Falls Short

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Af­ter launch­ing the K5 Note and the flag­ship Vibe X3, Len­ovo is now look­ing at the bud­get smart­phone mar­ket with the Vibe K5 Plus. Pegged to be the suc­ces­sor to the com­pany’s own A6000, the Vibe K5 Plus isn’t alone and faces tough com­pe­ti­tion.

The Len­ovo K5 Plus has a de­cent build and de­sign. It has a light­weight alu­minium cas­ing with the back try­ing to mimic metal fin­ish. It is 8-mm thick and has round edges. The front is dom­i­nated with a 5-inch full-HD dis­play with three ca­pac­i­tive touch keys. Rear is neat and houses the cam­era mod­ule, Len­ovo brand­ing and speaker grills. Power key and vol­ume key are placed on the right edge and the 3.5-mm jack and charg­ing port at the top. The rear panel, which has the bat­tery and dual SIM card slots, is re­mov­able. Over­all, the K5 Plus has a neat de­sign, mak­ing it com­fort­able to hold.

Run­ning on An­droid 5.1.1, the Vibe K5 is pow­ered by Qual­comm Snap­dragon 616 pro­ces­sor and is paired with 2GB of RAM. It doesn’t have the vanilla An­droid user in­ter­face. There isn’t any app tray; all the apps are placed on the home screen. Be­ing a bud­get phone, it comes with 16GB of in­ter­nal stor­age with sup­port for ex­pand­able mem­ory. It is LTE-en­abled and other con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions on board in­clude WiFi and Blue­tooth. Over­all, the ex­pe­ri­ence of us­ing the K5 Plus was a pleas­ant one. The call clar­ity was good. It was able to han­dle YouTube video stream­ing and app down­loads with­out any lag. Multi-tab brows­ing on the Chorme browser was

smooth. It han­dled ca­sual games such as Candy Crush, Tem­ple Run, etc, with­out any lag. But, at times, it lost a few frames. The de­vice started heat­ing up af­ter long ses­sions of stream­ing and gam­ing. It comes pre-loaded with apps such as Syncit app for back­ing up con­tacts, SMS and call logs; Shareit app for shar­ing files; Len­ovo’s com­pan­ion app, Theme Cen­ter, and more. It also sup­ports The­atre Max tech­nol­ogy for ANT Vir­tual Re­al­ity head­set.

Len­ovo Vibe K5 Plus packs in a 13-MP rear cam­era and a 5-MP front-fac­ing cam­era. The cam­era per­for­mance is just about av­er­age. It cap­tures de­cent images, al­though noth­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary. The cam­era takes time to process an im­age and get ready for the next shot. It isn’t a great per­former in low light ei­ther. The sound out­put on the K5 Plus is loud and clear, es­pe­cially for its price. It is equipped with Dolby Atoms, which of­fers con­trols, too, in se­lect apps.

With a 2,750-mAh bat­tery on board, the Vibe K5 Plus man­aged to last me a day with av­er­age us­age.

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