Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus Review: Price Specs Pros and Cons

Lenovo releasing new Smartphone back to back and now they have launched a budget friendly Smartphone Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus nearly same as K3 Note with some modification. Phone is featured with v5.1 (Lollipop), 5.0 inches display, 13MP rear & 5MP front camera, 16 GB ROM, 32 GB SD card support, 2GB RAM and 2750 mAh battery.

Design and Built Quality
In the entry level price tag Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus providing a metallic aluminium body with better premium looks than K3 Note. The most part of phone is metallic built while there is also a plastic strip running around the corners. It is good to see dual firing DOLBY speaker in such a budget Smartphone. The power and volume buttons are located in the conventional right side of the phone; however the 3.5mm jack and USB cable slot is fixed on the top. Navigation keys at front are not backlit.

Full HD Display
The visibility and sharpness of the display is quite good with the Full HD (1080p) resolutions and 401ppi of display density. Although viewing angles are not so perfect where display looks bit dull. But overall experience for watching movies or favourite videos is fun. It may be little disappointing to user that Lenovo doesn’t providing any special kind of display protection.

Performance of the Smartphone
There is a mediocre Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor inside the phone, even after having octa-core processor phone hangs in heavy apps, sometime trucked in general tasks although it can be corrected to some extent by the OTA updates. Most of the time phone performs well but power hungry task like graphic intensive games or using camcorder also causes heating; Lenovo claims it will be also solved through OTA updates. 
Camera Quality Camera become one of top deciding factor of a Smartphone for a customer. Provide a good camera in Smartphone customer will definitely love to buy the device. Here Lenovo failed to impress the customer, this is also true that Vibe K5 Plus is just a budget phone but still people expect a decent camera, on the sample Smartphone camera captures quite decent pictures in outdoor daylight condition but still photos looks washed out. The front camera is relatively better which captures pretty decent selfies.

Other Features
There is Stereo DOLBY speaker located backside of phone having enough loud sound without distortion that is definitely good addition with this handset. but personally we feel it should be placed at the bottom instead of backside.

Battery Backup
In power department phone is backed by the 2750 mAh battery which can run for 20-24 hours for a moderate user. but it is heating up while playing games or shooting videos which can be really annoying.

Specification of Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

Operating System
OS- Android
OS Version- v5.1 (Lollipop)
CPU- Qualcomm MSM8939v2 Snapdragon 616
Clock Speed- 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
Core- Octa-core
GPU- Adreno 405

Screen and Display
Type- IPS capacitive touchscreen
Size- 5.0 inches 
Display Resolution- 1080 x 1920 pixels
Display Reinforced- 
Display Density- 441 ppi
Screen-Body Ratio- 68.4%  

Rear- 13 MP
Front- 5 MP
Max. Video Resolution- 1080p
Max Video Frames- 30fps

Form and Dimension
Phone Dimension- 142 x 71 x 8 mm
Form- Bar
Weight- 142 grams

Data Connection and Connectivity 
3G- HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Bluetooth- v4.1
WiFi- 802.11 b/g/n
Headphone Jack- 3.5mm

Proximity- Yes
Accelerometer- Yes
Light- Yes
Fingerprint- N/A

Memory and RAM
Internal (ROM)- 16 GB
External (SD)- 32 GB (dedicated slot)

SIM Type- Micro SIM
SIM Support- Dual SIM

Capacity- 2750 mAh

Phone’s Available Colour- Silver and Gold

Pros of Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

  • Great metallic body.
  • There is LED Notification light.
  • OTG cable is supported.
  • Battery is Removable.
  • Supports Lenovo's AntVR headset for an immersive media experience via TheatreMax technology.
  • Stereo speakers in a budget device.

Cons of Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

  • No fingerprint Sensor and IR blaster. 
  • Poor battery backup.
  • Phone doesn’t perform well with medium to heavy games.
  • Camera is not up to expectation.
  • No scratch resistant glass for the display.
  • Phone has heating and hanging problem.

Solution of Problems in Phone hanging and heating issue- 
  • For Optimal Performance of the Lenovo K5 Plus, Please Download and Install the latest OTA Software Update
  • Steps to Follow : Settings >> About Phone >> System Updates >> Select and Download the Latest Upgrade – S034
  • You will Need an Active Internet Connection to Download the Software Update. Please Get in Touch with Our Customer Support Team in Case of any Issues

Why to buy and Final words about Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

As according to its price point, phone has quite good features on paper, the metallic body, an average camera (on the basis of price), great sound quality and loudness of speaker. Although we will not recommend this phone to heavy user and camera centric people otherwise phone is acceptable to other group of people; however you can also go for Moto 3rd Generation, Coolpad Note 3 and LeTV (LeEco) Le 1S in same price range.


  1. nice... but some critics says camera is good???

    1. Camera is nearly average in daytime and night photographs are below average.