The Lenovo K6 Power offers much more than just hardware specifications in the competitive sub-Rs 10,000 segment.
Saying that the Indian smartphone market, especially the sub-Rs 10,000 segment, is crowded will be an understatement. If you have been closely following the smartphone launches for last couple of years, most of the smartphones in the budget segment follow one philosophy – offer relatively high-end specifications at affordable prices. From customers’ point of view, it’s actually not a bad thing to have so many choices, mostly good ones. But at the same time, it has almost become difficult for brands to offer something “new” each time they are offering a new smartphone, considering that price and specifications no longer have the same pull. Lenovo, which has been in fray for quite some time, is now looking to move beyond the specifications war and focus on experience, which perhaps could start off a new trend in a segment that currently appears to be mundane.
Earlier this month, Lenovo launched the K6 Power smartphone, which is priced at Rs 9,999. Just like with some other competing smartphones in this segment, the K6 Power comes with the tried and tested Snapdragon 430 processor and 3GB of RAM along with popular features like VoLTE support and a fingerprint scanner. The K6 Power, however, isn’t just about specifications. Aimed at multimedia hungry millennials, the smartphone comes with Dolby Atmos for superior audio, TheaterMax for widescreen virtual cinematic experience and a full HD display with pixel density of 441ppi, 450-nit brightness and 178-degree viewing angles. Living up to its ‘Power’ moniker, the smartphone has a large 4,000mAh battery as well.
The Lenovo K6 Power takes on the current budget champions, the Redmi 3s Prime and Redmi 3 Note from the house of Xiaomi. I have been using the Lenovo K6 Power for over a week as my primary smartphone. Let’s find out whether the K6 Power is actually a standout device that finally brings something “new” to the table, or just another high-specced smartphone in the crowded market. Read on.
Lenovo K6 Power Design
Even though the popular trend is to have a big screen smartphone, Lenovo believes smaller is better. Having spent quality time with the smartphone, I believe Lenovo has gotten it mostly right.
Let’s begin with what’s good. Since it is a 5-inch smartphone, it has that compact look and feel. Keeping up with the trend, the Lenovo smartphone has a metal body with gently curved corners, and thin antenna lines at the back. Following the design language of the Vibe K5 Note, the Lenovo K6 Power too has a symmetrical design with the camera lens, flash and fingerprint scanner followed by Lenovo branding at the bottom falling in one line.
The front is dominated by the display, front camera and LED notification light on top whereas the capacitive touch buttons for navigation are at the bottom. The volume and power buttons are located on the right while the left side houses the hybrid slot for the microSD and SIM cards. Oddly enough, the 3.5mm audio jack and micro-USB ports are located at the top while the base is plain. The smartphone easily fits in your palms with the volume and power buttons at the side, and fingerprint sensor at the back within easy reach. You can comfortably perform single-handed tasks on this phone.
But then there some low points as well. Besides a compact screen size, the Lenovo K6 Power doesn’t really look very different from a lot of Chinese smartphones featuring metal bodies. Also, at 144 grams, the smartphone feels pretty heavy and is actually fairly thick at 9.3mm.
Lenovo K6 Power Display, UI, and features
As said earlier, the Lenovo K6 Power aims to woo users who like to extensively consume multimedia on the go. The 5-inch full HD display has a pixel density of 441ppi, 450-nit brightness, and 178-degree viewing angles. All of this in a smaller screen gives fairly a better experience while watching high resolution videos or even playing graphic intensive games. However, the experience is best when you are indoors. Under direct sunlight, you may struggle to see the content on device as the display gets a bit reflective and you may need to manually increase brightness. The auto-brightness doesn’t quickly adapt itself to the light conditions you are in. Fortunately, these are not issues grave enough to mar the overall experience.