Lenovo's Vibe K5 Plus takes aim at bargain hunters

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Lenovo's Vibe K5 may not impress with its specs, but its $149 price tag may raise ...

Lenovo's Vibe K5 may not impress with its specs, but its $149 price tag may raise a few eyebrows. View gallery (3 images)

As Mobile World Congress kicks-off in Barcelona, Lenovo is looking to fill in some of the gaps on the lower end of the Vibe smartphone line with the Vibe K5 Plus and Vibe K5, designed with bargain shoppers in mind.

The 5-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS display, octa-core Snapdragon 616 processor and 13 MP camera at the heart of the Vibe K5 Plus aren't going to impress anyone paying attention to the specs behind the top-flight phones available today. But its retail price of $149 could make it an attractive package to consumers less concerned with such things.

There's very little that stands out about these phones beyond the bargain price, but the whole package has a certain appeal with a nice-looking aluminum casing to give the form a more premium feel. The decent display and Dolby Atmos speakers could also help make the phone's case for anyone looking for a budget phone that can still handle moderate to heavy media consumption and even a little gaming.

Some other specs of note for the Vibe K5 Plus include 16 GB of built-in storage and a micro SD slot that will take up to 32 GB more, 2,750 mAh removable battery, 5 MP selfie cam in front, dual SIM capability and an FM radio.

The Lenovo Vibe K5 is essentially the same phone, but with $20 knocked off the price in exchange for an earlier generation, slightly less powerful, Snapdragon 415 processor.

Lenovo says both phones will be available in select countries in March starting at $149 for the K5 Plus and $129 for the K5.

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