- Analysis by KJ David
While Lenovo's K8 hinted to a high-class shelf spot, this Plus version takes it a level higher, replacing its mother models' single 13-megapixel rear camera with a dual-lens camera system of 13- and 5-megapixel cams , mostly for advanced depth-of-field analysis. This added pro is ably accompanied by a dual-LED CCT flash . Moreover, it adds virtual reality (VR) into the K8's selection of pros and cons through Lenovo's inbuilt TheaterMax application.
As for its hardware specs, the Lenovo K8 Plus does not disappoint. In fact, it boasts one of the highest CPU clock speeds (as of its release), at 2.5GHz, delivered by its MediaTek Helio P25 engine . In comparison, several similarly-specked devices have processors that clock in at only 2.15GHz or lower. Its aforementioned high-octane engine is accompanied by a hearty 4000mAh battery that promises to last for up to 48 hours of standard usage as well as a 4GB RAM .
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Given its promising rear camera setup and hardware, however, the K8 Plus shares some of the plain K8's unsettling cons. These include a single rear-mounted speaker that obviously shies of the dual frontal speaker setups boasted by a few other multimedia smartphones, despite having the Dolby Atmos audio system on board. It also comes with an 8-megapixel fixed-focus camera , which is not something you would want on a 2017 high-end device, especially with the rise of autofocus-equipped selfie shooters. That said, it does feature a complementary Party Flash .
As for its facade, although it nicely upgrades the K8's miserable HD-720 screen resolution to Full HD (1080p) while retaining the 5.2-inch size and 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 protection , the Plus would have been a nice venue for a 4K-2160p screen , considering its powerful processor.
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Rounding out its pros and cons are a so-so 32GB internal memory expandable by up to 128GB, a standard fingerprint detector , and the Android 7.1.1 Nougat ecosystem.
All said and done, the K8 Plus is definitely a step-up over the original Lenovo K8 geared towards high-end users who put imaging and performance above everything else.
** This phone is also known as: Lenovo K8+
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