Lenovo made a bang in India with their "Killer Note" smartphone last year. Packed with features at a highly competitive price tag the smartphone did wonders for Lenovo. Incidentally though, the recently launched Lenovo K4 Note failed to achieve the excellent sales figure of its predecessor.
The Chinese company, however, isn't ready to bog down. In fact, they have come up with a new budget smartphone to fit into the mid-range market in India. Launched in China as Lenovo Lemon 3, the smartphone was showcased at the MWC 2016 a week back as the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus.
Well, Lenovo has now sent out invites for the launch of Vibe K5 Plus in India on March 15. For those unaware, Xiaomi has scheduled a launch event on March 3 to launch their budget phablet offering namely the Redmi Note 3. Looks like the industry will witness a tough battle between Lenovo and Xiaomi with their respective pawns K5 Plus and Redmi Note 3, with the present market topper viz. LeEco Le 1S.
Metal for the Masses
Metal construction were quite rare in the mid-range a year back. In fact, an all metal built was reserved for a handful of flagship smartphones. However, the Chinese brands like Lenovo are planning to bring the metal to the masses and Lenovo K5 Plus epitomizes the company's vision. It's worth noting that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the LeEco Le 1S both come with a metal body.
'Vibe'rant 5-inch FHD display
Lenovo K5 Plus sports a 5 inch Full HD (1920x1080p) IPS display upfront. The company claims that the display has a peak brightness of 450 nits. This is in fact quite bright can suit your purpose even in bright sunny days. On the contrary the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the LeEco Le 1S both features a 5.5 inch Full HD display.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 chip on the inside
Under the hood Lenovo's 'Lemon' packs an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 SoC which uses a cluster of four Cortex A53 clocked at 1.2Ghz each and another four Cortex A53 cores at 1.5GHz. The chip comes with support for 64-bit processing and is supported by an Adreno 405 GPU.
2GB RAM not at par with the competition
The Lenovo K5 Plus makes use of 2GB RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. Going by today's standards the RAM is on the lower side, especially considering the fact that the LeEco Le1S comes with 3GB RAM. In terms of memory, the smartphone packs 16GB of internal storage which can further be expanded via MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB).
Capable rear camera without 4K support
In terms of cameras the Lenovo K5 Plus sports a 13MP rear camera which comes equipped with LED Flash. Incidentally, the rear camera isn't capable of shooting 4K videos unlike the LeEco Le 1S and the about to be launched Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. On the front, the Lenovo K5 Plus packs a 5MP selfie snapper.
Battery on the smaller side
Unlike its Chinese competitors the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus sports a markedly small battery, 2750mAH to be precise. While it's true that the smartphone lacks the real estate and the CPU power of its competitors including the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the LeEco Le 1S, there's no denying that the battery is on the lower side. It would be interesting to see how the device fares once we at GizBot check it out.
Presence of Dual SIM is a boon
To please the budget consumers, the Lenovo K5 Plus comes with a Dual SIM slot (micro + micro). Other connectivity features include Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, A-GPS and Bluetooth 4.1.
Lollipop flavoured Vibe
Despite being launched at the MWC 2016; the smartphone runs on Android Lollipop 5.1. As usual, the Lenovo K5 Plus runs Vibe UI on top of stock Android. Lenovo has however announced that they will be pushing the Marshmallow update to the device soon.
Pricing will be key factor
The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus comes in Platinum Silver, Champagne Gold and Graphite Grey colours and was launched at $149 (Rs 10,240 approx.) at the MWC. It would be interesting to see Lenovo's pricing strategies for the smartphone in India. Going by the international price tag it appears that Lenovo might price it at Rs 10,999. Well, that will pit it onto a head on collision with the Vibe K4 Note and the LeEco Le 1S.