After more than a year of not launching any new phone, Lenovo today launched three phones in China. There is the main S5 model, and two low budget phones: the K5 and the K5 Play, presumably for children.
At a glance, the new phones look like many other Android phones, and have more than a slight resemblance to the iPhone 6.
The Lenovo S5 has a 5.7-inch screen with an aspect ratio of 18: 9 and a resolution of 2160 x 1080. The back is made of metal. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 chip and a 3,000 mAh battery. You can choose between 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB of storage.
The S5 has dual 13 megapixel rear cameras and a 16 megapixel front selfie camera. The device runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with a skin overlay ZUI. It starts at 999 CNY ($ 157.74) and goes up to 1499 CNY ($ 236.69). Lenovo covered its bases with the typical colors of the phone: the S5 comes in midnight black and fire red.
Lenovo is likely to see the S5 as a competitor to Xiaomi's recently released Redmi Note 5 in China. It is a market that Lenovo is still struggling to win, against more popular brands such as Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo and Vivo.
(From left to right) K5 Play, K5
The other two phones, K5 and K5 Play, have 5.7-inch screens with resolutions of 1440 x 720. The K5 has dual rear cameras of 13 megapixels and 5 megapixels, while the K5 Play has dual cameras of 13 megapixels and 2 Megapixels The K5 has a MediaTek MT6750 chip and runs Android Oreo, while the K5 Play has a Snapdragon 450 chip and runs Android Nougat. The K5 costs 899 CNY ($ 141.93) and the K5 Play costs 699 CNY ($ 110.35). Both phones allow you to use face recognition or fingerprint to unlock them and have a beauty mode on your cameras.
All three phones are available for preorder in China only.