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Lenovo K6 Note Unboxing And First Impressions

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Lenovo's sole worthy contender on paper in the stacked sub PHP 12K smartphone category is the new K6 Note, a midrange smartphone with focus on multimedia. It's the definite upgrade of last year's good performing K5 Note.
Lenovo K6 Note Unboxing And First Impressions
Lenovo K6 Note box

How? The Lenovo K6 Note has a better processor, more RAM / storage, bigger battery life, and nicer cameras. It still retained several goodies like the rear facing fingerprint scanner and Dolby ATMOS surround sound software tech.

Having said that, this handset has the right to challenge most of the sub PHP 12K smartphones in town. It also have a good chance to be the affordable gaming and multimedia smartphone to get. Let's check!

Lenovo K6 Note Specs

Display: 5.5 Inch FHD IPS 1920 x 1080 resolution w/ 2.5D curved glass at 401 ppi
CPU: 1.4 GHz 64 Bit Snapdragon 430 octa core processor
GPU: Adreno 505
RAM: 4 GB
ROM: 32 GB expandable via micro SD card slot up to 256 GB
Back Camera: 16 MP f/2.2 w/ PDAF and dual tone LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8 MP f/2.2
Battery: 4,000 mAh
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Upgradable to Android 7.0 Nougat)
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, FM Radio, GPS, A GPS, GLONASS
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass
Others: Fingerprint sensor, Dolby ATMOS, Colors: silver, gold, dark grey
Dimensions: 151 x 76 x 8.4 mm
Weight: 169 g
Price: PHP 11,999

Disclaimer: This Lenovo K6 Note was only borrowed for our unbiased review.

Unboxing / Accessories

Accessories inside
Accessories inside

The Lenovo K6 Note comes in a standard smartphone package which consist of the basic things you'll need on a phone. There'll be a 2A USB wall charger to charger its large 4,000 mAh of battery faster, micro USB data / charging cables, generic earbuds w/ mic, and SIM ejector tool.

While there's no case included for added protection, Lenovo bundled the phone with a FREE Bluetooth headphones.

Build Quality / Design

Back design
Back design

The material used for the frame and body is mostly curved metal and Gorilla glass protected 2.5D screen. It has few plastic parts on top and bottom back plate and gold chrome painted upper borders.
Top view
Top view
Microphone, micro USB, and single speaker below
Microphone, micro USB, and single speaker below
Hybrid SIM slots at left
Hybrid SIM slots at left
Power button, volume rocker at right
Power button, volume rocker at right

This device was reminiscent of what we saw with the likes of several older Huawei devices and Asus ZenFone 3 Max ZC553KL in terms of design. It has the mostly rounded corners, arching back, and 2.5D curve glass that looks nice. All of that in a slim 8.4 mm profile. However, there's a camera hump (protrusion) behind.

Build is good, but design is common!

All buttons and ports are on standard locations found on most devices with 5.5 inch screen and above. It's a little slipper in the hands, but it's fairly comfortable to hold. Overall, its average in build and design quality for the price.

Initial findings

5.5 inch FHD screen w/ slim black border bezels
5.5 inch FHD screen w/ slim black border bezels

1. Build and design are decent. We like that it has a mostly metal build w/ good curves. However, the design is too common. The 5.5 inch screen looks great and has full HD resolution, color tone is on the cooler side.
2. It's packed with the ever trustworthy and efficient Snapdragon 430 processor paired with Adreno 505 GPU. Then is has 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB storage, and large 4,000 mAh of battery. Solid on that regard. It's close to lag free so far.
3. Lenovo's version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS looks clean and modern. It's easy to use and bloats are minimal.
4. The 16 MP PDAF camera found on this handset is a tad inconsistent, but it can shoot very good photos occasionally. The selfie camera at 8 MP looks fairly nice too. The best parts here are its very fast focus and clean / easy to use software interface.
5. OTG works, LED notification is present, Android keys aren't lit, and this is one very few midrange smartphones that can play .aiff high very high bitrate HiFi files. Dolby ATMOS is gimmicky and only one of the two speaker holes is working.

As of the moment

We were correct, the Lenovo K6 Note is a promising midrange-grade multimedia device. This is easily the best performing affordable Lenovo phone we tested yet which has the ability to compete with most devices in its class.

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