Lenovo Vibe K5 & K5 Plus hands-on


Apart from the high-end phones that we are oh-so-excited about, this ear's MWC 2016 trade show also marked the arrival of a whole slew of other phones, most of which aim to entice you not with lavish specs, but with their affordability. Chief among these Lenovo's Vibe K5 and K5 Plus, two mid-rangers that will cost you $129 and $149. Sadly, you won't be able to purchase them in the US, but for curiosity's sake, we took them for a spin.

Both handsets look identical, so it’s honestly tough to tell them apart besides looking at their display. The reason is that the K5 Plus comes with a 1080p display, whereas the K5 sports a 720p one — the higher resolution of the K5 Plus’ display gives it a smidgen more detail, but this doesn't mean that the K5 is much inferior. 

As far as the design is concerned, at first sight and touch we were pleasantly surprised to find out that both are full-metal device, but as we toyed around with the K5 & K5 Plus we quickly realized that their build is not very sturdy. Yet, given the price tag, such downsides are to be expected. As a whole the two feel cheap, but then again, we should not forget that they are, er, cheap!

Performance-wise, they do the job, though intensive tasks certainly take the logical toll on the on-board hardware. Indeed, equipped with a Snapdragon 415 and a Snapdragon 616 respectively, the Vibe K5 and K5 Plus are not benchmark-crunching performers, but then again, they are not even trying to be.



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Vibe K5
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 415, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2750 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
Vibe K5 Plus
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 616, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2750 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop

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10 Comments

9. dazed1

Posts: 815; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

S415 and is far from midrange...

6. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Don't like midrange phones.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

$129 and $149 phone is obviously not a midranger

5. xq10xa

Posts: 816; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Please.........oh please don't fire the Motorola design team.

4. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

How miserable would be life if only lenovo phones be there.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

at least there still be moto ... by Lenovo

10. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Moto is good , apart from post purchase service which is a joke.

2. xocomaox

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

It's good to see Lenovo with a line of phones that look completely different than their Moto line. Looking at these, I would not want them bringing any of these design elements to the Moto line!

3. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

I agree. These phones look really bland and uninspiring

1. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

How is the front camera ? Good enough for selfies ?

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