Lenovo at the Delhi launch event on Tuesday also showed some statistics to show how popular theLenovo K3 Note really is in the country. The handset was the third most searched phone in 2015, based on Google’s release data for India, and the company had sold around 1.2 million units. While announcing the K4 Note, Sudhin Mathur, Director Smartphones, Lenovo Group, stressed the fact that the Vibe K4 Note was not a mere upgrade to the Lenovo K3 Note.
The Chinese company has thrown several features into its new “bumped” Lenovo Vibe K4 Note including dual front firing speakers powered by Dolby Atmos, fingerprint scanner, and an all new TheaterMax VR technology. Lenovo at the launch event also announced the Ant VR headset that will (optionally) come bundled with the Vibe K4 Note and will also retail separately for a standalone price of Rs. 1,299.
At the launch, we got to spend a little time with the new Lenovo Vibe K4 Note and the Ant VR headset. We will come to the handset in a while but to start off, the Ant VR headset looks promising. The overall build of the Ant VR headset for Lenovo handsets was definitely better than the one seen on the Google Cardboard, which is also an inexpensive VR headset. The company in one of its presentation slides compared the Ant VR to other headsets such as Oculus VR. Lenovo with the Ant VR headset definitely wants to tap to the new Indian consumers who haven’t had a chance to experience virtual reality. Unfortunately, at the launch Lenovo declined to name any of the content partners it was working with especially for the TheaterMax technology and Ant VR headset.
With the VR play in Vibe K4 Note, Lenovo has risen the bar for other smartphones in the same price segment. For the Indian market, 2016 may be the year when handset makers moved beyond just the specifications.
The Vibe K4 Note has been priced at Rs. 11,999 and will be available exclusively from Amazon India in a flash model starting January 19. The company in an attempt to make the overall package even interesting has also announced a Vibe K4 Note bundle with AntVR virtual reality headset priced at Rs. 13,299. Lenovo has said that the first few flash sales will only feature the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note VR Bundle, which will be available at a special price of Rs. 12,499 for a “short time”. Considering the fact that the Vibe K4 Note has been launched first in India and will be available only in India for initial few months, the Chinese company is definitely betting heavily on the popularity of its Note serie