Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
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Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus Review

At first glance, the Vibe K5 Plus looks okay for a budget device. The built is sturdy, but it won't win any design contest. The K5 Plus does away with the all-plastic build of A6000/A6000 Plus, and goes for a hybrid design. The removable back panel features an aluminum plate in the middle flanked by two plastic strips. It's flimsy, and is prone to scratches.


Yet the phone is compact, and feels great in the hand, not once slipping out. The navigation keys at front are unfortunately not backlit, and you might fumble once in a while in dark.


The neatest touch on the Vibe K5 Plus is the twin speaker grilles at the back with the Dolby logo. Big props to Lenovo for including stereo speakers in a budget device.


The K5 plus sports a 5-inch Full HD IPS display which is pretty good for its price. I would've been contended with 720p display, but a 1080p display with 441ppi for a budget device is impressive.


It's sharp and vivid, and also offers great viewing angles. The text is sharp and the images are crisp. The colors are a bit dull and the accuracy too is only middling, especially when looked at an angle. The brightness and contrast is at par or better than most sub-₹10,000 smartphones in the market, although if you have a good eye, you'd rate Redmi Note 3's display better. The K5 Plus though has better color accuracy.


There's no Gorilla Glass protection but that's understandable for a budget device. For a budget LCD panel, the Vibe K5 Plus also does good enough in bright sunlight.


Powered by a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus does well on the specifications sheet for a budget device. The performance though is middling, and once you've got a few apps on and are multitasking in real-life usage, a few lags start creeping in.


There are random freezes, too. Yet, the Vibe K5 Plus chugs along well for graphic-intensive gaming titles, although it does heat up within minutes. It doesn't get uncomfortably hot, but is annoying since it happens not just while gaming, but even while watching a local video or streamed from the Web.


The Vibe K5 Plus also misses out on nifty extras like a fingerprint reader or an IR blaster. Several other low-cost smartphones do offer these features, so Lenovo is betting big on its overall package to steer clear of these. Of course, it supports Lenovo's AntVR headset for an immersive media experience via TheatreMax technology.


One of the lesser appreciated highlights of the Vibe K5 Plus is the Dolby audio enhancement. The Dolby Atmos speakers offer crisp, clear sound and the twin speakers really do make a difference. The audio quality is brilliant – better than even several higher-priced smartphones.


In the age of unibody smartphones, the Vibe K5 Plus sports a modest 2750 mAh removable battery. As the battery life turns out, you'd thank Lenovo for the swappable battery. I started the day with full battery, and a few social apps and email on 4G had me going to about 15 percent battery by the afternoon.


While the battery life is just about okay for a light user, even on a moderate usage, you'd have to reach for the charger before end of the day. It's pretty inexcusable even for a budget device. The charging too is pretty slow which is a bummer considering the battery life.


The Vibe K5 Plus is no marathon runner, although it does well for the moderately sized battery it packs. Several smartphones with a bigger battery don't go significantly longer. However, if you play games and watch a lot of videos on the move, the Vibe K5 Plus is not for you.


The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus runs the company's proprietary Vibe UI on top of Android Lollipop 5.1.1. Interestingly, the budget device doesn't come with the revamped Vibe UI that shipped with the Lenovo Vibe X3 earlier this year. While Lenovo smartphones have found a lot of takers, I'm yet to meet a Vibe UI fan and it's no different with the Vibe K5 Plus. It works, and that's about it.


The phone comes with the usual Lenovo software additions. There's the Lenovo Companion app which lets you check for software updates and perform system tests, as well as the familiar SHAREit and SYNCit for transferring files and backing up data respectively. There's a limited Theme Center too with a tacky collection of themes and wallpapers.


The Vibe K5 Plus comes with a lot of bundled apps like Game Store, Twitter, Skype, WeChat, UC Browser, Flipkart, Myntra, Evernote, McAfee Security, and Truecaller, but thankfully these all can be uninstalled if you are not interested. Still, the amount of out of the box bloatware on a device with limited hardware is awkward.


The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is equipped with a 13MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture and LED flash, as well as a 5MP front shooter. The front camera is okay for this price segment and allows you to click decent selfies in outdoor lighting, although only manages noisy shots indoors.


The rear camera is decent too for a budget device. For close-up shots and when the subject is right in front of lens, the photo quality is pretty good with plenty of details. Landscape shots are inconsistent though, and low light shots turn out to be quite dark and grainy.


The camera app is standard UI fare, and apart from the HDR and Panorama mode, there is range of filters you can apply to your photos in real time.


The Vibe K5 Plus wouldn't shatter any sales records, but makes for a good enough, compact device that won't break the bank. It sports Full HD display, brilliant audio output, and a decent camera, but middling performance and a terrible battery life lets you down.


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Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus Technical Specifications
Phone Length
Phone Width
Phone Depth
Phone Weight
Display Width
Display Height
Pixels Per Inch
Phone Details
142mm
71mm
7.99mm
142g
1080 pixels
1920 pixels
441 PPI
Operating System
Current OS
CPU Name
CPU Cores
CPU Speed
GPU
RAM
Standby Time
Talk Time
Phone Tech & Talktimes
Android
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Qualcomm MSM8939v2 Snapdragon 616
8 core[s]
1.5Ghz
Adreno 405
2 GB
0 hours
1 hours
External Storage
Internal Storage
Frequency Bands
Radio
Mediaplayer
MP3 Player
MP3 Ringtones
MP3 HeadPhone
Bluetooth
Storage & Multimedia
32GB
16GB
0 bands
GPRS
USB
3G
4G
WIFI
GPS
A-GPS
Phone Connectivity
Camera
Front Camera
Video Player
Image Editing
Accelerometer
Touch Screen
Capacitive TS
Gorilla Glass
Shatterproof Plastic
Compass
Vibrate
Camera & General Details
13 megapixels
5 megapixels
Speaker Phone
Browser
Work in USA
Voice Dial
PC Connection
Keypad
SMS
MMS
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