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Lenovo K4 Note vs K3 Note: what's new?

|January 6 2016 |Android Phones, Lenovo, Dual-SIM, 4G, 4G LTE, Comparisons

“Brawl of the K Note siblings”

Ever since Lenovo entered the mobile realm, it has been constantly learning and evolving as per the changing standards of the industry. With the launch of the Lenovo K3 Note (review | FAQs), this Chinese OEM sent out a message to the world saying that it's here to stay. Due to the affordable tag and impressive (according to the price) specifications, it has been making waves in the Indian market, leaving consumers craving for more. Lenovo knew what buttons to press when they unveiled the successor to the said device yesterday – the Lenovo K4 Note (first impressions). It was only natural to assume that the Lenovo K4 Note would be bringing something better and new to the table as opposed to it’s predecessor, but what exactly has changed in the next generation? What will you be treated to if you decide to get your hands on the latest addition in the Lenovo K series? Let’s figure it out.

Display and design

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When it comes to design, both members of the Lenovo K line are encased in plastic bodies with the Lenovo K4 Note upping the ante with its premium look and metal frame, while the Lenovo K3 Note adopts a more mundane appearance. Both the Lenovo K4 Note and Lenovo K3 Note are sticking to capacitive touch buttons on the front of the devices rather than embracing the onscreen button norm of the smartphone industry. The point where both the devices seem to go in different directions is when it comes to the front-firing Dolby Sound dual speakers placed on the Lenovo K4 Note, making it better suited for media when compared to its predecessor. Another component differentiating the Lenovo K4 Note from it’s past sibling is the fingerprint scanner adorning the back of the phone. Talking about the display, both the smartphones share a common 5.5-inch, 1,920 x 1080 resolution display, granting both screens a pixel density of 401ppi. The Lenovo K4 Note's screen is graced with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 while the Lenovo K3 Note's wasn’t.

Cameras

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The Lenovo K4 Note isn’t much of an upgrade when it comes to shooting prowess. Both these handsets rock 13MP rear shooters with dual-LED flash capable of shooting 1,080p videos at 30 fps coupled with 5MP front-facing cameras for your selfies. The only difference here is the aperture. While the Lenovo K3 Note had a standard f/2.0 aperture, the Lenovo K4 Note resorts to an upgraded f/2.2 aperture, although it is expected that the Lenovo K4 Note will bring various enhancements to quality of the shots by tweaking the camera software.

Performance

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Let’s talk about how both these devices stack up on paper in terms of number crunching. The Lenovo K3 Note utilises the MediaTek MT6752 64-bit octa-core SoC clocked at 1.7GHz for each core with the Mali-T760 GPU, while it’s successor has chosen to go with the MediaTek MT6753 64-bit octa-core SoC clocked at 1.5GHz along with the Mali-T720 as the GPU. The MediaTek MT6753 may sound a little under-powered, but in real-life situations, both of these chipsets seem to be on par with each other. We'd have appreciated if the K4 Note came with a more powerful processor though, something like MediaTek's Helio X10. 

Battery and storage

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This is where the real delights begin. The Lenovo K4 Note has treated fans with the news that it’ll be packing a healthy 3GB of RAM for all their multitasking needs instead of the standard 2GB found in the previous generation of the device. When it comes to storage, both offer the same numbers. These devices comes with a 16GB package which you can expand via microSD cards, though there is a difference between the limits both phones restrict you to. The Lenovo K3 Note won’t let you add more than 32GB of storage, while with the Lenovo K4 Note, you can add up to 128GB more via microSD card. Coming to the battery, The Lenovo K4 Note has certainly been an upgrade. The latest from Lenovo packs a massive 3,300mAh battery which is certain to last you though a rough day more easily when compared to the Lenovo K3 Note which flaunted a 3,000mAh battery pack. Due to all these upgrades, we are expecting a pretty stellar performance from the Lenovo K4 Note when it comes to user experience.

Pricing, availability and other features

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What came to us as a surprise is the inclusion of a AntVR headset along with the Lenovo K4 Note. Not only that, the Lenovo K4 Note aims to make fingerprint scanners even more common, even for budget-friendly smartphones, hence including one in the new device along with an NFC chip.

Looking at all the hefty upgrades the Lenovo K4 Note is showing off, we got a bit worried if the latest from Lenovo will still adopt the affordable price tag that it promised us. Adding to our joy, it did. While the Lenovo K3 Note is still going for Rs 9,999, the Lenovo K4 Note won’t fall too far from the same. The new phone will be available for Rs 13,299 bundled with the VR headset. For a limited period of time one can grab the bundle for Rs 12,499 by registering for the Lenovo K4 Note sale on January 19th on Amazon India. Users can now register for the same. If one is looking to buy the smartphone without the VR headset, the device will just cost you Rs 11,999. However, it won’t be easy to grab a K4 Note unit for a while as they would be going out on several flash sales before they are stocked and easily available for the public.

Here's a quick comparison between the two smartphones.

Lenovo K4 Note vs K3 Note comparison table



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