Lenovo is coming up with a new affordable smartphone for Indian consumers this month, adding to the competitive budget space where its K4 Note already exists. Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is set for official launch March 15 in India, nearly a month after it was unveiled at the MWC 2016 last month.
Lenovo K4 Note is already a bestseller, mainly for its affordable price tag and premium features. Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is also a budget offering on the company's end, which has its own perks and benefits and some downsides when compared to the K4 Note.
Lenovo will announce the price of the Vibe K5 Plus during its launch event this month, and it is likely to be cheaper than the K4 Note considering some notable downgrades. We are going to list all the differences between Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus and Lenovo K4 Note, which can help buyers choose the right handset based on their needs.
Design and display
Both Lenovo smartphones have distinct designs. Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus uses more premium materials than the K4 Note, which is built on a mixture of polycarbonate and metal, as against the aluminium body of the Vibe K5 Plus. Another key difference is the size of the display — the K4 Note has a 5.5-inch Full-HD screen while the Vibe K5 Plus has a more compact 5-inch display with the same 1080p resolution.
Lenovo K4 Note also features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual-LED flash, f/2.0 aperture and PDAF. The pixels on the Vibe K5 Plus are the same as the K4 Note at 13MP, but there is only a single LED flash. There is no mention of the PDAF feature nor has the company shared the size of the aperture, which helps determine how much light enters the lens for better picture quality.
Both phones have 5-megapixel front-snapper for selfies.
Lenovo K4 Note has a bigger battery, measuring 3,300mAh, which is said to deliver up to 23 hours of 2G talk time. Comparatively, the Vibe K5 Plus has a 2,750mAh battery pack.
Lenovo K4 Note wins again with its fingerprint scanner on the rear, while the feature is absent in the Vibe K5 Plus.
Processor, RAM and storage
Lenovo K4 Note is powered by a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor, 3GB DDR3 RAM and a Mali T720 GPU. Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus has a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 Octa-core SoC, 2GB RAM and an Adreno 405 GPU for graphics. The RAM size is lower in the Vibe K5 Plus, but both phones have 16GB onboard storage with an option to expand using microSD cards.
Lenovo K4 Note's spec-sheet reveals interesting add-ons such as dual SIM support, NFC, TheatherMax integration, Wolfson WM8281 audio codec-based earphones and Dolby Atmos audio system with surround-sound integrated in the front-facing stereos. It is unclear if the Vibe K5 Plus has dual SIM or NFC or the other features, but it is confirmed it has Dolby Atmos surround sound on the dual speakers on the rear of the device.