Well, this is odd. Lenovo traveled all the way from Beijing to Las Vegas for glitzy CES introductions of a number of laptops and a very ingenious convertible tablet, yet its only new smartphone broke cover in India, as part of a separate and unrelated press event.
Then again, it wouldn’t have made much sense to bring the K4 Note to the US if the surprisingly affordable mid-range Android is unlikely to ever sell outside of the Asian continent. Which is a great shame, considering the more than respectable 5.5-inch Full HD screen in tow, the extremely generous 3,300 mAh battery, and overall decent octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor.
You also have your previously confirmed 3 gigs of RAM, rear-fitted fingerprint sensor, 13MP dual-tone LED flash main camera, 5 megapixel selfie shooter, expandable storage, zippy 4G LTE connectivity, advanced front-facing Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, and no less than three microphones for crystal clear audio recording.
Quick, how much do you think something like that would set you back on the Western hemisphere? $300, $350, maybe $400? Well, Lenovo is ready to charge its India-based mobile fans a measly 12,000 Rupees, i.e. $180 or so.
Flash sales kick off exclusively on Amazon two weeks from today, and Vibe UI-skinned Lollipop goodies are also part of the subtly arched, 9 mm-thin, 158 gram-light Lenovo K4 Note package. Made of plastic, obviously, but still unusually premium for sub-$200.