Lenovo K9 first impressions: The best budget smartphone?

Here are our initial impressions about the new Lenovo K9.

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The Lenovo K9 is one of the best smartphones in budget segment.

Lenovo recently made their comeback in India with the Lenovo K9. The Lenovo K9 costs Rs 8,999 and sports a dual front and rear camera setup with an 18:9 aspect ratio display, 2.5D curved glass and much more.

So is the Lenovo K9 an apt device for company’s comeback into the Indian market? Let’s find out:

Lenovo K9 first impressions: Specifications

Lenovo K9 sports a 5.72-inch Full View display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22 processor clocked at 2.0 GHz aided by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There is a hybrid dual slot for SIM cards and a microSD card.

As far as the optics are concerned, Lenovo K9 sports a 13-megapixel primary sensor coupled with a 5-megapixel secondary sensor on the back and front. All of this is backed by a 3,000mAh non-removable battery with USB-Type C support.

Lenovo K9 first impressions: Design

The Lenovo K9 sports a 5.72-inch Full View display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Its display is good for the price point. However, the overall build quality feels a bit unsatisfactory. In entirety, the phone feels like it is been built out of cheap materials. However, this is mostly due to the poor quality of glass being used. But it is better than most of the other options available in this price range.

Design-wise, the phone looks good and considering the price point, this is more than what we could have asked for.

Overall the design and build quality of Lenovo K9 is amazing keeping the price point in mind. Additionally, the USB Type-C port is a cherry on top.

Lenovo K9 first impressions: Camera

Coming to the optics, Lenovo K9 sports a 13-megapixel primary sensor coupled with a 5-megapixel secondary sensor on the back. On the front, it utilises the same setup to take selfies.

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Lenovo K9 camera samples showcase, how good the cameras perform.

Lenovo K9’s rear camera is quite good and takes amazing photos. The colours and details are very accurate whereas, the focus is on point. This is hands-down one of the best camera on a smartphone that I have personally tested in this price range as of now.

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Beauty Mode (Left), Normal (Right)

Story remains the same for the front camera module. However, the front camera setup comes with a software beautification mode by default, which is really bad. The beauty mode over smoothens the skin to a point where details are completely lost.

Apart from the really bad beauty mode, the front dual camera setup is really good.

Lenovo K9 first impressions: Conclusion

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If you don’t mind the Lenovo brand name, you should go for this one.

Lenovo K9 was launched in India at Rs. 8,999, however, is currently available at Rs 7,999 on Flipkart. At this price point, it has hands down one of the best camera smartphones I have personally tested. The smartphone features a premium design along with a USB Type-C port, which makes it a bit future proof.

One of the best things that I liked about the Lenovo K9 is its almost stock Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. Considering the specifications to price ratio the device provides, it feels like a very good deal. However, it is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 processor, which is a bit underpowered. However, considering the price point, Lenovo K9 is a good smartphone to spend your money on.


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