I’m using Lenovo Vibe K4 Note for more than a week and I’m going to share to you my quick review on this device. I manage to get the color white at one of the online store here in Philippines and I also get the free Ant VR headset at the price of 10,000 plus. I’m a bit excited since this is my second budget wise Android phone with upgraded features than my previous phone. From 5-inch to 5.5 inch, HD to full HD, 3G to LTE, 1GB RAM to 3GB, 4GB internal to 16GB and lot more new features. At that moment I can already say that it’s a worth to buy mid-range smartphone if you’re worried about your budget and looking for a decent specifications. You can check out the quick review below.
Lenovo Vibe K4 Note Review, Tips and Quick Review
Inside the Box
Lenovo Vibe K4 Note (Color White) A7010-a48
2-pin wall socket charger (5.2V-2.0A)
Micro USB cable
Free Clear case
Manual and warranty card
Lenovo Vibe K4 Note is made with plastic and brushed metal finish on the curved sides frame. The volume and power button is located on the left side on the phone that you can also use to take screenshot by pressing volume down and power button at the same time. The audio jack is located on the top while the charging or micro USB port is on the bottom side. There are two speakers located on top of the camera and below the capacitive touch button branded with Dolby Atmos. The sound is clear when you’re using loud speakers in playing music and receiving calls.
Display and UI
The 5.5 inch IPS screen has full HD (1920x1080) resolution making it more crisp and vibrant in viewing side by side angle. The screen it also protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 making it scratch resistant even if you don’t use screen protector on it. The Lenovo Vibe K4 Note has pre installed theme changer making it easier for you to switch theme depending on your likes and mood. You can also choose Android and VibeUI as your default launcher. If you want to change to transparent background and want to get rid of the white background on screen icons just select Lenovo VibeUI by going to Preferences. The device also runs smooth and fluid on Android Lollipop 5.1 with build number A7010a48_S152_160302_ROW. There’s Marshmallow ROM online but still that is not an officially supported by Lenovo and may contain minor bugs. You can wait for few months as there are rumors that Lenovo will release Marshmallow update sometime this year.
With 3GB of RAM and 1.3GHz Mediatek Octa Core 64bit processor you will surely feel smooth on switching and multi-tasking your favorite apps. For gaming, this can handle you’re light to medium gaming needs but this is not for hardcore gamers who likes to play full HD and heavy graphics games. It will just drain your battery fast if you use this device for that purpose. Lenovo Vibe K4 Note is more for multimedia experience device like watching videos, audio streaming, social media apps, light gaming and your daily needed applications.
The 13-megapixels rear camera can shoot good quality photos on daylight with PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), f/2.2 aperture and the dual flash. You can also shoot Panorama and HDR photos plus the built-in filter to add effects to your image output. For night shoots your photos expect to get a bit grainy images considering your on low light background. It can take videos on 1080p at 30fps with MP4 output format.
For 5MP front facing camera, it can take average selfie shoots on both day and night. It has an auto enhancer button you can easily tap while taking pictures using front cam. It can also give a clearer output on receiving end when using it on video call.
For battery life, 3300mAh can last the whole day on light usage like Wi-Fi browsing, slight gaming, calls, text, video and audio streaming. You can control your batter usage with the help of its Power Manager features located on Settings. This option lets you manage background application by restricting them all or selected only depending on what you want to limit from running. You’ll also have an option to super save your battery by just enabling Ultimate Power Saver where you can only use your phone for receiving calls and texting. The charger included in the box can fully charge your phone in more or less 2 hours.The original charge faster than using only the USB cable with your powerbank and computer.
Tips and Other features
The TheaterMax and VR technology is one of the must try features on Lenovo Vibe K4 Note that is usually featured on high-end devices like Samsung. As you can get the free AntVR headset when you purchase K4 Note you can easily try how it works with the device by simply watching a Youtube video. By enabling first the VR mode on your Lenovo K4, it will split your phone screen into two then you’ll have to hook the phone on the VR headset and that’s it. You can’t expect too much on this VR experience at this is purely basics. You can also play VR games that works by only pointing the cursor to your target since the device doesn’t came with other controls.
How to enable VR Mode
Go to Settings
Tap on Feature look for VR Mode Switch
Swipe the button to turn ON (by default this is turned on)
After above steps, go back to home screen then long press the power button.
Tap on VR Mode to turn ON.
Google Keyboard and Emoji
By default Lenovo Vibe K4 Note uses the default Google keyboard that is pretty plain and simple unlike other keyboard that offers wide variety of emoji’s. For you to be able to have Emoji’s on your Google keyboard, you can update it to version 5.1.
How to Change the default launcher
To change the default launcher just long press the left square capacitive button click on Preferences, go to Default Launcher and select VIBEUI.
How to Add Fingerprint security feature
The fingerprint feature is use only for unlocking your screen quickly without typing your passcode and swiping your pattern lock.
Go to Settings then select Fingerprint
Register your index fingerprint on the reader below the rear camera.
You need to fill and follow the portions of fingerprint indicated on the screen.
It takes multiple fingerprint inputs to complete the process.
Once done adding the fingerprint, don’t forget to turn on the Unlock Screen at “Use Fingerprint for”.
Adding Unnamed Contact numbers
You can easily add new contact on your messaging inbox by simply opening the message then the tap the mobile number on the upper part. It will prompt you to add new and update contact numbers, there’s an options also for you to blacklist a particular mobile number.
Is Lenovo Vibe K4 Note supports OTG?
Yes and tested, it supports OTG. You can browse USB files by simple mounting the OTG cable on the charging port. Don’t forget to properly un-mount the external storage by going to Settings tap Storage the scroll to your external drive then click un-mount.
You can now also get Lenovo Vibe K4 Note via Postpaid Plan on both Globe and Smart. If you have questions you may hit the comment button below and we'll try to reply as soon as possible.