• Lenovo is best known for its laptops, but it has a number of great smartphones in its lineup too. In the western world, Lenovo phones certainly aren’t as popular and in markets like the US, largely unavailable. Don’t let this fool you, Lenovo has excellent phones and quite a following in Asia particularly. 

    One of Lenovo’s key advantages is that the best Lenovo phones are generally cheaper than those with similar specs from companies like Samsung, Sony, and HTC. The newer models also ship with a stock version of Android, which is a popular choice.

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    If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, keep reading. You’ll find the best Lenovo phones currently available below.

    Editor’s note: We will be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.

    Lenovo K8 Note

    Lenovo K8 Note

    The K8 Note is the company’s first smartphone with a dual-camera setup. It’s also the first Lenovo phone to ship with a stock version of Android. It comes with Dolby Atmos and TheaterMax baked in and sports a dedicated Music Key that lets you play, pause, and skip tracks.

    The handset sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display and is powered by MediaTek’s Helio X23 chipset. It comes in two variants: one with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage and the other with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Other specs and features include a massive 4,000 mAh battery, a 13 MP selfie snapper with flash, and a water-repellent coating for protection against accidental spills and splashes.

    Lenovo took the wraps off the K8 Note in August, and although it wasn’t officially released in the US, you can still get it on Amazon for around $450 (4 GB/64 GB model). But the offer is far from the best based on the fact the smartphone launched in India at 13,999 Rupees, which translates to around $220.

    Specs

    • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 401 ppi
    • MediaTek Helio X23 chipset
    • 3/4 GB of RAM
    • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
    • 13 and 5 MP rear cameras, 13 MP front camera
    • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
    • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
    • 154.5 x 75.9 x 8.5 mm, 180 g

Lenovo K8 Plus

Lenovo K8 Plus

Despite its name, the K8 Plus isn’t a big device — it sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display. But it does have a big battery at 4,000 mAh that’s good for two days of use or up to 20 hours of video playback, according to Lenovo.

The handset has a dual-camera setup on the back featuring 13 and 5 MP sensors, which let you add the bokeh effect to images. There’s an 8 MP front-facing camera on board with LED flash and a beauty mode to help you capture some great-looking selfies.

The smartphone comes with the MediaTek Helio P25 chipset, 3 or 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of expandable storage. Like the K8 Note, it sports Dolby Atmos audio enhancements and a dedicated Music Key on the side.

The K8 Plus launched back in India in September at 10,999 Rupees (around $175). Unfortunately, it wasn’t released in the U.S.

Specs

  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 424 ppi
  • MediaTek Helio P25 chipset
  • 3/4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 13 and 5 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 147.9 x 73.7 x 9 mm, 165 g

Lenovo Phab 2

Best Lenovo phones - Phab 2

The Phab 2 is a mid-range smartphone that falls into the phablet category. It sports a large 6.4-inch HD display that’s great for browsing the web and watching videos. But unlike other large phones like the Galaxy Note 8, it doesn’t have a so-called bezel-less design which means using it with one hand is next to impossible.

You’ll find the MediaTek MT8735 chipset under the hood along with 3 GB of RAM. The handset sports a 13 MP primary camera with an f/2.0 aperture and offers 32 GB of expandable storage. It packs a large 4,050 mAh battery, has a metal body, and ships with an older version of Android on board — Marshmallow. Additionally, Lenovo’s Phab 2 features Dolby’s Atmos technology that takes the audio experience to the next level.

You can get the device in gunmetal gray and champagne gold for around $230 on Amazon.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch IPS LCD display with 1,280 x 720 resolution, 229 ppi
  • MediaTek MT8735 chipset
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,050 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 175 x 89.5 x 9.6 mm, 225 g

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro

Best Lenovo phones - Phab 2 Pro

The Pro is the best smartphone from Lenovo’s Phab 2 series. The device is equipped with a massive 6.4-inch QHD display, is powered by the Snapdragon 652 chipset, and has 4 GB of RAM.

But what makes it stand out is that it’s the first smartphone to include Tango, a technology developed by Google that enables augmented reality (AR) gaming and utilities. That’s why it’s equipped with a fisheye camera, an RGB camera (16 MP), and an IR emitter on the back.

The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro has 64 GB of expandable storage, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and an 8 MP selfie snapper. Like the other two Phab smartphones, it packs a 4,050 mah battery and features Dolby’s Atmos technology.

The handset comes in two colors: gunmetal gray and champagne gold. The former is listed at $480 on Amazon, while the latter is more expensive, with a price tag around $510.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch IPS LCD display with 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, 459 ppi
  • Snapdragon 652 chipset
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 16 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,050 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 179.8 x 88.6 x 10.7 mm, 259 g

Lenovo K6 Note

Best Lenovo phones - Lenovo K6 Note

The K6 Note is smaller when compared to the Phab 2 smartphones, but is still big enough to allow you to comfortably watch videos and browse the web. Its 5.5-inch Full HD display keeps it comfortably ranked among the best Lenovo phones. It’s a mid-ranger that packs the Snapdragon 430 chipset under the hood, along with 3 or 4 GB of RAM.

The handset is equipped with a 16 MP primary camera and an 8 MP selfie snapper. It packs a massive 4,000 mAh battery and has a metal back with plastic caps on the top and bottom. It comes with Dolby’s Atmos technology on board, has 32 GB of expandable storage, and sports a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The device runs Android Marshmallow with the company’s custom UI on top.

You can get the Lenovo K6 Note from Amazon in three colors: silver, gold, and gray. All of them retail for around $275.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 401 ppi
  • Snapdragon 430 chipset
  • 3/4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 16 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 151 x 76 x 8.4 mm, 169 g

Lenovo C2

Best Lenovo phones - Lenovo C2

The C2 is one of the best budget Lenovo phones you can get your hands on. It comes with a 5-inch HD display, MediaTek’s MT6735P chipset, and 1 GB of RAM. The device is equipped with an 8 MP primary camera, packs a 2,750 mAh battery, and ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow on board.

If its specs don’t impress you, its price might — you can get the device from Amazon for less than $130. It’s a great deal for those of you looking for a basic smartphone that lets you check emails, browse the web, and share your thoughts on social networks like Facebook and Twitter — in addition to making calls and sending texts, of course.

However, the smartphone isn’t the best for multitasking or gaming, which is understandable, given its price point.

Specs

  • 5-inch IPS LCD display with 1,280 x 720 resolution, 294 ppi
  • MediaTek MT6735P chipset
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8/16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 32 GB
  • 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Removable 2,750 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 143 x 71.4 x 8.6 mm, 139 g

Lenovo A5

Lenovo A5 render Lenovo

The Lenovo A5 was recently released in parts of Asia and is definitely on the budget side of smartphones. It has a 5.45-inch 18:9 Full HD+ display, and inside, there’s a MediaTek MT6739 processor, 3GB of RAM, and either 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage

The A5 also has a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing selfie camera, both of which have an f/2.2 aperture. It has a large  4,000mAh battery and uses Lenovo’s ZUI 3.9 skin based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The A5 is priced at 599 yuan (~$94) in China and comes in Black, Gold, and Rose Gold colors. There are no plans to bring the phone to the US.

Specs

  • 5.45-inch IPS LCD display with 720 x 1440 resolution, 295 ppi
  • MediaTek MT6739 chipset
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 16/32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 146.2 x 70.9 x 9.8 mm, 160 g

Lenovo K5, K5 Play and K5 Note

Lenovo K5 Note renders Lenovo

Lenovo recently released three new phones in the K5 family. The standard K5 and the K5 Play both have 5.7-inch displays with 1440 x 720 resolutions. The regular K5 has a MediaTek MT6750 chip and runs Android 8.1 Oreo, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, while the K5 Play uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chip, either 2GB  or 3G of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of storage. It also runs the nearly two-year-old Android 7.1 Nougat. The K5 has rear 13MP and 5MP cameras, an 8MP  front-facing camera, and a 3000mAh battery. The K5 Play has 13MP and 2MP dual cameras and also has an  8MP front-facing camera and a 3000mAh battery. The K5 costs 899 CNY ($142) while the K5 Play costs 699 CNY ($110). 

The larger Lenovo K5 Note for 2018 has a 6-inch display, the Snapdragon 450 chip, either 3GB or 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of storage. It has 16MP and 2MP rear cameras, an 8MP front-facing camera and a  3760mAh battery. It’s priced at 799 yuan ($125) . Once again, none of these phones are expected to be sold in the US.

Specs

Lenovo K5

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 1440 x 720 resolution
  • MediaTek MT6750 chipset
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 13 MP and 5MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 153.8 x 72.7 x 7.8 mm, 160 g

Lenovo K5 Play

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 1440 x 720 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset
  • 2/3 GB of RAM
  • 16/32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 13 MP and 2MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 153.8 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm, 155 g

Lenovo K5 Note (2018)

  • 6-inch IPS LCD display with 1440 x 720 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset
  • 3/4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 16 MP and 2MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3760mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 158.3 x 76.7 x 8.5 mm, 176 g

Lenovo Z5

Lenovo Z5 smartphone promo image Lenovo

While earlier leaks for the Lenovo Z5 claimed it would be a truly bezel-free smartphone, that was later proven to be incorrect, as the phone does include a “notch” on the top of its  6.2-inch display, along with a small amount of bezel space on the bottom. It includes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage. It also has dual 16MP and 8MP rear cameras, an 8MP front-facing camera, and a 3,300mAh battery. It’s available in China for  1,299 yuan (~$200).

Specs

  • 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1,080 x 2,246 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 16 MP and 8MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3300mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 153 x 75.7 x 7.9 mm, 165 g

Lenovo S5

 

The Lenovo S5 is yet another budget-themed phone for the Asian markets. It has a 5.7-inch display and a 2,160 x 1,080 resolution. Inside, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor,  and the phone is available with either  3GB or 4GB of RAM, and with either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of onboard storage. It has dual 13MP rear cameras, a 16MP front-facing camera and a 3,000mAh battery. Pricing begins at 999 CNY ($158).

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset
  • 3/4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 13MP rear cameras, 16 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 154 x 73.5 x 7.8 mm, 155 g

These are the best Lenovo phones, in our opinion. There are surely plenty of other great options available. Have we missed any major ones? Let us know in the comments.

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