Lenovo announced two pocket friendly smartphones at the MWC this year, and the company has finally launched the Vibe K5 Plus in India, which they promised. It boasts of an aluminum style finish built at just 8.2 mm of thickness, and will be available in Platinum Silver, Champagne Goldand Graphite Gray colors. It comes with Snapdragon 616 processor and Dolby Atmos dual rear speakers for seamless sound output. We spent some time with the Vibe K5 Plus, and here is our initial review of the smartphone.

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Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus Specifications

Key SpecsLenovo Vibe K5 Plus
Display5-inch
Screen ResolutionFHD, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 5.1
Processor 1.5GHz Octa-core
ChipsetSnapdragon 616
Memory2 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 16 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 32 GB via microSD
Primary Camera13-megapixel with LED Flash
Video recording1080p @ 30fps
Secondary Camera5 MP
Battery 2750 mAh
Fingerprint SensorNo
NFCNo
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM
WaterproofNo
Weight142 gms
Price INR 8,499

Lenovo K5 Plus Hands on Review, Camera, Comparison and Overview [Video]

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus Photo Gallery

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus Physical Overview

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is a decent looking phone, and it sports an aluminum back which feels solid with fairly small bezels around the edges of the display. The best thing about the smartphone is its weight, which is just 142 grams and the thickness is 8.2 mm. It is not the thinnest and lightest but it still has a fine design to look costlier than what it actually costs. It has curved back and rounded edges, which feel great to hold. Overall built feels solid and offers good grip.

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Taking a look around the phone, you will find the speaker grill in the middle, proximity and ambient light sensors on its right, and the front camera is placed at its left.

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Capacitive navigation keys are marked at the chin with silver colour.

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On the rear, you will find the camera module at the top left corner of the screen and the LED flash on its right.

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You will find the Lenovo branding in the middle and the dual speaker grills are at the bottom of the back cover.

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Volume rocker and power/lock keys are placed on the right side of the phone.

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Micro USB port for data syncing and charging and the 3.5 mm audio jack is at the top of the phone.

Vibe K5 Plus User Interface

On the software front, the Vibe K5 Plus is running on Android 5.1 Lollipop, skinned with Lenovo’s own custom features on top. It has a revamped notification shade, no app drawer and there are also a number of pre-installed apps like SHAREit, SNAPit, and Guvera Music. The transitions and custom animations were smooth during the hands on experience; we will be testing the device more to know more about the user interface on this phone.

Vibe K5 Plus Camera Overview

For photography, the Vibe K5 Plus features a rear-facing 13 MP camera with auto focus and an LED flash. The rear camera is considerably good for outdoor and natural light images but like any other budget device, the camera underperforms in low light scenarios. Details and colours look good in day light but do not capture natural colours in artificial light.

The front facing camera is a little disappointing, it comes with 5 MP fixed focus camera. In natural light, you can get a decent selfie but in artificial lights the pictures lacked details. You may not get the picture perfect selfies from the smartphone, but it’s still good for Skype or other video calling apps.

Price, Availability and Competition

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is priced at INR 8,499 and it will be available via open sale exclusively on Flipkart from March 23. Vibe K5 Plus will compete with the phones like LeEco Le 1s, Coolpad Note 3Lenovo Vibe K4 NoteHonor Holly 2 Plus, Canvas 5 and some other phones under 10K price category.

Conclusion

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is fairly impressive for the price of INR 8,499; featuring an octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor coupled 2 GB of RAM, full HD display, 13 MP camera and Dolby audio. We’ll give a more thorough verdict once we receive a review unit.