Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus, Feel the Vibe!

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The latest smart-phone in the Chinese tech-giant’s portfolio is the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus, but is this something to write home about?

Well, if you want to know the answer, keep reading folks. What’s up with this, another mid-ranged droid with a fancy name, you may ask?

The answer is yes or no, depending upon your preference. Basically, the work horse of almost all smart-phone manufacturers seems to be in the mid-range, both in terms of specs and the pricing. Of course, there’s an exception to that rule, and its name is Apple, but let’s not disturb the Gods with petty problems.

As you probably already guessed, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is a capable mid-ranger, featuring a respectable 5 inches wide screen, dual SIM connectivity, a decent 13 MP snapper and last year’s best selling system on chip, a little bit revamped and re-branded.

Aurea mediocritas, thy name is Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus.

But take a load of this: this gadget comes with a price tag of just $130, free of contract. I mean, the price for a battery exchange in an iPhone 6, right?

But is it worth it? The answer comes right back after the break.

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus comes with a very long list of features given its $130 price tag, and a few disadvantages, which are by no mean deal breakers.

Beginning with the dimensions, this fella is 142 x 71 x 8mm, relatively compact for a five incher, and weighs 142 grams. The design is pretty generic, but if you ask me, all smartphones look alike, more or less, they’re like little bricks in your pocket, some shinier than others. In my opinion, the Vibe K5 Plus looks pretty cool, but I am a big fan of minimalist design, so my opinion doesn’t matter.

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For the $130 price tag, don’t expect high end materials here, there’s no metal, zero, zilch, nada, because life in plastic is fantastic. But the built and workmanship is fine, with a smooth satin-like finish, which gives it enough grip and a pleasant feel in your hands.

The display is nothing short of impressive for the money, featuring  1080p resolution with 441 pixels per inch density.

Also, the screen is pretty good performance wise, and again, given the price tag, I have absolutely no complaints here.

In terms of connectivity, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is a dual-SIM smartphone, offering basically everything you actually need: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, a micro USB port and a FM radio receiver. Don’t expect NFC and other goodies, because you’ll be disappointed.

The battery is a juicy 2750 mAh power plant and it comes with a 69 hours endurance rating, which offers you almost three days of autonomy for one charge. In real life parlance, the Vibe K5 Plus is capable of delivering 31 hours of talk time, almost 9 hours of web browsing and seven and a half hours of video playback. Not bad at all.

The OS is a custom made Android 5.1, with Lenovo’s proprietary user interface, namely Vibe OS.  The OS runs smoothly on the Snapdragon 615 system on chip, which comes with no less than eight Cortex A-53 CPUs, together with an Adreno 405 GPU and 2 GB of RAM.

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The set up is quite standard for mid-range droids and it does a decent job, if you’re not a power user, providing more than adequate performance on day-to-day tasks; everything runs smooth, with next to zero lag nor hick-ups.

The camera in this baby-Lenovo features  a 13 megapixels sensor and it’s capable of shooting pics at a max res of 4160 x 3120 pixels, while the lens comes with an f/2.2 aperture. There’s also a single LED flash thrown into the mix for better pics in low lighting conditions, but don’t expect laser auto-focus and phase detection in a hundred dollar smartphone.

In terms of photo/video output, the camera performs above average, with accurate color reproduction and enough resolved details, while the selfie snapper does a cool job too.

The Vibe K5 Plus can record video in full HD resolution @30 frames per second; while the quality of the phone’s video recording capability it’s not impressive,  I’ve seen worse in more expensive smartphones, so there are no major complaints in this department also, let’s be realistic folks.

In conclusion, I must confess that the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is a honest mid-range droid, offering a lot of cool features for the price tag, and while flagships are very nice, if you don’t have money to burn or you don’t require the latest and the greatest for checking your email and your Facebook notifications, you should not miss this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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