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Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus With Full HD Screen, Snapdragon 616 Only $149; No U.S. Availability, Though

Lenovo announced the Vibe K5 Plus, which not too long ago would’ve been seen as an upper mid-range smartphone, for only $149. Unfortunately, it won't be available in the U.S.

The device comes with a Snapdragon 616 chip, which includes eight Cortex-A53 cores with a frequency of 1.7 GHz each, an Adreno 405 GPU, which supports OpenGL ES 3.1, and a Cat. 4 LTE modem (150/50 Mbps data speeds).

The device has a 5” Full HD display, 16 GB of internal storage with support for another 32 GB expandable storage via microSD, 2 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, as well as dual-SIM, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1 support. It also has a 2,750 mAh replaceable battery, which is reasonably large for a device this size and with this screen resolution.

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus will feature a 13MP rear camera that can shoot 1080p video, and a 5MP front-camera, which uses only fixed-focus (pictures will be blurry if you don’t keep the optimal distance).

The smartphone will run the older Android 5.1 operating system out of the box. Lenovo didn’t say whether it will receive further updates, which could be an issue for Android buyers that want either the latest version of Android or want their phones to be kept up to date and secure.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
CPUOcta-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUAdreno 405
Display5" Full HD
Chipset1.2 GHz Quad-Core
CameraRear 13MP / Front 5MP
Memory2 GB LPDDR3 RAM
Storage16 GB ROM / MicroSD (32 GB)
Battery2,750 mAh (removable)
OSAndroid 5.1 Lollipop
Thickness8.2mm
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.1
ColorsPlatinum Silver / Champagne Gold
Price$149
AvailabilityMarch 2016

The 8.2 mm device will be available in Platinum Silver or Champagne Gold colors, and it should arrive on the market in March, this year.

Lenovo also announced its slightly lower budget brother, the Lenovo Vibe K5 (or Lenovo K5), which should be identical except that it has an HD screen and a Snapdragon 415 (also octa-core, but lower frequency). The K5 will cost $129 and should also arrive in March. Neither of the two phones will be available in the U.S., according to Lenovo.

Lucian Armasu is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware. You can follow him at @lucian_armasu. 

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  • InvalidError
    Can't launch an affordable yet decent no-frills mainstream device in high-margin markets, it'll hurt flagship frou-frou devices' sales too much.
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  • Droughns
    In the specs below it lists a 1.2GHZ Processor but in the article it says 1.7GHZ..

    Which does it have?
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  • Thomas_16
    This one's a much better buy than its weaker brother. The difference as seen here https://versus.com/en/lenovo-vibe-k5-plus-vs-lenovo-vibe-k5 , shouldn't be worth just $20. I'm not saying though that the K5 is a bad phone, it is already a great phone for the price in itself, but the K5 plus is much better, having Snapdragon 616 and a full hd display. If I were to buy one of these, I would definitely look for $20 more to be able to buy the Plus version.
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