Our Opinion

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Note (4GB RAM, 32GB) is a significantly better phone than the Lenovo K4 Note, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note (4GB RAM, 32GB)!

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Excellence Score
15.9
21.0
Value for Money Score
45.1
53.8
Price ₹ 10,999 onwards ₹ 12,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2016 Aug, 2016
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 5.1 Lollipop, Upgradeable to 6.0 MarshmallowNo more updates expected Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 7.0 NougatNo more updates expected
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS IPS
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.3 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek MT6753Ranked #64 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10Ranked #53 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali T720-MP3 Mali T860 MP2
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13.0MP 13.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Dual LED CCT Flash Phase Detection Auto Focus, F/2.2 Aperture, Dual-tone LED Flash
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features N/A 1.4 um Pixels
Internal Memory 16 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 9.1 mm 8.45 mm
Weight 160 gm 165 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby 265 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 22.00 hrs 33.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 18.00 hrs
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A Battery Standby Time (4G): 364 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Twin Dolby-Atmos enabled speakers, Lenovo HD Audio, 3-mic system with wolfson codec support; TheaterMax Technology - Virtual Giant Cinematic Experience; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Games - Tap the Frog; SHAREit; SYNCit; SNAPit; CLONEit; Skype; Gamecentre; Guvera Music; Shazam; Route 66 Navi + Maps; Evernote; UC Browser Dolby Atmos; Wolfson Audio Technology; TheaterMax Technology - Virtual Giant Cinematic Experience
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Very good build quality
  • The metal frame is a nice touch, and enhances the overall design
  • Comfortable to hold, for a phone of this size
  • Good fingerprint sensor
  • Very good display - offers vibrant color output, good sunlight legibility and good viewing angles
  • Lenovo's UI over Android is one of the better UI skins around
  • Good speed/performance in daily use (although gaming performance could have been better)
  • Good overall front and back cameras
  • Thanks to Dolby Atmos, Wolfson WM8281 audio codec and dual front-facing speakers, loudspeaker output is brilliant and clear even in full volume
  • Audio output through headphones is brilliant as well
  • Good battery life
  • VR support
  • Good build quality
  • Nice metal unibody design and brushed metal finish - feels good to hold
  • Fast fingerprint sensor
  • Good display - solid brightness levels, contrast ratio, sunlight legibility and viewing angles
  • Display has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection unlike the K4 Note
  • Lenovo’s 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
  • 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
  • Built-in support for VR glasses, similar to the K4 Note (ANT VR headset has to be purchased separately)
  • 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
  • Smaller and slimmer than the K4 Note
  • Bundled clear cover for protecting the phone
2-minute Review [Negatives]

No Major Negatives!

  • Low-light camera performance of the phone is strictly average - with plenty of noise in the shots
  • No special support for quick charging unlike some of its competitors
  • Hybrid dual SIM slot lets you either use dual SIMS or a memory card, but not both together
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