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Lenovo S5

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Lenovo S5 is a mid-tier phone, and it acts in that manner with moderate performance and average cameras which doesn’t really stand out.

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Description

Lenovo S5 arrives with a lot of promise to set the mid-range market in its favour. Priced at Rs. 13,999, Lenovo S5 must tackle with the likes of Redmi to achieve the enviable position of a mid-range marvel.

 

However, Lenovo S5 turns out to be a mediocre handset with average internals. It has an eye-catching design which is mismatched with the poor internals and stays behind when you place it with other flagship models. It is just a decent model, which will please you if you are going for a phone without much spunk in it.

Highlights

Lenovo S5 will not disappoint you if you are going for the looks. It comes with a sturdy, high-end look which will keep your attracted to the set. It is also fitted with a small battery, which keeps up with Lenovo’s one-day guarantee, a promise not always fulfilled by many phone brands.

 

Lenovo S5 arrives with a design that sets it apart. It looks sturdy, and feels comfortable to hold. Unlike many flagship phones, it is not a fingerprint magnet which is a brilliant design choice. Also, it comes with a headphone jack which makes it a delight for traditional users.

 

Talking about the battery, it isn’t not something that stands out in the market. Having said that, it is still an impressive piece of hardware and affirms Lenovo’s claim of providing a one-day battery life. It is an excellent companion for the FullHD+ display and does not drain too fast.

 

Lenovo S5 is an average phone which looks good. It has a poor UI which stutters and affects the speed of the mid-tier processor. The camera is quite mediocre. Lenovo S5 is a capable phone for people with a tight budget, though better phones exist in this price range.

Expert Opinion

Lenovo S5 is a mid-tier phone, and it acts in that manner with moderate performance and average cameras which doesn’t really stand out.

Display

The Lenovo S5 has an IPS display of 5.7 inches and a FullHD+ resolution of 2160×1080 and a pixel density of 424ppi. The aspect ratio used is the modern 18:9. It has excellent colour reproduction and is quite bright, but it does not stand out and resembles the quality provided by the models in the similar price range. The colours appear washed out, and deep blacks do not appear properly. While the reason might be because of the lack of the more superior AMOLED screen, however, when the phone is tilted, the blacks become grey which shows poor viewing angles. The touch screen is also not very reactive, as it does not respond to light touches which can be frustrating, especially during gaming.

Screen Size5.7 inches
Display Resolution1080 x 2160 pixels

Design

Lenovo S5 has a design which looks inspired by the OnePlus 5T. Hence, the construction seems like a higher-level phone compared to the market range that the S5 comes in. It seems solid, and it is quite ergonomic as well. The edges are blunt which gives a good grip for your hand. The weight is about 155g which is not quite heavy to make your hands feel tired. On the front, there is a thin frame between the panel and the rear body which does not look impressive. The back cover is a satin aluminium which prevents it from becoming a fingerprint magnet. It can also be easily wiped clean. The dual camera on the back is slightly protruding which does not create a problem. There is also a fingerprint scanner, which while accurate, can be a bit slow. The phone arrives with a headphone jack and a USB Type-C – two favourites of any average phone user.

Weight155 g
BuildFront glass, aluminum body

Performance

Lenovo S5 has a decent Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, which is an octa-core processor clocked at 2.0 GHz and it is partnered with a satisfying GPU Adreno 506. However, it does not provide any exceptional performance, and it is quite probable that the UI tends to strain the processor. There can be random freezing when you are working with the app, which can be infuriating as you have to close the app and start all over again. Light games can play smoothly, but if you push heavy games like PUBG, then this phone might start to stutter even while running the game at low settings. The software is clearly not optimised and affects the overall performance of the phone.

RAM/Internal Storage128/64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
Chipset GPQualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 (14 nm)

Camera

On the back, Lenovo S5 has a dual camera set, two 13MP cameras with phase detection autofocus and an f/2.2 aperture. The camera shots were not impressive and resemble the kind of photos that you could expect at this price range. The colours appear a bit kneaded and the details captured is not high. There is also a bokeh mode, but the software is not precise, and the faulty edge detection causes the edges of the subject to get blurred.

 

In a low-light situation, the quality drops drastically, with images capturing a lot of visual noise. If firm hands do not hold the camera, then the motion can even cause jerky subjects.

 

There is a 16MP selfie camera on the front, which produces similar results as the rear camera. The colours appear washed out, and the selfies have very little definition to it. If there are strong lights, then the sensor captures overexposed images.

 

Videos can be captured up to a max of 4K, and the video stabilisation helps a lot in this case. However, autofocus falters while shooting videos.

Battery

Lenovo S5 has a 3000 mAh battery from 3000 mAh which, paired with the FullHD+ display, guarantees a full day of runtime. S5 delivers on the guarantee and does continue to run for a whole day, with light or moderate tasks. However, if the phone is pushed into intensive tasks, it might start to falter, and you might have a low battery by dinner time. However, charging is quite fast on this phone and take about 2 hours to go from 0% to 100%.

Battery Capacity3000 mAh
Battery TypeLi-Po

Verdict

Lenovo S5 arrives with a beautiful design that will catch your eyes. However, it does not have striking features that can be pointed out. The performance is subpar due to the clunky software. The camera does not capture many details either. A good mention would be the battery, which though small, delivers on the one-day runtime promise. It is a generic phone and could be brought by people with a tight budget, but they would not find anything spectacular in it. However, Redmi 5 Plus is a much better phone regarding technical specification and could be a worthy phone to consider.


Tech- Specs

General
  • Bluetooth4.2, A2DP, LE
Design
  • Thickness0.31 inches
  • Height6.06 inches
  • Weight155 g
  • ColorMidnight Black, Flame Red
  • BuildFront glass, aluminum body
  • Width2.89 inches
Display
  • Display TypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Screen Size5.7 inches
  • Pixel Density424 ppi
  • Display Resolution1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Aspect Ratio18:09
  • Screen to Body Ratio0.741
Performance
  • CPUOcta-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Chipset GPQualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 (14 nm)
  • GPUAdreno 506
  • OSAndroid 8.0 (Oreo) ZUI 3.7
Memory & Storage
  • Expandable MemorymicroSD, up to 128 GB (uses shared SIM slot)
  • RAM/Internal Storage128/64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
Back Camera
  • Single Camera13 MP, f/2.213 MP B/W
  • Back Camera FeaturesDual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama
  • AutofocusPDAF
  • Back Camera Video2160p30fps, 1080p30fps
Front Camera
  • Front Camera Video1080p30fps
  • Single Camera16 MP, f/2.2
Sound
  • HeadPhone JackYes
  • LoudspeakerYes
  • Audio FeaturesActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Battery
  • User ReplaceableNon-removable
  • Battery Capacity3000 mAh
  • Battery TypeLi-Po
Communications
  • USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
  • RadioFM radio
  • Network SupportGSM / HSPA / LTE
  • NFCNo
  • GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • SIMHybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Miscellaneous Features
  • SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
Launch
  • Announced On2018, March
  • StatusAvailable. Released 2018, March

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