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Summary: Outstanding 4G Android octa core performance with excellent cameras and true 1080P resolution at 401ppi on a 5.5″ retina screen.
Over the years I’ve been a strong supporter of Lenovo products. Back when they were an IBM brand, the ThinkPad laptops, manufactured to IBM specs by Chinese company, Legend, were superbly built and equally robust. But in 2005 IBM decided to divest itself of its non-core businesses and sold its personal computer division to Legend who rebranded the company as Lenovo. In 2014, Lenovo also acquired IBM’s Intel chipped server business.
As of writing this, Lenovo is the world’s No.1 manufacturer of personal computers based on unit sales. They offer leading edge products like the Yoga series, a true melding of laptop and tablet technologies, as well as manufacturing for other brands.
Apparently not satisfied with dominating the personal PC space, Lenovo purchased Motorola Mobility from Google in early 2014. Since then, Lenovo has moved to become the largest supplier of mobile phones to the Chinese market – the world’s largest, and is now eyeing the rest of the universe!
We purchased two of the K3 Note models about four months back. On a known brand, ‘bang for bucks’ basis, the phones won hands down. The price then was about $USD 175. For that, we got true octa-core performance driving a full HD (1920×1080) IPS screen, 2GB of RAM, 4k video and 16GB of onboard storage. (Pricing is now down to $USD100 levels.)
After using the phones day after day, here’s our pros and cons list:
The real test is whether or not we would buy the same phone again. The answer is a definite yes! Note that there are lower spec models of the K3 which we have not tested. The test here relates specifically to the K50 t-5 model.
(1) Google paid $12.5 billion to acquire Motorola Mobility, together with all it’s patents, in 2012. Google said at the time that the purchase was to protect all Android phone manufacturers from potential copyright claims. Lenovo paid just $2.91 billion to Google so it appears the patents (retained by Google) are worth some $9.5 billion!