If you thought the six-month release cycle adopted by most high-profile smartphone manufacturers these days was unnecessarily short, Lenovo is here to break all upgrading window records with a K5 Note following in the K4 Note’s footsteps just three weeks or so after the latter’s Indian debut.
The new guy is a full-on sequel rather than a minor spin-off as well, and incredibly enough, it’s set to cost less in China – RMB 1,099, i.e. close to $170. For that money, you get an unexpectedly robust aluminum slab with a MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) processor under the hood, up from K4 Note’s MT6752.
That’s a 64-bit octa-core chip clocked at 1.8GHz, but it’s “only” coupled with 2GB RAM, while the K4 Note is sold in both 2 and 3 gig memory configurations. The Lenovo K5 Note however further ups the battery capacity ante, from 3,300 to 3,500 mAh, and retains the ingenious rear-fitted fingerprint sensor that enables mobile payments and can also take pictures.
Speaking of, you have a respectable pair of 13 and 8 megapixel cameras in the mix, plus dual SIM, 4G LTE and microSD support, a single back speaker capable of delivering 1.5W sound, pre-loaded Android 5.1 Lollipop (with 6.0 Marshmallow decidedly on the way), and 16GB internal storage space.
The upper mid-range but ultra-low-cost ensemble measures 8.5mm in thickness, and can be coated in your choice of gold or silver. The first wave of flash sales will hit China later this week, with subsequent commercial “events” set to go down as Lenovo ramps up mass-manufacturing. Unfortunately, probably not for the Western hemisphere.