Lenovo K3 Note Brutally Honest Review: Specifications, Pros and Cons

It seems like Lenovo has finally caught the pulse of smartphone market in countries like India. After the successful launch of A6000, 6000+ and A7000, the company has come up with something big, both psychically and performance wise, with a name k3 note.

The term ‘Note’ itself reminds us of the large phones which was actually been started mentioning by Samsung for its phablets. Like all other smartphone manufacturer companies, Lenovo also took up the term for its new boy.

In this review, I’ll be discussing the specifications of the K3 Note phablet in the price point of view and will be discussing the pros and cons of this device honestly brutally honestly.

Let’s begin!

In the box

Along with the handset, you will get a screen guard (non-tamper proof), 2-pin wall mounted charger, USB cable and removable battery in the box. K3 Note will not be accompanied by the headset in the box. That’s somewhat upsetting to see A7000 coming with one and K3 Note with none.


No actual changes were made to the physical design of Lenovo K3 Note compared to its predecessor, A7000. In fact, you will not see the difference between the two devices physically when kept side-by-side.                                                  

The screen size, body, camera, flash and speaker, buttons and slots are in the same position as A7000. K3 Note’s physical design looks as good as A7000 but not build that tough. The body has low build quality and it can easily be broken under the appliance of little ‘more’ pressure.


Lenovo K3 Note comes with 5.5 inch Full HD IPS display that can render 401 pixels per inch (PPI) on 1080P resolution display.

The screen contributes 72% to the body ratio thus making it a large screen-less body device. The best viewing angles of the screen has specified to be 178 degrees and it has 5-point touch sensor that can recognize 5-touch points simultaneously.

Processor & RAM

Lenovo K3 Note comes with 1.7 GHz MediaTek Cortex A53 64-bit processor which is 0.2GHz faster than Lenovo A7000. The 2 GB RAM supports the processor at its best in multi-tasking.

The combo is supported with ARM Mali-T760 MP2 GPU which is not so different to A7000’s. You can experience good 3D gaming with this GPU configuration in parallel with the processor and RAM.


K3 Note comes with 16 GB built-in ROM and allows users to expand the memory up to 32 GB through microSD card. This is an upgraded feature when compared to Lenovo A7000’s 8 GB ROM.

Operating System

K3 Note runs on Android Lollipop v5.0 which is not even 5.0.2. It is sad to see Lenovo’s next product, after A7000 coming with v5.0. It is expected to get Android Lollipop v5.1 in future.


Lenovo has upgraded the rear camera for K3 Note from 8MP to 13MP. The dual tone LED flash helps to take best shots in both lighting conditions. The camera is added with some new shooting modes compared to A7000. It can record full HD 1080P resolution videos with 30 frames per second rate.

The front camera can take 5MP sharp photos and it is good enough to take best selfies.

K3 Note’s camera specifications are satisfying for its price range.


It supports 4G LTE networks in both the slots and have the same Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and OTG support specifications that A7000 came up with.


Lenovo K3 Note has got 2900mAh powered battery which can hold the charging on moderate usage for 24 hours at most. The 1080P screen absorbs the juice quickly and so it cannot last as long as A7000.


  • A bit more fast processor
  • Upgraded camera
  • More internal memory
  • Full HD screen
  • Full HD recording
  • Removable battery


  • Low built quality body
  • Same design as A7000
  • No Lollipop v5.0.2 at least
  • No Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • High SAR values 1.590W/KG for head and 0.688W/KG for body
Update: Unboxing photos (shared by a fan exclusively for Amfas Tech)

For more photos: Check out Lenovo K3 Note album on our Facebook page.

Final Verdict

Lenovo K3 Note has got some improvements like 16 GB internal storage, 1080P screen and video recording, little faster processor. The rest of the phone is a quite replica of Lenovo A7000. It could have been named as ‘Lenovo A7000 Plus’ instead of ‘K3 Note’.

After looking at the specifications and advancements, Lenovo K3 Note for such a low price of 9,999 INR is a great deal. If you are planning to buy A7000, dare 1,000 bucks more for K3 Note and you will get a damn good phone for that price (statement made keeping price in mind).

Note: If you talk more on phone, think a while choosing this phone as its SAR values are very highly specified.

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  1. Sasidhar, nice review, it is unfortunate that we don't see much Lenovo here in the western markets. What is their top of the range flagship device in Android that I can check some specs and reviews of ?

  2. Hi Sasidhar!

    Nice and very Informative Review. You have putted light on all the key facts which can help me to choose a Smartphone for my Younger Brother ;-). Although Very Detailed Review, Even images also help to visualize your words. Happy to Share on Social Media.

    Visit Again soon! ~ Umair Akram

  3. hi sasidhar,

    Thanks for a great post. Lenovo, these day focusing on budget devices.
    The war of budget devices got serious since lenovo launched A6000, the only highest sold 4g smartphone. And then followed by A7000 and a6000 plus.

    And the new k3 note look very much tempting on the paper at that price. Though lenovo have made improvements from a7000 to k3 note, they haven't brought much change her except in specs. As per reviews and opinions I heard around, there is no much improvement.
    The camera even with increased resolution, there are no efforts taken to improve picture quality. And the mediatek processor cannot handle high-end games, with that 401ppi resolution. It is due to the fact that lenovo offering it for exceptionally lower price, they are using Mediatek processors, which often heatup. I think lenovo a6000 plus and a7000 are best in this line.

    Anyway thanks for a great post.

  4. Hi imran,
    Lenovo vibe Z and vibe z2 pro are the top range flagship devices of lenovo.
    Thank you

  5. Hi Susheel,

    It seems like I am not the only one in the room who knew about gadgets. Very nice addition to the review friend. Thank you for adding up weight for it. I'm glad that you liked the tone fo teh post.

    Keep visiting back! Have great rest of the week :)


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