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Lenovo Vibe K5 Play


Lenovo Vibe K5 Play
Lenovo Vibe K5 Play (Vibe Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937) 8 x 1.4 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
3 GB 
5.70 inch 18:9, 1440 x 720 pixel 282 PPI, glossy: yes
32 GB eMMC
Card Reader: undefined, Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.2, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.9 x 153.8 x 72.6 ( = 0.31 x 6.06 x 2.86 in)
3000 mAh
Operating System
Android 8.0 Oreo
Primary Camera: 13 MPix
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix
155 g ( = 5.47 oz / 0.34 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)



Average Score: 85% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

Reviews for the Lenovo Vibe K5 Play

85% Recensione Lenovo K5 Play: concorrenza sleale nella fascia bassa!
Source: Chimera Revo Italian IT→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/31/2018
Rating: Total score: 85%
Test du Lenovo K5 Play : une excellente affaire
Source: Top for Phone French FR→EN version
Positive: Good price; solid workmanship; high autonomy. Negative: Poor display; high SAR.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/08/2019


Model: It has been a while since I last reviewed a Lenovo smartphone and I was actually thinking that they were out of Smartphone market, boy I was wrong.

Along with the K5 Play, there is also the K5. The only difference? Their processors. The K5 comes with a Mediatek chip, whereas the K5 Play comes with a Snapdragon chip. Yup, that’s it. End of the show.

Now, why you should buy the K5 Play? The answer is simple. Because of its price. Literally. It is only for 109$. Is there anything great about it? Of course not. But there is much good about it. It comes with Android 8.0, a 3000 mAh battery, a somewhat good 13+2 MP main camera. A Snapdragon 430 is at its heart. When you put it all together, I think it makes sense. Lets say you need a temporary device or you are looking for a present? There is your K5 Play.

Anything else? That is not a question you should ask my friend. That’s about it. Don't expect much and don't pay much. I think this should be the motto of K5 devices.

If I were in a situation, I would totally buy it. That’s for sure. It could be a device for children as well, but they might end up complaining about why they can’t play games and it would be another headache for you. So, no, don’t buy it for your children. But for friends or other relatives who use their phones just for talking, messaging and social media and stuff, K5 Play is just fine. It is not fancy, it is not elegant and if it breaks into pieces, you wouldn't mind it at all.

I am trying to find something to tell more about the K5 Play, but at the end of the day, it is just an another Android budget smartphone and that literally sums my overall impression. With budget devices, there is not enough room to fit in an extra features which would make the device stand apart from the competition. Most of the time we only see brand name changing and the rest is almost the same. This is the fact for the real low end devices. At least for the mid-range we can get something like fast charging or better cameras. But for Lenovo Vibe K5 Play, this does not apply.

Do I suggest it? Yeah, but again it totally depends on how you use a smartphone. It is okay for day to day regular usage. But for games or some apps that needs horsepower, nope it is not for you.

Hands-on article by Ümit Yılmaz Güneş

Qualcomm Adreno 505: Mid range graphics card integrated in the Snapdragon 430 and 435 SoCs. Based on the 500 generation and supports modern standards like Vulkan 1.0, OpenGL ES 3.1 + AE, OpenCL 2.0 and DirectX 12.

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.

430: Lower mainstream octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 SoC clocked at up to 1.4 GHz and the Adreno 505 GPU, a DDR3L-1600 memory controller as well as an X6 LTE (Cat. 4) modem.» 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.

85%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

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


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Stefan Hinum, 2018-11-25 (Update: 2018-11-25)