When you buy a smartphone low-cost we already know that we will have to accept different compromise on the front of the design and construction, since usually the materials used and the assembly must be included in rather limited costs. Fortunately we occasionally find the exception that manages to surprise us, more precisely I refer to the new Lenovo S5, which, although it has a design clearly inspired by another more expensive smartphone, has a high-level construction and look. In short, let's not lose ourselves in further talk and let's find out in our review how it will behave.
As already mentioned in the introduction, this smartphone has a design and a construction of a higher level compared to its market segment, despite the aesthetic appearance is clearly inspired by OnePlus 5T Lava Red, given the layout of the back cover and its flaming red color.
I must say that I do not mind at all, since the assembly is solid And that i materials used are good, as well as the maneuverability. To favor the latter we think the edges of the device, slightly blunt, which allow us to have a good grip, in addition to the size of 154 x 73.5 x 7.8 mm and at the weight of 155 g.
Frontally we find a thin frame between the panel and the rear body that I do not like very much, but we can not expect much more. As for the latter, the back cover is made of a satin aluminum that holds less imprints than I thought. Do not worry, because in any case it can be cleaned easily enough.
Remaining on this profile we find a dual protruding camera with dual LED flash and the fingerprint sensor digital, which is accurate but a little slow. We can state that it successfully unlocks the smartphone about 9 times on 10. On the other hand, on the other hand, there is the notification LED, the headset capsule, the brightness and proximity sensor and the selfie camera.
On the right side we can see the volume rocker and the Power button, unlike the left one where the dual SIM / SIM + microSD slot is located. Only the entrance is superior mini jack, while below we find the main microphone, the system speaker and the input USB Type-C.
The Lenovo S5 has a display IPS da 5.7 inches diagonal with resolution Full HD + (2160 x 1080 pixels), density of PPI 424 and relationship 18:9. The quality of the panel is discreet, or rather, is in line with its competitors as i colors I'm slightly washed out and blacks tend to turn towards gray at slightly more extreme angles. Another flaw that I found concerns the reactivity of the touch screen. In fact, more than once I have not taken light touches and, above all in gaming, this aspect is frustrating.
Even the hardware promises well for its price range, as we have the very good Qualcomm chipset Snapdragon 625, or a processor octa-core with frequency of 2.0 GHz, flanked by a GPU Adreno 506, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB Expandable internal memory via microSD up to 128 GB.
Unfortunately, however, this Lenovo S5 represents the exception among the many good devices with this chipset, as the performance Offers I'm not at a good level. Probably the software is the main culprit, but the system it is not always very fluid in everyday operations and there is always the feeling that the interface is a little cumbersome.
There are no shortage of gods sporadic freezes in applications that force us to close them and reopen them again in order to continue using them. In short, I was expecting something more on paper, but probably the software it is not optimized in order to guarantee level performances like many of its competitors with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625.
As regards the Gaming, the lighter games are played quietly, while for heavier titles such as PUBG they are played in low details and with some small lag.
Posteriorly, the Lenovo S5 is equipped with a dual chamber da 13 + 13 mega-pixel with PDAF autofocus and aperture f/ 2.2. The results obtained are not of quality but all in all reflect the performance of its competitors who are in the 100 / 120 euro range. In fact, even in daytime it is possible to notice the colors a bit 'kneaded, a detail not too high, but a discrete natural bokeh.
In short, there is not too much to add except that it is present bokeh mode which allows us to manage the opening even in post production. However, the software is not too precise and sometimes the edges of the subject are blurred. At night the quality drops decisively and we have a lot of background noise and if you do not have a firm hand, the photos will be micro-moves.
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