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Lenovo Launches Vibe K5 Note

The next in line in the Chinese company's popular smartphone K-Series is now available in India with a makeover

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Lenovo hasn't been taking it easy with its K-series phones. And nor should it because, if the company's claim is true, 3 million of these devices have been sold in India.

The Vibe K5 Note, which naturally follows the K3 and K4 from earlier, has done a lot to upgrade itself to what customers now expect. In doing so, it's borrowed rather a lot from other Chinese cousins -- but that's the name of the game.

Tolerance for plastic on a smartphone that isn't in the low-end segment has gone down thoroughly. To that end, the K5 Note is now all metal. The design isn't a huge departure from any of the other phones in a similar price bracket, but for now, no one minds that. It's nice looking enough for most. The device is available in the colours of the season -- gold, silver, graphite.

For some tech specs, we have a 5.5-inch Full HD display, and an octa-core 1.8GHz MediaTek 6755 processor. You have 3GB or 4GB RAM variants and 32GB of internal storage with a micro-SD card slot --and a hybrid SIM slot. There's a fingerprint sensor, a 13MP and 8MP camera set and 3,500mAh battery.

Specs aside, a few things that users will like about the Vibe K5 Note are that it's a cleaner interface with a customisable notification area, a Secure Zone to run two separate lives -- possibly personal and professional -- and even use two instances of the same apps. Lenovo isn't the first to have thought of this feature, but that's not going to worry users.

Most of all, the unique feature of the K5 Note is TheatreMax (available on some other Lenovo phones as well). This feature lets you view any content such as on YouTube, in virtual reality like mode. There's a headset required and there's an optional controller as well, sold separately.

Those who are keen and curious about the new Lenovo phone can actually get a look at it thanks to Ola, which has partnered with Lenovo to let users preview the device. The K5 Note competes with Xiaomi's popular Redmi Note 3 and LeEco Le 2. The K5 Note costs Rs 11,999 and Rs 13,499 and this is exclusive Flipkart availability.

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