Last month, Lenovo debuted the Lenovo K12 Pro here in the nation with a low price tag, a Stock Android experience, a king-sized display, a triple back camera arrangement, and a gigantic 6,000mAh battery capacity. Let’s examine whether the PHP 8,490 official local pricing can match up with other entry-level smartphones today in terms of value for money.
Displayed on an enormous 6.8-inch IPS Max Vision screen, this gadget is both thick and massive. While using it one-handed might be challenging, we don’t mind since we know we’ll be getting a lot of juice out of it.
Polycarbonate with a water-repellent pattern is returned to us. Even though it is not waterproof, it is capable of withstanding spills and light rain. With a wave textured pattern, it’s less likely to be smudged by your fingerprints. Metallic Sage is the colour choice for this particular model; however, it’s also available in Electric Violet. Despite its bulk, the fingerprint scanner on the rear is still within easy reach.
There are also Lenovo logos and three rear cameras in a square configuration on the phone’s back. There’s a front camera in a hole punch notch on the phone’s upper left side, and a proximity sensor and earpiece sit on top of that. It has a power button, a volume rocker, and a lock button on the right side.
Although we mistakenly see it as the volume button, the dedicated Google Assistant trigger on the left might be handy in the long term. A single Nano-SIM card slot and a microSD card slot are also included. The secondary microphone and headphone jack are located on the device’s chin. The device’s speakers, primary microphone, and USB Type-C connection are all located at the bottom.
IPS LCD with a resolution of 1640x720px and 289ppi graces the K12 Pro’s enormous 6.8-inch screen. Large bezels surround the display, and the chin is somewhat thicker. We have to admit that we are dissatisfied. A high refresh rate is unlikely, but at the very least, it will have a 1080p resolution to show off the enormous screen. Fortunately, you may increase the video quality on YouTube to 1080p. Even if the quality isn’t the highest, you may anticipate accurate and beautiful colours and average brightness levels in direct sunlight.
The device’s down-firing loudspeaker dominates the sound of music, with the earpiece providing low-level feedback. It has an excellent sound. However, the emphasis is more on the vocals than the instruments. It’s adequate for a tiny space, and I like the lack of distortion even at maximum volume.
The Lenovo K12 Pro comes pre-installed with Android 10 and is, in fact, a simple Android device. The user interface is simple, intuitive, and, of course, Google-centric. However, you may pick a style from the display settings that alter the interface’s colour, font, and icon shape if you want more customization options.
Additional features include a dark mode, split-screen, Digital Wellbeing, and parental control to monitor screen time, apply content restrictions, and set other limitations to help your kid maintain a healthy balance between screen time and other activities. We get 110GB of functional capacity from the 128GB of storage, increasing with a microSD card.
The Lenovo K12 Pro has a 64MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth camera. The LED flash is located in the fourth circle. There’s a 16MP selfie camera in the phone’s notch. The back camera produces high-quality well-detailed images and has vibrant colours when used in ideal lighting situations.
By default, it employs a 64-megapixel lens and stores photographs at a resolution of 16-megapixels or lower. We like that the camera’s default setting adds a modest depth effect in most situations, although you may want to snap additional pictures if your first few are blurry. There is essentially no quality difference while shooting in regular mode using the 64MP super high-resolution sensor.
Up to an 8x magnification yields acceptable quality. However, the image might seem washed out at times. Instead of the standard ultra-wide switch, we get the macro button adjacent to the 1x toggle on this phone, which is strange. We’re not sure why, but we cannot utilize the ultra-wide lens since the camera program doesn’t provide a choice. Only a 1x to an 8x zoom range is available, as well as a macro switch. Lenovo should be able to address this with a software update, hopefully.
Anyway, it’s a reasonable effort in terms of night photography. There’s still plenty of light, although it’s a little grainy in places. With Night Vision enabled, the brightness and crispness noticeably improve in a less jarring way. Keep your hand steady for around 8 seconds to get a decent photo with night vision.
When it comes to selfies, the results are acceptable, with brilliant colours and fine details for the most part. Even if you don’t use beauty mode, your skin will be somewhat smoothed. This is normal. We recommend snapping many selfies since some of them may seem washed out. Under well-lit conditions, you can capture films in up to 1080p at 60fps with high quality. However, it is not stabilized in any way.
There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 CPU, an Adreno 610 GPU, and 4GB of RAM powering the Lenovo K12 Pro. Even with multiple programs running in the background, navigating the UI and opening them seems snappy. Even while it’s capable of handling your daily conversations, social media scrolling, and video streaming tasks with ease, it’s not designed to handle gaming workloads. Graphically demanding games like Asphalt 9 and Genshin Impact might lag.
There are a lot of connection options on the Lenovo K12 Pro. It has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. It has NFC. Fast charging at 20W and reverse charging at 2.5W are beautiful features of the phone’s hefty 6000mAh battery.
If you’re not a heavy user, the Lenovo K12 Pro should last you a day or two without needing to charge. The gadget lasted 18 hours, 9 minutes on the PC Mark’s Battery Test. Meanwhile, the Lenovo K12 Pro lasted 22 hours and 15 minutes in our usual video loop test, where we loop a 1080p film at 50% brightness and volume with aeroplane mode set on and earbuds plugged in.
However, from 0 to 100, the phone will need around 2 hours and 20 minutes of charging time. Priced at PHP 8,490, the Lenovo K12 Pro is a good value for the money given its capabilities. Not only does it have excellent battery life and widescreen real estate, but it’s also pure Android, which is rare in today’s budget-conscious market. If those are the only features you’re looking for in a phone, Lenovo K12 Pro is a solid option to consider.