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The introduction of the Vibe K5 Note in the Indian market seems like a logical move by Lenovo.
The introduction of the Vibe K5 Note in the Indian market seems like a logical move by Lenovo.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Note: Can it take on Moto G4 Plus and LeEco Le 2?

Lenovo's newest budget smartphone Vibe K5 Note looks better than its predecessor

Lenovo’s budget smartphone, the K4 Note, has looked out of place ever since the LeEco Le 2 and the Moto G4 Plus showed up. With its plastic exterior and low power processor, the phone was no match to these new smartphones. Which is why the introduction of the Vibe K5 Note in the Indian market seems like a logical move by Lenovo. The phone will be available on Flipkart from 3 August at 11,999 (3GB RAM) and 13,499 (4GB RAM).

We take a quick look at what’s new in the Vibe K5 Note and where it stands in comparison to two of the most well-endowed smartphones in the budget segment, the Moto G4 Plus ( 3,499) and the LeEco Le 2 ( 11,999).

A touch of metal

The Vibe K5 is the first Lenovo smartphone in the K series with a full metal finish. Though we can’t really comment on the grip and the quality, in terms of durability and premiumness, it is a better bet than phones with a plastic finish. The LeEco Le 2 comes with a metal finish but the Moto G4 Plus has a plastic back just like its predecessors.

At 165g and 8.5mm, the Vibe K5 weighs more than the LeEco Le 2 (153g) and the Moto G4 Plus (155g), is slightly thinner than the Moto G4 Plus (9.8mm), but thicker than the Le 2 (7.5mm).

Additional security

In terms of future proofing, the Vibe K5 Note 5 is at par with the other two phones. Like the Le 2, the sensor is placed on the back panel, just below the camera. It is easy to reach out with the same hand which is holding the device as it falls within the range of the index finger. The Moto G4 Plus is the odd one with a square shaped fingerprint sensor integrated with the non-functional home button on the front panel.

Unique audio technology

In terms of audio capability, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note is better endowed than the Moto G4 Plus. The Dolby Atmos technology produces better sound, particularly with good quality headphones, by creating a virtual surround sound experience.

What still gives the LeEco Le 2 a slight edge, at least when one is using headphones, is the CDLA technology which uses headsets with a built-in decoder and audio processing chip, which prevents audio loss during transmission from the smartphone to the headphone. However, it works only with the USB Type C-based headphones which come with a speaker. The Dolby Atmos works with any stereo speaker or headphone.

New processor

The Vibe K5 runs on the same new MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core processor which powers the Yu Yunicorn ( 12,999). Though it is a powerful processor and worked well in the Yunicorn, any comment on its performance in the Vibe K5 can be made only after it has been tested in detail, because factors such as the software make a huge difference in performance. And over time, we have seen different smartphones using the processor deliver varying results. The LeEco Le 2 runs on a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 hexa-core processor, while the Moto G4 Plus runs on Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor. It is an upgraded version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 price which drives the likes of Moto X Play.

Camera

The Vibe K5 Note comes with a 13-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and phase detection focus technology for instant focus. The Moto G4 Plus has a 16-megpixel camera with both phase detection and laser focus. It also comes with dual LED flash. The LeEco Le 2 offers a 16-megapixel camera too with phase detection and dual LED. However, we have seen phones with lower pixel counts deliver better picture quality.

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