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post May 6 2015, 07:14 PM, updated 9 months ago

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The Lenovo K3 Note (also known as A7000+ in Malaysia)..

I have done extensive research and this phone from March 2015 - June 2015 was the best phone I could find among all the others at its price range & specs, not to mention it's a brand that people recognize (not some unknown Chinese/HK start up). Recently, the Meizu M2 Note has taken over with only slightly better specs at a slightly more cheaper price.. or so that's what I had thought until I watched this..


Lenovo K3 Note and Meizu M2 Note Battle Royale!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoGYmX2_wzs

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Review:

QUOTE(mikelanding @ Jul 8 2015, 05:58 PM)
Another review praise the K3 note for 1 of the best MTK6752 phone.
Link: http://www.gizchina.com/2015/07/08/lenovo-...52-device-date/

Some high light from this review:
1) It’s outright insane what a good phone Lenovo managed to build there at a price-tag of just $149. It blows away anything MT6752 you have seen to date within the sub $160 range and even some devices priced at much higher levels.

2)  A pro of the 100% plastic approach is the weight. At only 146g the phone is very light for a 5.5-incher, which we are sure many of you will appreciate.

3) One flaw we have to complain about are the touch buttons below the screen. Those don’t feature back-illumination and also don’t offer a reflective coating

4) If you take a look at other reviews you might notice some folks complaining about reduced sharpness and clarity compared to other 1080p displays. Well, we can actually confirm that the screen is a bit less crisp and pixels are more visible than with other 1080p 5.5-inchers. The reason for that is a different pixel structure that Lenovo went for to cut down on cost.

5) The performance (MT6752) reached with this set-up is on-par with Snapdragon 801 devices except for the (theoretical) GPU performance as GPU benchmarks like 3DMark confirm.

6) The internal memory of 16GB isn’t split into several partitions on the Lenovo K3 Note which means that you can use the majority of the phones memory for applications and data. 12GB of memory is what you get available and it can be extended at any time using micro SD cards.

7) The current stable version is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop and a developer version based on Android 5.1 is available as well. We can easily say that Lenovo created the best Android 5.0 ROM we’ve seen running on a MT6752 device to date in terms of optimization.

8) This handset actually features the best camera we’ve seen to date on a sub $160 device.

9) The battery life somehow got better and better with each and every charge. Right now we reached the maximum we believe which is one day of battery life with heavy usage but no gaming. The Geekbench battery test certifies a screen-on time of 6:29 hours with automatic brightness and screen-dim disabled. Charging unfortunately takes a bit too long at 4 – 5 hours.

10) Conclusion:
The Leovo K3 Note has been our budget-surprise of the year so far. We didn’t expect any manufacturer to beat the price-performance-ratio companies like Mlais, Ecoo and iOcean established, yet have been proven wrong. The Lenovo K3 Note is miles ahead of devices like the iOcean M6752, Mlais M53 Red Note or Ecoo E04 Aurora in pretty much every aspect. It’s impressive what a huge bunch of specs and features one can offer at such a low price tag of just $149. Despite the missing support for FDD-LTE band 20 the Lenovo K3 Note is an almost perfect phablet and the features that blew us away the most are the camera and audio quality of this phone. We really doubt that any manufacturer will be able to beat the Lenovo K3 Note in short-term and thus really recommend you to have a closer look at this device in case you are looking for a proper mid-range phablet right now.
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Other reviews:

-GSMARENA.COM-
http://www.gsmarena.com/lenovo_k3_note-reviews-7147.php

-COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW-
http://benbaba.tweakblogs.net/blog/11780/l...-review-english

-FROM GIZMOCHINA.COM-
http://www.gizmochina.com/2015/05/25/lenov...get-smartphone/

-YOUTUBE REVIEWS-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPGpnpVTgVw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu6yeNSez5g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCwMQkX-1sw (Singaporean review)


Supports Fast-Charge:

QUOTE(surefire v LED @ Oct 6 2015, 01:40 PM)
Yes it is true - this K3 Note support fast charging as well (both with Aukey Turbo Charger & Samsung Galaxy Note 4 charger)
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Price:

-As of 8 July 2015-

QUOTE(peet @ Jul 8 2015, 12:48 AM)
Price Updates:

China price....... RM527 (CNY899) PLS USE THIS AS BENCHMARK!
http://shop.lenovo.com.cn/product/45012.html

ID Wholesale Smartphone shop.............. RM588 (Back In Stock!)
http://idsmartphone.com.my/

Singapore price.... between RM504 - 560 (S$180 - 200)

Satu Gadget....... RM595
http://www.satugadget.com.my/lenovo-k3-not...al-imported-set

Greenfone Gadget Store..... RM598
http://www.lelong.com.my/merchant/greenfonegadget.htm

DirectD.............. RM599
http://www.directd.com.my/lenovo-k3-note

Lazada price...... RM622 - 1,037
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Flashing/ROMS/tools:

QUOTE(sitescope @ Jun 26 2015, 12:14 AM)
PLS TAKE NOTE THAT FLASHING BELOW IS FOR AP SET / CHINA SET ONLY...

+++ List of Tools +++
USB Driver
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5-MOhJ9c...RTFUTlpoYWRYM1E

Flash Tool
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5-MOhJ9c...bjY4eUh3RkN1V1k

GAPPS 64-bit for Lolli v5.1
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5-MOhJ9c...SnhLVHdBSmVXZUE

GAPPS v5.0
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5-MOhJ9c...ZjcwTldJSF9xeDQ

SuperSU
https://download.chainfire.eu/696/SuperSU/

OTA apk (use to dload ST or DEV version) - For Official ROM only / not working with custom ROM
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5-MOhJ9c...OFJrWFNHVDFHcTQ

+++ List of Official ROM (DEV only) +++
http://www.vibeui.com/vibeui/rom?key=k3%20note

+++ List of Official ROM (DEV / ST / ROW only)
https://mega.nz/#F!DkxVWSbZ!5TlqY7Ge_YuvKzSn7X52Wg

Additional list of ROMs
http://forum.xda-developers.com/android/de...te-k50-t3158522

+++ List of Custom Recovery +++
TWRP 2.8.7.0
https://mega.nz/#!GdsmDKDI!0d1bnpqP...1zXo7O83RX0j5RI

CarLiv
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5-MOhJ9c...WnNiaXVkWTFobzA

+++ List of Custom ROMs +++

VibeUI 2.8 5.1 LTT MDSTEAM
https://mega.co.nz/#!H5RgFBDK!gUfJ3...UOxWCM-70mDOKe8

AOSP V4 Xancin
https://mega.co.nz/#!fIV20YDI!d3mFJ...GojIxZsdVvEY8EA

SENSATION
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5-MOhJ9c...R2Q1WHRnN1dmdnM

LIMONCHELO
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5oTMOqjH...Y3YxVFNHUHQ1TGc

VibeUI Xancin
https://mega.co.nz/#!eUtWhZSZ!LdXqK...8ZRemnYQkkQdfq4

+++ List of Flashing Steps +++
Steps to install Official ROM
https://drive.google.com/open?id=18tHSju-0O...dmixjvZ46DZspk8

Steps to install Custom ROM
https://drive.google.com/open?id=186buH7_-g...vmkxVASRk5E4HTs
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+++ Whatsapp LED notification fix when using VIBEUI rom +++

U must have root access to change it and also note editor (i'm using es note editor by es file explorer)
To fix led notification :-

1. Go to /system/build.prop and open it using the note editor.
2. Scroll down the file and look for these three lines :
- ro.product.locale.language=zh
- ro.product.locale.region=CN
- ro.lenovo.region=prc
3. Change these three lines to :
- ro.product.locale.language=en
- ro.product.locale.region=MY
- ro.lenovo.region=row
4. Save the build.prop & restart ur phone.

+++ GLONASS fix when using ROW rom +++
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5oTMOqjH0...kF2SXBILTA/view
QUOTE(mikelanding @ Jun 25 2015, 07:41 PM)


Waze issue and alternatives:

QUOTE(sitescope @ Jun 27 2015, 11:27 AM)
People said WAZE has an issue with 64bit arm... P70 & M1 Note also unable to load WAZE properly...
BTW, got other options :-
PAPAGO
G.MAPS
HERE
MAPS.ME
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This post has been edited by Kato888: Dec 25 2015, 04:36 PM
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post May 20 2015, 09:56 AM

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QUOTE(Kato888 @ May 6 2015, 07:14 PM)
Yepp, it's May now so I figure it's time to make this thread. Still waiting for this beast of a phone to arrive in Malaysia. At the same time sooo tempted to get 'water product'..

Still waiting, and waiting, and waiting..

http://www.gsmarena.com/lenovo_k3_note-7147.php
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Wait too long bro, Malaysia have A7000 only. HD instead of FHD etc...
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post May 20 2015, 12:26 PM

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Bought one for my nephew...
This K3NOTE is good, maybe coz categorizes in K series, perhaps ?

My verdict :-
- Very light compare to p70, i think weight is 130gm...
- Build is cheap, the back casing is so cheap look...
- Perf is very good, no lags so far, root the hp 2 hours after bought & install 1920_DEV from vibeui (http://www.vibeui.com/vibeui/rom?key=k3%20note)
- Battery is so-so only, can last 8 hours...
- Telco & Wifi signal are very good (I've an experience using S650, A369, P70, Honor 3C, Atrix). I can say on par with H3C...
- GPS take 12 secs to lock with data enable.
- SD card max can go to 32gb only
- sim1 is lte/3g/2g while sim2 is 2g only
- Camera is good (at least for me), focusing also good. Unable to test night shot.
- Unable to test waze coz I heard waze got issue with lollipop

Something wrong with the LTE... support band 3 & 7 but speed nvr exceed 10mbps... same celcom sim card use in p70 can hit 30mbps easily...
But she is using tunetalk prepaid so no LTE, no issue...

For RM628 including GST... best buy together with H4X...
Don't buy K3, K3 is K3NOTE little brother with 1gb ram...

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post May 20 2015, 06:13 PM

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Wow thanks for reviving the thread with your review. Its a damn good deal if you buy it off the online websites.. But once it launches here officially i think it will be above rm700 considering the a7000 is at rp rm699.

To me in terms of specs this phone is by far the best at its price range.. I dont think there's a better phone but we'll have to wait and see if it still remains once it launches.. Rumors said that it will launch end of this month in India. Hopefully lenovo doesn't hike it up too much with the release of a7000. Maybe that will be their strategy - the k3 note was announced wayyyyy ahead of the a7000.

Btw, post some pics? smile.gif

Also, which site did you buy it from and how long did the shipping take?

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post May 20 2015, 06:32 PM

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QUOTE(Kato888 @ May 20 2015, 06:13 PM)
Wow thanks for reviving the thread with your review. Its a damn good deal if you buy it off the online websites.. But once it launches here officially i think it will be above rm700 considering the a7000 is at rp rm699.

To me in terms of specs this phone is by far the best at its price range.. I dont think there's a better phone but we'll have to wait and see if it still remains once it launches.. Rumors said that it will launch end of this month in India. Hopefully lenovo doesn't hike it up too much with the release of a7000. Maybe that will be their strategy - the k3 note was announced wayyyyy ahead of the a7000.

Btw, post some pics? smile.gif

Also, which site did you buy it from and how long did the shipping take?
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Bought it here…
(ORIGINAL IMPORT) LENOVO K3 NOTE 4G LTE, 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM, HOT SALE!
http://www.lelong.com.my/original-import-l...7-01-Sale-I.htm

Ori for sure expensive coz heard support dual 4g sim…
Hp not with me so no sample picture… But got 1 took before passed it to my nephew…

For me, P70 is suited me well… Nice 5", 4k mah battery, LTE sim but issue with telco/wifi signal & camera, let me down…

5.5" quite big, difficult to handle with 1 hand operation…
H4X also nice but equipped with low cpu make it not so interesting…
Meizu Note, I dislike the design…

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post May 20 2015, 06:41 PM

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2 years warranty.. Hmm..

Is there any difference if buy from them vs from lenovo?
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QUOTE(Kato888 @ May 20 2015, 06:41 PM)
2 years warranty.. Hmm..

Is there any difference if buy from them vs from lenovo?
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I dunno coz nvr send hp for warranty…
But if frm shop, u need to wait longer if they need to send it back to China…
Lenovo provide 1yr warranty only…
Anyway, cheap hp like this can last 1yr only… After that must sell/upgrade, otherwise loss a lot…
My previous H3C bought at rm500 n sell it for rm300 after 1yr…
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post May 21 2015, 10:31 AM

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Btw your set doesn't come with dual sim?
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QUOTE(Kato888 @ May 21 2015, 10:31 AM)
Btw your set doesn't come with dual sim?
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QUOTE(Kato888 @ May 20 2015, 06:41 PM)
2 years warranty.. Hmm..

Is there any difference if buy from them vs from lenovo?
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2 years only apply for some parts ,not the whole phone
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post May 22 2015, 11:53 PM

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It is rumours said that this k3 nkte is ONLY for china market..will not be released to others country..is it true?
But now in market is ori imported (ap) which is totally import from china..

So in your opinion..will it be release / launch officially in malaysia?
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post May 23 2015, 01:36 AM

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My hunch tells me 'yes', it will be released here.

Anyway, I'm now looking at another 6"cher by Lenovo: lenovo note 8 golden warrior A936.

Apart from it's low 245ppi (720p), the phone boasts some really good specs. Low resolution may not be a bad thing as it sucks up less juice, and plus side to that is that the battery capacity is 3,300mah.

I might get this one as I feel that a 5.5"cher is not big enough for me; I have big palms.

I'm starting another thread on that phone: https://forum.lowyat.net/index.php?showtopic=3586488
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post May 23 2015, 08:16 PM

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This video review just further proves just how good the Lenovo K3 Note really is at its price point:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPGpnpVTgVw

I'm surprised they have not brought it in yet. Other similar devices like Honor 4X pales in comparison.
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I heard ori set will come with Dual Sim LTE for Sim 1 and Sim 2...
Is it true?

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post May 23 2015, 10:46 PM

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QUOTE(one_guy @ May 23 2015, 10:23 PM)
I heard ori set will come with Dual Sim LTE for Sim 1 and Sim 2...
Is it true?
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Actually in my opinion, it is only based on the ROM used in the phone..currently still no ROW (Rest Of World - International) version which is used by ORI set in Malaysia.

The phone should be the same..since it is originally imported from same country - China.

BUT, this is just my opinion..I'm not the developer..haha
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Bought myself AP K3 Note few days ago. For RM628 its a bargain with sufficient specs for my daily need. My only complaint would be the China ROM which some of it still in Chinese... Eg the weather widget. Lenovo probably will only focus on A7000 here in Malaysia and K3 Note will remain an AP set? Should you buy K3 Note? Yes if I have less than rm650 for a 4G LTE phone with 1080p 5.5inch FHD, 2GB RAM 16GB ROM.


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QUOTE(SFOD-D @ May 24 2015, 06:37 PM)
Bought myself AP K3 Note few days ago. For RM628 its a bargain with sufficient specs for my daily need. My only complaint would be the China ROM which some of it still in Chinese... Eg the weather widget. Lenovo probably will only focus on A7000 here in Malaysia and K3 Note will remain an AP set? Should you buy K3 Note? Yes if I have less than rm650 for a 4G LTE phone with 1080p 5.5inch FHD, 2GB RAM 16GB ROM.
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Bro, can ask something?I am going to buy this tommorow..

1) How about your 4G speed? someone comment cant even reach 30mbps compare to other phone (same sim / place)
2) Google Playstore included? all apps can run normally?
3) Contact/SMS...got any problem of that?
4) Is it rooted?
5) can update the rom? (Rumours : google playstore will lost once u update and void the warranty)
is it?

6) can show the ROM version here?
Got info LTE prob solved after upgraded to 1518_ST rom.


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How is the battery? How many SOT (screen-on time) can be archieved?
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post May 25 2015, 01:02 PM

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Seems like this phone is slowly gaining popularity smile.gif

I think what distributors like DirectD do is that they root the phone and install it with English supported VibeUI + install Google Playstore as the phone is only tailored for the Chinese market as of now. Then they give you their own warranty: 3 months for parts (excluding accessories) + 2 years for firmware. Got to check with #SiteScope if the official Lenovo warranty card is there instead of the distributor's.

Also, make sure you buy the phone from the shop itself yeah and test before you pay. Lenovo Golden Warrior Note 8 (A936) got GPS problem for units sold in DirectD (staff told me), but when I asked other distributors they say no problem.

On 4G dual sim, some websites have stated that it's 4G+4G. Though #sitescope said otherwise for his set..

#SFOD-D #hellstrider

Please post pics of (not from) the phone! Would be good if you can also give some comment/short review about it.

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