As you may know already, Nokia is back and this time around it’s based on Android, the most popular mobile platform in the world.
So far, the Finnish company has unveiled three smartphones – the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6. It’s the latter that is of our attention with respect to the newly launched Lenovo K8 Note.
The budget smartphone world is getting better with each day. Today, you no longer find affordable phones with premium-looking designs, but you also come across some of the best specs and features you wouldn’t have imagined a few years ago. The Nokia 6 and Lenovo K8 Note are two such phones, but unless you want to have them all, you’ll need to make a choice between either.
To help you with this choice, we’ve identified the 5 features that make the Lenovo K8 Note a much better phone than the Nokia 6.
Unless you are the type who enjoys charging your phone several times a day, you’ll love the Lenovo K8 Note and its massive 4000mAh battery unit. This isn’t to say that the 3000mAh unit inside the Nokia 6 requires several charging instances in a day, but you’ll agree that the former will offer a longer battery life than the latter.
This should be true given that the two phones have the same 5.5-inch LCD display screen with a Full HD resolution, which should mean the power the display panel drains is about the same. If you are in a hurry, the K8 Note comes with support for Turbo Charge fast charging technology that should give you a day’s power with a few minutes of charging.
The Lenovo K8 Note has some of the best performance specs you can find in the budget smartphone segment. The phone is powered by a powerful MediaTek Helio X23, a deca-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz and paired with a RAM of either 3GB or 4GB.
If you didn’t know, the Helio X family of chipsets is the flagship offering from MediaTek, which makes the K8 Note a very powerful phone. The Nokia 6, on the other hand, has a low-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor that is paired with the same options of RAM. The storage options are also the same for the pair – 32GB and 64GB – with support for microSD card storage as well.
Dual lens camera
With the dual-lens craze all over the smartphone market, the Lenovo K8 Note is here to give you this feature at a very affordable price. Unlike the Nokia 6 that has a single-lens setup on the back (16MP), the K8 Note has a dual 13MP+5MP setup on the back. It gets even better when it comes to the features of this camera, where you get a large f/1.7 aperture compared to f/2.0 used on the Nokia 6. You also bump into PDAF, dual-tone LED flash, HDR and 1080p video recording, all of which are also available on the Nokia phone.
Then front camera on the Lenovo K8 Note is not dual, but it has a solid 13MP shooter with an f/2.0 aperture and LED flash to brighten up the selfies captured in the dark.
Fingerprint scanner placement
Other than Sony that places fingerprint sensors on the side of the phone, other OEMs place the sensor on either the front or the back. Call me biased, but still, many will agree that the rear-mounted sensor is way better than the front-mounted sensor. Unless you spend most of your time on a desk where the phone is always resting on a table or flat surface, any other scenario makes the rear placement the best.
For instance, when holding your phone in one hand, scanning your finger from the back is much more convenient than the front. If your phone is in your pocket, you can unlock it by the time it’s out of the pocket without any hassles – and so on.
The Lenovo K8 Note has this feature beautifully-placed on the rear panel, just below the dual-lens camera setup. This should be easier to use than the front-mounted sensor on the Nokia 6, but of course, this will vary depending on your taste.
For many smartphone buyers, price is usually a factor to consider. If anything, the Lenovo K8 Note and Nokia 6 are phones meant for the price conscious individuals who still want a phone that has solid specs and features.
Between the two, the Lenovo K8 Note is the most affordable. Where the base model of 3GB RAM and 32GB storage costs about €170, you only need an extra €15 to get your hands on the 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM variant. As for the Nokia 6, you’ll have to shell out €229 for the base model of 3GB/32GB and €299 for the 4GB/64GB variant.
Just so you know, the Lenovo K8 Note comes preinstalled with Android 7.1.1 Nougat. According to Lenovo, this is a pure version of Android, the first of its kind on a Lenovo phone. With this, the company hopes that software updates will get better, something the Nokia 6 is already doing thanks to a similar near-stock Android Nougat experience.