We haven’t seen a lot of movement on the Android M promotion front for older Lenovo smartphones, Moto-branded products notwithstanding, and according to the company’s own “upgrade matrix”, the Vibe Shot, Vibe X3, S1 or P1 are as-yet unconfirmed for the all-important UI makeover.
The K3 Note, meanwhile, isn’t just confirmed, it’s already headed for system stability, enhanced battery life and security improvements. Believe it or not, the spring 2015-released 5.5-incher leaves Lollipop behind before both its 2016-unveiled successors.
And no, we’re not dealing with a soak test or isolated rollout. Lenovo India recently took to Twitter to let its regional followers know “the wait is now over”, and we even have visual proof Marshmallow goodies bumped up the Android version to 6.0 on phones carrying the model number K50a40, with the latest batch of monthly security patches added in.
Flipkart still allows our cash-strapped India-based readers and friends to purchase the Lenovo K3 Note at only Rs. 9,200 ($138), with a respectable list of features that includes octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processing power, 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable storage, 13 and 5MP cameras, Full HD screen resolution, and 3,000 mAh juice.
If you’re willing to take a chance on an obviously unauthorized US importer called Wblue, you can also pick up the handheld stateside starting at $150. There aren’t many Marshmallow-flavored devices available at that price point on American shores. Actually, we can’t think of a single one with a similar spec sheet.