The Lenovo K3 Note has been one of the best-selling smartphones for the Chinese company in India. Along with the A6000 and its higher spec’d derivative, the A6000 Plus, the K3 Note is without doubt responsible for turning around the fortunes of Lenovo in India and making it one of the largest vendors of LTE-enabled handsets in the country. The K3 Note alone has reportedly sold over one million units within only four months of its introduction in the country. However, the device has been getting a little long in the tooth, and that fact hasn’t apparently escaped Lenovo’s attention. So now, the Chinese multinational tech giant is reportedly prepping the launch of a new mid-range phablet to replace the aging handset. The upcoming device will be predictably called the K4 Note, if reports in the Indian tech media are to be believed.
According to those reports, the Indian arm of Lenovo, on Monday, teased the launch of a new smartphone, through a post on the company’s official account on Twitter. The Tweet read, “Prepare for the dawn of the new #KillerNote”, and was accompanied by the stylized render of what looks to be a smartphone. The image, which includes the #KILLERNOTE hashtag, also includes a tagline that says, “A new Age Dawns”. While there’s no obvious reference to any particular device, Indian technology blog FoneArena claims that “insider sources” have confirmed to them that the device in question is indeed the next generation mid-range phablet from the company, and will indeed be called the K4 Note. The blog further claims that the aforementioned insider sources have actually ‘confirmed’ a January, 2016 launch date for the upcoming device.
While not much is known about the Lenovo K4 Note at this stage, FoneArena says the handset will come with a brushed metal frame, which, if true, will be a substantial improvement over the plastic build of the current-generation K3 Note. The blog also claims that the handset will actually feature a fingerprint scanner at the back, below the rear-facing primary camera, and will come with Dolby Atmos sound, similar to the K3 Note. The handset will also feature either a glass of metallic back, if the report is to be believed.