August 23, 2018

Update your Lenovo K6 Power to Oreo 8.1 from Scratch - My experiments

Hey there! Probably this is the most requested topic on my youtube channel and to be honest, I have officially left applying mods on my device which is K6 Power. However, now that the device is almost on the verge of hitting a 2 year anniversary I have decided to put up a detailed article briefing my experiments with Lenovo K6 Power, and will put up a video related to this on my channel too. So do hop in there and hit the subscribe button to keep in touch. So without further talks lets dive into the subject matter.

Lenovo K6 Power: Root, Bootloader, Custom ROM


Let us first know about Lenovo K6 Power specs:

Lenovo K6 Power Specifications:


GENERAL

Release dateSeptember 2016
Form factorTouchscreen
Dimensions (mm)141.90 x 70.30 x 9.30
Weight (g)145.00
Battery capacity (mAh)4000
Removable batteryNo
ColoursGold, Dark Grey, Silver (That's mine)

DISPLAY

Screen size (inches)5.00
TouchscreenYes
Resolution1080x1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI)441

HARDWARE

Processor1.4GHz octa-core
Processor makeQualcomm Snapdragon 430
RAM3GB
Internal storage32GB
Expandable storageYes
Expandable storage typemicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)128

CAMERA

Rear camera13-megapixel
Rear FlashLED
Front camera8-megapixel

SOFTWARE

Operating SystemAndroid 6.0.1
SkinVibe Pure UI

CONNECTIVITY

Wi-FiYes
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 b/g/n
GPSYes
BluetoothYes, v 4.20
NFCNo
InfraredNo
USB OTGYes
Headphones3.5mm
FMYes
Number of SIMs2
SIM 1
SIM TypeNano-SIM
GSM/CDMAGSM
3GYes
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)Yes
SIM 2
SIM TypeNano-SIM
GSM/CDMAGSM
3GYes
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)Yes

SENSORS

Compass/ MagnetometerYes
Proximity sensorYes
AccelerometerYes
Ambient light sensorYes
GyroscopeYes
BarometerNo
Temperature sensorNo

Root Lenovo K6 Power:

Honestly speaking, I have an inner inquisitiveness about rooting every possible devices that I get my hands on. Naturally I wanted to root K6 Power as soon as I bought the cell. But could manage to find any such tutorials on youtube. So after waiting till March 2017 I finally got to root my device. In order to root your Lenovo K6 Power you need to unlock its security shield i.e, the boot-loader. Now that was another crazy task. below this I am giving you step-by-step guide on how to proceed with rooting your device and extending its capacity.



Unlock Bootloader:


Well this is the primary step that you need to follow before rooting Lenovo K6 power. Without an unlocked bootloader you cannot install a custom recovery i.e., TWRP recovery and flash any Superuser zip file to root your device.

You can follow this post right here where I have given detailed explanation on how to unlock bootloader using ADB and fastboot commands.




Installing Custom Recovery:


The inbuilt stock recovery system is not strong enough and has very less facilities which limits you from flashing any third-party zip files. That is why you need to flash a custom recovery. So in this case we are using TWRP recovery. For detailed instructions on how to flash TWRP recovery in Lenovo K6 power you can follow the link given below.




Flashing the Superuser.zip File:


Now in order to root your phone, you can either flash superuser.zip file or you can opt in for a much advanced application which gives you systemless routing facility that is Magisk. Both of the flashing processes you can get from the links below.




Flashing Custom ROM:


If you just want to change your phone stock ROM then it is not necessary for you to root your device because the most important step for changing your phones original ROM is the installation of custom recovery. Since all the custom rom zip files and the gapps files are flashed via custom recovery i.e., TWRP recovery.




You'll find links for specific custom ROMs from XDA website but here is something that I need to add about flashing your custom ROM. Our device's processor is a 64 bit  one but this stock ROM happens to be 32 bit OS thus having a lot of processor unused. However, you can definitely try out some 64 bit ROMs which give you a more enhance performance on a device.

If you just want to flash USB extended version custom ROM from your stock ROM on Lenovo K6 power then you might find some errors while flashing it in the TWRP recovery. So for this I would advise you to first update this stock ROM to Lineage OS and then head over to subsequent updates whichever OS you want to apply.

In my personal opinion I  found DOT OS and crDROID ROM containing Android version 7.1.2 is the best sort of Nougat ROM available for Lenovo K6 power and other than that if we head over to oreo then definitely lineage OS 15.1 is the only choice.


I have attached below the links of all custom ROMs available for Lenovo K6 power as well as the gapps file which is necessary for flashing. Also you can follow up the YouTube video guides that is available on this playlist below.

       

Had Fun? Back to Stock ROM!


As of now most of my videos that I make on YouTube are edited on my Lenovo K6 Power. As I have seen that in those custom OS video rendering using kinemaster and other video coding apps, crashes and gets force closed. So I had to head back to flashing stock ROM using QFIL tool. Details about which you will find in the link that follows.

So these are the things that I have done with Lenovo K6 power for the past 2 years. Do let me know in the comments section below if you have tried out something other than this on your device. Also if you face any problems while flashing custom recovery and custom rom on a device don't hesitate in writing below I shall try to reply you as soon as possible.

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