Lenovo To Ship The K8 Note With Stock Android
Lenovo is gearing up for the launch of the K8 Note on August 9. The successor to the K6 Note will now run on stock Android as per Lenovo’s announcement. In addition to that, Lenovo will drop their custom skin Vibe Pure UI entirely and all future devices will feature stock Android OS. Lenovo has struggled to hit the ground running with its Vibe Pure UI in the past because of the inhibitions of a custom skin.
Lenovo’s decision to move from Vibe Pure UI to stock Android OS is an attempt to remove bloatware and also push software updates quicker. The removal of bloatware is a welcome news for customers as nobody likes to have the pre-installed applications with no use than just takes up useful space on your device. Much like the Motorola devices, Lenovo phones will feature a few customisations such as Dolby Atmos and the TheaterMax.
Lenovo has also stated that running stock Android will mean that the K8 Note users will receive the Android O update, although the timeline will vary as per chip manufacturer support, internal development and testing requirements. The introduction of pure Android OS means that the K8 Note and the subsequent Lenovo phones will also feature Google Assistant.
The Lenovo K8 Note is rumoured to run on the MediaTek Helio X20 chipset with 4GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage. Along with the confirmed stock Android 7.1.1, the phone will feature a 5.5-inch display. The new device will be K6 Note’s India-exclusive successor and the rumoured specs surely back that up. It is also reported that the K8 Note will be manufactured at Lenovo’s Chennai-based plant.
It’ll be interesting to see the bearing of stock Android OS on the K8 Note, which Lenovo claims will kill the ‘ordinary speed.’