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Full Performance Review: Lenovo K860, Cheap Quadcore, Rich Feature

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If Samsung has Galaxy Note, LG has Optimus Vu, now Lenovo also following them by launching phablet (phone-tablet) to the market. It is a Lenovo K860 equipped with a quad-core processor and full feature. Want to know the complete test results?

DESIGN

Dimensions: 143.5 x 74.4 x 9.6 mm Weight: 193.5;

If another phablet embeds the physical button below the screen, Lenovo K860 actually not have physical buttons. Since all the functions that have been replaced by four virtual touch keys typical Android 4.0.

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All four touch buttons are menu, home, back, and Recent Apps/task switcher. Lenovo K860 on the left, there is only a micro-USB port. While the volume buttons are on the right body. At the very top, there are volume buttons and a 3.5mm audio port.

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Lenovo K860 rear casing using rough-textured plastic so phablet not easily slip from your hand grip. Although it comes with a dimension smaller than the Galaxy Note II, Lenovo K860 was 10 grams heavier when compared with Note II weight.

SCREEN AND OS

Screen: HD-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors; 720 x 1280 pixels, 5.0 inches (~294 ppi pixel density), Gorilla Glass; Multitouch; Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 with Idea Desktop UI.

Lenovo K860 brings an HD IPS display with a diagonal of 5 inches. This widescreen size, it is reasonable Lenovo to protecting K860 with Gorilla Glass scratch-resistant. For the quality of its IPS screen very sharp and bright, so you can freely use even under the scorching sun though.

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Runs on Android OS Ice Cream Sandwich Lenovo polished it with UI made ​​by Lenovo IdeaDesktop. This interface allows free IdeaDesktop personalizing appearance starting from the theme, scene, up to icon on the menu page. The default IdeaDesktop provide around 30 icons decorating option that makes your K860 menu icons look more freshly.

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Interestingly, the interface embedded at K860 IdeaDesktop provides a separate update version option contains OS updates choice.

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HARDWARE

Chipset: Exynos 4412, CPU: Quad core, 1.4GHz Cortex-A9, GPU: Mali 400MP; 1GB RAM, 8GB Storage (4GB User Available) Accelerometer, proximity, compass;

For the speed processing, K860 equipped with a quad-core processor similar to a processor with CPU that carried by Samsung Galaxy S III. Moreover, supported by HD graphics, Mali-400MP GPU, making it capable of running games smoothly such as Asphalt HD.

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In addition, its memory supported by 1GB RAM combined with an 8GB storage space owned makes its performance in performing various applications indeed impressive. As for the embedded battery, Lenovo chose to use Li-Ion 2250 mAh that allows you to plug/unplug it.

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BENCHMARK

Antutu Benchmark: 15805; Quadrand Standard: 5221; NenaMark1: 60.1fps; NenaMark2: 53.1fps.

With hardware they have, we measure performance using Antutu Benchmark. The result Lenovo K860 is able to produce of 15805 points. This makes it superior to HTC’s One-X, and only differs slightly with Samsung Galaxy S III.

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Whereas performance testing with Quadrant Standard successfully scored 5221 which put them above HTC One-X. In order to measure the performance of graphics on the K860, we use Nena Mark 2 and K860 got speed 53.1 fps. With such high-speed graphics, K860 ranked at second under Samsung Galaxy S III T-Mobile.

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Multimedia

Video: MP4, MKV, 3GP, M4V; Audio: AAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, FLAC, WAV;

Lenovo equips the audio features with music player app, called the Play Music. This application is able to play songs in various popular formats complete with 11 equalizer options therein. To listen to 3D effects and deep bass, you must plug earset first. While listening to FM radio, you must plug earset first that also serves as an antenna.

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Unfortunately, despite having similar hardware specification with Samsung Galaxy SIII, K860 did not support the video format as much as Samsung Galaxy SIII. To play a video, you can go to the gallery or use the default video player. When tested for playing MP4 video format with 1080p resolution that we get from YouTube, video player K860 able to play them really smoothly.

CAMERA

Primary camera 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels autofocus, Dual LED flash, 2MP secondary camera; Geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization, video: 1080p @ 30fps, LED video light; MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV/DviX player

Lenovo equips K860 camera with various settings such as scene mode, HDR mode, panorama, continuous shot, zoom, brightness, autofocus, resolution, ISO, white balance, special effects, timer, geotagging, shutter sound, LED Flash and auto reviews. To take a picture, you can use the virtual shutter button or button volume + that can serve as a physical shutter button.

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In addition to the range of settings available, to obtain sharper K860 camera image quality you can also use to shoot images in professional mode and super mode. With a super mode, the camera will intelligently identify various environmental conditions and to determine the parameters automatically.

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As for indoors shooting, Dual LED flash owned ensuring to generate images look clear and natural. Uniquely, LED flash owned K860 also be used to help the lighting while you’re recording video. K860 video camera can record images with a maximum resolution full HD-1080p. For recording images with duration 1 minute 2 seconds, image results saved in 3gp format has 220 MB file size.

INTERNET AND CONNECTIONS

Browser & Data: GPRS/EDGE, HTML5, Adobe Flash; Speed: HSDPA; Connection: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth with A2DP, microUSB v2.0; A-GPS support;

Support full connection of Wi-Fi to 3G HSDPA already available, so you can explore the virtual world at high speed. With personal hot point features, you can also share a connection from your phone to another device such as a laptop for example. Personal hot point provides connection sharing options via wireless tethering, Bluetooth, and USB.

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While the default browser K860 equipped with features such as history, accessibility, cache, cookies, save and display brightness settings, fonts, and so on. Browser K860 can also open 16 pages multi-tabs.

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For data transfer options owned, K860 also can you use to share data through wi-fi direct, Lenovo called this feature as Wi-Fi Share. Connectivity such as Bluetooth and micro-USB data cable were also procured by Lenovo. Unfortunately at K860, there is no connection HDMI, DLNA and NFC.

CONCLUSION

Lenovo K860 is an excellent Lenovo product. Embedded with upscale features plus a low price tag, will certainly attract the attention of users. Unfortunately, to cut costs, Lenovo would have to eliminate features such as HDMI, compass sensor, and Lenovo Note which strangely all of these features present at IdeaPhone series at a cheaper price.

Plus

  • 5-inch HD IPS Display
  • 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM
  • IdeaDesktop Interface

Minus

  • Not have an HDMI port
  • Still Android v4.0.3 ICS OS

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