Our Opinion

The Lenovo K10 Note (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the realme 5i, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Lenovo K10 Note (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Lenovo K10 Note (4GB RAM, 64GB)  realme 5i 
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Excellence Score
32.8
31.5
Value for Money Score
87.8
85.6
Price ₹ 8,999 onwards ₹ 8,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Jan, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.39 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features HDR10 Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 616 Adreno 610
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C microUSB
Primary Camera 16MP + 8MP + 5MP 12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.4 Aperture; PDAF; 2x Optical Zoom, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, Panorama, HDR 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 5P lens; PDAF; 10x Digital Zoom, 8MP: 119° Wide-angle Camera; F/2.25 Aperture; 5P lens, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: Macro Camera; 4cm Shooting Distance, AI HDR, AI beauty, AI scene recognition, Chrome boost, Super nightscape, Filter mode, Panorama, Expert mode, Time-Lapse, EIS
Secondary Camera 16MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features HDR f/2.0 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mmMedium 9 mmThick
Weight 164 gmMedium 195 gmHeavy
Width 74.3 mmOk for one-handed use 75.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 4050 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 718 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A 46.90 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Gaming Time: 8.5 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 30.8 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks nice upfront with a dewdrop notch display with almost no bezels on the sides (however, it does have a slight chin at the bottom)
  • Light, compact and easy to hold
  • Decent 6.3-inch FHD+ display - the LCD panel comes with HDR10 support, which is pretty good considering the price range - it also produces nice, punchy colors, and works fine in outdoor light conditions
  • Lenovo's ZUI is pretty close to stock Android - which is a good thing - it keeps things nice and simple
  • Good performance from a strong Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC - the phone performs comfortably, and handles moderate multitasking well - gaming performance is good too
  • Triple-camera setup at the back includes a 16-megapixel primary camera sensor, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom (a rarity in this segment), and a 5-megapixel depth sensor
  • Performance of the 16-megapixel primary camera is good, especially in daylight - background colors come out quite richly in the pictures
  • Good focus speed
  • Good portrait mode photos (with good edge detection)
  • Overall, the K10 Note has capable cameras for the price bracket, though it's no quite there at the top of the pile
  • The smartphone comes with a single speaker, but with Dolby Atmos support, which improves the overall audio performance
  • Good battery life with a large 4050mAh battery - you will get around 1.5 days of moderate use
  • Great design - similar to the Realme 5 & 5s, the Realme 5i has both a good build quality, and trendy looks - this time with a new sunrise design pattern on the back
  • The front is modern and sharp too with a 6.5-inch display, with a small dewdrop notch and fairly slim bezels all around
  • Both the rear fingerprint sensor, and face unlock work accurately and fast
  • There is an anti-fingerprint layer at the back which is effective to keep smudges off
  • Nice, large 6.5-inch IPS display, well suited to media consumption - with good color saturation, decent viewing angles and good sunlight legibility
  • ColorOS is now more streamlined, and cleaner than before, and of course packs a bunch of additional functionality over stock Android
  • Very good performance for the price bracket, with the excellent Snapdragon 665 at the core - everything from day-to-day use to high-end games is fairly smooth
  • Thermal control is good too - the phone doesn't get more than a little warm, even with long sessions of gaming
  • Realme 5i offers the exact same rear camera setup as the Realme 5 - there is a 12MP primary camera + 8MP wide-angle camera + 2MP depth sensor + 2MP macro camera for closeup shots
  • Overall image quality is good from the primary camera, especially in daylight - it meters light correctly - photos have decent dynamic range with good levels of detail, which is evident even after zooming in
  • Shots of people have good-looking skin tones, and edge detection is handled well when shooting in Portrait mode
  • The macro camera activated by switching to the ‘Ultra macro' mode yields some good results too - there's no autofocus, but when positioned correctly over a subject, you will manage to get some stunning details which aren't possible with a regular lens
  • Video recording is decent too - you can shoot at up to 4K (though stabilisation is only there till 1080p) - detail levels in videos are good in daylight
  • Overall, this is a good cameraphone for the price bracket, especially for day-time images
  • Decent bottom loudspeaker
  • Outstanding battery life with a gigantic 5000mAh battery same as the Realme 5 & 5s - you will get a cool 2 days of moderate use
  • Overall, the Realme 5i is another great device from Realme, - if you're on a tight budget and looking for a good all-rounder or a very good gaming phone, Realme 5i makes sense with its fast processor, and nearly two-day long battery life
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The back design is a little bland however, and the shiny plastic body attracts smudges very easily
  • But given the fact that the only changes are to the look of the notification shade, and the task switcher, and no major features are added, the ZUI layer could have been easily skipped, which would have resulted in an even more responsive feeling UI
  • While the telephoto lens sounds impressive on paper, the quality is average - you will find that you can get comparable results with digital zoom on competing smartphones
  • The cameras are also average in low light - there is a dedicated night mode, and it does help a bit, but not much
  • Video recording quality is average - audio is also a bit of an issue too, as it generally sounds tinny
  • Average selfie camera - skin textures look a bit sharpened and colours aren't always accurate - there is no flash either for night photos
  • While it does technically 18W fast charging, the actual charging speed is not too great - the battery charges about 63 percent in an hour and takes almost two and half hours to fully charge
  • While the K10 Note does have some aces up its sleeves - Snapdragon 710 SoC, 4050mAh battery and a reasonably capable triple camera setup - it also enters a market segment where the competition from the likes of Xiaomi, Realme, Samsung, Oppo, and Vivo is ruthless - it's worth considering if you want an HDR10 supported device for entertainment purposes or a lightweight device with near stock android experience - but otherwise, the competition is certainly better
  • This is a fairly large phone though - the size does make one-handed use cumbersome, and even with large hands, you will struggle to tap anywhere near the top of the display (thankfully, ColorOS offers a one-handed mode to help tackle this issue)
  • The Realme 5i is a bit heavy too, at 195g
  • Screen resolution is on the low side, so long text reading is not the most ideal experience
  • There is, as always, a plethora of preinstalled apps which will spam you with notifications (though thankfully these can be uninstalled)
  • The new 8-megapixel selfie camera is just average - backgrounds are often overexposed when shooting outdoors - the Realme 5i also offers portrait mode for the selfie camera, which is decent, but the edge detection could have been better
  • Low light performance is, as expected, average however, both for images, and video - there is some noise, and less detail in low light images - the Nightscape mode helps a bit, but not a lot
  • The wide-angle camera offers an interesting perspective but does not deliver the same level of detail as compared to the primary lens - the edges of frames appeared to be slightly stretched
  • No fast charging support - with the supplied charger, you will get around 24 percent charge in half an hour, around 43 percent in an hour, and 100 percent in about 3 hours
  • The main caveat to keep in mind is the size and weight of the phone - if you like your phones compact, and your routine involves a lot of one-handed use, then this might not be for you
  • At a slightly higher price, you could also grab some other very good phones in the under 10k price segment that offers higher resolution displays, better cameras, fast charging and equal or better processors such as the the Redmi Note 8 and the Realme 3 Pro
Expert Reviews
  1. A good comeback attempt from Lenovo in the budget segment....but while the Lenovo K10 Note is certainly acceptable, other phones at similar price points such as the Realme 5 Pro and Xiaomi Mi A3 offer better value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The competition seems better...However, if you want an HDR10 supported device for entertainment purposes or a lightweight device with near stock android experience, then the K10 Note could be the one for you
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good comeback from Lenovo....However, given the competition, the smartphone is likely to face a stiff battle
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Quite good for the money being asked for it
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A mixed bag overall, but performance impresses
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Powerful hardware at a more affordable price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Definitely recommended
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Realmi 5i looks promising and the overall experience is good in the affordable segment
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Budget smartphone with a large battery but nothing compelling beyond that
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A good smartphone that probably wasn't needed
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
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