There are many better phones available today under Rs 10,000. And Lenovo wants to keep its grip on the budget smartphone. Accordingly, it can be said that K5 Plus is a popular phone. K3 Note ,review) which has been introduced with a premium look at a low price. what Lenovo Is this phone worth buying? Know the pros and cons of the smartphone in our review.
look and design
The Vibe K5 Plus may cost less but it looks great. We got a Silver color variant for review but this phone is also available in Gold and Gray color variants. There is a camera and sensor window on the top of the phone’s display and capacitive navigation buttons at the bottom. But if the phone’s capacitive buttons are not backlit, there can be trouble in the dark. There is no extra space on the sides of the screen, which makes the phone easy to use with one hand.
The sides and rear of the phone are made together which makes it a bit difficult to remove the rear cover. The phone seems to have been made with metal in the middle with plastic on the top and bottom, but the rear is completely plastic with a thin metal layer on top.
There is a corner camera on the rear along with a single LED flash. The two most notable speakers at the bottom are the grille and the Dolby logo. In general, stereo speakers are rarely provided in budget phones. The 3.5mm audio socket and micro-USB port are on the top side of the smartphone and the power and volume buttons are on the right side.
The battery of the phone can be removed. You can see two micro-SIM slots and a separate microSD card slot when the battery is removed. On purchasing the phone, you will get a 1.5A charger, UAB cable and screen protector. Lenovo does not provide any headset with the phone.
Specifications and software
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor. The phone has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. Vibe K5 Plus comes with LTE support. Battery capacity is 2750mAh and it comes with all standard connectivity features like Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi b/g/n, AGPS and UAB-OTG.
The phone has a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080×1920. This display is good in this price phone. The phone supports Lenovo’s VR headset to deliver an immersive experience. The rear camera is 13 megapixels while the front camera is 5 megapixels. 1080 pixels video recording can be done from the phone. Dolby Audio enhancement is also available.
But the phone does not have features like fingerprint sensor and eye ammeter, while other low-cost phones come with these special features. It seems that Lenovo has considered the metal body given in this phone as the specialty of the phone.
Lenovo has decided not to pass on all the benefits of the new Vibe UI that was introduced in the premium Vibe X3 this year to budget smartphone customers. Along with the app drawer in the phone, the option to switch them has not been given. The phone is based on 5.1.1.
The phone has Lenovo Companion app that lets you check for software updates and perform basic sub-system tests. It can also be used to transfer files and back up data, just like apps like Shareit and Syncit. In the Theme Center, you will find six types of themes and many types of wallpapers but you will not get stock Android. Apart from this, many apps including Game Store, Twitter, Skype, WeChat, UC Browser, Flipkart, Myntra, Evernote and Truecaller will be available pre-installed but all of them can also be removed according to the need.
We found the Vibe K5 Plus to be a good phone in all respects. The screen is sharp and bright, although colors do seem a bit light. On the other hand, the audio in the phone is loud and clear. The twin speakers given in the phone give great sound. Dolby Atmos control gives the smartphone a different feel from the rest of the phone but it works only in supported apps. Our biggest complaint about this phone is that the back of the phone gets very hot during light use like streaming YouTube videos.
In the benchmark test, we got the same figures from this phone as other budget smartphones. But the Vibe K5 Plus scored lower in benchmark tests than the K3 Note.
The quality of pictures taken with the phone’s camera was fine. Closeup shots are good with the phone’s camera. Focus is a big problem in the phone’s camera in all kinds of light. Every time we took a picture, we had to hold the phone tightly otherwise the result could have been bad. However, all these problems come to the fore only when you zoom the pictures to full size. You will also get select filter options in the camera. Video recording at 1080 pixels is good but the phone gets very hot even during recording. Apart from this, we also found the limited duration of 30 minutes to record videos in the phone unreasonable.
The battery of Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus smartphone lasts for a day during normal use. In our video loop test, the phone’s battery lasted for 6 hours and 46 minutes, which is much less than average. The battery of the phone also charges very slowly.
It looks like Lenovo has other better phones at the moment. Launched with a lower price, with better features and looks, this phone could have been as popular as Lenovo K3 Note but we complain a lot about the phone’s weak battery and the problem of overheating.
Talking about the performance, the Vibe K5 Plus is expensive. Honor 5X (review) and the same price Karbonn Quattro L50 This Lenovo phone is also competing with HD. Although xiaomi redmi note 3 ,reviewYou can feel more happy by buying ) at a slightly higher price.