Lenovo K4 Note Review


Display and Multimedia

The K4 Note is equipped with a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels or Full HD. With that, we’re getting a crisp 401ppi of pixel density. It’s an IPS LCD panel, so viewing angles are wide and colors are pleasant to look at.


We’ve noticed that the panel’s color temperature leans on the colder side of things when compared to other displays in its range.


The phone has front-facing stereo speakers that get loud when turned up. Although, quality is not as good as we’re expecting. It’s a bit shallow and lacks bass despite the enhancement labeled by Dolby Atmos. Still, the loudness is a good factor for multimedia playback.

OS, Apps, and UI

Running on K4 Note is Android 5.1 Lollipop with Vibe UI on top. Considering that version 6.0 has been around for months already, the system on this new device is fairly outdated. Although, Lenovo’s skin doesn’t really show much of a difference between Android versions.


This time around, Lenovo has brought back the app drawer for those who miss it. Of course, you’ll have the option as well to put all the icons on a single layer of homescreen.


We have Lenovo’s usual suspects onboard upon boot up wherein we ask the question, “Who uses this app anyway?”. We’re talking about the LateRooms and the Navigate app. The Guvera Music is okay but you’re better off installing Spotify. Key social apps are available out-of-the-box too plus some productivity suite and few Google apps.


Admittedly, Lenovo’s skin is not the best around but it’s not the worst either. It’s just merely a distinction for the manufacturer to make its devices look different in the sea of Android phones. But if you’re going to ask us, they are better off keeping everything stock like Motorola, which is already under their arms.


Lastly, the K4 Note has a built-in VR mode. It’s tucked away in the options panel when long pressing the power button. It basically splits the screen into two, thus creating a stereoscope effect. Place the device into a VR headset, which comes included if purchased through official Lenovo outlets, and enjoy instant VR theater for cheaps on any content.


It’s got a 13-megapixel main shooter equipped with phase-detection autofocus and a dual-tone LED flash. For selfies, there’s a 5-megapixel front camera with a wide-angle lens.


Quality-wise, the 13-megapixel rear camera is a decent performer for its class. Launching the camera takes about a second or two while focusing is quite fast and accurate. Details captured by it is good with bright colors, given that the scenario is well lit.

Here are some samples:

The front camera is quite underwhelming. Not that it’s not enough for vanity, but for the fact that the live preview prior to capture shows crisp facial details. Then the processed output turns out softer, especially with artificial lighting.

Video recording, on the other hand, has somewhat similar results as the stills from the rear camera. Details are in check plus stereo audio recording, although exposure compensation is on the aggressive side. If you check the short sample below, the camera suddenly shifts exposure even with the slightest movement.

K4 Note’s camera department is decent at best. It’s fine for everyday stills and casual photography. A little tweak and a good filter choice will make things better.

Next Page: Performance and Benchmarks / Call Quality and Connectivity / Battery Life / Conclusion

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This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

20 Responses

  1. Avatar for r2d2 r2d2 says:

    The front camera sample shots are very bad, too much noise. How can you say it’s so-so, which means average?

  2. Avatar for Chris Lorenzo Chris Lorenzo says:

    Does anyone tried updating to Android MM for Lenovo K4 Note? Any problems? Thanks!

  3. Avatar for Erick Heli Erick Heli says:

    pag nagkacrack ba yong corning gorilla kailangang palitan kasama lcd at touch screen

  4. Avatar for Jr Luna Jr Luna says:

    is there heating issue with your device sir neil?

  5. Avatar for NEIL NEIL says:

    Bought one last Sunday and find the device good enough for an average user like me but it has one flaw. It doesn’t recognize my bluetooth speaker and headphone. I’ve seen some complaints too online about it. :(

  6. Avatar for The Legal Wife of Daniel The Legal Wife of Daniel says:

    Una syang naging akin.. my anak na kami..mga ilusyonada…lol

  7. Avatar for Mrs. Morial Mrs. Morial says:

    wag kayong ano! matagal na kaming kasal ni Daniel kaya magsitigil kayo!

  8. Avatar for alwyn alwyn says:

    Dapat more selfie pix from papa daniel para makita namin quality ng front cam

  9. Avatar for Migo Migo says:

    Which one do you prefer??
    Huawei GR5 or the K4 Note?

  10. Avatar for @itsmeVA5N @itsmeVA5N says:

    Hoy akin na yan si Daniel Morial. Matagal na. HAHA! :D

  11. Avatar for jerem jerem says:

    sa tingin ko mas selling point ng k4 note ang built in vr features.

    • Avatar for Daniel Morial Daniel Morial says:

      That’s what I also thought at first then I received the ANT VR headset. Sadly, it’s nothing spectacular. It’s just a mere holder for your phone with magnifying glasses. The games I tried from the Play Store are not compatible with the headset and are mainly made for Google Cardboard VR. Will dig further with my use of the Vibe X3.

  12. Avatar for jcode2016 jcode2016 says:

    gwapo ni papa daniel

  13. Avatar for Dem Sangines (@demm_demm_demm) Dem Sangines (@demm_demm_demm) says:

    overprice for a MEHdiatek MT6753 device

  14. Avatar for Ghel Ghel says:

    Hi Daniel Morial! You’re cute!!!

  15. Avatar for asd asd says:

    Cold display temp = bluish whites
    warm display temp = yellowish whites

    parang yellowish naman yung nakita ko

  16. Avatar for Miko Puracan Miko Puracan says:

    Ang gwapo mo.. hahaha

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