Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus Review: Positive Vibes: Performance

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One of the most popular chipsets in last year's midrange, you can easily call the Snapdragon 615 ubiquitous. We have about 70 devices powered by it in our database, and the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus uses a slightly updated version of that SoC, which elegant Qualcomm calls Snapdragon 616. The incompatibility is so subtle that popular apps like CPU-Z report it simply as Snaprdragon 615.

Anyway, here half of the 8 Cortex-A53 processor cores can reach up to 1.5Giga Hertz (GHz) (so slightly lower than Qualcomm's nominal 1.7GHz), while the other 4 are capped lower, at 1.21GHz. The GPU is the familiar Adreno 405, and operating memory is 2GB. The setup is so common for a reason and the reason is that it provides adequate overall performance over daily use.


Starting with raw Central Processing Units (CPU) performance, we ran the K5 Plus through Geekbench, where it scored nearly identical results to the Oppo F1, itself powered by the S616. Popular S615 devices like the Motorola Moto X Play and Sony Xperia M4 Aqua are trailing behind, but they were never among the best ambassadors for the chip, at least as far as benchmarks are concerned. More importantly the Vibe K5 Plus bested one chief competitor in the face of the Xiaomi Redmi 3.

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GeekBench 3 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Meizu m1 metal

    4825

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

    4537

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    4067

  • Meizu m1 note

    3988

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (S650)

    3570

  • Huawei Honor 6

    3081

  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

    3038

  • Oppo F1

    3014

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    2842

  • Huawei P8lite

    2813

  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

    2745

  • Oppo R7 (retail)

    2683

  • Meizu m2 note

    2649

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    2608

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2375

  • Moto G (3rd gen) 2GB of RAM

    1589

  • Samsung Galaxy J5

    1418

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II 2.0 is an established compound benchmark, which can give you an concept of the overall performance you can expect from the Vibe K5 Plus. With a score in the high 800s, the smartphone is somewhat behind the Oppo F1, but it's equally ahead of the Redmi 3, so another win against its archrival. The major names like the Moto X Play and Xperia M4 aqua are left behind too.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II 2.0

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (S650)

    1537

  • Meizu m1 metal

    1039

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

    1018

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    984

  • Oppo F1

    961

  • Huawei Honor 6

    888

  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

    884

  • Meizu m1 note

    880

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    858

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    809

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    804

  • Oppo R7 (retail)

    757

  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

    729

  • Huawei P8lite

    691

  • Meizu m2 note

    673

The Redmi 3 suffers another loss in the older version of Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II, where the K5 Plus' lead is even more pronounced. Then again, the F1 is further ahead of Lenovo's entry, too. The Xperia M4 Aqua does redeem itself a bit, but not so for the Moto X Play.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II

Higher is better

  • Oppo F1

    1055

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    1053

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

    956

  • Meizu m1 metal

    943

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    883

  • Huawei Honor 6

    863

  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

    861

  • Meizu m2 note

    794

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    764

  • Oppo R7 (retail)

    737

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    727

  • Meizu m1 note

    715

  • Moto G (3rd gen) 2GB of RAM

    619

  • Huawei P8lite

    600

  • Samsung Galaxy J5

    503

Antutu's become another industry standard benchmark, even if its numbers are too often used for bragging rights. We haven't yet had the opportunity to build an extensive database of scores from the latest benchimprint version, especially when non-flagships are concerned, but we do have a few affordable entries to compare the Vibe K5 Plus with.

The fine thing that can be assumed is that the Lenovo smartphone posts a virtually identical number to the Oppo F1, which is markedly more expensive. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3's are flying high here, especially the Snapdragon 650 version.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (S650)

    75051

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

    45474

  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

    38359

  • Oppo F1

    35353

  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

    35291

Antutu 5 is where we've got a larger selection of smartphones, and a wider base for comparison. Similar figures as the Redmi 3 here, both ahead of the Xperia M4 Aqua, but still not on par with the Moto X Play.

AnTuTu 5

Higher is better

  • Meizu m1 metal

    49508

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

    47816

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    46283

  • Huawei Honor 6

    42688

  • Meizu m1 note

    39224

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    37020

  • Huawei P8lite

    35205

  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

    35141

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    34077

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    32217

  • Meizu m2 note

    32054

  • Oppo R7 (retail)

    29452

  • Moto G (3rd gen) 2GB of RAM

    24293

  • Samsung Galaxy J5

    21422

Graphics performance is where the Snapdragon 61x typically struggles with 1080p displays. The Vibe K5 Plus is no different in this respect, only managing 5.5fps on GFXBench Manhattan. Onclassy screen or off, the Vibe K5 Plus put out the same frame rate, its display being 1080p, which is the standardized resolution for the off classy screen test.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (S650)

    14

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

    8.5

  • Meizu m1 metal

    8.4

  • Huawei Honor 6

    8.1

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    6.1

  • Oppo R7 (retail)

    5.9

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    5.84

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    5.8

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    5.8

  • Oppo F1

    5.8

  • Meizu m1 note

    5.8

  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

    5.5

  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

    4.2

  • Meizu m2 note

    2.3

  • Samsung Galaxy J5

    1.8

  • Moto G (3rd gen) 2GB of RAM

    1.7

Most others fare better when rendering in their native resolution - one of the few advantages of 720p displays. Both the F1 and the Redmi 3 descend in this category, and so does the M4 Aqua, and all three manage more than twice higher frame rates. That said, even the Moto X Play with its FullHD display scores about 10% higher than the K5 Plus.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (S650)

    14

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    12.2

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    12

  • Oppo F1

    11

  • Huawei Honor 6

    8.7

  • Meizu m1 metal

    8

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

    7.9

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    6.1

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    6.1

  • Oppo R7 (retail)

    5.9

  • Meizu m1 note

    5.7

  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

    5.5

  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

    4.2

  • Moto G (3rd gen) 2GB of RAM

    3.9

  • Samsung Galaxy J5

    3.8

  • Meizu m2 note

    2.3

In Baseimprint X the K5 Plus loses to the Xiaomi Redmi 3, if only 5% behind. All of the usual suspects have overtaken the Lenovo, though, the Oppo F1 by the longest margin.

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (S650)

    14732

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Helio X10)

    8540

  • Meizu m1 metal

    8526

  • Lenovo K3 Note

    5656

  • Oppo R7 (retail)

    5382

  • Oppo F1

    5314

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    5108

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    5105

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    5032

  • Huawei Honor 6

    4868

  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

    4863

  • Meizu m1 note

    4617

  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

    4072

  • Samsung Galaxy J5

    4034

  • Meizu m2 note

    3946

  • Huawei P8lite

    3648

  • Moto G (3rd gen) 2GB of RAM

    1866


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