Lenovo Vibe K5 review: Base line

Base line

GSMArena team, 10 August 2016.

5-inch display with 720p resolution - can't complain

The Vibe K5 relies on a 5-inch 720p IPS display. The resolution is one of the few downgrades, compared to the Plus. Or rather the Vibe K5, being the base model, gets the base resolution. At 294ppi, pixel density is still good enough, even if we have to add "considering the price" once again.

No surprises when we put it under the microscope - the Vibe K5's panel has a standard RGB layout with an equal number of subpixels for each primary color.

Lenovo Vibe K5 review

The Vibe K5's display is capable of more than 400nits of brightness in its default mode, which isn't spectacular - more like average. Its black levels aren't too good either, and that somewhat ruins contrast.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus 0.44 441 998
Lenovo Vibe K5 0.53 426 804
Xiaomi Redmi 3 0.42 520 1238
Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro 0.49 561 1145
Sony Xperia XA 0.38 523 1376
Samsung Galaxy J2 0.00 346
Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor 0.00 480
Oppo F1 0.46 408 897
Sony Xperia E5 0.43 540 1243

Color reproduction is reasonably accurate in default mode, with an average DeltaE of 6.1. You can adjust the colors in settings and achieve an average DeltaE of 3, but at the expense of maximum brightness, which drops by about 100nits.

In the sunlight legibility test the Vibe K5 posted virtually the same score as the Plus. The dispay being one of the few parts not shared between the two, we thought this might be an area where they performed differently. Well, they didn't and the Vibe K5 scored a good figure for an LCD - not iPhone-6s-good, but better than the HTC 10, for example.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    4.615
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    4.439
  • OnePlus 3
    4.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    4.376
  • HTC One A9
    4.274
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    3.918
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor
    3.879
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor
    3.873
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    3.859
  • Apple iPhone 6
    3.838
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    3.817
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    3.816
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.802
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    3.789
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    3.783
  • Meizu Pro 5
    3.781
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    3.772
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
    3.756
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    3.709
  • Vivo X5Pro
    3.706
  • Apple iPhone SE
    3.681
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Meizu PRO 6
    3.659
  • BlackBerry Priv
    3.645
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    3.53
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.523
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    3.523
  • Acer Jade Primo
    3.521
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    3.512
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3.499
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • Oppo R7
    3.32
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    3.235
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    3.234
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    3.222
  • Huawei P9
    3.195
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    3.113
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    3.105
  • LG Nexus 5X
    3.092
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    3.023
  • Sony Xperia X
    2.989
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.97
  • Huawei Mate 8
    2.949
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    2.906
  • LG G5
    2.905
  • HTC One S
    2.901
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2.876
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    2.851
  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact
    2.784
  • LG V10
    2.744
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    2.735
  • Sony Xperia M5
    2.69
  • Huawei P9 Lite
    2.679
  • Vivo V3Max
    2.659
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    2.641
  • Sony Xperia XA
    2.609
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    2.574
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    2.567
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
    2.563
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    2.544
  • Oppo F1
    2.528
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    2.525
  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c
    2.506
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    2.473
  • Huawei G8
    2.471
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
    2.459
  • Huawei Honor 7
    2.406
  • Sony Xperia E5
    2.386
  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo
    2.382
  • HTC 10
    2.378
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
    2.378
  • HTC One E9+
    2.305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    2.254
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    2.253
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    2.249
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    2.235
  • Motorola Moto G (2014)
    2.233
  • LG Nexus 5
    2.228
  • Huawei P8
    2.196
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    2.166
  • OnePlus Two
    2.165
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • LG Aka
    2.145
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    2.134
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2.119
  • Acer Liquid X2
    2.084
  • Huawei P8lite
    2.078
  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual
    2.026
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    1.996
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    1.972
  • OnePlus One
    1.961
  • Meizu m3 note
    1.923
  • BlackBerry Leap
    1.892
  • Meizu m2 note
    1.892
  • HTC Butterfly
    1.873
  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini
    1.759
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie
    1.68
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)
    1.675
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    1.659
  • Motorola Moto E
    1.545
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    1.311
  • Sony Xperia C
    1.283
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Sony Xperia E
    1.215

Connectivity

The Vibe K5 is a dual-SIM smartphone and it takes microSIMs in both slots. Both are 2G-capable, but only one gets the 3G/4G treatment. LTE is Cat. 4 for theoretical transfer speeds of 150Mbps down and 50Mbps up. It has a dedicated microSD slot - so no dilemmas between extra storage and a second SIM.

You get single-band 2.4GHz Wi-Fi b/g/n (no ac) with hotspot support, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.1, and an FM radio receiver. There's no NFC or an infrared port, though.

The microUSB 2.0 port is USB OTG enabled, and you also get a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

Lenovo Vibe K5 battery life

The Lenovo Vibe K5 packs a 2,750mAh battery - the same as the K5 Plus. A different (supposedly more frugal) chipset and display resolution sound like the right way improve battery performance but this isn't the case.

The Vibe K5 posted largely the same numbers as the K5 Plus, and while that is more of a testament to the Plus for squeezing the same endurance with higher-grade hardware, this plain K5 is by no means inadequately powered.

Close to 9 hours on the web over Wi-Fi, and 8 hours of video playback are average numbers, and actually pretty good for the battery capacity. The 3G talk time isn't great, at 13 hours, and that's where the K5 Plus lasts a little longer.

Lenovo Vibe K5 review

The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Reader comments

  • NosSlayer

No it supports I used many times

  • Tom

iam using this mobile for past 4 years no complaints good phone.

  • Atom

It's used interface is not that much good...and also...you cannot feel any difference after the system update...