Lenovo K6 Note review: Noteworthy

GSMArena team, 11 January 2017.

Display

The Lenovo K6 Note doesn't really offer anything special in the display department. The Chinese manufacturer has stuck with a 5.5-inch LCD panel for some time now. It is of the IPS variety and with a resolution of 1080p. That works out to 401 ppi, which is still perfectly sharp.

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There are two display modes to choose from for the panel. Neither is really what we would consider truly color accurate, but the Normal preset definitely comes closer. The average DeltaE here is 4.8 - not too bad, with the Orange and Yellow being the most inaccurate at 7.2.

The Vibrant mode offers a little more "pop" and it is what most users are likely to find more appealing. Interestingly enough, Lenovo has decided to enhance both the greens and the blues, but the red is almost unchanged. The DeltaE in this mode is 5.8 on average and goes as high as 10.4 in Magenta.

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Contrast levels turned out quite decent for an LCD. With a maximum brightness of 521 nits and almost no noticeable light in the blacks, there is plenty of contrast to go around.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Lenovo K6 Note 0.383 521 1360
Lenovo Vibe K4 Note 0.47 442 940
Lenovo K3 Note 0.24 432 1793
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek) 0.42 403 953
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 0.38 439 1158
Xiaomi Redmi 3S 0.45 489 1087
Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime 0.43 518 1205
Xiaomi Redmi Pro 0.00 408
Xiaomi Mi 5 0.51 628 1227
Xiaomi Mi Max 0.46 424 922
LeEco Le Max 2 0.30 426 1444
Meizu m3 note 0.52 425 816
Meizu MX6 0.34 457 1344
Lenovo Moto G4 0.32 495 1560
Motorola Moto G4 Plus 0.33 478 1448
Huawei P8lite 0.45 362 802
Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c 0.58 416 717
Asus Zenfone Max ZC550KL auto brightness on both plans 0.61 668 1093
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 0.00 338

While decent, sunlight legibility of the Lenovo K6 Note is nothing to rave about. Plus, the front panel is a bit more reflective than we would have liked and viewing angles could use some improvement as well.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    4.615
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    4.439
  • OnePlus 3
    4.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    4.376
  • HTC One A9
    4.274
  • Samsung Galaxy Note7
    4.247
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • OnePlus 3T
    4.232
  • Google Pixel XL
    4.164
  • ZTE Axon 7
    4.154
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3.964
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    3.918
  • Samsung Galaxy C5
    3.911
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    3.896
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor
    3.879
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor
    3.873
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    3.859
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    3.817
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    3.816
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.802
  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro
    3.798
  • LG V20 Max auto
    3.798
  • Sony Xperia XZ
    3.795
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    3.789
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    3.783
  • Meizu Pro 5
    3.781
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    3.772
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
    3.756
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    3.709
  • Vivo X5Pro
    3.706
  • Sony Xperia X Compact
    3.694
  • Apple iPhone SE
    3.681
  • Huawei Mate 9
    3.68
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Meizu PRO 6
    3.659
  • BlackBerry Priv
    3.645
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3.588
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    3.53
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
    3.526
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    3.523
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.523
  • Acer Jade Primo
    3.521
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    3.512
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3.499
  • nubia Z11
    3.466
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • LG V20
    3.402
  • Oppo R9s
    3.352
  • Oppo R7
    3.32
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s
    3.276
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    3.24
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    3.235
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    3.234
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2
    3.228
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    3.222
  • Huawei P9
    3.195
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    3.113
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    3.105
  • LG Nexus 5X
    3.092
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Sony Xperia X
    2.989
  • Huawei Mate 8
    2.949
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S
    2.913
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    2.906
  • LG G5
    2.905
  • HTC One S
    2.901
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
    2.884
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2.876
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    2.851
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
    2.803
  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact
    2.784
  • Meizu MX6
    2.751
  • LG V10
    2.744
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    2.735
  • Sony Xperia M5
    2.69
  • Huawei P9 Lite
    2.679
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
    2.679
  • Vivo V3Max
    2.659
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix
    2.658
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    2.641
  • Sony Xperia XA
    2.609
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus
    2.582
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)
    2.582
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    2.574
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    2.567
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
    2.563
  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
    2.563
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    2.544
  • Lenovo K6 Note
    2.544
  • Oppo F1
    2.528
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    2.525
  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c
    2.506
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • Oppo F1s
    2.481
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    2.473
  • Huawei G8
    2.471
  • Huawei nova
    2.467
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
    2.459
  • Meizu m3 max
    2.447
  • Huawei Honor 7
    2.406
  • Sony Xperia E5
    2.386
  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo
    2.382
  • HTC 10
    2.378
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
    2.378
  • Meizu m1 note
    2.362
  • Huawei nova plus
    2.329
  • HTC One E9+
    2.305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    2.269
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    2.254
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    2.253
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    2.249
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    2.235
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
    2.234
  • Motorola Moto G (2014)
    2.233
  • LG Nexus 5
    2.228
  • Huawei P8
    2.196
  • Huawei Honor 6
    2.169
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    2.166
  • OnePlus Two
    2.165
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • LG Aka
    2.145
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
    2.145
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    2.134
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2.119
  • Acer Liquid X2
    2.084
  • Huawei P8lite
    2.078
  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual
    2.026
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    1.996
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    1.972
  • OnePlus One
    1.961
  • Meizu m3 note
    1.923
  • BlackBerry Leap
    1.892
  • Meizu m2 note
    1.892
  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini
    1.759
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie
    1.68
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)
    1.675
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    1.659
  • Jolla Jolla
    1.605
  • Motorola Moto E
    1.545
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • HTC Desire C
    1.3
  • Sony Xperia C
    1.283
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Sony Xperia E
    1.215

Connectivity

The Lenovo K6 Note is available in a Dual-SIM configuration in certain markets. As already mentioned, the downside is that it uses a hybrid tray, so you have to sacrifice one of the SIM cards to get some extra storage. LTE is also on-board with a speed cap set at Cat.4 or 150 Mbps downstream and 50 Mbps up.

Wi-Fi is fairly basic, but we can't really ask for more on a budget device. There is only 2.4 GHz available and b/g/n standards. On the flip side, however, Bluetooth is a modern 4.2. Sadly, NFC is missing, but, as a consolation, there is an FM radio on board.

The microUSB 2.0 port supports OTG so that you can hook up flash drives and other USB accessories to it. It cannot output video, as there's no MHL or SlimPort functionality.

Battery

As previously mentioned, the Lenovo K6 Note offers a tangible battery upgrade over its predecessors. At least on paper, that is. It packs a 4,000 mAh battery, sealed-in under the non-removable metal back.

Lenovo K6 Note review

Thanks to that, the Lenovo K6 Note managed a solid 91hours in our proprietary battery endurance test. That is a very respectable result, indeed. The increased battery capacity definitely helps a lot in this respect, but so do various other software optimization, both on Lenovo's end and Android in general.

The lack of any form of quick charging on the Lenovo K6 Note is really frustrating, especially nowadays. What is even more annoying, is the fact that the Snapdragon 430 does officially support Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Perhaps Lenovo has a valid reason for leaving it out, but the end result is a handset that still requires overnight charging. Our review unit managed to draw a maximum of 2A and an average of around 1.6A from the wall. This left it with 15% of extra charge after 30 minutes and 35%, after an hour.

The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.