Lenovo Vibe K5 Review: Base Line: 360-degree Spin, Hardware Overview

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Lenovo Vibe K5 360-degree spin

The Lenovo Vibe K5 measures 142 x 71 x 8mm, identical to the K5 Plus. This makes it a standard-issue 5-incher in terms of size. Marginally more compact in footprint, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 is slightly thicker, with a larger battery to show for it. The Galaxy J2 (2016) is virtually the same as the K5, while the Oppo F1 is a millimeter taller, but a fraction of a millimeter thinner.

Hardware overview

The Lenovo Vibe K5 is an entry level phone, but you can't disclose by just looking at it or holding it in hand. Part of the reason is the metal back, which adds an unexpected touch of premium. Sure, it's a no-nonsense design that looks just like the next phone, but it's hard to find fault with the Vibe K5's looks, especially considering its price.

And, as is customary with metal-backed phones, the K5's rear panel isn't entirely metal, there are two plastic bits top and bottom. Typically, those are used to allow the antennas to pick up signal, but on this particular model it would appear that the metal cover itself acts as an antenna - there are contacts on both sides, as well on the inside above the battery.

The plastic bits acquire cutouts for the capturing camera lens and flash in the top one, and the speakers in the bottom. There are in fact too speakers, which is another surprising feature in a smartphone this inexpensive, when even many flagships still create do with just one.

Satin finish on the metal cover • Camera, flash and mic pinhole in the top left

The cover is removable and comes off together with the sides, buttons and all. There's a groove in the bottom correct corner to acquire it started, which isn't the easiest task. Once you do, the panel is out of the way in an instant.

Underneath the cover, you acquire access to the removable battery, the two microSIM slots and the dedicated microSD slot. The speakers can be seen below the battery too.

Insert fingernail here to pop cover off • Battery, phone, cover - a classic setup

Nothing out of the ordinary on the front either - the 5-inch display is 720p here, unlike on the Vibe K5 Plus, but with the power off it looks essentially the same. Bezels aren't exactly minimal and there's also a black outline around the display itself, but those would be grounds for complaints on a more expensive phone - here it's par for the course.

The entire face of the phone is defined by a shiny frame, which serves to protect the edges of the glass, and also as tactile clue where the display ends. It's quite obviously made of plastic, but when did we acquire so picky.

The bottom bezel is home to the capacitive keys, which have icons etched in the front panel. They aren't backlit, though. Above the display there's the earpiece in the middle with the front capturing camera and sensors on either side. There is a notification Light Emitting Diode (LED) in the correct corner here.

Looking at the front • Standard top bezel arrangement • Capacitive keys in the bottom bezel

Other phones have card slots on the sides, but the Vibe K5 keeps them tucked underneath the rear cover. Hence there's not much going on here, other than the power button and volume rocker on the correct side.

Nothing on the left • Right side is home to the power button and volume rocker

The bottom is similarly minimalist - nothing but a primary mic can be found there, as Lenovo likes to put the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port on top on its budacquire models. The 3.5mm jack is on top, too.

Microphone on the bottom • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) and 3.5 jack up top

A 5-incher is always going to be easier to handle than phablets and the Vibe K5 is one of the former. The gentle curves on the back do add a bit of comfort, but it's still quite slippery thanks to the fine satin finish on the back.

In the hand



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