Lenovo Vibe K5 Note review, features & information

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is the successor of K4 note. This is the latest mid-range smartphone, started at a price of Rs 11,999. K4 note was launched in January, 2016. India is slowly becoming successfully conquered fastest selling smartphone in the country. Android Authority reported that Indian is best in selling Lenovo Vibe K5 Note at the launch on August 1.

Speaking of successful latest smartphone’s in India is Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is one among them. The flagship range is slowly progressing and has competition with 10K segment and 15K smartphone. The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is the most popular phones in the Indian market.

Lenovo Vibe K5 note overview

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The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is a brand of Lenovo, which was acquired by IBM’s PC business in 2005. The Lenovo founded in Beijing, 1984. The Lenovo introduced Windows tablet into the market in 2011. They started selling Android smartphone from 2012 and after that they also acquired Motorola Mobility from Google in the year, 2014. The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note was introduced in January, 2016. The phone is 5.5 inch touchscreen display having 1080 x 1920 pixels. The device is powered with 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTekHelio P10 processor. The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note has 3GBRAM, 32GB internal storage and 128GB expandable memory via micro SD card. The K5 Note is packed with 13MP primary camera and 8MP front camera. The device runs on Android 6.0 with a 3500mAh powered non removable battery. The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is a dual SIM smartphone with two Nano SIM and has a connectivity option that has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and many more with different sensors. This mobile is available in three different colors, such as silver, gold and gray.

Price of Lenovo Vibe K5 Note

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[Buy it online]

The best seller is offering Lenovo Vibe K5 Note of grey color, 32GB ROM, 3GB RAM, dual SIM, 4GLTE at Rs 13,990 in ebay.in. The other best sellers is having Lenovo Vibe K5 Note of grey colored with 32GB and 3GB RAM at Rs 11,999 in flipkart.com.

Unboxing Lenovo Vibe K5 Note

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The box consist of Lenovo Vibe K5 Note smartphone in any of the three colors what you have ordered with it. A 2 pin charger of 5.2V to 2A. There is a micro USB cable. It has an original screen guard to protect your screen. The box also includes SIM ejector tool and a clear case. There is some paperwork of user guide on how to use the device. The device has best touch screen and is easy to handle in a single hand. The mobile has power and volume buttons on the right side and a SIM tray or a micro SD card slot at left. It has a mobile charging pin at the bottom and front camera on top. It has 3.5mm audio jack to insert headset. The device is having the manufacturer information along with camera, dual LED flash and finger sensor at the back of the smartphone. It has speaker at the back bottom of the device. It’s strange that the box doesn’t include headset, but K5 Note supports ANT VR headset along with TheaterMax technology, which is seen in K4 Note.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Note design

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note having dimensions like 152 x 75.7 x 8.4 mm. The mobile has 5.5 inch phone supporting full HD screen display with 1920×1080 pixel resolution. The screen seems to be brighter and sharper as and when compared to the previous Lenovo series phones. The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is a flagship winner when compared to Redmi Note 3 and Xiaomi’s. The device looks fine and is full of metal body.

Display of Lenovo Vibe K5 Note

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The K5 Note has a 5.5 inch display with a pixel density of 400 PPI and is similar to K3 Note and K4 Note. The device has 450 nits of brightness and 1000:1 contrast ratio. It has a bright and sunlight legibility that is the best ever. The mobile is having 178 degree wide viewing angle for clear appearance. The display is made of a glossy and doesn’t attract fingerprints on display. The mobile has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is similar to K4 Note, to protect screen from scratches. The mobile screen to body ratio is to be calculated as of about 73%, which is slightly better and is similar to K4 Note. The mobile has inbuilt split screen mode that is to enable viewing of UI using a VR glasses. This is similar to K4 Note. Enable the feature option or else press and hold the power button in order to turn on this mode. This doesn’t work as and when the micro screen feature is enabled.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Note battery life

The best feature is that the mobile K5 Note has 3500mAh battery life. It has in building battery that offers good battery life on full charging and can even stand for a day with 4G at both SIM card usage. The power saver mode helps in reducing the screen and GPU power consumption. It has an ultimate power saver mode, this helps in enabling while you are in call and sending message works for several days in standby mode. The device can be achieved in 11 hours 40 minutes, which is good to be compared with its predecessor. The device doesn’t support fast charging as it takes about 2 hours to charge your phone.

Hardware specifications of Lenovo Vibe K5 Note

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is a Chinese smartphone, which is powered back with 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTekHelio P10. It is made of a middle class processor when compared with other Snapdragon 650 inside the Redmi Note 3. The mobile has capacitive touch buttons on the bottom of the display. They are used to backlit, home and menu options. But, the buttons are hard to display in bright light. They offer a haptic feedback as and when they are pressed. The K5 Note is having a brushed metal finish at the sides that make your mobile look smaller and slimmer than K4 Note. It has 3.5mm audio jack at the top, volume rockers and power button on the right side. The micro USB slot is on the bottom along with the microphone hole.

Back view of Lenovo Vibe K5 Note

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The K5 Note is made with a unibody metal finishing which makes you feel good and easy to hold. The device has 13MP rear camera that is of dual tone LED flash. There is a secondary microphone hole which is just above the camera sensor. The fingerprint sensor is just below the camera. The K5 note weighs for about 165 grams. It is slightly heavier as and when compared to that of K5 Note due to its metal body. The Lenovo brand is having loudspeaker grill, which is at the bottom back of the phone. The phone is covered to protect metal body from scratches. The K5 Note has a hybrid dual SIM slot, unlike Vibe K3 and K4 Note. It has two nano SIM card slot for nano SIM and MicroSD card. But, most of the people look for expanding SIM storage.

Fingerprint sensor of Lenovo Vibe K5 Note

Fingerprint sensor is on the back of the phone below the camera. The sensor is placed on the back and works when your index finger rests on it while holding your phone. This is a quick trick to unlock the phone immediately. The sensor unlocks the screen quickly, but it is haptic when the device doesn’t recognize your fingerprint. It even can’t work, when the finger is not properly put on the sensor or by using wet finger. The device warns you that the same fingerprint again. You can try for up to 5 fingerprints.

Software specifications of Lenovo Vibe K5 Note

The processor is paired with two having 3GB or 4GB RAM. It has 32GB internal storage memory and has a space of up to 128 expandable memory by using MicroSD. The smartphone is a hybrid model that supports dual SIM cards. The K5 Note runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS with a Lenovo Pure UI. The device can support to 4G LTE. It is a great deal to buy VR compatible as and when it supports of ANT VR headset. The phone and its other components that include fingerprint sensors, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS. The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is well equipped with a non-removable battery powered with 3500 mAh. The smartphone has an adjustment slider for brightness. Edit the notification bar icons and launch the dialer or camera directly from the lock screen. The wide touch creates a floating bar to access the apps utility such as camera, music, calculator and more. This enables knock to light by change in settings of double tap enabling to wake up the screen up which is locked. Taking a quick snap is simple and easy by just pressing the volume keys that are used to quickly capture when the screen is off. Micro screen lets you draw out letter c at the top edge of the screen to the bottom that bring down one handed micro screen. The fingerprint gestures are here to take a picture is by pressing it with a fingerprint sensor. It helps in tapping or by going back-to-back of home screen while pressing and holding the fingerprint sensor to perform multitasking screen which is to get back to the home screen.

Camera of Lenovo Vibe K5 Note

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The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note supports 13MP rear camera and has 8MP front camera. The primary camera is having dual LED flash, which is phase detection with auto focus, f/2.2 aperture and is on Isocell sensor. The K5 Note has a front facing camera with 1.4 micrometer pixel size and 77.4 degree wide angle lens of f/2.2 aperture. The camera UI is simple by toggling for flash, front camera and HDR. The device is having the best image quality and the pictures are taken up with K5 Note. It has good looking and crisp too. It has a menu option to choose Panorama and other several effects such as mono, sepia, negative, memory, gorgeous, elegant and cool. You can choose for 16:9, 4:3 and 1:1 to adjust white balance, ISO, enable Geo location and volume adjustment button as shutter key. The device has earpiece at the top along with set of proximity and has an ambient light sensor which is next to it. There is an LED flashlight tiny notification on the right corner, which glows in blue color for notification, whereas in red while charging. The device is hardly visible when it’s off. The smartphone is having a gyroscope and magnetometer.

The photo is clear with good lighting, as daylight shots are decent, but some of them are dull in an environment which is not bright. It is better with the effects of PDAF, auto focus that is quick. It has some macro shots that are good and HDF shots are well. This is better to get some images which are too bright. The phone doesn’t have a manual mode option. The low light shots may have lots of noise, where you can achieve images with flash are decent. The dual tone flash helps to bring out the natural tone effect to your picture that is not over powering. The 8MP front facing camera is best to take selfies and video chats. The color of the images is sharp and vibrant. The front camera is improved with the rear camera that is not and is best to capture images even in low light. Use HDR on off options for better clarity images. You can even record 1080P full HD resolution at 30fps. The audio is crisp, which is off secondary microphone.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Note performance

The K5 Note performance is powered by an octa-core MediaTekHelio P10 MT6755 processor. It has eight ARM Cortex – A53 cores clocked 1.81 GHz per core with 700MHz, dual core 64 bit Mali – T860 GPU. The device is having 4GB/3GB RAM with good performance that lags the UI even though with UI consumes more RAM. But, it can perform smooth multitasking with 4 or 3GB RAM. It is good and a bit warmer, but don’t have device heating issues at the time of gaming or 4G usage.

Top key specifications of Lenovo Vibe K5 Note

  • A 64 bit, 1.8GHz and octa-core processor
  • Android is supporting operating system
  • Good memory of 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB of built internal storage and expandable up to 128GB MicroSD slot
  • 5.5 inch wide view display
  • Rear metal back cover
  • Fingerprint security and no need to set a password
  • Supports 4G with 3500mAh Li-ion polymer type battery

Pros of the K5 Note

  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • Good display quality
  • Best audio output
  • Having solid build quality
  • Better battery life

Cons of Vibe K5 Note

  • K5 Note is hybrid dual SIM which is sometimes not useful to everyone
  • Low camera performance in low light, resulting average image quality

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is a good successor of K4, which is available in Flipkart. The mobile offers a 4GB RAM which is the first time in K series at a price range of Rs 13,499. The phone runs on Android Marshmallow with better display, solid build quality and best audio output. It has a hybrid dual SIM slot, which is most preferred by everyone. The phone has a decent camera feature, where to capture pictures in good sunlight and has below average pictures at low light shots. The K5 Note is in competition with Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, which is slight edge as and when it comes to battery life.

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