In about a few hours from now, Lenovo will unveil the much anticipated budget smartphone K4 Note in India.
To incite excitement around the device's launch among curious buyers, the company has kicked off a promotional activity on Twitter asking fans to tweet "#UnlockTheKillerNote" to unravel Lenovo K4 Note before the official launch.
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Lenovo has posted blurred promotional image of Lenovo K4 Note with price and release details. The initial response from public has been positive and so far 30% of the ad has been unblocked (at the time of filing the report). Going by the average rate of tweets, the image might get fully uncovered by Tuesday (5 January) morning.
To provide a better perspective on the upcoming K4 Note, we have leafed through multiple reports and sources to list out the most probable features to make the cut in the new Lenovo phablet.
Lenovo K4 Note's first teaser revealed that the device will come with metal-frame. With hard material incorporated around the edges, the phone will be able to survive accidental drops and the shiny metallic finish will provide a premium feel to it.
Design and Display:
Last weekend, Lenovo released a video teaser confirming that K4 Note will have two three-grille speakers on the front-panel -- one -on top and another at the bottom.
In the 15-second clip, we also got to see the close-up shot of the top speaker with the front camera placed below it.
And at the bottom, we see three capacitive buttons — Home, Recent and Back — above the speaker grille. There is no sign of physical button to house a finger-print sensor in the front-panel, suggesting the biometric sensor, which is confirmed in the Lenovo device, is most likely to be placed on the back side below the primary camera module.
Besides the speaker grille location, we also got to know the front-camera position. The camera module is placed closer to the centre, reminding us of the recently launched Lenovo Vibe X3 Youth and A7010 in China, which have pretty much the same front-panel design.
This has led us to believe there is Motorola's hand in the K4 Note's design.
Vibe X3 series, which was unveiled a couple of months ago, is the company's first Motorola designed smartphone. Lenovo A7010 launched in December too is believed to be developed by Motorola engineers.
As far as display department is concerned, Lenovo on Twitter has claimed that K4 Note will boast top-of-the-line display.
Its predecessor came with 5.5-inch full HD (1920x1080p) display, but that doesn't mean K4 Note will feature QHD (2560x1440p) screen as the latter is expected to be priced around Rs. 10,000.
We believe K4 Note in all likelihood will ship with full HD screen, and will come with special technology to offer rich viewing experience.
Processor, RAM and Storage:
The company has already confirmed that Lenovo K4 Note will feature 3GB RAM. Numerous reports have indicated that the device is expected to house 32GB inbuilt storage.
As far as CPU is concerned, Lenovo is expected to incorporate either MediaTek's Helio X10 Octa-core or Snapdragon 615 Octa-core, which are found in many upper mid-range smartphones in the market.
The company has confirmed that Lenovo K4 Note will feature the finger-print sensor. With Bio-metric technology in place, the phone will provide additional layer of security to safe guard information.
K4 Note is also coming with NFC (Near Communication) feature. It is the faster version of Bluetooth, wherein users just need to bring two devices close to each other and tap to transfer the data between the two.
Camera and battery:
Rumour mills have revealed almost all the features of Lenovo K4 Note, but camera and battery details are yet to be ascertained. Even Lenovo, probably to keep some secrets to unravel on the K4 Note launch day, is tight lipped on these features.
However, Lenovo K4 Note is likely to feature 13MP camera with dual-LED flash, HDR, PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), full HD video recording. And on the front, it may come with 5MP snapper with HD recording ability.
K3 Note comes packed with 3000 mAh battery, so K4 Note being a successor is likely to have at least 3300 mAh powered cell.
In 2015, Lenovo released K3 Note in July, three months after the global unveiling in March. But this year will be different.
The company is hosting an event in New Delhi to launch K4 Note on 5 January. Lenovo is unlikely to waste time to release the phone and most probably will make it available via flash sale within a week or two after the unveiling.
During the launch time, K3 Note cost Rs.9,999. So Lenovo will try to price its successor in the same range. But due to feature upgrades, the upcoming K4 Note's price is expected to hover around Rs.10,000 and Rs.12,000 range.