Lenovo S5 64GB
Lenovo is not a new player in the smartphone market, and most definitely not in 2018. The Chinese company has grown to become a household name in Kenya and competes in it just like other smartphone brands which we have heard of since back in the days. This time around, Lenovo excites us with yet another addition to its already long line of budget smartphones in the Lenovo S5.
And before I forget, Lenovo is best known for releasing mid-range and solid budget smartphones to compete in the space. This is the reputation the company is best known for. Flagships and high end devices are a once in a while thing with Lenovo in my assessment. Anyway, this article is about the Lenovo S5 as already highlighted and in it I will describe it in the best way I can. Below is a list of its main features as provided by Lenovo and reliable sources.
Lenovo S5 64GB Key features
- Available. Released 2018, March
- GSM, HSPA and LTE network technology- 2G, 3G and 4G
- Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Front glass, aluminum body
- IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~424 ppi density) resolution5.7 inches, 83.8 cm2 (~74.1% screen-to-body ratio)
- Android 8.0 (Oreo)
- Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 (14 nm) chipset
- Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU
- Adreno 506 GPU
- 128/64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
- microSD, up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
- Primary camera: 13 MP, PDAF, f/2.2
–13 MP B/W
- -Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama
- –2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
- Front facing camera: 16 MP, f/2.2
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
- GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
- USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
- Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
- Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
- Available in Midnight Black and Flame Red
Below are my thoughts about Lenovo S5.
Design and build
Now, being a budget smartphone you will most definitely expect a plastic build on the Lenovo S5. That however isn’t the case, interestingly. You get a metal aluminum frame with the S5 and a great build quality. This phone has been crafted so finely you will feel need to pay more for it. It looks expensive feels expensive as well. I think Lenovo put its heart out for this one to be honest.
It truly has a great design. On the back is a dual camera on the top left corner in horizontal orientation and with an LED flash to the left of the two lenses. Facing you is its 5.7 inches display panel sandwiched by top bezel (with selfie camera, call speaker and sensors) and the bottom bezel which has been left clean. Lenovo S5 stands at 154 x 73.5 x 7.8 mm and is rather light at 155 grams. Let it be noted that there is a rear mounted fingerprint scanner.
Display and camera
The display on Lenovo S5 is 5.7 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. 83.8 cm2 (~74.1% screen-to-body ratio) and 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~424 ppi density) are some of the other display specifics it has. Indoors this display is descent and quite clear. But outside visibility is quite a hustle and to be honest it would have been great if that wasn’t the case.
But don’t get me wrong though it still is an okay display, just one that isn’t so clear in direct sunlight especially. Overall it is okay and has support for multi touch and 16M colors. I love how such a large display estate can be found on a budget smartphone, unlikely event this is.
There are three cameras on the Lenovo S5. That’s two at the back and one facing you. The front facing camera is a 16 MP, f/2.2 lens that I find the best of the tree shooters really. It is very sharp and takes detailed selfies in well light conditions. Speaking of lighting, that 13MP main les on the back does take impressive shots as well in the day, but when night falls it becomes an average performer.
So best ensure good lighting conditions before you snap a pic. The other lens on the back is also 13MP and is a black and white one. A Dual-LED dual-tone flash is on the back of this phone to aid those low light scenarios I just described.
Performance and memory
I think platform-wise the Lenovo S5 holds up quite okay with Android 8.0 (Oreo) on deck customized with Lenovo theming called ZUI 3.7. It is a Snapdragon smartphone with Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 (14 nm) chipset, an Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and its graphics are ensured by Adreno 506 GPU. Sincerely speaking, good is an understatement. These are great stats for a mid-range smartphone’s platform performance. Kudos Lenovo for this beefy slice.
64 GB + 4 GB RAM
Choose one of these three versions to rock your Lenovo S5 in. You pay more for more storage and/memory. The internal storage of all three versions can be expanded up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) using microSD card. I however wish there was dedicated slot for this feature. It’s all good though, better safe than sorry.
The 3.5mm jack is present here in case you are wondering. And with it you get good sound quality on headphones (also depending on which headphones you choose to use).
This one comes with a non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery. This is capacity decent enough to last up to 12 hours of intense screen-on time. That is quite a while if you ask me.
Lenovo S5 is available at www.phoneplacekenya.com in either Midnight Black or Flame Red. Order yours today.