The Lenovo K8 Power has started to peek here and there around social media. The device is set to launch somewhere in September of 2017 and is the next upcoming device in line from Lenovo. Lenovo is one of those first generation phone manufacturers who introduced devices in the entry-level range and has been consistent to do so while keeping a check on the present specifications. The K8 is the successor of the previously introduced K7 which was also quite the beast. Without further ado, let's jump into the details about what the K8 is offering.
Much like its predecessor, the K8 will sport a full HD 53.5-inch screen, along with an IPS LCD display and 401 ppi pixel density. Now, this is where the wrinkle occurs. It will also have a screen to Body ratio of 70.81% which is decent. However, the pixel density is something to be worried about. You see, while Lenovo was always quite generous in the hardware department, they have never paid much attention to the display of their entry level smartphones. The display appears to be oversaturated and pictures seemed to lack the depth and variety of the color. This has happened with previously introduced Lenovo smartphones and might also happen with the K8, though we are hoping for the best. The unibody metal finish is also something to look forward to and patched with a dual micro-Sim support the device doesn’t seem half bad.
Under the hood, the K8 sports an octa-core (Cortex-A53) MediaTek MT6753 chipset clocked at 1.3GHz. It also sports a Mali-T720 MP3 GPU. In terms of performance, Lenovo promises to deliver consistent service without any hiccups whatsoever. However, being an Android device, with the passage of time, the phones tend to slow down once the memory starts to fill up. We are hoping that with the K8, the company has done something innovative and managed to optimize the hardware to a much greater extent. The MediaTek processor is reported to deliver marginally better benchmark scores in the lower range of the smartphone bracket, so we can conclude that the K8 has some decent specs and has the potential to deliver a likable and praise-worthy performance.
The 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage may be a bit less compared to other devices at this price range, but is more than capable of getting the job done, should it be optimized properly. Frankly speaking, 4GB of RAM is an overkill since devices with 3 GB can deliver more or less the same performance. It’s a matter of compatibility and it depends on the build quality. Nonetheless, Lenovo could have tried to squeeze an extra 32GB of internal storage, because more is always better, and also because the competition at this range offers so.
The Lenovo K8 Power consists of a rear dual camera configuration, offering 13 Megapixel and 5 Megapixel sensors and the front offers another 13 Megapixel sensor. Full HD video recording is supported at 1920 x 1080 pixels@30fps. The camera also promises Phase Detection autofocus, ISO control HDR, Exposure Compensation, but no Optical Image Stabilization.
Speaking from previous experience, the camera performance from Lenovo, though consistent, has been of a much lower quality. This is due to the fact that the screen itself fails to display the color depth details captured by the sensor. Nonetheless, the camera was also at fault, capturing washed out images that obviously lacked the details especially during low light conditions. We are hoping Lenovo does something better with the new K8 Power.
The K8 Power will be powered by a non-removable 4000mAh Li-Polymer. The K3 and the K4 Power were failures when it came to battery backup. They lasted only a few hours on full charge. However, with the new Li-Po battery, we are expecting different results from the K8 Power. The 4000mAh is quite a good number and is also at par with the competition. What remains is to see the performance firsthand which, should be interesting, especially because Lenovo has been improving its battery backups with its every release.