Lenovo K5 & A5 Debut With Android 8.1, Value-Oriented Specs

Lenovo on Tuesday announced three new Android smartphones, having debuted them in the form of the Z5 flagship and a couple of more value-oriented products - the K5 and A5. The former comes in two variants, a 3GB/32GB one priced at the equivalent of $125, and a 4GB/64GB model going for approximately $155 in China, with both being sold in Black, Blue, and Gold color options. The A5 is being offered in Black, Gold, and Rose Gold, with Lenovo attaching a price tag of roughly $95 to the 16GB storage version of the handset. A model with 32GB of flash memory has also been announced but its pricing details are yet to be disclosed.

Both versions of the K5 feature a 6-inch LCD panel with an HD+ resolution of 1,440 by 720 pixels amounting to an 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio, as well as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 450 chip clocked at up to 1.8GHz. A microSD card slot with support for up to 256GB of extra flash memory is also included, as is a separate dual-SIM tray. The top bezel of the device of the K5 sports an 8-megapixel sensor mounted behind an f/2.0 lens, whereas its rear side houses a dual-camera setup entailing a 16-megapixel sensor and a 2-megapixel one utilizing an f/2.0 and f/2.4 lens, respectively. A fingerprint sensor is also part of the package, together with a 3,760mAh battery and Android 8.1 Oreo-based ZUI 3.9, with Lenovo already promising the K5 to make a jump to Android P in the near future. The handset is 158.3 × 76.7 × 8.5mm, weighs some 176 grams, and has a screen protected by 2.5D curved glass.

The two configurations of the A5 both have 3GB of RAM, MediaTek's MT6739 chip running at up to 1.5GHz, and a 5.45-inch HD+ display using the same 2.5D glass. Dual-sim capabilities with a separate microSD card tray are included as well,  with its 8-megapixel front camera sitting behind an f/2.2 lens. The rear plate of the A5 features a single 13-megapixel sensor with another f/2.2 glass module, whereas its battery has a somewhat higher capacity, coming in the form of a 4,000mAh cell. The overall dimensions of the A5 are identical to that of the K5, with Lenovo confirming both will go on sale in its home country later this month. Despite admitting its domestic business "sunk to the bottom," Lenovo has no plans of exiting China's mobile market, CEO Yang Yuanqing said late last month.

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