What is one of the most capable smartphones you can buy for $125 or ₦42,000? With a 6-inch display, Snapdragon 450 chip, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, dual rear camera, 3760mAh battery with 10W fast charging, the Lenovo K9 Note is a top contender.

Lenovo K9 Note 4G smartphone is great value at a friendly price

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The Lenovo K9 Note dazzles with a 6-inch display, Snapdragon 450 chipset, fingerprint scanner, 16MP + 2MP dual rear camera, 8MP selfie camera, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, and a 3760mAh battery with quick charging – all for ₦42,000. There is a higher variant with 4GB RAM and 64 GB storage that costs a little more.

Here at MobilityArena, we are constantly scouting for the best bargain smartphones for you. Back in February this year, we brought you information about the Soda S2, a smartphone with a 6.2″ display, Helio P22 chipset, 8 MP selfie camera, 13 MP + 2 MP dual rear camera, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, and a 4000 mAh battery, and with a price tag of ₦40,000.

The K9 Note is also known as Lenovo K5 Note 2018 and was released in June 2018, so it is barely a year old in the market. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo. Lenovo hasn’t been great with teimely software updates and there is no confirmation that the K9 Note will get a taste of Android Pie.

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Lenovo K9 Note is a tasteful, well-rounded mid-range smartphone

Underneath its metallic body, there is 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage (there is a 4GB/64GB variant) and a beefy 3760mAh battery. The big battery is made sweeter to use with the inclusion of 10W fast charging and a compatible fast charger in the box.

It is a dual SIM phone and has two Nano-SIM slots and a dedicated microSD card slot. There is 4G LTE support as well.

Let’s have a quick look at the key specs.

Lenovo K9 Note Quick Specs

  • 6-inch, 18:9 aspect ratio, IPS display with 720 x 1440 pixel resolution.
  • 16MP + 2MP fixed focuus depth sensor
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • Android 8.1 Oreo + ZUI 3.9
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset
  • 3GB or 4GB of RAM
  • 32 or 64GB internal storage.
  • microSD up to 256GB
  • 3760mAh Lithium-Ion battery
  • 10W fast charging

As far as I can see, the K9 Note is superb value for money for the bargain hunter. It is one of those well-rounded smartphone that tend to get the job done effortlessly without screaming.

What makes the Lenovo K9 Note stand out is the fact that it is difficult to find an Android smartphone that matches its specs for the same price. For about $125 or ₦42,000, you will find many devices from competing brands offering 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. And you will be hard pressed to find quick charging and the classy metallic design of the K9 Note on those devices.

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Lenovo Mobile makes some solid smartphones. It is a shame that the brand has officially closed shop in Nigeria and some other African countries. Lenovo-Motorola keeps struggling to sell. It reminds me of Sony’s travails. That is another brand that makes some great phones, yet struggles with sales.

Personally, if I were shopping for a smartphone and had a ₦40,000 budget, Lenovo K9 Note would be my choice as of today. It is even much better value than the Soda S2 (especially as Soda Mobile seems to have fallen off the radar). See our Soda S2 review. Lenovo is very much in business and supporting their devices.

Where to buy the Lenovo K9 Note

The K9 Note is available for purchase on Gearbest, AliExpress, and Jumia, among other e-commerce retailers. You can use THIS LINK to order the Lenovo K9 Note 3GB/32GB variant from Jumia Nigeria (MobilityArena earns a commission when you use that link).

Disclaimer: Of course, you are responsible for your smartphone buying decisions. Get a second opinion, and a third, if necessary, to determine whether or not this is a good purchase for you. Don’t just take our word for it.



  1. How well does this compete in terms of value with the RedMi 7 ?

    Eyeball to eyeball, I think this Lenovo would blink first !

    Yes, ayam now a RedMiSheep

  2. EyeBeeKay,

    Contentious. Redmi 7 3G/32G sells for ₦47,000 and above, depending on where you shop, though it has a more powerful processor and a marginally bigger battery.

    That is almost a different price segment from the K9 Note.

  3. Shoulders high for lenovo in the price range, I think they have brought enough quality to be counted.
    This is a good period for consumer as we have wide range of pocket friendly smartphone to choose from.
    If the display performs well and battery efficient. Then it’s perfect for the price.

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