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Our Verdict

If you watch a lot of films and TV on your phone and want a good-performing phone with no notch then the Xperia 10 Plus is a decent mid-range option. There’s zero wow factor here, though. It’s also quite expensive for the performance and build quality – if you’re not fussed by the odd 21:9 aspect ratio then you should save money and get the Moto G7 Plus or much more powerful Pocophone F1 instead.

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The Xperia 10 Plus is a large screen mid-range phone that tries to solve a couple of long-standing smartphone problems – that phones are too large but people still want to watch TV and films on them.

While the phone goes some way to solving some of this issue, it isn’t the best phone in its price range and nor would we recommend it over phones with similar specs. But it’s certainly a better phone than the smaller Xperia 10 and is worth the extra spend if you’re sold on the form factor.

Price and availability

The Sony Xperia 10 Plus costs £349 / $429, which is £50 / $70 more than the smaller Xperia 10. In the UK you can get it from Sony, giffgaff, Argos and Very, while in the US you can get it from  Best Buy.

Considering the specs here it is a tad overpriced – the Moto G7 Plus with the same processor costs just £269, £80 less. With a Snapdragon 845, the considerably more powerful Pocophone F1 is actually £20 less than the Xperia 10 Plus, too.

Sony Xperia 10 Plus (left) and Xperia 10 (right)

Lanky looks

The phone has an odd shape that you will either love or hate. It’s like your average black plastic smartphone slab has been stretched to breaking point, with a tall 21:9 6.5in display. The same aspect ratio used by filmmakers, Sony is aiming at a niche that not everyone will see the appeal in.

It means the phone is fairly slim but exceedingly tall, and unlike the smaller Xperia 10 cannot be used easily in one hand. We’re in pretty standard Sony design territory here and our black review unit (silver, navy or pink also available) looks like an elongated Xperia XZ1 with less top and bottom bezel and plastic back instead of metal.

Sony’s brought back the side mounted fingerprint sensor last seen on that phone but it’s a shame it’s not a physical button like before, instead it’s static with a power/lock button just above it. It’s just worse.

If you love Sony’s brutalist design tendencies then you’ll like the look of the 10 Plus as Sony has ditched the curved looked of the XZ2 and XZ3 – it really can’t make up its mind. But the general design of the phone isn’t what Sony is pushing here, it’s the display.

Widescreen ambition

That LCD screen looks very good for a mid-range device with a 2520×1080 resolution. Streaming Netflix films on it looks awesome with good contrast and brightness, and Sony is pushing the fact that over half of the films on the platform are already 21:9, so you get a full screen experience. No letterboxing and no notch to be seen.

After a couple of years of flagship phones with notches and cut-outs obscuring video and content in general it was a relief to have a mini cinema style screen in our pocket with the Xperia 10 Plus. As ever though it’s not the ideal size screen to watch a film on unless you find yourself travelling a lot and don’t want to carry a tablet or laptop.

When in portrait mode the phone has some useful multitasking tricks given its height. We found we’d snap YouTube videos to the top third of the display while using a messaging or maps app in the lower section and it is genuinely useful where other phones can’t display enough information.

Even with the keyboard on the screen, there was enough room to comfortably type, read a thread of messages and watch a video. It’s a millennial dream come true.

Benchmarks

We found the smaller Xperia 10’s performance to be underwhelming, so the 10 Plus is the one to go for if you want a better day to day experience. The extra RAM from 3 to 4GB paired with the Snapdragon 636 is a better combination of internals that keeps the phone running at a decent pace – even if these are mid-range specs you can get for less in other phones like the Moto G7 Plus.

Benchmarked against phones of similar price and specs the Xperia 10 Plus holds its own, but it isn’t powerful enough to play the most graphically demanding mobile games.

Cam-cam

The Xperia 10 Plus has a different, better camera set up to the smaller 10. It has dual 12Mp f/1.8 and 8Mp f/2.4 lenses, the latter being a telephoto allowing for 2x optical zoom. This is good to see on a mid-range phone and can come in handy if you take a lot of photos.

Quality is quite middling as you’d expect for the price though, with broad daylight being the optimum conditions for shooting. Indoor and low light shots are grainy and noisy while night shots are an absolute no.

The selfie camera is an 8Mp f/2.0 with some truly terrifying beautifying options that we kept firmly off. Portrait selfie and bokeh modes are acceptable for casual photography but you won’t want to rely on these cameras for anything more than a point and shoot situation.

Best of the rest

All in all, the Xperia 10 Plus is a solid phone. Battery life is decent if not outstanding, and it’ll get you a whole day of use with no issues. Call quality is good and audio is strong with an LDAC for improved wired audio (via the headphone jack, hooray) of compressed music but the single speaker is nothing to write home about – you’ll want to watch those films with headphones on.

The software addition of side sense, a tab bar that when tapped gives you personalised quick shortcuts, comes in handy given the unwieldy nature of the phone. But often its just easier to use the phone with two hands as you normally would to do most things.

With Android 9 Pie on board, the phone received a timely monthly security update while we testing and generally Sony is very good at pushing these out – just don’t bet on it getting Android Q or R. The skin is very clean and is closer to the normal definition of ‘stock’ Android than the Google Pixel 3 is.

Verdict

The Xperia 10 Plus is better than the smaller Xperia 10, but it is by no means the best mid-range phone out there. Unless you really love the aspect ratio of the display there are phones for the same price that offer better performance and design.

The return of the side mounted fingerprint sensor is good to see but not as well executed as before, and unless you watch a lot of films we are sorry to report that this phone is extremely functional and little much else.

Related stories for further reading Specs Sony Xperia 10 Plus: Specs

Android 9 Pie

Qualcomm Snapdragon 636

4GB RAM

64GB storage (microSDXC support up to 512GB)

6.5in Full HD IPS LCD (2520×1080)

Dual 12Mp f/1.8 + 8Mp f/2.4 rear cameras

8Mp f/2.0 front camera

Bluetooth 5.0

GPS

NFC

USB Type-C

Fingerprint scanner

3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0

167 x 73 x 8.3 mm

180g

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Iphone Xr Vs Sony Xperia Xz3

Our Verdict

The choice between the similarly priced iPhone XR and Sony Xperia XZ3 could come down to whether you want to use iOS or Android. The XZ3 has a better screen but the XR comes in more colours and has an amazingly fast processor. If you want expandable storage then go for the Sony, if you want harmony with your iPad and Mac, go for the iPhone.  It might even come down to design – if you don’t want a notch then go for the XZ3. The iPhone XR gets you most of the high-end features of an iPhone for less money, but it’s still an Apple premium price. The XZ3 has more tech stuffed into it and has the better spec sheet, but you might simply want an iPhone.

Apple makes headlines every time it announces anything, hence the global hype for the iPhone XR. But Sony has been in the phone game for longer than Apple and knows a thing or two about how to make them, as shown by its Xperia XZ3.

The iPhone XR comes in a few eye-catching colours, as does the Xperia XZ3. They’re nearly the same price, too.

Here we take a look at the XR and the XZ3 to see which is worth your hard-earned money, comparing price, design, features and more.

iPhone XR vs Sony Xperia XZ3: Price and availability

The iPhone XR will cost from £749/$749 for the 64GB model when it goes on sale. It’ll be available for pre-order on 19 October. You can spend £799/$799 or £899/$899 on higher 128GB or 256GB storage models.

The Xperia XZ3 will go on sale on 5 October from Sony and costs £699 in the UK, £50 less than the iPhone XR. It has 64GB expandable storage.

In the US, the XZ3 mystifyingly costs $900 and is available from Amazon. 

iPhone XR vs Sony Xperia XZ3: Design and build

The XZ3’s colours aren’t as pop art but it’s still good to have a choice. It comes in white, black, forest green or Bordeaux red – the latter two are dark hues and very cool.

The iPhone XR is like an iPhone X on the front and an iPhone 8 on the back. This means Face ID and no home button on the front and a glass back with single camera lens on the back.

Despite being the cheapest iPhone announced in 2023 it is not the smallest, boasting a 6.1in display. It’s an odd but slim 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The XZ3 has a 6in 18:9 display, which is a more usual size for a tall smartphone screen.

Also, the iPhone XR has a notch, the XZ3 does not. This could swing it if you have a preference though we don’t see the notch as an issue – particularly because Face ID is so good.

The XZ3 has a curved glass back with camera and fingerprint sensor and means it rocks when you try to use it on a table. It also loves to slip off surface because of the design, though it sits nicely in the hand.

The iPhone XR’s glass back is flat save for the slight camera bump. It has an aluminium rim that makes it easier to grip than the XZ3, whose glossy metal rim is thin thanks to the curve of the display.

Both phones are large and generally two-handed phone for most takes. But then again, so are most phones these days. The iPhone is thinner and shorter than the Sony though, despite having a larger screen.

iPhone XR vs Sony Xperia XZ3: Features and specs

Here is a comparison of both phones’ headline specs:

 iPhone XRSony Xperia XZ3Operating SystemiOS 12Android 9 PieDisplay6.1in LCD, 1792×828, 326ppi6.0in (2160×1080) 18:9 P-OLED, 

537ppi

ProcessorA12 Bionic

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

Memory3GB RAM4GBStorage64GB/128GB/256GB64GB (expandable up to 512GB via microSD)Primary Camera12Mp, f/1.8, OIS19Mp, f/2.0 camera with dual autofocus Front Camera7Mp, f/2.213Mp, f/1.9Video Recording

2160p@24/30/60fps

4K HDR @ 30fps, Super slo-mo 1080p @ 960fps

WiFi11ac dual-band11ac dual-bandGPSYesYesBluetooth5.0 5.0 with aptX HDNFCYesYesFingerprint scannerNoYes, rearWireless chargingYesYesColoursWhite, black, red, yellow, blue, coral

Black, Silver White, Forest Green, Bordeaux Red

PortsLightning

USB-C

WaterproofIP67IP65/68Dimensions

150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm

158 x 73 x 9.9 mm

Weight194g193gBatteryUnknown3300mAh

There are plenty of differences here. If you dig expandable storage, super slo-mo video at 960fps, Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX and IP68 waterproofing then the Xperia XZ3 is for you.

But a lot of people don’t care about these kinds of specs. And the iPhone XR gets by with wireless charging compatibility, a 12Mp camera with OIS and an incredibly fast processor.

A big difference is the screen technology. The XZ3 is Sony’s first phone to use an OLED display, capable of deeper blacks and superb colour reproduction. Sony has used Bravia tech from its amazing TV line in the phone, and it shows.

Not to say the iPhone XR has a bad screen – far from it – but it is an LCD with a lower resolution and pixel per inch density.

The XZ3 has the Snapdragon 845. We won’t see the next top tier Qualcomm chip until next year around the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10 in February, so it’s got a few months as the best about.

The A12 Bionic in the iPhone XR is the same processor as in the more expensive iPhone XS and XS Max, meaning it’ll be newer for longer and won’t be updated till September 2023.

In real life use there isn’t much processing difference between these two phones but features like storage options and screen type might sway it for you.

And no, neither phone has a headphone jack. Apple doesn’t even put a dongle in the box anymore, but Sony does.

iPhone XR vs Sony Xperia XZ3: Software and apps

The most obvious choice might well be the software. The Xperia XZ3 isn’t an iPhone, and some of you will just want an iPhone.

iOS is inherently more secure, stable and easier to use than Android (slight generalisations, but they stand up). This isn’t to say Android is insecure, unstable or harder to use but it’s not as simple as iOS.

Sony’s version of Android is great though, with a light skin over Android 9 Pie that doesn’t change much (a good thing). The XZ3 also gets excellent monthly security updates, not something all Android phones have.

It’s also got tap-sensitive sides that let you go back or bring up a small menu of apps for quick launches.

Android is more customisable than iOS too, meaning you can mess about with themes, settings and more to make it wildly different from other Android phones. You can’t do this on an iPhone.

Related stories for further reading Specs Apple iPhone XR: Specs

iOS 12

6.1in LCD, 1792×828, 326ppi

A12 Bionic processor

64/256/256GB storage

12MP camera, f/1.8, OIS

7MP front-facing camera, f/2.2

802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi

Nano SIM with dual eSIM compatibility

Haptic Touch

IP67

GPS

NFC

150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm

194g

Sony Xperia X Faq, Features, Comparison & Photos

The Xperia X smartphone represents as the company’s mid-range smartphone, and here are all the unknown facts about the latest offering from Sony.

Sony Xperia X Specifications

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Sony Xperia X Competition Sony Xperia X Key Features

The Sony Xperia X comes with a brand new tech called Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, which allows you to choose your subject by tapping on the screen and then it stays absolutely locked onto it by predicting its movements. This allows you to capture fast moving subjects like a car or a toddler with small amount of shutter delay and get perfect sharp clarity.

Sony says that the Xperia X will have two days of battery life, with the help of a Californian company Qnovo’s Adaptive Charging technology, which should increase the battery lifespan by up to 100%. This means you won’t need to change your battery pack even after 18 months of use.

The Xperia X will feature an all-metal body as well as a great looking 2.5D curve glass layer that fits beautifully with the rounded continuous frame on all the sides.

It has the Snapdragon 650 chipset inside; the processor was announced around a year before. It is a hexa-core SoC featuring two ARM Cortex-A72 cores and four A-53 cores. It is one of the few devices to be launched with this chipset.

The smartphone will run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which makes the Xperia X series phone to be the first Sony phones to come with Android Marshmallow.

Sony Xperia X Photos Sony Xperia X User Queries and Answers

Question: What are different colour variants of Sony Xperia X available?

Answer: Sony Xperia X will be available in White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose Gold colour variants.

Question: How is the design and build quality?

Question: Do they have backlit navigation keys?

Answer: No, there are no physical navigation buttons present on the body, it has on-screen navigation keys.

Question: Does it have Gorilla Glass Protection?

Question: Which OS version runs on Xperia X?

Answer: It comes with the old Sony UI based on Android Marshmallow.

Question: Does it have a fingerprint sensor?

Question: What are the dimensions and weight?

Answer: The dimensions are 142.7 x 69.4 x 7.9 mm and the weight is 153 grams.

Question: What is the SoC used on Xperia X?

Question: When is the Sony Xperia X going to be launched? 

Answer: Sony mentions that the devices will be available from Summer 2024, which indicates June-July for most of the countries outside USA. We can expect it to arrive in India in the second half of 2024.

Answer: The Xperia X price is also not confirmed, but according to reports it will retail for 599 euros in Europe, which equates to around INR 45K.

Answer: Xperia X display is quite an appealing element of the phone. It’s a 5 inch FHD (1,080p) display panel with Sony’s Triluminos technology and seems to be a fine display on first. The real test will come when we get an opportunity to use the display outdoors and in more conditions.

Question: What are the detailed camera specs of Xperia X?

Answer: The Xperia X uses a ½.3 inch 23 MP Exmor RS rear camera sensor with f/2.0 aperture and for the front it has 1/3 inch 13 MP Exmor RS lens with f/2.0 aperture and 22m wide angle lens.

Answer: Yes Xperia X has a dual SIM variant with 64 GB in-built memory.

Question: Is there a micro SD card slot?

Answer: Yes, there is a separate slot for micro SD which can accept up to 200 GB of microSD.

Answer: Yes, none of the model comes with Qnovo fast charging.

Answer: It comes with a 2620 mAh battery, but Sony claims that it can last up to two days and it also has double the lifespan of average smartphone batteries.

Conclusion

Sony has come up with some convincing new devices at MWC this year, and the Xperia X is possibly one of the most important devices of all. This could perhaps turn the fortunes for Sony after successive lows in terms of sales in recent years. Xperia X has a good set of hardware and premium design, and if it can really manage two days of battery life in real then it can seriously change things for the Xperia line. But Sony has to make sure that the prices are kept well under the expected brackets, or else there are a lot other options for users to choose in the mid-range smartphones.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro Slaps Qwerty On The Neo

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Pro slaps QWERTY on the Neo

Sony Ericsson’s surprise smartphone for MWC 2011 was the XPERIA Pro, a business-centric handset running Android and packing a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Like the XPERIA Neo there’s a 3.7-inch 854 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, only the Pro adds a full QWERTY keyboard that uses Smart Keyboard software to automatically load up predictive messaging depending on the app you’re in when you pop the ‘board out.

There’s also HDMI, WiFi, Bluetooth and the Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine for the display, an FM radio and GPS. Powering it all is a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor while cellular connectivity is dual or triband UMTS and quadcore GSM. The camera is a 8-megapixel unit on the back and a 2-megapixel on the front.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Pro will launch in selected markets from the end of Q2 2011. Like the XPERIA Neo there will be three colors: red, black and silver.

Press Release:

Sony Ericsson expands Xperia family with two new generation Android smartphones

• Xperia™ pro combines intuitive and fast messaging with multimedia features from Sony

• Xperia™ neo gives consumers a new way to experience the best of Android and the best of Sony multimedia

February 13, 2011, Barcelona, Spain – Sony Ericsson today unveils the Xperia™ neo and Xperia™ pro, the newest additions to the new generation of Xperia™ smartphones. Closely following the launch of the Xperia™ arc smartphone earlier this year, these latest smartphones also feature cutting edge technology from Sony and an exceptional multimedia experience on the latest version of the Android™ platform – Gingerbread.

As well as best-in-class imaging and display technology from Sony, the Xperia™ pro combines an optimized slide-out keyboard with smart functions to create a fast messaging experience. Featuring an ergonomically crafted keyboard, Sony Ericsson has focused on integrating the hardware with clever messaging functions for a perfect user experience. Xperia™ pro introduces the subtle but fast Type & Send functionality eliminating the need to open a dedicated app for each type of message, and Smart Keyboard that triggers predictive messaging actions automatically when the user slides out the keyboard.

Xperia™ pro is also the ideal business phone for Android fans coming complete with a set of professional functions such as syncing your email, calendar and contacts in a secure way and the pre-loaded Office Suite Pro lets consumers view and edit office documents directly on the phone.

Steve Walker, Head of Marketing, Sony Ericsson said, “We want to be a leader in Android and with Xperia™ neo and Xperia™ pro, we are now are offering excellent, innovative Android choices for consumers. These latest devices combine stunning design with state-of-the-art Sony technology and a new faster messaging experience on the Xperia™ pro, creating an entertaining smartphone experience.”

The best of Sony technology once again features in both Xperia™ pro and Xperia™ neo. The Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine delivers exceptional visual brilliance and a crystal clear image which enhances the overall entertainment experience. Sony’s award-winning Exmor R™ for mobile sensor enables the capture of high quality, bright pictures and HD videos even in low light. All pictures and videos can be shared on an HD TV in your living room via the built in HDMI-connector.

Xperia™ neo builds on the stunning design language that Sony Ericsson has become known with a unique shape that not only looks good, but is ergonomically designed to fit perfectly in the user’s hand, especially when taking pictures.

Both smartphones will launch on the latest version of the Android™ platform providing access to Google Mobile Services and the myriad of applications available via the Android market. Xperia™ smartphones add best in class entertainment on top of smartphone fundamentals such as apps, maps, email and fast uncompromised access to the Web with Adobe® Flash® Player to create the most entertaining smartphone experience.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ neo – Key features

• Exmor R™. Great stills and videos even in low light

• Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine

• Built-in HDMI. Your stills and videos on HD TV

• More than 100,000 apps on Android Market

• Google™ services. At your service

The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ neo will be available in the following colours: Blue Gradient, Red and Silver.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ pro – Key features

• Touch phone with perfect slide-out keyboard and smart functions for fast messaging

• Synch your email and edit office documents on the go

• Sony Mobile BRAVIA® Engine and Exmor R™ for mobile

• HDMI. Connect to an HD TV or a projector

• Google™ services and more than 100,000 apps on Android Market™

The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ pro will be available in the following colours: Black, Red, Silver

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ neo will be available globally in selected markets from end Q1 and Sony Ericsson Xperia™ pro from end Q2.

Review: Cocoon’s Slim Backpack Sports A Unique Organizational System

Cocoon Innovations is known mostly for their line of unique organizers, known as the GRID-IT.

Their slim backpack takes that already popular product and builds it into a slim, handsome bag. Even with its slim profile, it’s capable of holding a surprisingly large amount of gear.

Backpacks are entirely subjective: everyone has their own style and a set of gear they need to bring with them. While evaluating this backpack, I tried to focus on what makes it unique instead of how my personal gear actually fit (or more accurately didn’t fit) into the bag.

To see it for yourself, as well as how the GRID-IT works, check out my hands-on video.

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With the video out of the way, lets dive in!

Build quality

This bag sets itself apart immediately with its exceptional build quality. The body itself is made out of ballistic grade nylon, which is also water repellent. The zippers are all waterproofed, which really helps keep your gear safe.

The strap adjusters and the zipper pulls are made from a space gray-like metal.

The compartments in the back for storing your laptop and iPad are roomy and plush-lined to keep them padded.

GRID-IT system

The GRID-IT system is really why one buys this bag.

They are normally sold as standalone boards that can fit into your existing bag. If you aren’t familiar, the basic concept is that there is a series of intertwined elastic bands that can be used to strap down all your gear. Nothing too large, mind you, but all your cables, adapters, chargers, battery packs, headphones and portable hard drives should generally fit just fine.

The built-in GRID-IT system works just as the solo units do—it has its own pocket and can easily accommodate most anything you may be toting around with you on a day-to-day basis.

Everyday use

Because the GRID-IT holds most of what you carry with you, Cocoon is able to keep the bag shockingly slim. What I normally brought in my much larger messenger bag, when organized, fit easily into the Cocoon (barring a couple outliers).

The backpack itself is very comfortable. There was no fancy gel or special padding in the shoulder straps, so I imagine they will flatten down a bit over time with use. In my few weeks of carrying it, however, it was actually very comfortable to wear.

The biggest hurdle for me was adjusting to not really having a main compartment to the bag. Normally, I feel a backpack has some small front pockets, a big main section and possibly a laptop/iPad compartment.

This bag essentially splits that main compartment into two: one for the GRID-IT itself and the other for your iPad, laptop and some documents. The main compartment is actually quite small, with not much room for anything else other than your tablet and computer.

The thinking is that if you have all of your smaller accessories that usually float around in the main body of your backpack, you don’t need such a large compartment there. To a degree, this makes sense. In daily use, every time I wanted to bring something bigger it was a struggle.

As a couple examples, the times I tried to take a few iPhone boxes with me to the office, they didn’t fit. I experienced a similar issue when I went to the lake for a weekend and wanted to bring with me my Marshall Stockwell portable speaker.

As I said, these are outliers.

The wrap-up show

I’m one who has a trouble staying constantly organized.

A lot of times I wrap my cables and throw them in my bag in a fairly haphazard fashion. The Cocoon backpack actually helped me kick that habit.

Now I consistently place all my cables, adapters and other accessories into this bag—and it’s so much easier to find what I’m looking for without having to dig.

I was very impressed with not only the quality of materials, but with the extensive feature set, too. Compared to other bags at the ~$50 price range, there’s no question which one I prefer.

If you’re also a fan of the Cocoon backpack, you can find it on Amazon for only $51.99.

Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus Review

Our Verdict

Though the Vibe K5 Plus won’t stand up to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7, we think that for a price of only $149, it’s fairly impressive. Featuring an octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor coupled 2GB of RAM, 13Mp camera and Dolby audio, it’s not a smartphone to be sniffed at. We’ll give the smartphone a more thorough review and verdict once we get it back to PC Advisor Towers and put it through its paces.

With so many flagship smartphones being released at MWC 2024 including the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, it’s easy to understand why some may overlook Lenovo’s latest smartphone offering. While it’s a mid-range phone instead of a high-end flagship, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus features a fairly impressive spec – especially when compared to its price tag. We spent some time with the device at MWC 2024, and here’s what we thought. Also see: Best new phones, tablets, laptops & more at MWC 2024.

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is an interesting beast – featuring specs like a 5in HD display and a rear-facing 13Mp camera, you’d expect the K5 Plus to cost around £200-300. However, this isn’t the case as Lenovo has announced that the K5 Plus will only set potential customers back $149. It makes it a mid-range phone with a budget price tag, and although UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, we’ve got our hopes up that it’ll translate to a cheap phone in the UK too.

Now, in terms of release date, it gets a bit sketchy. Both the Lenovo Vibe K5 and K5 Plus will only be going on sale in emerging markets like Asia, India or South America, which will make it pretty hard to get a hold of in the UK – although if you have the will power, it’s a pretty decent, cheap option to have. With that being said, the company has confirmed that the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus will be available in March 2024.

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Lenovo K5 Plus review: Design and build

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is a fairly nice looking phone, sporting an aluminium body with fairly small bezels around the edges of the display. The main design feature that stood out to us during our time with the smartphone was that it was lighter than we imagined, weighing only 142g and measuring in at only 8.2mm thick. While it isn’t exactly as thin as an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy, it costs a fraction of the price.

In terms of colours, it’ll be available in three flavours – silver, grey and champagne gold, which is similar to the iPhone lineup).

On the rear of the device you’ll find Dolby Atmos speakers, which should provide users with decent sound quality without the need for headphones. Although with this being said, the company claims that the technology will also improve the quality of audio when using headphones, so, if true, it’s a win win situation.

Lenovo K5 Plus review: Features and spec

The Lenovo Vibe K5 and the K5 Plus are both the same size, which makes them pretty hard to differentiate. The only real difference is in terms of spec, as the K5 Plus is the beefier option of the two. The K5 Plus features a 1080p HD 5in IPS display that we found to be pretty crisp, although it isn’t the brightest screen we’ve ever seen.

As well as a full HD display, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus features a 1.5GHz Octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. We found the phone to be extremely responsive during our time with it, with apps opening instantly and no complaints in the gaming department; although we’d need to confirm its processing power by performing benchmark tests back at PC Advisor Towers. You’ll only get 16GB of internal storage (which is understandable when marketing a phone for emerging markets) but potential customers will be happy to know that the K5 Plus features a MicroSD card slot, offering up to 32GB of external storage.

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus also features a 2750mAh battery, which should provide users with decent battery life, although we’d need to confirm this with tests. However it doesn’t really matter too much, as Lenovo has given users the option to swap out the dead battery for a new one. It’s a feature that many Android fans love, as it will give them more battery life without having to buy an expensive charging case/power bank, only a cheap replacement battery.

In terms of cameras, the K5 Plus features a rear-facing 13Mp camera with auto focus and an LED flash, although the front facing camera is a little more disappointing. While it’s still 5Mp, it’s only fixed focus so you won’t get perfect selfies from the smartphone, but it’ll be fine for the likes of Skype.

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus also features a dual-SIM setup, although the feature is only going to be available in “certain markets” so we’ll have to wait and see if a UK-compatible version becomes available.

Lenovo K5 Plus review: Software

In terms of software, the Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus comes running Android Lollipop 5.1, although it isn’t quite stock Android. Those with a keen eye will notice that the operating system features a Lenovo-themed ‘skin’, although this is mainly cosmetic and doesn’t add/remove any features of the Android operating system.

Specs Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus: Specs

5in 1080p HD display

Octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor

2GB RAM

16GB internal storage, expandable by 32GB

Removable 2750mAh battery

8.2mm thick

142g

Dolby Atmos speakers

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