Lenovo Vibe K5 Note Review
Lenovo has been on a hot streak in India, with a slew of great smartphones on offer that covers everything from entry-level to high-end. The company has found particular success with its K Note series, while both the K3 Note and the Vibe K4 Note proving to be quite popular.
Vibe K5 Note Design and Display:
The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note features a full metal unibody construction. The headphone jack sits on the top, while the micro USB port can be found on the bottom. The hybrid dual-SIM card and micro SD card slot are on the left side, and on the right is the power button and volume buttons. The buttons are definitely an improvement when compared to its predecessor, with a good amount of travel and a nice click to them.
Below the display, we can see capacitive keys. The fingerprint scanner is located on back side of the phone below to camera and dual LED flash, and the bottom is single speaker unit.
The Vibe K5 Note comes with a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a Full HD resolution. 1080p allows for plenty of sharpness and reading text, watching videos, and playing games are all enjoyable on this large display. There is a manual mode that gives you granular control over these aspects, and a few preset options, like Comfort Mode, that helps protect your eyes when browsing the phone for long periods of time.
Vibe K5 Note Performance and Software:
It’s powered by the octa-core MediaTek 6755 SoC Helio P10 with an option to choose between 3GB and 4GB RAM. Both the variants come with 32GB of onboard storage with microSD card slot that can further expandable up to 128GB. Another thing to catch here is that either you can go for dual SIM, or single SIM with MicroSD support. The Pure UI is comparatively light with just the right amount of features and enhancements thrown in.
When it comes to special features, you get stuff like Secure Zone, Gestures, Power Manager, and Display Colour Profile.
Vibe K5 Note Camera and Finger Print Scanner and Battery:
K5 comes with 13 MP rear camera with phase detection autofocuses, and dual-LED flash. The front camera is of 8-Megapixel. You do have options to customize the Aspect Ratio, Photo resolution, white balance, ISO. The camera also allows you to take Panorama shots, HDR, and use live filters. Result in Low light is not too good to impress.
The phone houses a fingerprint sensor which comes in very handy when it comes to unlocking the phone, and it’s pretty addictive as well. No more gesture support is available as of now. One thing that Pure UI allows us to choose between Tap to unlock or Press and Hold to unlock the phone. K5 Note has an impressive battery life of 3500 mAh.
Vibe K5 Note Pros and Cons:
1) Solid metal unibody design
2) Good performance and impressive gaming experience
3) Great battery life
1) Lackluster camera
2) Audio a lets down compared to predecessor (Vibe K4 Note)
The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is priced at Rs 11,999 for the model with 3GB of RAM, while the higher-end model with 4GB of RAM will set you back Rs 13,499. The all-metal exterior feels great, fingerprint sensor works great, the rear speaker is quite impressive, and performance is top notch.
The phone competes well with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Moto G4 Plus
The all-metal exterior feels great, fingerprint sensor works great, the rear speaker is quite impressive, and performance is top notch.