Lenovo K5 Plus Mobile Review: Lenovo is already a well know producer of the technology and you must also be familiar with the brand in the world of laptop. The thing is that in the Asian market it has a bustling smartphone business and it does not just deal in the computers.
Lenovo K5 Plus Mobile Review
Recently, it may have purchased Motorola and that is a much more established name in the mobile market of UK. Now its first offering is the Lenovo K5 i.e. a budget smartphone that will set you back in just $129 and from the looks it’s a pretty good deal.
- From Lenovo’s Eastern activities the K5 is a rebadged Vibe and it boasts a 5-inch display
- 2GB of RAM
- octa-core processor
- 5MP front camera
- 13MP rear camera
- 16GB of internal storage
- Dolby Atmos speakers
- 2,750mAh removable battery
- A microSD card slot
Considering the price point that is a good line-up of specs. It will also land as a dual-SIM phone and it will allow you to slip two separate cards in so that you can harness the allowances, power and the coverage of more than one network.
The handset I got in hands on with the sported a silver panel and a white front panel, but you will also be able to pick up with a gunmetal grey back and a black front. The back cover that comes off the phone by giving you access to the battery and many slots that is covered in a thin veneer of the metal.
Pick up the Lenovo k5 and then you will feel the slightly cool and metallic finish by giving this budget smartphone a slightly more premium finish. It provides a pleasing presence in the hand, but it is nowhere near the near the quality of the HTC 10 or iPhone 6S.
When you flip the phone over then towards the base you will spot two speaker grilles. As Lenovo has teamed up with the Dolby to infuse the K5 with their Atmos technology now these are not your standard internal smartphone speakers. It will not going to drown you in sound but that will give you richer audio from the speakers and this is still a smartphone.
The placement is also less than the ideal. The front facing speakers would really showcase the power but with them by residing on the back I found my hands muffling the sound.
On the screen the things are not quite as lovely, Lenovo’s heavy Android skin is a stark contrast to the Motorola’s hands-off approach and the result is the gaudy colour scheme and the missing app draw.
It is not oppressive as the Huawei’s Emotion UI but its leaning in that way and the UK palettes may struggle to fully embrace it.
It is not like that the 2GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 415 processor are not capable of running Google’s latest OS and both the Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 comes with the newest version.
On the 720p 5-inch display things look good and the navigation was also smooth during my time with the K5.
Lenovo finds itself in the tricky position. Sure the Lenovo K5 is a decent budget handset but it is not a brand name that people in UK associate with mobiles. As the people’s eyes land on more familiar territory i.e. Samsung and Motorola are the safer beats.
The Lenovo K5 does offers a premium design at the lower price point, but it may not be enough to convince the people to take a punt.
- Solid spec list
- Low price
- Removable battery
- Older Android
- No app drawer