With the given set of impressive specifications, the K8 Plus never disappointed us as far as the performance is concerned. Whether flicking aimlessly through the menus or playing resource-intensive games such as Asphalt 8, NOVA Legacy and Real Racing 3, the K8 Plus never went out of breath. Note that Lenovo’s almost-stock Android interface is similar to that found on Moto phones along with a few bloatware. You cannot remove the pre-loaded Microsoft apps, which is a shame considering other stock Android phones do give you the option to remove apps that you don’t like.
However, to justify the price tag, the K8 Plus sports Dolby Atmos audio, which is pretty impressive. Whether you have plugged in earphones or using the onboard speakers, you will be greeted with clear audio with a good essence of bass. Of course, you can customise the audio settings to cut down on bass if you are not a fan.
Heading into the camera’s performance — the party piece for the K8 Plus — the dual 13MP + 5MP rear cameras together grab some impressive photos under broad daylight. The pictures retain natural colours with decent sharpness, adequate details and a good contrast. As with all budget smartphones, low-light conditions tend to take a hit on the overall image quality with noticeable grains. The dual camera is tuned for achieving depth effects, which spells good news for portrait enthusiasts.
However, the algorithm for the portrait mode fails to match the foreground and the background evenly, resulting in an uneven line of distinction between the blurred background and the subject. The 8MP selfie camera with its own LED flash takes decent photos.
To keep the Internet-savvy generation happy, Lenovo offers the K8 plus with a 4000mAh battery, which is more than enough for keeping the phone alive for a day. Under casual usage scenarios involving texting, photography, streaming music and videos, you can expect a day and half of battery life — great for those always on the move.
The Lenovo K8 Plus’ Rs 11,999 price tag places it outside the budget segment and in competition with the likes of those from the lower mid-range players, such as Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 or the Moto G5, for example. For the price you pay, you get an impressive build quality, above average performance, great audio quality and commendable battery life. Surely, places, where Lenovo could have improved, are the-the portrait mode (no additional control) of the dual camera and give more options to users for removing bloat with a future update. Nonetheless, if you are looking for a good mid-range smartphone but don’t fancy a massive 5.5-inch form factor, the K8 Plus is a good option.
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