Lenovo’s latest smartphone, the K8 Plus, is yet another step in its travel with stock Android. Looking at the demand for smartphones running on vanilla Android, including its own Moto lineup, Lenovo has chosen to ditch its Vibe UI. The Lenovo K8 Note (Review) has been the first phone to have this treatment, and to further strengthen its own stand, Lenovo has now added the K8 Plus to the list.
While the K8 Plus is not Part of the Android One family like the Xiaomi Mi A1 (Review), it lots of the Very Same boxes in terms of software. However, is the the only interesting thing about the K8 Plus? Let’s find out.
If you’ve utilized Lenovo smartphones recently then the K8 Plus will look and feel familiar. Like the majority of other options in the current market, the K8 Plus includes a metallic body. The K8 Plus slots in between the K8 and the K8 Note, making it comfortable for one-handed use. It has a 5.2-inch display with capacitive Android navigation buttons under it. Lenovo has opted to get non-backlit buttons instead of on-screen ones, and we found them hard to hit in the dark.
The power and volume buttons are on the right, along with the power button has a different texture which makes it effortless to distinguish. On the opposite side there’s a different physical music button which is set by default to play/ pause music and switch tracks. The button can be remapped to other functions such as taking a screenshot or launching a program, which makes it easy.
The Lenovo K8 Plus is a dual-SIM device that has a tray on the left side. There are slots for two Nano-SIMs as well as a dedicated slot for a microSD card.
In the back, the K8 Plus includes two cameras and a dual-tone LED flash. Here here is the fingerprint scanner which is not hard to reach. It is quite responsive and we did not have trouble when unlocking the phone. The metallic back is a fingerprint magnet which was very evident on our Venom Black review unit. The phone includes a Micro-USB port at the bottom with grilles on either side, while a 3.5millimeter headphone jack is positioned on the top.
The K8 Plus is relatively thick, measuring 8.99mm and weighing 165g, which might feel bulky to a people. One reason is the 4000mAh battery which Lenovo has crammed into this phone.
Lenovo K8 Plus specifications and software
Viewing angles are great and colour reproduction is adequate. If you like punchy contrast then you certainly have the option to switch the colour mode of the display. Brightness is good enough indoors but you might have to avoid direct sunlight at times to see things clearly outside.
In the center of the hardware is a MediaTek Helio P25 chip, which is an octa-core chip clocked up to 2.5GHz. The K8 Plus will get 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. A dedicated microSD card slot allows you enlarge the storage by up to 128GB.
The Lenovo K8 Plus has one 13-megapixel camera and another 5-megapixel camera at the back. The latter is used to measure depth. In the front, there’s an 8-megapixel selfie camera together with a selfie flash. In terms of connectivity, the smartphone has 2 Nano-SIM slots also supports 4G in addition to VoLTE on both. Aside from that there is Bluetooth and WiFi b/g/n.
Android enthusiasts will be content with the stock UI which is clean and brings a few unity to Lenovo’s lineup of Motorola phones as well as its own. Apart from a few preinstalled Microsoft Office programs, this phone is pretty much free from bloatware. Lenovo does give you the option to install programs from a list during setup if you like.
Lenovo K8 Plus performance, battery life, and camera
Lenovo has chosen good hardware for the K8 Plus, which is quite evident in the benchmark tests. This phone managed to score 64,617 in AnTuTu, also as 855 and 3745 in Geekbench 4’s single-core and multi-core tests respectively. We had the 4GB RAM variant for review and it may multitask easily with various apps running in the background. For day-to-day tasks, the phone has adequate power to deliver without any lags or stutter. The phone does get warm after a long gaming sessions, however, it didn’t get too bad in our experience.
Battery life is great and the phone can run for a day and a half with regular usage. During our review period the phone was able around one-and-a-half days of casual use and 7 hours of screen-on time with ease. In our HD video loop evaluation, the phone lasted 13 hours and 49 minutes which is fairly good. The bundled 10.4W charger require a little over two hours to charge the phone fully.
Lenovo has gone with a pretty basic camera program which is easy to use. The HDR and camera mode toggles are easily accessible. You receive Panorama and Professional modes plus the default still manner. Video recording tops out at 1080p 30fps for both the cameras.
Landscape photos taken with the K8 Plus are decent but lacked the sharpness we were expecting. HDR mode adds a weird tinge in daylight photos, and is hit-or-miss in most cases. Night-time shots are great and the camera does manage to maintain noise under control if the place is lit nicely. Macros are quite nice and the camera managed to catch decent detail in daylight as well as low light conditions.
Depth mode is easy to enable and the output has quite excellent separation between the background and the subject. However we discovered that the camera would lag after taking a few photos in this manner. The 8-megapixel front camera has a beautify feature which can be set manually or switched to auto. Photos taken with the the front camera are good and can be used on messengers and social networking programs. Additionally, the front flash is handy in dark places.
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Lenovo is aiming for popularity by simply choosing stock Android and balancing features and cost quite nicely. The Lenovo K8 Plus is well equipped and handles day-to-day tasks quite well. Battery life is great enough to carry you through more than just a single day of usage. There is enough storage for ordinary buyers, along with the dedicated microSD card slot doesn’t force you to choose between another SIM and additional storage. Dual cameras are the attractive feature right now too. Camera performance could have been better in landscape mode, but there have to be some tradeoffs with budget phones. If stock Android and great battery life appeal to you, then the Lenovo K8 Plus will look like a fantastic choice.