Soon after unveiling the K3 Note, Lenovo came up with a new low budget smartphone, Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus, while rumors started flying about the K5 Note, the K5 Plus came in to take set the pace in the low-budget segment. The smartphone comes with good specs and looks quite promising on paper, and to add a little spark, Lenovo has also put the famous DOLBY ATMOS and Theatre Max support in their new Vibe K5 Plus smartphone, so in this regard, we are going to do a full review of the Lenovo K5 Plus review.

As of now, the Lenovo K5 Plus is available in 3 color variants - Gold, Silver & Black. Even though the device doesn’t come with a metallic body, which has become the trend now, but the mixture of Aluminum back gives the device a premium feel.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus review

Display

The Vibe K5 Plus features a 5.0-inch full HD display, having a resolution of (1080 x 1920p), and what makes the screen quality good is the compact screen size. The detailing appears to be quite crisp courtesy of the 441 ppi, but the color reproduction isn’t up to the mark as you expect it to be, but moving ahead, the viewing angles are also quite good, if not great. However, what is disappointing is that the display doesn’t come with a Gorilla Glass type protection or any other type of screen protection. Overall, it is one of the few smartphones available in the low-budget segment to boast a full HD display.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus review

Performance

Fast forward, let’s now talk about the hardware, and to be frank, it is not frequent that Lenovo uses a Snapdragon processor, because most of their budget smartphones come with a MediaTek processor, however, this time, Lenovo went ahead with the Snapdragon chipset, as a result, the device packs a new powerful Snapdragon 616 64 bit octa-core processor; the first four cores are clocked at 1.7 GHz, and the lower four cores are clocked at 1.2 GHz.

The processor is getting supported by 2 Gigs of RAM, however, there is also a 3 GB model available, so when it’s come to multitasking; the device offers a smooth experience, while jumping in out of apps, but you might face some lags and that’s not because of the RAM or the processor, it’s due of the custom UI.

For gaming, Lenovo has used the old Adreno 405 GPU, but surprisingly, the device seems to handle games pretty well. You will able to play causal to moderate games like Doodle Army 2, NFS: Most Wanted, Modern Combat 5, Pokemon Go, etc. Furthermore, the device also doesn't have any kind of overheating issues.

Software

Out of the box, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus runs on the Android v 5.1 Lollipop, which is a kind of a setback, because, many were expecting that the device would come with the Android Marshmallow, and on top it, the device runs on the custom Vibe UI.

The Vibe UI is not considered a good Android custom skin, and sometimes the UI seems to create some issues, but Lenovo seems to be bringing in some good improvements and optimization with their custom UI. In addition, it is worth mentioning that there is no official statement whether the Vibe K5 Plus will be receiving the Android Marshmallow update.

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Camera

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus packs a 13 MP rear facing camera, which is getting assisted by a LED flash, whereas, at the front there is a 5 MP camera for taking selfies, now before talking about the quality, it’s good to let you know that Lenovo doesn’t have a good reputation regarding their cameras, and that’s exactly the case with the Vibe K5 Plus. Even though it’s a 13 MP camera produces good images but lacks detailing and color accuracy. Both the cameras allow you take some pretty good images in good lighting conditions, however, the scenario changes drastically when you take pictures in low-lighting conditions, pictures tend to be blurry and noisy but And quite frankly, you can expect much from a low-budget device.

Memory

Currently, Lenovo is offering two models of the Vibe K5 Plus, the older one features 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, whereas, the new one comes with a 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory, so if you are someone who does a lot of heavy multitasking then you can go with the 3 GB variant. You can also expand the memory up to 32 GB by using a micro SD card slot.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus review

Battery

At the back of the device, there is a 2750 mAh Li-lon removable battery, although, the battery is not massive, but astonishingly, the device offers a very good usage. If you are someone who uses their smartphone frequently, then the device will easily last a full working day before running out of juice. However, if you are a casual user then you will be able to get 1-2 days of users.

DOLBY ATMOS & Theatre Max

Well, this something, which needs to be highlighted, the Vibe K5 Plus is first low-budget smartphone from Lenovo to pack DOLBY ATMOS supported dual speakers and it also comes with Theatre Max technology. The DOLBY ATMOS sounds impressive but the sad part is the sound quality doesn’t match up to its expectation.

Final thoughts

Is the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus worth buying? Well, that depends on a lot of things, like all the other smartphones, the Vibe K5 Plus also has some pros and flaws, it doesn’t come with a fingerprint sensor, metallic body, and also doesn’t run on the latest Android O.S.

But on the positive side, the device packs a full HD display, a powerful Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor, a powerful battery and comparing the price to performance ratio, the Vibe K5 Plus K5 Plus can hold on its own.

Key Specs:

  • Display: 5.0-inch full HD IPS 
  • Processor: Snapdragon 64 bit octa-core proccessor
  • RAM: 2/3 GB
  • Internal memory: 13/32 GB
  • OS: Android v5.1 
  • Skin: Vibe UI
  • Camera: 13 MP & 5 MP
  • Sensors: Proximity, Accelerometer, Compass , Gyroscope
  • USB OTG: Yes
  • Battery: 2750 mAh

Cons

  • Slow UI
  • Still running on Android Lollipop
  • Poor Camera performance
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Bloatware

Pros ​

  • Full HD display
  • Power Snapdragon 616 processor
  • Good gaming performance
  • USB OTG Support
  • Good Battery life
  • No overheating issues
  • 3 GB RAM & 32 GB internal memory 

Lenovo Vibe k5 Plus review is completely based upon its features and customers review. Overall Lenovo Vibe K5 is a very reliable smartphone with latest features added in it under cheap rate with good user experience. If you had used the smartphone earlier kindly share your feedback with us.