Lenovo has kicked off 2016 with the brand new Vibe K4 Be aware smartphone. These acquainted with Lenovo’s Be aware sequence would possibly get puzzled with the addition of the Vibe moniker to the title, particularly given the success of Lenovo K3 Be aware final yr. Head of Product and Advertising at Lenovo Smartphones in India, Anuj Sharma, clarified that the brand new K4 Be aware has been built-in with the Vibe sequence of smartphones. Whereas we aren’t positive if this has something to do with the rumours that Lenovo could discontinue its Vibe vary to stop cannibalisation of Motorola gross sales, Sharma but once more asserted “Vibe” vary isn’t going wherever.
Lenovo on the Delhi launch occasion on Tuesday additionally confirmed some statistics to point out how fashionable the Lenovo K3 Be aware actually is within the nation. The handset was the third most searched cellphone in 2015, primarily based on Google’s launch knowledge for India, and the corporate had offered round 1.2 million models. Whereas asserting the K4 Be aware, Sudhin Mathur, Director Smartphones, Lenovo Group, harassed the truth that the Vibe K4 Be aware was not a mere improve to the Lenovo K3 Be aware.
The Chinese language firm has thrown a number of options into its new “bumped” Lenovo Vibe K4 Be aware together with twin entrance firing audio system powered by Dolby Atmos, fingerprint scanner, and an all new TheaterMax VR know-how. Lenovo on the launch occasion additionally introduced the Ant VR headset that may (optionally) come bundled with the Vibe K4 Be aware and also will retail individually for a standalone worth of Rs. 1,299.
On the launch, we obtained to spend somewhat time with the brand new Lenovo Vibe K4 Be aware and the Ant VR headset. We’ll come to the handset shortly however to begin off, the Ant VR headset appears promising. The general construct of the Ant VR headset for Lenovo handsets was positively higher than the one seen on the Google Cardboard, which can also be a reasonable VR headset. The corporate in one in every of its presentation slides in contrast the Ant VR to different headsets corresponding to Oculus VR. Lenovo with the Ant VR headset positively desires to faucet to the brand new Indian shoppers who have not had an opportunity to expertise digital actuality. Sadly, on the launch Lenovo declined to call any of the content material companions it was working with particularly for the TheaterMax know-how and Ant VR headset.
The corporate saved stressing that the TheaterMax know-how that comes built-in on the brand new Vibe K4 Be aware bundled with the Ant VR headset will enable shoppers to expertise media content material corresponding to motion pictures, video games, and different content material in a cinematic expertise. On utilization, the Ant VR headset mixed with Lenovo’s new TheaterMax know-how regarded refreshing and principally modified any multimedia content material right into a digital actuality expertise providing a 100 diploma diagonal subject of view. The Ant VR headset packs an aspherical lens and sports activities a folding design. The system weighs 160 grams and has 100 diploma viewing angle. The corporate with out naming any of the handsets has confirmed that the Ant VR headset will likely be suitable with all new Lenovo telephones with 5- to 6-inch show. After all the actual take a look at will come after we use the Ant VR headset in the actual world as a part of our detailed evaluate course of and share our findings with you.
Coming to the Lenovo Vibe K4 Be aware, the handset would not look something like its predecessor, the K3 Be aware. The corporate claims that the K4 Be aware was constructed from scratch. Will probably be out there in India in Matte Black color solely.
For these unaware, listed here are the complete specs of the Vibe K4 Be aware.
The cellphone is comfy to carry with only one hand regardless of the big 5.5-inch display screen measurement. The corporate has added a delicate contact again which supplies grip to the rear panel throughout common utilization. The entrance panel is principally dominated by the show however the twin entrance audio system do add boldness to the handset. We tried the audio system on the Vibe K4 Be aware on the launch occasion they usually did sound thrilling and positively totally different from common audio system seen on mid-range handsets. The cellphone ships with steel frames on the edges that give the system a sturdy really feel.
The entrance homes three capacitive buttons for current apps, dwelling, and again choices. The corporate on the launch stated that the Vibe K4 Be aware will ship with a lightweight model of the Vibe UI primarily based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The unit we used for restricted interval got here with practically inventory Android UI with some tweaks made by Lenovo. The handset’s dwelling display screen got here with a Theme centre app that included varied choices to customize the theme on the handset.
The precise panel homes bodily buttons for quantity rocker and energy. The entrance comes with no branding whereas the rear sports activities a Lenovo moniker on the center panel whereas the Dolby Atmos is current on the backside. The newly added characteristic – fingerprint scanner – has been positioned just under the rear digicam and is sq. in form. Sadly, we could not take a look at the fingerprint sensor on the cellphone on the launch. The rear panel opens as much as supply dual-SIM slots and microSD card slot.
In our restricted time spent with the Lenovo Vibe K4 Be aware, we observed that it dealt with all of the multitasking and switching from one app to a different fairly simply with none lag. The 13-megapixel rear digicam on the Vibe K4 Be aware clicked photographs in regular indoor lighting to be vibrant with correct colors displaying up. Low gentle pictures additionally appeared above common. The entrance 5-megapixel digicam additionally regarded nice.
We’ll nevertheless reserve our verdict on Vibe K4 Be aware’s efficiency and digicam till we get an opportunity to place it via its paces for an in depth evaluate.
With the VR play in Vibe K4 Be aware, Lenovo has risen the bar for different smartphones in the identical worth phase. For the Indian market, 2016 could be the yr when handset makers moved past simply the specs.
The Vibe K4 Be aware has been priced at Rs. 11,999 and will likely be out there solely from Amazon India in a flash mannequin beginning January 19. The corporate in an try and make the general package deal even fascinating has additionally introduced a Vibe K4 Be aware bundle with AntVR digital actuality headset priced at Rs. 13,299. Lenovo has stated that the primary few flash gross sales will solely characteristic the Lenovo Vibe K4 Be aware VR Bundle, which will likely be out there at a particular worth of Rs. 12,499 for a “quick time”. Contemplating the truth that the Vibe K4 Be aware has been launched first in India and will likely be out there solely in India for preliminary few months, the Chinese language firm is certainly betting closely on the recognition of its Be aware sequence.
At this worth level, one of many largest opponents of the Lenovo Vibe K4 Be aware is the corporate’s personal Moto G (Gen three) (Assessment).
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