Lenovo K5 Note to launch in India on 20 July: Isn't it a bit too late?

The chipset inside its predecessor the K4 Note did not make it a gaming machine and did heat up, which is where Lenovo's choice of a MediaTek P10 with the K5 Note seems like a bad choice.

After plenty of waiting, Lenovo India, is finally ready to launch its K5 Note smartphone in India. News about the K5 Note did come as a shocker for many, as the smartphone was announced in China just a day after the K4 Note was launched in India. Six months later, Lenovo has finally decided on bringing in its successor and the date has been set for 20 July.

The Lenovo K4 Note was quite the performer when it was launched in India earlier this year. The device packed in a MediaTek MT6753 paired with 3GB RAM which according to our review made for capable setup that kept up with the software experience. The chipset however did not make it a gaming machine and did heat up, which is where Lenovo's choice with a MediaTek P10 with the K5 Note seems like a bad choice.

The K5 Note is said to be getting a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor clocked at 1.8GHz and 2GB of RAM. The 16GB onboard storage is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card slot. There's a 13MP rear snapper with PDAF autofocus, f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP front-facing camera. This is as per the Chinese variant of the device.

While this may sound like a great budget offering, it's the competition coming from brands like Xiaomi, that could rain on Lenovo's parade. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chipset, which has proved itself in benchmarks and packs in a lot more power compared to the P10. Next up is LeEco's  Le 2. We recently reviewed the smartphone that features a top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and found it to be quite the contender in the budget smartphones segment. You also get Marshmallow inside and lets not forget the CDLA audio via the USB Type C port; all priced at a decent Rs 11,999.

Let's hope that Lenovo has made some changes to its hardware else it will be a case of too little too late for a smartphone that seems to ship with older hardware.

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