During the last couple of months we presented to you the reviews of Lenovo Vibe K5 and Vibe K5 Plus, and today we would like to acquaint you with the biggest member of the K5 family. We are talking about Vibe K5 Note which we are currently testing. Before sharing our detailed review, however, we have prepared for you this brief article with our first impressions.
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In comparison to K5 and K5 Plus, the Note version offers a different design language, and one of the reasons for this is the bigger size. Nonetheless, the main style features have been preserved, the most important being the metal back. The latter can’t be removed, and you will need a special tool (provided in the package) to access the nanoSIM and microSD card slots. As you might expect, the smartphone weighs a bit more – 152 grams, whereas its profile thickness is really reasonable – 8.5 mm. We can say that it’s relatively comfortable to hold in one hand as much as it’s possible for 5.5-incher. Also, the back is somewhat rounded along its corners, which creates a feeling for a thinner device. We should also note that fingerprints are almost not to be found on the K5 Note’s surface.
As it was mentioned earlier, K5 Note features a 5.5-inch Full HD display (1920 x 1080 p). This translates into pixel density of 401 ppi, or a very detailed image. Of course, there is an IPS panel, too, which brings more contrasty colors and wider viewing angles. Additionally, the settings menu offers various display modes.
The mobile CPU that Vibe K5 Note employs is MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10. It features eight Cortex-A53 cores, ticking at up to 1.8 GHz. Along with it, you get a Mali-T860MP2 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. Here are the results we achieved in two benchmarks (Vellamo 2 Metal and 3DMark Ice Unlimited).
Vibe K5 Note comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop, on top of which you get Lenovo’s UI that features both layout changes as well as additional features and modes, which can be found in the settings menu. Furthermore, you can use several Lenovo apps such as SHAREit and SYNCit, for example.
As a conclusion, we would like to say a few words about the camera and show you two test shots. It is a 13MP autofocus camera with an LED flash. You won’t find many modes in its menu, though. However, there is the standard list of manual settings, and the useful option of Full HD video recording.
|OS||Android v5.1 (Lollipop)|
|CPU||MediaTek MT6755 (8-core, 1.80GHz, Cortex-A53)|
|Display||5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive multitouch display (1920 x 1080 p)|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, А-GPS|
|Cameras||13MP camera with autofocus and a dual LED flash (rear), 8MP (front)|
|Dimensions||75.7 x 152 x 8.5 mm|