Perhaps it is safe to say that 2016 is the year of Virtual Reality. Though VR has been around for a long time now, there is no significant development to this technology until Samsung incorporated VR with their smartphones last year. This year more brands are joining the bandwagon including Lenovo. The company has been bundling VR headsets with their new smartphone offerings just like the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus. How is the VR experience and overall performance of this phone? Read on and find it out.
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus:
- Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor
- Adreno 405 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
- 5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1080 x 1920 pixels)
- Dolby ATMOS surround sound technology
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB OTG
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,750 mAh battery
- Android 5.1 Lollipop with Vibe UI
- Price: P8,999
- Status: Available in Lenovo stores and retailers
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
Lenovo has leveled up their ante when it comes to overall design. Gone are those plastic shells from the Lenovo Vibe K3 series of last year and now has a metal back. The top and bottom are actually plastic but this will further enhance signal reception. Despite its metal build, the back can be removed in which will reveal the dual SIM card slots and microSD slot, Unfortunately the battery is non removable. The 5-inch display makes the phone smaller with all those 5.5 and 6-inch display thus make it easier to hold.
Lenovo smartphones are decent performers when it comes to display quality. The 5-inch display produces punchy and bright colors. Though still not in league with still king Samsung, it is far better than the local brands who rules this price range. Viewing angles are good too. It is also perfect for VR gameplay though we wish a bigger screen for VR. But if you do like a bigger screen bundled with VR, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note will be perfect for you.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Getting the Snapdragon 616 chipset to power the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is also a good choice. We’ve been reading a lot of good reviews from this chipset. True to the reviews, the chipset performs very well, It can handle VR games very well and though an octa core processor, it doesn’t sip much the battery unless to play to much. Everyday use is a breeze as well. The phone can handle multi tasking and intense graphic games (no VR) very well. No lags or stutter was encountered on our 2-week review period.
We admit that we are not fans of Virtual Reality. This is already out third device we reviewed with a VR headset and we get really dizzy after a few minutes of playing it. Despite getting dizzy, we enjoyed playing VR games here. Just be careful and don’t walk around while playing.
Based on our experience on past Lenovo reviews, photos taken from their cameras are generally ok. We saw some improvements on the camera results. They seems to be punchier and livelier . Here take a look at our sample photos. 🙂
Calls using our Globe SIM are very clear with no issues. LTE connectivity has been very decent too. WiFi and Bluetooth works fine as well.
We managed to get around 10 hours of heavy use from its 2,750 mAh battery. That involves some 30 minutes of VR, playing Pokemon Go and Dead Trigger 2, watching You Tube, Viber calls and texts, social media with WiFi and LTE on. We also managed to stretch that to 12 hours on our moderate use.
The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is perfect for those who want to try Virtual Reality or those big fans of it but can’t afford an Oculus Rift or Samsung Galaxy Gear VR. This is perfect for VR gamers because for P8,995 you get a VR headset, game controller and the phone itself. Sulit diba? 🙂