Lenovo K3 Note 5.5" 4G Smartphone £89.71 from focalprice
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Lenovo K3 Note 5.5" 4G Smartphone £89.71 from focalprice

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Found 4th Mar 2016
This is a brilliant phone, now sub £90.
I bought one when it was at £110 about 6 months ago and it's been excellent.
I rooted it and put cyanogen mod on it.
I'll add the link on how to do it in a later post.
See specs below
And yes it lacks the 800mhz 4g band
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Brand & Model. Lenovo K3 Note
Phone Style. 4G Smartphone
Phone Standard. GSM, WCDMA
SIM Card Configuration Dual SIM card dual standby
SIM Card Type Micro SIM card
Network Support
2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz,
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz,
4G: LTE FDD 1800/2100/2600MHZ
Operating System Android 5.0
CPU 64bit MTK6752 octa-core 1.7GHz CPU
Good deal for a FHD screen, Dual sim and 3000mAh battery. I would have bought it if it was 5 inches. or below.

Edited by: "RiverDragon8" 4th Mar 2016
Loads of good advice from the hotukdeals crew on this earlier thread:
hotukdeals.com/dea…539
does this have multiuser ? , guest etc ?
Very similar to Vodafone smart ultra personally would go for that for warranty reasons alone
antonywhite37

Very similar to Vodafone smart ultra personally would go for that for … Very similar to Vodafone smart ultra personally would go for that for warranty reasons alone


Have both, the Lenovo has much better camera, plenty of roms to choose from and overall is faster, the Vodafone on the other hand has nfc (if you need it), 800mhz LTE band and better gps (significantly lower battery consumption).

I did try the cyanogenmod but there were some issues with unresponsive screen, installed vibeui 1609 Lemonade (android 6.0) - so far so good.

Edited by: "7777777" 4th Mar 2016
I have this phone with Limonchelo...easy install once I realised my SD card was naff.

Great phone..everything runs nice and quick

eBay has cases

Samsung chargers (higher amps) charges the phone nice and quick
new marshmallow rom by cuoco has made this phone my favorite ever.
(disclaimer - i've never spent over £130 on a phone )

needrom.com/dow…-1/
What is better this or htc one m8?
How much is UK postage??
full of bad reviews on amazon
No 4G 800 band.
7777777

Have both, the Lenovo has much better camera, plenty of roms to choose … Have both, the Lenovo has much better camera, plenty of roms to choose from and overall is faster, the Vodafone on the other hand has nfc (if you need it), 800mhz LTE band and better gps (significantly lower battery consumption).I did try the cyanogenmod but there were some issues with unresponsive screen, installed vibeui 1609 Lemonade (android 6.0) - so far so good.



Could you comment further on the GPS on the K3 please. Is it merely thirsty for battery or are there issues, slow to lock on, inaccurate etc?
barbiegirl

Could you comment further on the GPS on the K3 please. Is it merely … Could you comment further on the GPS on the K3 please. Is it merely thirsty for battery or are there issues, slow to lock on, inaccurate etc?


Thirsty for battery with screen on (I do not know why tbh as the phone lets you browse Internet for decent amount of time and the battry life is good) . Usually quick to lock and accurate but reliability depends on rom (tried probably 10+) and it has failed me on few occasions.
This is a very good and fast phone but you MUST be prepared for rooting, roms replacements etc. , otherwise buy Vodafone.
Can anyone recommend a similar phone for a similar price, but supports 800mhz 4G band?
For the price this actually looks great!
It seems to be very much like the Samsung Galaxy note.

May have to buy one...
7777777

Thirsty for battery with screen on (I do not know why tbh as the phone … Thirsty for battery with screen on (I do not know why tbh as the phone lets you browse Internet for decent amount of time and the battry life is good) . Usually quick to lock and accurate but reliability depends on rom (tried probably 10+) and it has failed me on few occasions.This is a very good and fast phone but you MUST be prepared for rooting, roms replacements etc. , otherwise buy Vodafone.



Thank you.
Writing this from my k3 note. Have just been running for 50 minutes including music and GPS with runkeeper. Battery 89%, so no problem there. GPS is less accurate than previous iPhone 5, but good enough for day to day usage, not an issue. Bluetooth for music can stutter.

Phone was very average until I updated ROM to VIBEUI_V3.0_1544_7.303.1_DEV_K50-T5_WC18 (whatever that is!). I would have given bad review without the update. Have not bothered messing with ROMs since, but will when a stable marshmallow is out...sounds like may be time to look.

Things I would like are fingerprint reader (lock out blooming kids), more battery, often low at end of day. K4 note has those...but also interested in ulefone power, or even homtom ht6. Would like the voice recognition activated all the time which does need a great battery, don't mind it being a bit of a brick.

I tell people it is half as good as an iPhone, but only 1/6 of the price...and have really enjoyed my 6 months with it so far.

May consider iPhone again when they are more water resistant (oops) and have a proper 2 day battery. IPhone 7s...??? My wife is still very happy with her iPhone 5 after 3 and half years, which makes the up front cost reasonable if considering 4-5 years of use.
antonywhite37

Very similar to Vodafone smart ultra personally would go for that for … Very similar to Vodafone smart ultra personally would go for that for warranty reasons alone



As 7777777 stated, I also own both, I bought the Vodafone Smart ultra 6 first and it is a lovely phone but lags in a lot of games. I wanted a dual sim anyway and when the Lenovo K3 Note went on offer before Christmas for around £80 from Gearbest's EU warehouse I read up about it and watched some benchmark vids. It was a no-brainer upgrade. For reference, the Vodafone Smart ultra 6 gets an Antutu benchmark score of around 27k, the Lenovo K3 Note gets around 46k, though in some roms can get as high as 50k and is currently the 13th highest score of ALL handsets detailed within the app, which I assume means the 13th highest of those handsets with enough scores submitted to take a reliable average scoring.

NFC on the Vodafone is the only thing I miss, the Lenovo is far better for games, no lagging whatsoever, dual sim allows me to run a Giffgaff sim for calls and texts and Freedompop for data. There are far more options for roms on the Lenovo (I am currently on the latest stable VibeUI based Cuoco, but think I prefer the Greeshan VibeUI based roms) and it has a strong community support on xda, along with WEEKLY official dev cycle updates which you can swap to or regular (currently about every two months) official stable updates.

I would recommend checking out the handset on delivery and then once you are satisfied it is working fine, flashing one of the most recent roms on xda. I do recommend against the Marshmallow roms for now, it is only on the dev cycle at the moment, but will release stable in about a month so may as well wait for that. I can understand peoples want for the latest rom, but a lot of people trying it seem to not realise it is still technically a beta, there will be glitches. If you want the phone to function completely as it should do stick to the stable roms.

Edited by: "nige182" 4th Mar 2016
- does it have NFC?

- does Xpose framework work on the Lenovo K3 note?

thanks
stonebear

No 4G 800 band.



seems no 8(900) and 20(800)
What about uk tax and duty ???
bladerfc

What is better this or htc one m8?



You will not be buy to buy an M8 for anywhere close to this price... and if money is no object the M8
rasdonny

- does it have NFC?- does Xpose framework work on the Lenovo K3 … - does it have NFC?- does Xpose framework work on the Lenovo K3 note?thanks


- no
- depends on rom, usually it does
how is this compare to Xiaomi Note 2 (prime), in the real world usage? Thanks
Be sure to buy a tempered glass screen protector, these don't have gorilla glass and can scratch easily. They're about 99p on eBay.
tempted to upgrade my moto g4. need better camera. looks good
HotDealAlert

how is this compare to Xiaomi Note 2 (prime), in the real world usage? … how is this compare to Xiaomi Note 2 (prime), in the real world usage? Thanks



Technically the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime has a better processor. However, in real world usage there would be very little in it either way. There is virtually nothing in it in the Youtube Antutu scores, with this generally getting 46k and the Redmi Note 2 Prime getting 45k-49k (I have had 50k out of some roms for the K3 Note, but I think all the Youtube scores I found for both handsets were with the older Antutu 5.7.1 rather than version 6).

Generally people seem to suggest the Redmi Note 2 and Prime are better, but when looking for custom roms and Marshmallow roms for the Redmi Note 2 Prime, I was coming up far shorter than the K3 Note and there didn't seem to be as many rom releases by Xiaomi themselves either. I think support for the handset is a big thing to consider if you intend to keep it for a while.
7777777

- no- depends on rom, usually it does



thanks for responding, pity it doesnt have NFC, would have been a cracking deal
I have this phone, put this ROM on it and it flies!

needrom.com/dow…-1/


The camera on the K3 Note isnt good at all indoors

YourUserNameIsTaken

tempted to upgrade my moto g4. need better camera. looks good

stonebear

No 4G 800 band.



Mine does, works fine on 4G on Three
Edited by: "elrasho" 4th Mar 2016
thanks, i do intend to use for a few years. are the camera and gps any good (being mtk cpu)?
Both myself and son have had this phone since July and are using the stock ROW ROM (can't be bothered messing about with custom stuff as they all appear to have some sort of problem just as this does).

I have noticed that the GPS has become very sluggish recently and no idea why and it can sometimes take a couple of minutes to lock. In contrast, my wife's Vibe Shot with a Snapdragon processor, locks on within seconds and sees about twice the number of satellites (about 25!).

I recently also received my first 4G signal as O2 has started putting up masts that don't use band 20 (800Hz).

I have a tempered glass screen protector, though the glass is reported to be the Asahi version of Gorilla glass 3 ("dragontail"- certainly the sensors are reported as Asahi).

en.wikipedia.org/wik…ail

Despite the minor complaints, it has really been a great phone, and even better at this price considering the exchange rate.
wpj

Both myself and son have had this phone since July and are using the … Both myself and son have had this phone since July and are using the stock ROW ROM (can't be bothered messing about with custom stuff as they all appear to have some sort of problem just as this does). I have noticed that the GPS has become very sluggish recently and no idea why and it can sometimes take a couple of minutes to lock. In contrast, my wife's Vibe Shot with a Snapdragon processor, locks on within seconds and sees about twice the number of satellites (about 25!).I recently also received my first 4G signal as O2 has started putting up masts that don't use band 20 (800Hz).I have a tempered glass screen protector, though the glass is reported to be the Asahi version of Gorilla glass 3 ("dragontail"- certainly the sensors are reported as Asahi).https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DragontrailDespite the minor complaints, it has really been a great phone, and even better at this price considering the exchange rate.



You really need to put a custom ROM on it, I did a few days after getting mince as the stock one is pants
HotDealAlert

thanks, i do intend to use for a few years. are the camera and gps any … thanks, i do intend to use for a few years. are the camera and gps any good (being mtk cpu)?



I haven't tried the GPS myself, but 7777777 suggested earlier it is adequate but a bit of a battery drainer (I am guessing it isn't as strong as some other devices so draws more on the battery to try and get a lock). As for the camera, at first I thought the snaps were pretty poor (taken indoors in medium light), then I took some snaps in good lighting which I thought were quite good. I think in good lighting the camera is good, no award winner but reasonable. In lower lighting there is a little bit of a blur to the screen when taking snaps, which probably is what affects the quality a bit, maybe if you can stabilise it somehow you would get a good picture. The flash is surprisingly good, as it doubles as a pretty damn good torch, I still prefer a Xenon flash, but so few devices have these now due to the battery drain (why? seriously the flash is on for a second, it isn't on all the time like the screen, who cares if it drains a bit more power).
Just had to send mine back. Loads or random deadspots on the screen. A quick reboot sometimes sorted it but came back soon enough. Quite a common fault on the forums i visited...so take your chances.
elrasho

The camera on the K3 Note isnt good at all indoorsMine does, works fine … The camera on the K3 Note isnt good at all indoorsMine does, works fine on 4G on Three



worked fine on 4G on Three...interesting ...pity though it doesnt have NFC
mrsusan74

Just had to send mine back. Loads or random deadspots on the screen. A … Just had to send mine back. Loads or random deadspots on the screen. A quick reboot sometimes sorted it but came back soon enough. Quite a common fault on the forums i visited...so take your chances.



Not common at all mate
elrasho

Not common at all mate


Especially when taken into account how many k3 note handsets Lenovo sold I.e m.tech.firstpost.com/new…tml
Spend a bit extra and get a OnePlus One or OnePlus X, even at £89 I wouldn't touch the k3.
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