic, Music and Movie. The battery life of the phone is also good. In our battery loop test, the 4050 mAh battery lasted for 13 hours and 14 minutes. Common uses include chat apps, music streaming, camera usage, and gaming. Lenovo K10 Note comes with 18W fast charging support. Only 63 percent battery in an hour, while the phone takes two and a half hours to fully charge.
Lenovo K10 Note cameras
Lenovo K10 Note has three rear cameras. On the back there will be a 16-megapixel primary camera with F / 1.8 aperture. There is an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom and the third is a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The primary sensor comes with PDAF, due to which the focus speed is fast. Telephoto sensor takes a while to lock focus.
The Lenovo K10 Note’s primary sensor captures details well when shooting in landscape. Colors didn’t look oversaturated and white balance was generally good. We also liked that there was not much sharpness in the pictures. The details were sharp in the middle of the frame. The phone performed well even in close-up shots but we often had to tap on the viewfinder to get the right exposure.
The telephoto camera comes with 2x optical zoom, capturing the details well in sufficient light. The edges around the object were not as sharp as the primary sensor, but shots were good in sufficient light. The camera of the phone was a bit slow in focusing, due to which it was a bit difficult to take pictures of fast moving objects. In low-light, the camera relies on digital zoom instead of switching on the sensor. Image quality was good.
The portrait mode in Lenovo K10 Note is said to be dual, with the help of this you can add some extra background blur. The level of blur cannot be adjusted before and after taking the picture. Apart from this, it saves the picture in a few seconds of pressing the shutter button. Edge detection was good, you also get Panorama and Pro mode, with the help of which the shutter speed can be set and it also gives the option to save the DNG RAW file.
The Lenovo K10 Note clicked good pictures without much noise even in low-light indoors. Where the light was very low, the camera did have some trouble in capturing the details well. The picture looked good in the phone’s display, but on zooming, blurred texture and grain appeared. Night shooting mode has also been given for the primary camera, with the help of which good pictures came in indoor but it is not much good during low light in outdoor.
The quality of pictures taken with the 16-megapixel selfie camera of Lenovo K10 Note was average. Even after the beauty filter was turned off, the sharpness and colors in the skin texture were not very accurate. Apart from this, there is also a beauty mode which comes with preset beauty effects. If you want, you can also create custom beauty filters for your face.
Lenovo K10 Note is capable of shooting videos in up to 4K resolution. Picture quality was also average, especially when shot in landscape. The quality was slightly better when shot at 1080 resolution but the phone lacks stabilization which can disappoint you. But the camera works well in low-light.
On paper, Lenovo K10 Note is a good phone from Lenovo in the budget segment. It’s lightweight and has decent app performance, a vivid display, and strong battery life. The rear cameras given in the back of the phone are also correct and it is also good to have a telephoto camera in this price segment. Now let’s talk about the things in which Lenovo K10 Note could have been better and this includes the body finish.
The plastic back panel was difficult to keep clean. The camera is not particularly good in low-light. The phone also does not have electronic stabilization, the selfie camera was also nothing special. Overall Lenovo K10 Note is acceptable but in this price segment Realme 5 Pro and Xiaomi Mi A3 ,review) may also prove to be a better option.