Lenovo S5


Lenovo S5
Lenovo S5 (S Series)
Graphics adapter
3072 MB 
5.7 inch 181:9, 2160 x 1080 pixel 424 PPI, Capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 32GB, 64GB or 128GB
Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD, up to 128 GB (SIM 2 slot), Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass, fingerprint, USB 2.0, type-C
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM, HSPA, LTE, Dual SIM, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.8 x 154 x 73.5 ( = 0.31 x 6.06 x 2.89 in)
3000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 8.0 Oreo
Primary Camera: 13 MPix Dual-camera, f/2.2
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix f/2.2
Additional features
Keyboard: Virtual
155 g ( = 5.47 oz / 0.34 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
170 Euro



Average Score: 78% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 75%, features: - %, display: 75% mobility: 70%, workmanship: 100%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Lenovo S5

77% Lenovo S5 (K520)
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 77% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 100%
Lenovo S5
Source: ChinaMobileMag German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/14/2018
82% Lenovo S5 – Review con Opiniones y Características
Source: Xataka Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/07/2018
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 100%
75% Recensione Lenovo S5: bello come un OnePlus, economico come uno Xiaomi!
Source: Chimera Revo Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/27/2019
Rating: Total score: 75%



Remember the days when Lenovo owned Motorola? I do. They bought it, sold it, said they were leaving the smartphone business or something similar to that, and voilà, they are back at it again.

I can not say they are looking to be competitive, because in today’s market, while the decline in notebook and PC sales is still on-going, there is a huge shift in the smartphone business. Whether you are Lenovo or someone else, unless you are truly specialized in the PC business (such as Gigabyte, MSI), you need new areas for growth. In my thinking, this is what Lenovo is trying to achieve.

The Lenovo S5, from the first moment of unboxing, gives you the impression of a low mid-range phone. Low, because of the plastic case. Mid because, well, it has dual cameras,  a fingerprint sensor on the back, no headphone jack, etc.

The main issue, and the reason for the low-end feeling, is that all the surfaces are fingerprint magnets. The rear cover is easy to scratch. I mean, workmanship, this is what is lacking.

Hardware-wise, there are two variants. In terms of the processor, both are the same, equipped with a Snapdragon 625. Then 3 GB of RAM with 32 GB of ROM or 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of ROM.

I am trying to find something special that could differentiate it from the competition, but as I said, this literally looks like an effort to exist in the smartphone market. The device looks pretty similar to the Xiaomi Mi 5X, maybe you could say it has similar hardware to the Huawei P20 Lite, but in terms of haptics, it is far away from it - the Huawei P20 Lite is, in simple terms, very beautiful. The Lenovo S5? No.

So, why on earth would you buy this phone? Well, it is cheap. Starting around 175-200$, it comes with stock Android 8.0, so it is up to date. That is it.

Now, with all my reviews, would I buy this, or would I buy this phone for my mum? For my mum, yes. For myself, I am in doubt. For me, what matters is audio quality, usability. Audio quality is a question with this device. Other than that, I can use it for checking email and browsing. If you spend too much time on the phone talking, then it is not for you.

Do I give it a thumbs up? Nope. Check for other options in this price range, and then decide what suits you better.

Hands-on article by Umit Yilmaz Gunes

Qualcomm Adreno 506: Integrated graphics card in the Snapdragon 625 SoC and based on the new 500-series architecture with support for Vulkan, OpenGL ES 3.1 + AE (3.2) and UBWC.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

625: Mid-range octa-core SoC with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cpu cores at up to 2 GHz, an Adreno 506 GPU, a DDR3L-1866 memory controller and a X9 LTE (Cat 7) modem. Manufactured in the modern 14nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.155 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.

Lenovo: Lenovo ( "Le" as in the English word legend and "novo" (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. From 2004, the company has been the largest laptop manufacturer in China and got the fourth largest manufacturer worldwide after the acquisition of IBM's PC division in 2005. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company also produces monitors, projectors, servers, etc.

In 2011, Lenovo acquired the majority of Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Lenovo took over Motorola Mobility, which gave them a boost in the smartphone market.

From 2014 to 2016 Lenovo's market share in the global notebook market was 20-21%, ranking second behind HP. However, the distance decreased gradually. In the smartphone market, Lenovo did not belong to the Top 5 global manufacturers in 2016.

78%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum, 2018-05-25 (Update: 2018-05-25)