Lenovo Vibe K5, Feel the Summer Vibe!


K5 Vibe

The Lenovo Vibe K5 plays in the best bang for the buck category, being a relatively cheap smartphone which delivers a lot of punch where it counts.

Don’t confuse the Vibe K5 with the K5 Plus, which is another malarkey, this baby is the base variant, the cheaper and also with fewer add-ons and a more affordable price tag. When I am talking about fewer add-ons I am referring to bells and whistles, such as hardware stuff.

For example, the Lenovo Vibe K5 was downgraded in terms of screen resolution, 720p vs Full HD 1080p in the Plus, also the hardware architecture, i.e. a Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 chipset vs a QSD 616 in the Plus.

But the rest of the features are relatively the same, especially the built quality, the dimensions and the metal back-panel, which is something quite unexpected in a cheap smartphone. Yes, that’s a plus folks, together with a more than decent 13 megapixels camera, 2 gigs of RAM and a beefy 2750 mAh battery. In these regards, the two droids are virtually the same.

Now, let’s take a look at the Vibe K5’s main features, right after the break!

So, the first thing that comes to mind if you’re an avid smartphone user in an emerging market is the dual SIM support. You know, your friends are on Orange, AT&T or whatever carrier you have in your neck of the wood; what are you going to do, exchange SIM cards every time to when calling to save a few bucks? Because if money were not an issue, you would have chose another smartphone, something like a Galaxy S7 or an iPhone 6s, right?

Rest assured, because in this regard, the Vibe K5 offers full support for dual SIM, so your basis are covered totally. The display is a conservative 5 inches wide IPS LCD with HD/720p resolution and a more than decent 294 pixels per inch density.

The little droid runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 system on chip, as I already warned in the preamble, but that’s pretty cool, as the quad core architecture of four Cortex A53 CPUs clocked at 1.0 GHz are more than enough for day to day jobs, Facebook, YouTube videos, Whatsappa and the whole shebang. Everything runs pretty good on the Vibe K5, helped quite a bit by the 2 gigs of RAM and the decent Adreno 405 graphic processing unit.

Now, don’t get me wrong, this droid is not suited for hardcore apps and games, but if you’re a regular Android user, you’ll feel just like home, everything runs smooth if you don’t push it too hard.

Another thing that plays in K5 Vibe’s favor is the fact that it runs on an older version of Android, the 5.1.1 Lollipop, which doesn’t require so much hardware like the newer distros.

When it comes to multi-media, don’t worry, the K5 Vibe will not disappoint you, provided you’re not expecting DSLR like quality from its more than decent 13 megapixels main camera, which comes with an f/2.2 aperture lens, full HD video capabilities (1080p), a LED flash and auto-focus.

Lenovo K5 Vibe

The native storage capacity is 16 GB which is more than enough, and if not you can expand it further via micro SD cards. In the connectivity department, everything is taken care of, as the Lenovo Vibe K5 features LTE Cat.4 (that’s 150 megabytes per second, okay?), GPS with Glonass, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and even an FM radio, which is kind of rare nowadays unfortunately. I know flagship smartphones that fail to provide an FM radio, I will never understand this trend. Or maybe it’s because of internet streaming which killed FM radio? Who knows…moving on with the review, to keep the lights on for the maximum amount of time, the Lenovo K5 Vibe packs a beefy 2750 mAh power plant which offers 13 hours of talk time and almost nine hours of web browsing, having an endurance rating of 64 hours.

Bottom line, if the review sounded familiar to you, there’s a good reason for that, as the K5 Vibe is pretty similar with the Plus, as I already told you (and I already reviewed earlier). And that’s a good thing in my opinion, i.e. a dual SIM smartphone, with a removable battery, booming stereo-speakers, a metal cover and a dirt cheap price.







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