Lenovo K8 Note debuts in India with a 10-core CPU, stock Android for $215

Lenovo announced last week that it would ditch its Vibe Pure UI in favor of stock Android, and we're now seeing the first implementation of that vision. There's certainly a lot to like in the K8 Note, starting with the fact that it runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.

The phone has a metal chassis with a 5.5-inch Full HD display and 2.5D curved glass up front. The K8 Note is the first phone to be powered by the MediaTek Helio X23 chipset, which has ten CPU cores in total — two Cortex A72 cores clocked at 2.3GHz, four Cortex A53 cores at 1.8GHz, and four 1.4GHz Cortex A53 cores.

Other specs include a 13MP camera at the back, 5MP front shooter, Dolby Atmos audio tuning, Lenovo's TheaterMax tech for VR, fingerprint sensor at the back, splash-resistant coating, 3.5mm jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, 4G with VoLTE, and a 4000mAh battery with Turbo Charging (15W).

The K8 Note comes in two variants: a model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage that costs ₹12,999 ($200), and a model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage for ₹13,999 ($215). Considering the minor difference between the two models, it makes more sense to pick up the 4GB version. The phone will go up for sale exclusively on Amazon India starting August 18.

The phone has the potential to be a bestseller, and we'll have more to share about how it fares at real-world usage in the coming weeks. Who's excited about the K8 Note?

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Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • That's enormously interesting.
    The P2 Vibe I nearly bought in the UK is no longer (5000 + battery, sd625) and this again might come to our shores at a good price. (Three sold the P2 unlocked for £200). I was worried about the fragile screen reported for the P2, but I'm sorry I didn't give it a go. It felt great in the hand. This has a 3.5 jack, Dolby type audio which I have no experience of but hi res audio will be a plus, similar size 5.5 fhd screen, decent battery and hopefully that SoC should compete well with midrange Qualcomm's. (I have little idea of how to compare cores at this stage). That along with flagship storage and ram makes this a steal f it's a well priced. If we don't get it here, I hope people who do have good experiences with these specs at that price.
  • This looks great, but my only camera is my phone, which holds me back from these cheaper options. The camera is usually the biggest sacrifice on cheaper phones. But I spend less money buying a galaxy S8+ and no camera than if I was to buy this 200 phone and a nice camera.
  • "But I spend less money buying a galaxy S8+ and no camera than if I was to buy this 200 phone and a nice camera."
    I'm afraid you are buying the wrong camera. 450$ gets you a Sony RX 100 which is multitude better than any phone camera and small enough to fit in a trouser pocket.
  • So 650 instead of 700. Eh. I'd rather have the great phone with the good camera than the **** phone with the great camera. #preferences
  • Will this work on Verizon is my question....
  • How good is X23 compared to SD 6xx series?
  • It's an unknown, but I'll find out next week.
  • In india will sell well withs it price and specs..its a dual camera phone...and front flash that the author missed mentioning about
    Def a good spare pbone
  • have the note k5 and was impressed ecpt camera....but will buy this for sure hope the bootloader is unlockable.
  • Interesting, I might actually pull on this one just for that hi-res audio paired with my jbl earphones and be a dedicated music player and with 4000mah battery I'm thinking it might only be needed to be charged once or twice a week and only cost over $200. I'll check on one of the Lenovo stores but they are usually come here late.
  • Would love to see the stock android with up to date nougat become a norm for all manufacturers....seems like it makes sense, no money wasted developing there own software skins and no need to update it either.
  • Hi Harish.
    Can you please get some info in when this Lenovo K8 Note will be available in Pakistan? Any info?
  • Don't know anything about that right now. For now, it's limited to India.
  • Hi... will these be available in Aust? Or can I buy on the net & will it work in Australia?
  • will this work with Nextel?