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Lenovo K6 Power first impressions: can it slay the mighty Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime?

|November 30, 2016 |Android Phones, Mobiles, Lenovo, First impressions

"The Lenovo K6 Power comes packing a ton of software features you could exploit"

The sub-Rs 10k price range of smartphones is a hotly contested space - a point that we can’t emphasis enough. Lenovo - along with its Moto sub-brand - has been active in this price bracket for some time now. The company’s latest smartphone, the Lenovo K6 Power, is a compact budget smartphone with a massive battery. In more ways than one, it goes up directly against the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime (review). By now, it has been clearly established that Xiaomi’s offering is a stellar option and therefore Lenovo has its task cut out. That said, the Lenovo K6 Power has more than one trick up its sleeve.

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First things first, the 5-inch display on the front is an IPS LCD panel with a display resolution of 1080p, which translates to a pixel density of 441ppi. What you will get is a crisper display than the one on the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime. However, we can’t comment on the colour accuracy or viewing angles just yet. In our first impressions, it looked good though. The other USP of the phone - one that sort of underlines the usage of the word ‘Power’ as a prefix - is the large 4,000mAh battery. You can also use the included micro-USB port to reverse charge other devices using this large battery. We shall test the battery life and how it compares with the Redmi 3S Prime’s battery in our full review.

 The Lenovo K6 Power is made entirely of metal and uses an interesting design language that places a lot of emphasis on symmetry. However, there is no denying the fact that the phone does look a lot like its Xiaomi competition. Anyway, the phone feels a little chunky in the hand but not so much that it feels uncomfortable to use.

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Internally, Lenovo K6 Power uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC with 3GB of RAM, which should be more than enough for regular usage. Don’t expect the phone to run games with heavy graphics smoothly, though. You get 32GB of internal storage, with an option to add an additional 128GB using a microSD card. Now note that, you will have to sacrifice one of the SIM card slots if you intend to increase the storage space because the phone comes with a hybrid SIM slot. Both the SIM slots support 4G and VoLTE, but only one connection can be active on an LTE network at any given point of time.

One of the coolest new changes that Lenovo has introduced with the K6 Power is the new Pure UI that runs on top of Android Marshmallow. Unlike the Vibe UI used in previous smartphones, Pure UI is visually clean and looks very close to stock Android. Lenovo has obviously added a few embellishments to the software in the form of long screenshots, double tap the volume button to open the camera app, and many more. However, the one new feature that caught our attention was the fact that you can now run two instances of the same app on the K6 Power. What this means is that you can have two separate WhatsApp accounts linked to two separate numbers. Similarly, two Google Play accounts or two Slack accounts… it is entirely up to you. While this feature is not exactly the first in a smartphone (Xiaomi has it too), the Lenovo K6 Power is one of the few phones that has it.

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The rear camera on the K6 Power uses a 13-megapixel Sony IMX258 sensor which has an f/2.0 aperture. There is also a flash for when the light is scarce. In the camera app you will notice that Lenovo has included a Pro mode as well, which means that you have granular control over stuff like ISO, exposure, white balance, and other settings. In our limited time with the phone, we noticed that the camera was fairly fast to focus for a sub-Rs 10k smartphone and the photos had a decent amount of details too. Even the front-facing 8-megapixel camera took decent selfies. All in all, the cameras inside the K6 Power could set it apart from the rest of the competition in this price range.

With the K6 Power, priced at Rs 9,999, Lenovo has made its intentions clear: the company wants to compete with the best in the affordable segment without making any compromises. In the little time we spent with the device, we came out mostly impressed, but we will be able to pass a fully detailed verdict in our review after using it for a much longer duration. 



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