Lenovo, a Chinese tech giant prominently known for its laptops has recently also emerged as one of the major smartphone manufacturers in the world. Early this year it had launched a powerful midrange device named Lenovo K4 Note which was a successor to its K3 Note smartphone. The K4 Note mostly attracted attention for its Theater Max technology that lets you convert any regular content into its VR counterpart and also for its Dolby Atmos sound. This allowed it to provide a rich multimedia experience that gave it an edge over most of its competitors in its price segment. Basking in the success of K4 Note, the brand recently launched a follow up device rechristened as the Lenovo K5 Note, which not only features Theater Max and Dolby Atmos sound, but also several hardware and software upgrades over its predecessor. So what are those difference that separates the two, let us compare and find out.
Display and Design
Both of them feature a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display having a pixel density of 401ppi and has Gorilla Glass coating on the top. Not much different between them on this front. Moving on to design, both of these smartphones have distinct built and designs. The Lenovo K4 Note was expected to feature a fully metallic body, but instead came with a plastic back panel (with a wooden back panel variant also available) and metal frames just on the sides. But that did not stop the device from looking good, as the front facing speakers enhanced its appearances. On the other hand, the Lenovo K5 Note comes in a full metal unibody with the speakers on the back. A slight tweak in the design gives the K5 Note a slimmer and lighter body with a waistline of 8.4mm and weight of 152 grams as opposed to that of the K4 Note which has a thickness of 9.15mm and weight of 160 grams.
Platform and Performance
Both of these devices run on Android v5.1 (Lollipop) operating system with the brand’s own Vibe UI wrapped around it. On the performance front, the Lenovo K4 Note was powered by 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor while the Lenovo K5 Note boasts of a more powerful 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor. On top of that, the Lenovo K4 Note had only 2GB of RAM while Lenovo K5 Note is available in a 3GB and 4GB RAM variants. Also the Lenovo K4 Note had slightly older GPU (Mali-T720 MP3) compared to the one present in K5 Note (Mali-T860 MP2).
Camera and Storage
For photography, both the K5 Note and the K4 Note come with a same 13MP rear camera with PDAF, f/2.2 aperture, and a dual-tone dual-LED flash. However, the K5 Note has a better 8MP camera at the front compared to the 5MP front camera available the K4 Note. Coming to storage, the K4 Note had a 16GB of inbuilt storage while both the variants of K5 Note offer 32GB of onboard storage. Both the device have expandable memory option, supporting microSD card of up to 128GB.
Connectivity and Sensors
Next up is connectivity feature, here the Lenovo K4 Note seems slightly ahead of its successor as it has NFC connectivity and also features dedicated dual SIM slot. The K5 Note on the other hand does not feature NFC and only has one dedicated SIM slot with the other one being a Hybrid SIM slot. Although the Lenovo K5 Note still has some advantage as it supports VoLTE, a feature absent in it’s predecessor. Other than that, both of them have most of the usual connectivity options like 4G, Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS and microUSB 2.0. Even on the sensors department both of them comes with general set of sensors like light, proximity, accelerometer compass, gyroscope and a fingerprint sensor on the back. A slight design change here is the K4 Note has a square shaped fingerprint sensor while K5 Note has a circular one.
Multimedia and Battery
Both of these devices provide an enriching multimedia experience, thanks to the Theater Max technology, which along with the AntVR headset, gives you a big-screen viewing experience right on your phone. An inbuilt VR mode that allows you to convert any regular content to VR content. Although when it comes to sound the K4 Note races slightly ahead thanks to its front-facing dual speakers that support Dolby Atmos. The K5 Note on the other hand has only has one strip of speaker at the back which also supports Dolby Atmos. Also the cutting-edge Wolfson audio technology, results in everything from recordings to calls, crisp and clear. Finally coming to the battery, the Lenovo K5 Note has little better battery backup of 3,500mAh compared to 3,300mAh battery.
Although there doesn’t seem to be too much difference between both these phones on paper, but K5 Note does offer some major upgrades. The primary ones being full metal body, higher resolution front camera, better battery backup and VoLTE support. While there are some aspects in which K4 Note still has an advantage with its better speakers and NFC connectivity. Till now the K4 Note has been selling like hotcake, thanks to the exclusive features that Lenovo has bestowed upon that phone. But the launch of this new smartphone (K5 Note) with those very same features along with some minor improvements, can surely dampen its sales.