Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is the company’s affordable Android smartphone with prices starting at Rs 11,999. The Vibe K5 Note is the successor to the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note, which was launched earlier this year. It is equipped with a better processor and more RAM compared to its predecessor. Offered in two variants – the one with 3GB of RAM is priced at Rs 11,999, while the variant with 4GB of RAM is priced at Rs 13,499. The Vibe K5 Note is available in three colors, champagne gold, graphite grey and platinum silver.
The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note features a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) IPS display. Under the hood, it is powered by a 64-bit 1.8GHz MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core processor, which is paired with 3GB/4GB of RAM and Mali-T860 GPU. The smartphone comes with 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card.
For shutterbugs, it sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash and PDAF support, supplemented with an 8-megapixel selfie camera. It is fuelled by a 3,500mAh battery along with support for fast charging. For connectivity, the Vibe K5 Note includes options like dual-SIM card slots, 4G with VoLTE support, Wi-Fi, USB OTG and Bluetooth. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is layered with Lenovo’s custom Vibe UI on top of it.
On the audio front, the Vibe K5 Note features Wolfson audio chip along with Dolby ATMOS support. It also comes with a fingerprint scanner, which the company claims is fast enough to unlock the device in 0.3 seconds. The fingerprint scanner does not just work as a security feature to unlock the device; it can also be used for other functions like returning to the home screen or clicking selfies among others.
The Vibe K5 Note comes preloaded with TheaterMax technology for virtual reality (VR). Another feature which is the highlight of the smartphone is its Secure Zone feature. Similar to Xiaomi MIUI 8’s Dual App and Second Space, the feature lets you run two separate accounts on the phone. In simpler words, you can run two WhatsApp accounts on the same phone, or make two different logins, for instance, one for work, and one for personal use.
Not to be confused with the Lenovo K5 Note, which features slightly different specifications compared to Lenovo’s Vibe K5 Note. While the Vibe K5 Note has 4GB of RAM, the Lenovo K5 Note comes with 2GB of RAM. Moreover, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note comes with the TheaterMax technology, which was introduced with the Vibe K4 Note. Customers will be able to buy the ANTVR headset separately for Rs 1,299 and it can be used for watching videos and playing compatible games in virtual reality.
At the given price tag, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note competes against the popular sub-Rs 15,000 smartphones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, the Motorola Moto G4 Plus and the LeEco Le 2 among others. The Redmi Note 3 features a 5.5-inch full HD (1080x1920pixels) display. Under the hood, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is equipped with a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor, clock at 1.8GHz and Adreno 510 GPU. It is offered in two variants – 2GB RAM + 16GB onboard storage for Rs 9.999, and 3GB of RAM with 32GB onboard storage for Rs 11,999. On the camera front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is equipped with a 16-megapixel primary camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. Armed with a 4,000mAh battery, connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth and GPS. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop based MIUI 7, and an update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 is also available to download.
Scaling the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note against the Moto G4 Plus, both smartphones feature a 5.5-inch full HD display and a fingerprint scanner. The Motorola Moto G4 Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz, which is paired with Adreno 405 GPU. It is offered in two variants - 2GB of RAM + 16GB onboard storage for Rs 11,999 and 3GB RAM + 32GB storage for Rs 13,499. A microSD card slot for further expansion is also present.
On the photography front, the Moto G4 Plus features a 16-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel selfie camera. Fuelled with a 3,000mAh battery with TurboPower fast charging support, the company claims to offer up to six hours of charging in just 15 minutes of charging. With connectivity options such as dual-SIM card slots, 4G LTE with VoLTE support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and GPS, it runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. The smartphone also includes a fingerprint scanner and water-repellent nano-coating to make it splash resistant.
The LeEco Le2 features a 5.5-inch Full HD display. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core 1.8 GHz processor, paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB onboard storage. Sadly, there is no option to expand it further using a microSD card. The Le 2 features a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. Armed with a 3,000mAh battery along with Quick Charge support, connectivity options include dual-SIM card slots, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS and 4G LTE with VoLTE voice calling support. The smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based EUI.