Lenovo Vibe K5 Note (3GB RAM)Lenovo ZUK Z1
Lenovo Vibe K5 Note (3GB RAM)
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Lenovo ZUK Z1
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magic score91.477.6
PriceRs. 11,999 onwardsRs. 13,499 onwards
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Launch Date (India)Aug, 2016May, 2016
Smartphone OSAndroid 6.0, Expected upgrade to 7.0Android 5.1, Expected upgrade to 6.0
Display FeaturesIPS, Scratch Resistant Display (Gorilla Glass 3)IPS LCD
Processor1.8 GHz2.5 GHz
Processor TypeOcta CoreQuad Core
Processor NameMediaTek MT6755 Helio P10Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
GPUMali T860 MP2Adreno 330
VoLTEYes
Internal Memory32 GB64 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 128 GB
FM RadioYes
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)GSM+GSM
Thickness8.45 mm8.9 mm
Weight165 gm175 gm
Battery Capacity3500 mAh4100 mAh
Battery Standby (3G)N/A526 hrs
Battery Talktime33.00 hrsN/A
Battery Talktime (3G)18.00 hrs38.00 hrs
Other Battery ParametersBattery Standby Time (4G): 364 hrsBattery Standby (4G): 526 hrs, Battery Talktime (4G): 48.00 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 120 hrs, Video Playback Time: 15 hrs
Editor's Note [Positives]
  • Good build quality
  • Nice metal unibody design and brushed metal finish - feels good to hold
  • Smaller and slimmer than the K4 Note
  • Bundled clear cover for protecting the phone
  • Good display - solid brightness levels, contrast ratio, sunlight legibility and viewing angles
  • Display has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection unlike the K4 Note
  • Lenovo‚Äôs Vibe UI adds some useful features on top of Android
  • Good speed/performance, including with games
  • Multitasking is smooth too, thanks to the ample RAM
  • Built-in support for VR glasses, similar to the K4 Note (ANT VR headset has to be purchased separately)
  • Decent, fast rear camera, especially for daylight shots - macro shots are good too and HDR shots came out well
  • The 8MP front-facing camera is good for selfies and video chats - colors are vibrant and the images are sharp as well
  • Fast fingerprint sensor
  • Thanks to Dolby Atmos, Wolfson WM8281 audio codec and 1.5W speaker, loudspeaker output is good and clear even in full volume
  • Audio output through headphones is good as well
  • Good call quality
  • Good battery life - a definite improvement over the K4 Note - lasts a full day
  • Useful power saving modes to further reduce battery consumption
  • Nice, premium, polished design
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Given its large size, the weight is quite manageable at 175g
  • Excellent display, perhaps the best at this price point, with great colors and vibrance
  • CynogenMod 12 allows deeper control on the display - you can tweak the colour temperature, and choose different temperatures for day and night
  • The CyanogenMod UI allows a bunch of customisations, that will come in handy if you are a power user, but retains a nearly-stock Android interface
  • The UI is smooth and stable too, and performs well
  • Very good, lag-free performance, even given the somewhat old processor, which indicates how well the software has been optimized
  • Good front camera for selfies
  • Good rear camera in well lit conditions
  • Decent fingerprint sensor
  • Very good battery life - can last over a day fairly easily
  • Very good audio quality
  • If you like modding your smartphone, and have been waiting for a CyanogenMod-powered phone worth buying, this is it
  • The Zuk branded phones are also the only Lenovo devices where rooting won't void the warranty
  • 64GB internal memory
Editor's Note [Negatives]
  • Hybrid dual SIM slot lets you either use dual SIMS or a memory card, but not both together
  • No special support for quick charging unlike some of its competitors
  • Low-light camera performance of the phone is strictly average - with plenty of noise in the shots
  • This isn't an ergonomic smartphone - it's quite wide, which puts single handed usage out of question
  • Rear camera could have been better under low-light conditions
  • The camera is also just a little slow in focus speed, compared to it's top competitors in this price range such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
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