Lenovo mobile phone officially returned to the Chinese market in June this year and began to adhere to the demand of consumers by launching its flagship product, Lenovo Z5. The recently launched S5 Pro and K5 Pro have been able to attract buyers from all around the world and has strengthened Lenovo’s confidence. Today we will go through the review of Lenovo K5 Pro to find out if it is the best smartphone in the budget segment available in the market today.
Lenovo K5 Pro Review
From the hardware specifications, Lenovo K5 Pro is a real, full screen mobile phone equipped with the performance of the Snapdragon 636 mobile platform, standard 6GB running memory, to ensure a smooth daily experience. It comes with dual speakers and a large 4050mAh battery and Android 8.1. Let’s start the review with the appearance of Lenovo K5 Pro.
Full screen with excellent look
The Lenovo K5 Pro features a 5.99-inch, 18:9 aspect ratio, FHD+ resolution screen with a maximum brightness of 450 nits. From the perspective of physical experience, the color performance of this screen is relatively strong, and the overall perception is at the leading position at the same price. With dual stereo speakers and a stereo Driac sound field, when you watch a video, the auditory effect is immediate. This is also an important reason why it can be called the budget king.
Thanks to the pre-installed latest ZUI system, Lenovo K5 Pro supports U-Touch full-screen gesture operation, replacing the original virtual button with a simple slide, freeing up more screen space for use. Of course, if you are uncomfortable with the gesture operation, you can switch to the original virtual button.
Known as the budget king, this product is similar to other budget smartphones available in the market. The Lenovo K5 Pro adopts a three-stage metal body, 5.99-inch FHD+ full screen, traditional forehead + chin design. These features are rare for a product that sells for less than $150.
The unique dual-camera model has formed the Lenovo ID design, which is similar to most mobile phones on the market. The vertically arranged rear dual camera protrudes slightly from the body.
In other respects, Lenovo K5 Pro uses rear fingerprint recognition, Type-C interface, 3.5mm headphone jack, and dual speakers. Overall, Lenovo K5 Pro design has reached the mainstream level, especially considering its price. It is obviously not practical to expect high on appearance in this price range.
ZUI5.0 system, simple and smooth experience
Lenovo K5 Pro runs the latest ZUI 5.0 system, built on the Android 8.1 kernel. ZUI5.0 is more simple in design, there is no native Android’s two-tier desktop design, the application is tiled on a desktop, the icon is based on the most basic circle and square, more concise.
In the actual experience, ZUI 5.0’s fluency and the feel of the past have been significantly improved, and I also noticed that ZUI 5.0’s interface has also made some changes, such as canceling the bottom of the shortcut menu, to become more mainstream Drop-down menu.
In terms of functions, ZUI introduced a new comprehensive screen gesture, U-Touch, in order to solve the problem of full-screen interaction. The operation mode is similar to the existing one. For those who are accustomed to other gestures, getting started with U-Touch requires a certain learning cost, but it is easy to get used to this operation after a short use.
In addition, some interesting features from the previous version of ZUI are also preserved. For example, social applications such as WeChat and QQ are dual-app, and there are two software such as WeChat, two QQ, and two Weibo on the mobile phone. The data does not affect each other and can be run at the same time to meet the needs of some users and multiple accounts.
Thanks to the main audio-visual entertainment, Lenovo K5 Pro has added a game mode. After it is turned on, it can keep the phone in high-performance mode, and automatically clear the background after the game is started, increasing the available memory for the game. Users can also turn on message and do not disturb mode, turn off game keypad and gestures to prevent accidental touches to reduce unnecessary interruptions during gameplay.
Uninterrupted audio and video enjoyment
In order to let users enjoy more realistic sound effects, Lenovo K5 Pro is also equipped with two-channel Dirac sound effects, whether it is external or headphone playback, can improve the overall sound quality. 24bit quantization precision playback and 192Kb sampling frequency (USB-C digital headphone mode) function can truly restore the sound details so that you can have an immersive sound experience whether you are watching movies or playing games.
Lenovo K5 Pro’s unique inverter power-saving design, official data shows that you can increase battery life by 20%. With a large battery capacity of 4050mAh, it can meet the high-intensity use throughout the day, reaching the extreme operation of audio wireless playback for 60 hours. If the mobile phone has no power, it doesn’t matter. The 18W fast charge charger owned by Lenovo K5 Pro can charge the mobile phone to 50% in half an hour, ensuring that it can be used without heavy pressure.
With the home theater, the bottom magnetic speakers and the top 1000mW high-power 2in1 speaker bless, different from the traditional right mono mobile phone, audio and video stereo, let the high quality and high volume.
Lossless sound quality is immersive, using Cirrus hardware solution to achieve high signal-to-noise ratio of up to -122db, and support high-quality music private room, shocking effect comparable to home theater, while supporting 24-bit quantization precision playback & 192Kb sampling frequency (USB-C digital Headphone mode), more realistic to restore sound details, the limit shortens the difference between home and scene effects. Built-in integrated amp, support high-quality headphones, and tap the depth potential of big-name headphones.
In addition to visual and audio improvements, Lenovo K5 Pro has also been improved on the battery. Users who often use mobile phones to play games and watch movies know that smartphone batteries are not durable and frequent charging affects the user experience.
Lenovo K5 Pro Camera Review
16 megapixels double camera, performance is quite satisfactory
In terms of cameras, Lenovo K5 Pro adopts the mainstream dual-camera configuration, rear 16+5 megapixels AI dual camera, with double True 3D blur engine, using 5th generation multi-frame time-domain 3D noise reduction technology, dark Light photography is also clear. Front 16 million + 5 million pixels AI dual camera, support 9-level depth of field blur, private custom idol-level AI beauty.
Look through the proofs. Lenovo K5 Pro performance is not bad, the color reproduction is biased to the real, the details are reserved, basically meet the daily use, but the algorithm after HDR is still somewhat biased when the difference between the light and dark is large, the edge processing will There is a bright condition. Imaging is slower in backlight, night, and portrait modes. However, these problems can be optimized through later software upgrades, and there is not much problem.
Lenovo K5 Pro Gaming Review
Lenovo K5 Pro uses the Snapdragon 636 mobile platform. As a mid-range SoC that Qualcomm is pushing this year, the Snapdragon 636 is not a mid-range SoC that is “affordable enough” in the traditional impression. It has a bright eye in performance.
Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
The Snapdragon 636 mobile platform is Qualcomm’s latest 600 series product, positioning the middle-end, from the naming point of view it is like a chicken blood version of the Snapdragon 630, but the actual parameters of this is an uncompromising youth version of the dragon 660. From the data point of view, the Snapdragon 636 is built with the advanced 14nm FinFET process. The Kryo 260 architecture is the same as the Snapdragon 660. The 4+4 core design, the highest frequency of the four large cores is 1.8Ghz, and 4 small cores. For 1.6Ghz, only the main core frequency is slightly lower than the 2.2GHz of the Opteron 660. From Geekbench’s running points, we can see that the performance of the Xiaolong 636 mobile platform has increased by 40% compared with the previous generation Xiaolong 630, which has opened a big gap.
In other respects, the Snapdragon 636 is also a solid upgrade. Its built-in Adreno 509 GPU has about 10% improvement compared to the Snapdragon 630 Adreno 508. The Spectra 160 ISP and Hexagon 680 DSP have reached the 660 level of the Snapdragon. For the Xiaolong X12 LTE Modem, the downlink speed of up to 600Mbps, support dual card dual standby dual 4G, including 5G WiFi, Bluetooth 5 support, connectivity is very good.
In the actual experience, the upgrade of the Snapdragon 636 with 6GB of running memory in the daily experience is very obvious, open the application, multi-tasking switching smoothly, the mainstream mobile game “King of the Glory” in the high frame rate mode, the intense team battle scene can also maintain above 30fps, you can also deal with the demanding chickens.
Lenovo’s sincerity, starting at 100 USD.
Lenovo K5 Pro continues the position it’s brand “Conscience” and takes the excellent audio and video experience as the entry point and combines the real features of full screen, dual speakers, 6GB storage, front and rear double shooting at just below 150 USD.
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