Lenovo is a company that has brought some decent smartphones to the market. Right after the smartphone revolution kicked off and decently stated mobiles started to hit the market, Lenovo was there to reap the benefits of the early scene. The Lenovo K series is one of the oldest series of smartphones and dates back to almost 3 years. Lenovo was always known for their tough build and usability. The K series offered some nice smartphones, with decent specifications. They were not excellent, but were enough to get the job done and every device was considered to be of equal value for your money. The K10 was launched in November 2016, and compared to today, the specification it offered is next to nothing. However, being an entry level, it has stuck around and let’s take a look how it managed to do this.
The K10 came with a 5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 and a pixel density of 294ppi. Now in all my years of using Lenovo smartphones, I have found that the company doesn’t put that effort in their displays. No matter which one I tried, the display lacked the sense of details and appeared cartoonish. This was due to the low pixel density, and this downgraded the phone in more than one ways. Watching movies and playing games didn’t seem appealing due to the bad color representation. On top of that, the screen was made of normal glass and no Gorilla or Dragontail glass was provided for better protection. But after considering the price, there is hardly any room for complaint. The K10 had a uni-body design with round edges and some decent size bezels. A little upgrade in the pixel density and the device would become much popular than it is now.
The Snapdragon series of processors is the go to chipset for most smartphone manufacturers. The processor lineup of the company has greatly evolved over the years. The earliest lineup of the chipset series included the Snapdragon 200 which was mainly used in the entry level devices. However, that has evolved over the years and the entry level lineup mostly uses the Snapdragon 400 series. The K10 packs a 1.1GHz 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor along with 1GB o 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 304 for handling the graphics. Now compared to present times this is nothing. Nonetheless, the Snapdragon 210 was a significant upgrade over the 200 and had shown some serious performance improvements over its predecessors. For a device in the entry level segment, the stats are decent. The internal storage come in two variants, 8GB and 16GB. The memory can be expanded with the help of a memory card. The device is also powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Multitasking isn’t smooth and one will face occasional lags and stutters while switching from app to app. High-end games are also not supported and opening too many apps may crash the launcher sometimes.
The camera performance of the K10 is considered average. The device has an 8-megapixel rear and a 2MP front shooter. Photos taken by the camera aren’t too impressive and lack a sufficient amount of details. However, for that price, you can’t expect it to snap HD pictures. Outdoor photography is decent and pictures taken in sunlight are much better than the ones taken in low light conditions. The front camera is as good as dead. Selfies are hazy and lack any semblance of details. Pictures appear too grainy and filled with noise. If you intend to take a selfie during any event, make sure to find a brightly lit spot and hold the phone before you tap the shutter. A simple stutter and the picture will get mangled up.
The K10 is powered by a non-removable 2300mAH Li-Po battery. Although it boasts a talk time of 15 hours, the juice box is just enough to get you through the day, on a moderate usage. However, the company has managed to include a hybrid sim slot that also supports 4G LTE. You can either swap out a sim for the extra storage or stick with the former, your choice.