Lenovo had launched the K8 Note last month, succeeding last year’s K6 Note. The smartphone came packing some serious hardware with stock Android v.7.1.1, Nougat atop. This is not enough for the Chinese computing brand though and today it has unleashed the K8 Plus.
Let us find out what has changed or not in this latest iteration of Lenovo’s Note range.
Design and Hardware
The K8 Plus follows in the footsteps of the K8 Note and externally looks much the same. With a body crafted out of the same 5000-series aluminium as the latter with curved edges at the rear. The smartphone even has a similarly placed dual camera array with accompanying LED flash and the fingerprint scanner beneath it.
Flip the phone over and you will see the 5.2-inch full-HD (1080 x1920) IPS panel based display. Under the hood the K8 Note carries the MediaTek MT6757T (Helio P25) SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The smartphone even sports a dedicated microSD card slot for augmenting the internal storage, up to 128GB. The dual camera of the smartphone is composed of a 13-megapixel Purecell Plus sensor with a f/2.0 aperture complemented by a 5-megapixel Samsung sensor with a f/2.0 aperture for depth. Selfie duties are handled by an 8-megapixel front sensor with a 84° field of view lens with a dedicated flash and Beautify Mode. Powering all this hardware is a 4000mAh battery unit.
Lenovo has provisioned the K8 Plus with a microUSB connector which supports USB-OTG and a 3.5mm audio jack. This is important since the company markets the K-series smartphones as multimedia powerhouses. Consequently, the smartphone supports Dolby Atmos audio enhancements and has a dedicated Music key on the left edge of the chassis. This button can be remapped to quickly access other applications as well.
On the connectivity front, the Lenovo K8 Plus comes with dual-SIM support (VoLTE supported). Apart from this the handset features Bluetooth v.4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 up to standard n and A-GPS.
Stock Android and VR
Following in the footsteps of the K8 Note, the K8 Plus out of the box runs on a close to a stock build of Android v.7.1.1, Nougat. Even after the display on the handset has just a full-HD resolution, Lenovo markets the device as VR capable. This might be in conjunction with cheaper mobile VR headsets like the company’s own AntVR line.
Pricing and Availability
Unlike the K8 Note, the K8 Plus is a Flipkart exclusive and is priced at Rs 10,999 (~$170). The device will go on sale from tomorrow at mid-day (~1200 Hours IST) and is available in Venom Black.
Flipkart is offering some early bird incentives to pick up the phone, like a BuyBack guarantee cover for six months apart from up to Rs 10,000 discount on exchange of older handsets. Launch offers also include Moto Pulse 2 headphones for Rs 599 (retail pricing is Rs 1,599) and Rs 100 off on purchase of a Flipkart SmartBuy 5W Bluetooth speaker. The company has partnered with Reliance Jio to offer 30GB of additional data and an extra 15 percent off on purchase of fashion and lifestyle products on Flipkart till the 8th of September.
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