Lenovo Lemon 3 is also known as Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus. It is one of the most affordable smartphones endowed with specs that do not defy the expectations of audiences. This type of phones has become quite popular now-a-days. Lenovo Lemon 3 has a 5 inch full HD screen, which runs on the last year’s top selling mid-range chipset. It has 2GB of RAM. Lenovo Lemon 3 is a dual SIM phone. The phone is probably going to run on Lollipop for its complete lifespan. All around, it is a midrange device, with decent specs. Let us find out if this phone is good enough to give other phones of same range competition.
The Lenovo Lemon 3 measures 142 x 71 x 8 mm and has a 5-inch screen. This device weighs 142 gm, which is 2 grams lighter than Redmi 3. The Lenovo Lemon 3 is built entirely out of polycarbonate, which is all we could expect for a device of such price range. It is a generic design, which is good. Overall, the phone looks quite simple. The back panel has a satin metal finish, with top and bottom ends painted a couple of shades darker. The camera and LED flash on the back peek out a little. There’s a small hole below the lens for a secondary mic.
At the bottom, there are two speaker grills, with two speakers underneath them. The back panel is removable, which comes off together with sides, buttons and all. Under the back panel, there are removable battery and 3 slots- two slots for microSIM cards and one dedicated slot for a microSD card. Just below the battery, there are two speakers. At the front, the full HD screen has some generous bezel all around. The edges of the glass are saved by a shiny silver like frame, which is all around the face of the screen. At the bottom, there are capacitive keys, over the white front panel. On the top, there is an earpiece in the middle, with sensors and the front camera on the either side. The sides are pretty neat with all the slots just under the hood. The power button is on the mid of the right side with the volume rocker just above it. The left side is completely blank. At the bottom, there’s only a mic hole and nothing else. On the top, there’s a 3.5 mm audio jack with microUSB at the center. The Lenovo Lemon 3 feels comfortable in a palm.
The Lenovo Lemon 3 has a 5 inch Full HD IPS display, which is pretty impressive for a device of such range. It has a 1080p panel with a pixel density of 441p, which is also awesome. The screen is wonderful, and it performed well on all tasks. The brightness is around 440 nits, which is right on the par. Colour accuracy is also good.
The Lenovo Lemon 3 runs on Snapdragon 616, which is a slightly upgraded version of Snapdragon 615, last year’s one of the most popular chipset in the midrange. The difference between the two is very subtle. Half of the lemon 3’s Cortex A53 processor cores can reach up to 1.5 GHz, while the remaining four operate at max 1.21 GHz. With 2 GB RAM, the GPU used is Adreno 405. These specs help Lenovo Lemon 3 in providing adequate overall performance. The benchmark results are just along the expected lines. The results are average, which was apparently expected at such price.
It is a dual SIM phone and has separate slots for secondary SIM and microSD card. Only one of them supports 4G. The CPU and GPU under the hood of Lemon 3 are Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 and Adreno 405. They are backed by 2GB of RAM. It has 16GB of internal memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB with the help of microSD card.
The device has a 13MP primary camera, with a maximum resolution of 4160 x 3120 pixels. The lens of the primary camera has a f/2.2 aperture. There’s also a single LED flash beside it. The camera app is quite logically laid out. You can see four shortcuts on the left of front/rear camera switch, flash mode selector, HDR toggle, and shutter release mode. For settings, there is a dedicated shortcut at the bottom. There are basic shooting modes provided by Lenovo: Normal, Panorama, and Effects. The camera output is better than expected. However, the images are a bit on the soft side. Colour reproduction is accurate, with a bit too much saturation, which you can easily adjust in the settings. At the front, there is a 5MP camera, with f/2.8 aperture. The image quality of the front camera is quite decent.
There are two powerful speakers on the back, which helps with a good loudspeaker experience. The Gallery is non-customized AOSP gallery, which is quite simple. Although, the editor is a bit more powerful.
The device is packed with a 2750mAh powerful battery. It gives a 32 hour of 3G talk time. With the full HD display, the 9 hours of web browsing over Wi-Fi is decent. You can play 7 and a half hours of videos on this phone.
For conductivity, you can use two microSIMs in both slots. Both the SIM support 2G, but you can use only one of the, for 3G/4G. The LTE is Cat. 4. You also get Wi-Fi b/g/n (no ac) with hotspot support, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS with A-GPS and an FM radio receiver. There is no NFC connectivity, though.