Lenovo K6 Note Teardown

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Lenovo launched K6 Note smartphone in India back in December starting at Rs. 13999. The successor of Vibe K5 Note comes with a better camera and a larger battery. Even though this has a familiar design and similar specifications as the predecessor, there are a lot of components that go into making the device what that might not be revealed on a regular specs sheet. We did a teardown of the device to see what it packs on the inside. Let’s take a peek.

Lenovo K6 Note specifications

  • 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD IPS display
  • Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 ( 4 x 1.2 GHz Cortex A53 + 4 x 1.5 GHz Cortex A53) 64-bit processor with Adreno 505 GPU
  • 3GB /4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
  • Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano/microSD)
  • 16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 3.5mm audio jack, Dolby Atmos
  • 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS
  • 4000mAh built-in battery

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We started off by switching off the device and removing the hybrid sim card slot. Since the phone doesn’t have any visible screws on the outside we opened the back cover with slim plastic tool.

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The major part of back cover is made out of aluminum . The top and bottom part of the back cover are in plastic to improve signal strength.

The back cover houses the cut outs for the camera setup, LED Light, Finger print sensor and Lenovo branding. At the right side we have the volume rocker and power key attached to the cover itself. At the left side we have the opening for the sim card slot. And at the bottom we have the cut outs for micro USB and speaker holes.

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There are five silver torx screws and three black torx screws holding down the metal bracket. This metal bracket along with plastic top cover have some small circuits to improve the cellular and WiFi coverage strength.

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Now we disconnect the ribbon cables connected to the main logic board such as display cable and battery connector and micro USB assembly cable.

USB assembly is held in place by five TORX screws. After undoing all the screws, you will be able to remove the top cover of the USB assembly. This top cover holds the speaker assembly. Now we disconnected the ribbon cable from the main logic board to remove the micro USB assembly.

Taking a closer look at the components of the micro USB assembly. You have the speaker, micro USB assembly which holds the micro USB port and the primary microphone.

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Removing the battery is easy by pulling the tab to release the glue holding the battery. We have a 4000mAh battery made by Lenovo.

The main logic board is held in place by 2 screws and power key ribbon cable and digitizer ribbon cable. We the remove the rear camera, front facing camera and finger sensor from the logic board.

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The front facing camera is an 8MP 1/4″ Sony IMX219 Exmor R sensor with 1.12 µm pixels. The primary camera is a 16MP Camera.

The fingerprint sensor is fpc102x fingerprint sensor.

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The metal brackets over the processor and other chips in the main logic board can now be removed. The back side of the logic board houses the Volume rocker connector, display connector, battery connector, micro USB connector, Dual LED Flash, Qualcomm WTR2965 RF transceiver , INVENSENSE I2608D 6-Axis Gyroscope + Accelerometer and digitizer connector.

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The front side of the logic board consists of 3.5mm audio jack, ambient
& proximity sensor, hybrid dual SIM slot, secondary microphone, Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core processor, Qualcomm power IC PMI8952, PMI8937 Power management IC, Samsung KMRX1000BM 32GB eMMC internal storage + 3GB LPDDR3 RAM combo and fingerprint sensor connector.

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The display panel is the TIANMA NT35596 5.5-inch 1080p LCD panel. houses the vibrator, internal speaker, digitizer connector and display ribbon cable.

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We give the Lenovo K6 Note a reparability score of 8/10. Like our previous two teardowns only the back cover of the phone need some effort to open once you pass that it is fairly easy to replace the parts. Please note that teardowns will most definitely void your warranty so if you are planning to do the same on your device, keep that in mind.

Images by Siraj

Author: Srivatsan Sridhar

Srivatsan Sridhar is a Mobile Technology Enthusiast who is passionate about Mobile phones and Mobile apps. He uses the phones he reviews as his main phone. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram