[MWC16] Lenovo Vibe K5 and K5 Plus announced

At the ongoing Mobile World Congress, Lenovo has announced two new smartphones, the Vibe K5 and Vibe K5 Plus. The K5 is announced at a price of $129 while the K5 plus would be priced at $149. The K5 is a 5 inch device with a 720p display. It is powered by a Snapdragon 415 processor and has 2 GB of RAM. It has 16 GB of internal storage and comes with dual Dolby Atmos enabled speakers.

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The K5 Plus is a 5 inch device as well, but it packs a full HD screen. It is powered by a Snapdragon 616 processor with 2 GB of RAM. It has 13 MP camera at the rear and a 5 MP front shooter.

A quick profiling of the Lenovo mobile product line up would show that each device has a unique feature. Lenovo devices generally don’t boast about specs, but they concentrate on the experience. The K5 mobiles are stylishly designed devices. They bring the stylish appeal to the table, without buring holes in the wallets.

The Vibe K5 mobiles have a interchangeable aluminium casing. It is targeted at entry level buyers, who are looking for style factor along with decent performance and good audio experience. The Vibe K5 and K5 plus are both expected to be launched in India soon.

The K3 was called the K3 Note. The K4 got the Vibe tag and became the Vibe K4 Note. While they were both 5.5 inch device, the K5 and K5 Plus are 5 inch devices. Hence they have shed the Note tag. There is no clear association with a product line and a naming series. Though the product naming is confusing, the Lenovo K5 and K5 Plus appear to have a design that will make you look at it twice.

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My thoughts on the Lenovo Vibe X3

Lenovo Vibe X3 has proved to be a popular mobile in demand. It is not often that Lenovo launches a flagship device and this time, the Vibe X3 proved to be quite a surprise entry into the flagship arena. The Vibe X3 is not all about specification, but it more of experience. Lenovo has put in a lot of effort to make the Vibe X3 appeal to a wide range of audience. Specifically, the audiophile crowd will be attracted to this device. It would also appeal to anyone who wants a good camera mobile and also a great looking device. I did talk about the Vibe X3 in detail, in my elaborate review at GadgetDetail.com.

You can check my thoughts on the Vibe X3 in my video review here.

What I liked the most about the Lenovo Vibe X3

  • It has a cool design with its metal rim and matte finished quality plastic body
  • The images from the camera had a dramatic feel to it. I appreciate the depth of focus and color levels that this camera can deliver.
  • The dedicated audio chips for voice, hifidelity and low fidelity audio, just drove me insane.
  • Battery life on the Vibe X3 deserves a standing ovation
  • All this for just Rs 19999

What I did not like about the Lenovo Vibe X3

  • Fingerprint sensor wakes the screen only when locked and not when the display is just asleep
  • Lenovo UI is still running on top of Android 5.0. When do we see the light of Marshmallow?
  • RGB colors were a bit over saturated

Overall, the pros, outweigh the cons and the Vibe X3 stays on top of my recommended flagship device to buy and to own. Check out the camera samples below (Video and Still images)

If you are impressed and interested in buying it, you can check it out and check out at Amazon

 

Unboxing and First Impressions: Lenovo Vibe S1

I must say that Lenovo is on the roll this year. It all started with the success of the Lenovo A6000 and ever since Lenovo has launched dozens of mobile in India. The K3 Note was another success story for Lenovo. As much as the A series, the Vibe series has not been able to penetrate the market in volumes. Lenovo now aims to break that jinx with the new mobile: The Lenovo Vibe S1. Predominantly the Vibe series has been more about design and the S1 boasts design excellence all over. The S1 has a curved glass back with aluminium metal alloy rims. The curved glass seamlessly merges to the metal parts of the body and the design makes it look easy, but in reality, it has been a great technical challenge for Lenovo. The S1 is made for the selfie lovers. It has dual front facing cameras. There is an 8 MP camera and a 2 MP camera.  The 8 MP sensor is the one which shoots the picture, while the 2 MP sensor measures the depth of focus. With the resultant image, you can do a bunch of crazy tricks. You can blur the background for a great looking selfie or you can totally cut your selfie out and place it in another other image of your choice.

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On the front along with the dual camera, you would find the ear piece and sensors. The display is 5 inch IPS LCD panel capable of FULL HD resolution. The menu keys are not backlit. At the bottom you have the single speaker, but dual speaker grills flaunting the micro USB socket. At the top you have the 3.5 mm audio jack and a noise cancelling mic. The volume and power buttons are at the right. They are made of metal and have good tactile feedback. The SIM tray is on the left. It is a hybrid tray that takes in 2 nano SIM or 1 nano SIM and a microSD card.

 

As usual, Lenovo has packaged a screen guard and a transparent hard back case along with the box. It is only of nicest looking device I have seen this year. The design is sleek and looks premium and stylish. The front view of the mobile is boring and does not attract much attention, but the curved glass back gives it a nice style presence, and it is very slippery. The white color does not show fingerprint smudges, but the dark blue variant shows smudges all over.

Specifications of the Lenovo Vibe S1

Specifications
Lenovo Vibe S1
Dimensions 143.3 x 70.8 x 7.8 mm
Weight 132 grams
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)
Display Size 5.0 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi )
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
OS Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
Chipset Mediatek MT6752
CPU Octa-core 1.7 GHz
Memory Card microSD, up to 128 GB
Internal Memory 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
Primary Camera 13 MP, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Secondary Camera 8 MP & 2 MP
Battery  Li-Po 2500 mAh battery
Price  Rs 15999

I have been using the mobile for a few days now and yet to arrive at a conclusion on this device. The UI is Lenovo Vibe UI running on top of Android Lollipop. The UI has no lags and is very smooth. This is the same UI which we have seen in the other Lenovo devices. The display is also very responsive. The camera UI looks the same as other lenovo device, but it has certain features specific to the Vibe S1. The front camera UI has a switch to toggle between single and dual cam. The primary camera’s UI looks familiar but has only panoroma mode along with the auto mode. The manual mode is not present, like we saw in the Vibe Shot.

Benchmark score
Antutu 45650
Basemark X 13887
Velomo Multicore 1417
Velomo Metal 1071
Basemark OS 967
Quadrant 15298
Geekbench Single  811
Geekbench Multicore  4135

Check my detailed review at GadgetDetail.com. At Rs 15999 is it pitted directly against OnePlus X. In my opinion the Vibe S1 has got good design and decent specifications. Do let me know if you have any queries on the Vibe S1 and I will address it in the detailed review. It will be available from Amazon India, exclusively.

Lenovo P1m to go on open sale

Last month, Lenovo launched two new smartphones in its Vibe P Series, the Vibe P1 and Vibe P1m. The Vibe P1 comes with 5.5-inch 1080p display. It is powered by an Octa-Core Snapdragon 615 with  2GB of RAM. It has aluminum frame and also a fingerprint scanner embedded on the Home button. It has a huge 5000 mAh battery. Its little brother, the P1m comes with a 5 inch HD display. It is powered by a Quad-core MediaTek MT6735 and 2GB of RAM. It includes a 3900 mAh battery. Both these smartphones support 4G connectivity on dual SIM slots with support for Indian bands.

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In addition to this, both these devices lets you charge other devices using the included USB OTG cable. The Lenovo Vibe P1 has 24W quick charge function that can rapidly charge the 2000mAh of phone’s battery in just 30 minutes. These also have a OneKey Power Saver switch on side to improve the battery life. The Vibe P1m has Splash Proof Nano Coating for protection from water splashes. We have the test unit and will be reviewing the device in detail soon.

Lenovo announced today that the P1m will go on open sale on November 09, 2015 starting 10 a.m on Flipkart. SBI card users can avail an extra 10% discount from the retail price of Rs 7999.

Lenovo Vibe P1m Specs

  • Display : 5 inch  HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Processor : 1 GHz Quad-core MediaTek
  • Storage : 2GB RAM with 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
  • OS : Android 5.1 with Vibe UI
  • Rear Camera : 8MP  with LED Flash
  • Front Camera : 5MP
  • Battery : 3900mAh

The Vibe P1m comes in Onyx Black and Pearl White colors, is priced at Rs. 7999.

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Lenovo launches A1000, A6000 Shot and K3 Note Music in India

Lenovo has launched three new smartphones in the Indian market. Lenovo A6000 Shot and Lenovo K3 Note Music are the improved versions of A6000 and K3 Note Respectively. Whereas the third , the Lenovo A1000 is a new budget smart phone with 3G support. Also, Lenovo in partnership with Motorola will launch its exclusive service centers (ESCs) across the country. They plan to launch more than 50 ESCs across 40 cities by Diwali this year and more than 100 such centers by the middle of next year.

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Lenovo A1000 has 4 inch WVGA display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core spreadtrum processor. It is supported by 1GB of ram and 8GB internal storage. It comes with 3G support and a 2050 mAh battery.

Lenovo A6000 Shot is almost as same as A6000 Plus but as the name suggests, it’s coming with better camera combination. It has 13MP rear camera with LED flash and 5MP front-facing camera. Again, in K3 Note Music, it’s the Same K3 Note that comes with ceramic speakers on the back that has Smart PA audio chip and has MaxxAudio technology that amplifies the sound and improves the audio.

Lenovo A1000 Specs

  • Display : 4 inch WVGA TFT display
  • Processor : 1.3 GHz quad-core Spreadtrun SC7731
  • Storage : 1GB RAM with 8GB internal memory, expandable with micro SD card up to 32GB
  • OS : Android 5.0
  • Cameras : 5MP fixed-focus rear camera with LED Flash and VGA fixed-focus front camera
  • Battery : 2050mAh

Lenovo A6000 Shot Specs

  • Display : 5inch HD IPS
  • Processor : 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • Storage : 2GB RAM with 16GB internal memory expandable upto 32GB with MicroSD card
  • OS : Android 5.0
  • Rear Camera : 13MP with LED Flash
  • Front Camera : 5MP
  • Battery : 2300mAh

Lenovo K3 Note Music Specs

  • Display : 5.5 inch Full HD
  • Processor : 1.7 GHz Octa-core MediaTek MT6752
  • Storage : 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage, expandable memory upto 32GB with microSD
  • OS : Android 5.0 with Vibe UI
  • Rear Camera : 13MP rear camera with dual tone LED flash
  • Front Camera : 5MP
  • Battery : 3000mAh

The Lenovo A1000 comes in Onyx Black and Pearl White colors and is priced at Rs. 4,999. The Lenovo A6000 Shot comes in Onyx Black, Pearl White and Carmine Red color and is priced at Rs. 9,999. The Lenovo K3 Note Music comes in Pearl White, Onyx Black and Laser Yellow colors and is priced at Rs. 12,999. All these smartphones will be available for sales in offline market from the last week of October.