Just as suspected, Lenovo today goes international with the impressively affordable, remarkably powerful 5-inch Lemon 3 smartphone. Even better, the “advanced multimedia” Vibe K5 comes in two configurations, including a $150 Plus that’s almost too good (and cheap) to be true.
But it is, and it’s headed for “select countries where Lenovo smartphones are sold” (so, no United States) in March, delivering an “immersive, fast and undisrupted multimedia experience, whenever you want.”
Meaningless marketing propaganda aside, the nicest thing about the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is probably its premium aluminum finish. No, the device isn’t all metal, but it’s still unusually robust and pretty for only 150 bucks, measuring 8.2mm in thickness and tipping the scales at 150 grams.
Under the hood, a fast and furious octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor runs the show, assisted by 2GB RAM, and kept in check by a 2,750 mAh battery. The cell is perhaps a little small to handle the demands of a Full HD display, but hey, you can’t have it all. Definitely not at $149. And definitely not when 13 and 5MP cameras, Dolby Atmos sound, 16GB expandable storage, and LTE connectivity are also part of the deal.
Pre-installed Android 5.1 Lollipop is another Vibe K5 Plus weakness you’ll need to live with for the sake of extreme affordability, and the same goes for the $130 Lenovo Vibe K5. That one looks identical to the K5 Plus on the outside, footprint, build materials and all, downgrading screen resolution to standard HD (1,280 x 720 pixels), and processing power to octa Snapdragon 415. Still quite the bargain, don’t you think?