Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus hands-on

Lenovo's new Vibe K5 Plus may not get too many of us excited here in Western markets, but for those in emerging areas of India and China, this budget phone brings a lot to the table for just $149. For the price you're getting a nice-looking 5-inch 1920x1080 display, powered by a Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, with a removable 2750 mAh battery. You're also getting a 13MP rear camera, and 5MP front-facer.

The Vibe K5 Plus is actually built on an aluminum case, but brings a lot of faux metals coverings as well — but at this price that's expected and they actually feel pretty nice either way. On the software side Lenovo continues to streamline its interface, and there really aren't many functional changes from stock Android — just some visual tweaks and the inclusion of Dolby Atmos sound software. The only problem here is we're looking at Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

For those on an even tighter budget, a plain Vibe K5 will also be available — at $129 it drops to an HD display and Snapdragon 415 processor. Expect to see these phones hit markets where Lenovo phones are currently sold.

Press release:

Meet the Showstopping Lenovo VIBE K5 Plus

Introducing Lenovo VIBE K5 Plus – designed to entertain and impress, for a whole lot less.

Roving Entertainment Experience Made Easy

Music and entertainment enthusiasts will appreciate Lenovo VIBE K5 Plus for its brilliant performance and robust features. Offering a 5" wide-view FHD display and powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 616 octa-core processor, plus a 2750mAh user replaceable battery and 16GB built-in memory (up to 32GB expandable storage support), it delivers an immersive, fast and undisrupted multimedia experience, whenever you want.

Ditch the headphones and switch to full speaker sound. Lenovo VIBE K5 Plus with the clarity of Dolby Atmos® and dual rear speakers to deliver remarkable sound quality, allowing users to enjoy movies, games and music with full, crystal-clear stereo sound.

Lights, Camera, Action

Because we know capturing key moments with the crew is important to VIBE consumers, we've equipped Lenovo VIBE K5 Plus with a 13MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash, and a 5MP fixed-focus front camera for picture perfect shots. Plus, we preloaded a variety of productivity and social apps such as SHAREit, SNAPit, Guvera Music and so on for a seamless social sharing and streaming experience.

Flaunting a sleek-finish aluminum look at just 8.2mm thin and 142g light - and available in Platinum Silver or Champagne Gold - with Lenovo VIBE K5 Plus you are ready for your closeup.

The Lenovo VIBE K5 Plus (also sold as Lenovo K5 Plus) will be available in select countries where Lenovo smartphones are sold starting in March for $149(USD).

Also available is Lenovo VIBE K5 (also sold as Lenovo K5) with a 5" HD screen and Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 415 octa-core processor. Pricing for this model starts at $129(USD).

Andrew Martonik

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.