- Analysis by KJ David
Lenovo's K8 Note is a 2017 5.5-inch phablet lugging several notable pros, the biggest being its Helio X23 ten-core 64-bit processor , which was quite rare as of its release, considering that a ton of other flagship-level devices opt for only four or eight cores. Now, we all know it's not all about the number of cores, but with a 2.3GHz maximum clock speed and 4GB of accompanying RAM , the K8 Note sounds like a strong contender on the performance front.
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Jumping outside the engine room, the rest of the K8 Note's pros and cons include dual parallel cameras , particularly, a 13-megapixel PureCel-Plus-sensor camera for standard imaging and a 5-megapixel deputy depth-sensing camera, which Lenovo claims to provide DSLR-like depth-of-field capabilities. Its two rear cameras are fittingly accompanied by a dual LED flash , which was the flash-of-choice for many high-end Androids around its August 2017 market entry. On the flipside, it touts a promising 13-megapixel selfie camera accompanied by what the brand calls a Party Flash that may be hard to resist for party-goers and selfie addicts.
Compared to its hardware and imaging specs, the K8 Note's 5.5-inch Full HD (1080p) display seems underwhelming , especially since 4K (1440) screens were starting to take over the high-end market around its release. The fact that its screen comes with VR (virtual reality) support , however, makes its definition rather forgivable. Sitting right under its screen is a satisfactory (for a high-end phone) 4000mAh battery , with reassuring self-attributed scores, like a 1482-minute 4G talk time and a 15-day maximum standby period. On storage duties is no more than 64GB of memory that does not quite live up to our expectations for a phone running on a total of ten cores.
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Joining the aforementioned pros and cons is the Dolby Audio system , which is somewhat a standard feature among Lenovo high-enders. It also comes with a dedicated Music Key , although it settles for only one rear-firing speaker . Also on board is a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner . Holding everything together is the Lenovo K8 Note's metal body (with ergonomic curves), which, though not a full-blown rugged shell, comes with a splash-ready nano-coating , at the very least.
To rehash, the 5.5-inch K8 Note calls out to performance and multimedia junkies in search of a high-caliber Android phone, with ten-core processing, dual rear cameras, and a VR-ready screen in tow.
On-paper Review score:
Its processor speed of 2.3GHz running on 10 cores is part of the fastest in recent phones.
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We're dealing with a hefty display here, making it a phablet: 5.5 inches and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels means about 12.93 square inches and an image quality of at least 401 dots per inch (DPI)!
It includes a high-resolution built-in camera (13-megapixel + 5-megapixel (depth sensor)) with the following options: Depth Mode.
The 13-megapixel selfie cam offers an above-average resolution.
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