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Lenovo K9

Colours:
Memory:
32GB
RAM:
3GB
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 32 GB + 256 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Nano + Nano (Hybr...
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • USB OTG Support
  • FM Radio

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good cameras
  • Good display
Cons
  • No fast charging
  • Hybrid slot
  • Moderate battery life

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Specifications

General
Launch DateNovember 1, 2018 (Official)
BrandLenovo
ModelK9
Operating SystemAndroid v8.1 (Oreo)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Quick Chargingyes
Design
Height153.8 mm
Width72.9 mm
Thickness7.9 mm
Weight155 grams
ColoursBlack, Blue
Display
Screen Size5.7 inches (14.48 cm)
Screen Resolution720 x 1440 pixels
Aspect Ratio18:9
Bezel-less displayyes
Pixel Density282 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)74.78 %
Performance
ChipsetMediaTek Helio P22
ProcessorOcta core, 2 GHz, Cortex A53
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsPowerVR GE8320
RAM3 GB
Storage
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
User Available StorageUp to 24 GB
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution13 MP + 5 MP Dual Front Cameras
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF2.2
Flashyes
Image Resolution4128 x 3096 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
Battery
Capacity3000 mAh
TypeLi-ion
User Replaceable
Quick Chargingyes
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging
USB Type-Cyes
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionRear
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
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Expert Review

Battery:

In the Lenovo K9, there is a 13 megapixel primary camera along with a 5 megapixel secondary camera at the back. It is a generic dual lens setup and you can shoot very good pictures in daylight conditions. We got a lot of detail and the color saturation was also on point. The images turned were vivid and sharp. Although, the low light photos shot indoors had some amount of noise. The focusing mechanism was quite fast. HDR mode can help in taking great landscape pictures with a lot of dynamic range. Also, macro images looked quite good with shallow depth of field effect. Talking about the front-facing cameras, we get a 13 megapixel lens along with another 5 megapixel lens and it can take good selfies like most other selfie cameras. However, the speciality of this camera is its A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) and hence the selfies are much better and more vibrant. This is because the A.I. selects the best shot, best settings from a lot of combinations and thus you get the best output.

The camera app of the K9 comes with a simple and easy to use interface. The stock app offers various shooting modes including a pro mode and it is good enough for clicking and editing pictures and videos. Both the camera setups can shoot Full HD videos and the quality is quite good. Overall, the Lenovo K9.

Conclusion:

The Lenovo K9 is a very good budget smartphone. We get a sleek design, a beautiful display and good overall performance. The dual cameras on both sides can click good photos. The interface is smooth but battery life is moderate and there is no fast charging support as well. So if you want a good smartphone in this segment, then go for the Lenovo K9. In case you would like to check out the competition, then have a look at the Realme C1, Honor 7A and Redmi 6.

Performance:

The Lenovo K9 is being powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz. This is a premium entry-level chipset from the house of MediaTek and it handles the general day-to-day tasks without any issues. We did not find any visible lag or stuttering. Most popular apps and games load up fairly quickly. There is 3GB RAM for performing intense multitasking. You'll have around 1.5GB of free RAM even after running more than 5 apps in the background. The gaming experience is also quite good on this phone and it can run most of the games but some of the high graphics intensive games will struggle a bit. The Lenovo K9 comes with 32GB of internal storage, out of which we got around 24GB of free space. The storage can be extended externally by up to 256GB if you need extra storage and you'll most likely need it if you're a heavy user. There is a fingerprint sensor at the back and Face Unlock feature for unlocking the phone. Both these features perform seamlessly well. Coming to the world of connectivity, we get both Dual SIM (nano + micro) option along with 4G VoLTE support. Also, 4G is supported on both the SIM card slots and you can use them simultaneously. There is a 3000mAh battery (non-removable) under the hood, which is quite standard but there is no support for fast charging. You will get around one day of battery life with moderate usage. Overall, the Lenovo K9 is a good all-round performer.

Introduction:

Lenovo K9, a budget smartphone, was launched in India back in October 2018. It is a good looking smartphone with a modern look but it misses out on notch display and complete bezel-less look. So let us find out in our Lenovo K9 review if you should go with this phone instead of the other great budget smartphones. However, do check out the specifications of the mobile below.

The Lenovo K9 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor, that runs on Android 8.1 Oreo OS. The mobile features 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory (expandable up to 256GB) and rocks a 5.7-inch HD+ display. In the camera department, we get 13 megapixel and 5 megapixel rear shooters along with 13 megapixel and 5 megapixel selfie cameras. The phone has Dual SIM connectivity along with 4G VoLTE, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, USB Type-C and GPS. In the sensor section, we get an accelerometer, ambient light and proximity sensors. Under the hood, the K9 packs in a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

Audio & Video:

The loudspeaker of the Lenovo K9 is located at the bottom right. The mono speaker sounds pretty good and is loud as well. We get a default music app with the phone and it has most of the features that you will require for listening to music. However, you can also download your favorite music app to replace the stock one. A bundled earphone comes in the box but the quality is average, so you can purchase a good pair of earphones if you do not own one already.

The K9 is able to play both HD and Full HD videos quite easily but it lags a bit while playing 4K videos. Again, the default video player app is not the best and thus you have to download a third-party video player like MX Player for the best possible video watching experience. Overall, the Lenovo K9 provides a decent audio and video playback.

Software & Ui:

The Lenovo K9 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo OS out of the box. It is one of the latest OS versions from the house of Google but we are not expecting it to get any major OS updates in the future since most budget smartphones do not get any. Anyway talking about the interface, the OS mainly looks like vanila stock Android and offers great customization options. There are a lot of widgets, wallpapers, effects and themes. Thus, you can make some cosmetic changes according to your preferences to change the look of the interface. In terms of stability, the UI is quite smooth and does not lag in general day-to-day usage. There is a Security Centre app that also includes a power manager, notifications disabler, data monitor and memory cleanup tool. There are some pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily delete them if you do not like them. In case you are not comfortable with this interface, then you can just download any third-party theme to get a different look. Overall, the Lenovo K9 comes with a fluid UI.

Design & Display:

The Lenovo K9 feels like a premium smartphone as it comes with a metal unibody design. The build quality is superb and it feels very good in hands. It is quite compact in size because of the 5.7-inch full-screen display and hence you can use it with one hand quite easily. It is an ergonomic design but it comes with big bezels on top and bottom of the display and hence it is not a complete bezel-less design. The edges are circular and thus we get a strong grip. You can use the phone comfortably for longer period without causing any pain in your hands. The back cover has a glossy mirror finish and thus we would advice you to use a back cover to protect your device as it tends to slip out.

Starting with the front of the Lenovo K9, there is a 5.7-inch display panel along with the selfie cameras, LED flash, couple of sensors and earpiece. There are three on-screen buttons for navigation. The volume rocker and power/lock button are situated on the left side while the right side has the tray for SIM and microSD cards. The USB Type-C port, primary microphone, 3.5mm audio jack and loudspeaker are found at the bottom while the top remains clean. Turning towards the back, we have the dual rear cameras with LED flash and secondary microphone on the top left. The fingerprint sensor is seen in the middle while the Lenovo branding is seen at the bottom. Underneath the non-removable metal back cover, we get a 3000mAh battery (non-removable). Overall, the Lenovo K9 has a sleek design and comes with potent hardware.

The Lenovo K9 rocks a 5.7-inch IPS display, which has a resolution of 1440 x 720 (HD+). It is a modern looking display but it is not completely bezel-less and does not have a notch cutout either. The colors are accurate, brightness levels are very decent. The display is quite compact and you can easily use it with one hand for long duration. The texts, photos and videos look sharp but they would have looked even better in a Full HD+ panel. The viewing angles are good and sunlight legibility is decent as well. There is no branded protection on top of the display but we get an extra layer of 2.5D curved glass that saves it from daily wear and tear. Coming to the touch response of the Lenovo K9, it is quite fluid and lag free and that is mainly due to the good quality display and smooth interface. Overall, the Lenovo K9 comes with a good display meant for content consumption.

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