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Lenovo S5 Pro Review: Idol-Level Selfie-Focused Cheap Smartphone

Lenovo held a new product launch conference in Beijing on October 18. It announced the idol-level selfie-focused smartphone, namely the Lenovo S5 Pro. As you guess, it is aiming at the young customers. It is an AI quad-camera smartphone with a 20MP main sensor on both sides. So we are quite interested in how this handset will perform in terms of photography.

Lenovo S5 Pro Appearance

The Lenovo S5 Pro uses a 6.2-inch bangs full-screen. The resolution is 2246×1080, which supports up to 600nit display brightness. The display also supports 113% SRGB color gamut and 1500:1 high contrast.

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The back of the fuselage is made of metal and it adopts the rear vertical dual-camera layout. The flash is located below the camera, followed by the same vertical Lenovo logo. The light blue body uses two nano-injection antennas at the upper and lower ends to ensure the signal strength. The color is similar in the body color, but it is obvious due to the difference in materials. The upper part of the fuselage uses a rounded rectangular fingerprint recognition module. The fingerprint recognition module is slightly darker than the body color under certain light.

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The 3.5mm headphone jack is retained at the bottom and there is also a USB Type-C interface, which is followed by two left and right set screws, speakers, and a microphone hole. We like the design of the charging port and the earphone hole on one side. It will make it easy for you to put the phone into your pocket when you charge and use headphones at the same time.

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This Lenovo S5 Pro uses a dual-speaker design, using RCV+SPK virtual stereo technology. The phone uses an RCV to provide part of high-frequency audio signals, while the SPK function is used to achieve a stereo effect. At the same time, the Lenovo S5 Pro’s dual speakers have got Driac sound certification. Honestly, using stereo speakers is a great advantage, when playing games and watching movies.

The sleek part of the Lenovo S5 Pro includes a 20MP main camera with a 1/2.8-inch Sony sensor, an equivalent 2?m pixel area, and an 8MP infrared camera for 3D modeling and realizing selfie background blur.

Lenovo S5 Pro Camera

The Lenovo S5 Pro features a 20MP+12MP dual-camera with wide-angle and telephoto modes. It is also the first smartphone to use Sony’s 2x optical zoom camera at this price. The 20MP Sony dual-camera uses the industry’s highest pixel telephoto lens to achieve ‘AI super-quality zoom’, shooting the vision more clearly and gently press forward 2 meters. It also comes with a 9-level depth of field real-time adjustment in order to achieve a ‘Portrait AI super picture quality’. The detailed comparison is increased by 1000%. That’s why it shoots portraits with fantastic background blur. The rest of the camera features include a smart HDR, face tracking exposure, multi-frame noise reduction synthesis, etc. The Lenovo S5 Pro is also excellent when it comes to backlighting. There are a variety of built-in styles of ‘AI scene detection’, making the world more beautiful.

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Daytime Samples

It can be seen that the Lenovo S5 Pro is still very good in daytime imaging performance, the building details are clear, the purity of the sky is very high, and the clear texture of the leaves is in line with the real situation.

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Let’s test the imaging performance of the Lenovo S5 Pro HDR:

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Through these sets of samples, it can be seen that the HDR performance of the Lenovo S5 Pro is acceptable, the overall glass of the building is more transparent, and the dark part is brighter. The shadows of the second set of trees and objects were greatly brightened, and the light-emitting parts of the box were darkened, showing more bright details. The last set of proofs of the dark part of the woods and the sky over-exposure treatment is good, the disappearing wires and electric towers are more obvious and clear. HDR gives the screen a small change in brightness and darkness, and the overall appearance is very bright. But the problem is that the picture lacks layering, the perception is very flat, and there is obvious whitening between the sky and surrounding objects.

Zoom performance

2x lossless zoom is also one of the main selling points of Lenovo S5 Pro.

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The Lenovo S5 Pro can clearly restore distant building windows, flagpoles, ground textures, and trees, car and ground textures, ground figures and even automotive glass. The 2x zoom capability is still worthy of recognition.

Nighttime samples

At night, the signal light of the train way next to the train road is pure, but the expressiveness of the building details is slightly insufficient. The overall brightness of the grass and the big mouth is insufficient, the color reproduction is accurate, but the noise of the building is more, and the smearing marks are more obvious. The picture presented by the photo is relatively darker than the scene actually seen.

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Portrait mode

The part of the character’s hair and hat close to the lens is well preserved, while the part farther from the lens is gradually blurred. From the third squirrel needle, it can be seen that the map is still very detailed, out of focus. Part of the distance is fully blurred.

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Idol-level beauty

As for the front camera, it uses a 20MP 1/2.8-inch Sony IMX476 maximum proactive sensor, which is equivalent to the 2?m ‘maximum front camera size’. Thanks to it, the shooter can provide low-light imaging capability beyond the human eye. This lens is coupled with an 8MP Pre-shot maximum infrared sensor module, which is called ‘the strongest front-facing dual-camera’.

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The Lenovo S5 Pro’s front-mounted camera supports AI beauty. So it can achieve high-quality face scanning modeling idol-level self-portrait beauty. It is quite different from the traditional beauty and simple improvement of the face. It is done through the unique beauty algorithm, from the creation of the most standard face three-five five-eye 3D beauty, the Marquardt mask golden ratio, 50 million sets of big data for face deep learning of the sample, reshaping the face with 3D depth of field, shaping the proportion of the face that is close to perfection, etc. At the same time, the camera combines it with the 3D natural beauty, adjusting the facial makeup to create the most fitting and natural beauty effect. In the last phase, the photo passes 3D repair of the light, and the facial contour light is matched with 6 special 3D ambient lights to achieve a full-feeling self-portrait.

With the development of technology and the progress of experience, more and more smartphone users are accustomed to face recognition and unlock. The Lenovo S5 Pro is equipped with an 80° zero-light face unlocking. It hides the industry’s highest 8MP infrared camera and independent infrared illuminator in the compact space of the screen bangs. It can also be unlocked in all black environments.

Lenovo S5 Pro Performance

The Lenovo S5 Pro uses the Snapdragon 636 processor, which is still very common in this price range. The chips is also paired with a 6GB of memory and a 64GB of storage. It scores 116,412 points in AnTuTu, 3125 points and 4936 points in GeekBench’s single-core and multi-core tests, respectively, and the sequential read speed is 279.25MB/s, while the sequential write speed is 212.61MB/s.

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Game Test

First, we tested it via the Honor of Kings. We can see that when playing the game, the Lenovo S5 Pro hides the bangs part. So the bangs will not block the game screen. The Honor of Kings turns on multi-thread optimization and high frame rate mode, and all the options that can be turned on are done. It can be seen that at the beginning of the game, there are no other players on the battlefield. So it can provide a 44-frames performance. But as the number of players increases and the mobs increase, the number of frames gradually stabilizes at 34-37 frames, which is normal for the Snapdragon 636. When the team battles, there will be a drop frame. The team battle will basically float between 26-30 frames, but there is a case where it is adjusted to 23 frames. We guess the SoC frequency limit and high frame caused by the fuselage heating. The performance requirements related to the rate mode can be maintained at a stable 28-30 frames without turning on the high frame rate mode, which is enough for the Honor of Kings.

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In the Jedi survival to stimulate the battlefield, the bangs part was also occluded, but the rounded corners still have some hidden game content. The picture quality is the second level of equalization (highest), the number of frames is set to medium, and the shadow is turned on. During the game, we didn’t feel the obvious stagnation. Stereo speakers can’t be said to be able to accurately listen to the sound, but the left and right can still be clearly perceived.

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Temperature Control

The fuselage is up to 36.7 degrees; the lowest is 26.4 degrees, the center of the fuselage is 35.2 degrees, and the overall temperature is close to body temperature. This is also due to the metal fuselage’s advantage of heat dissipation and the control of the heat of the Snapdragon 636. The heat is transmitted to the whole body.

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When the two games run for 30 minutes each, the power consumption is 10% and 9% respectively.

Lenovo S5 Pro System

The main interface is beautiful and simple, using the popular flat style. The drop-down shortcut bar is rich in functions, and the brightness can be adjusted directly. The notch screenshots will automatically make up the ‘gap’. So you don’t have to worry about. When the system is turned on, you can see the percentage of power after you slide down.

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When sliding to the right in the main interface of the system, it has a negative screen function. There are commuting schedule, daily steps, next schedule, application recommendation, collection contact, quick payment button, etc.

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The full-screen gestures can’t be reduced naturally. They are returned on the top; the upper stroke stops and returns to the desktop; the bottom left and right of the screen slides to open the background interface. It feels a bit confusing when you use it to return and pause. You often want to return to the desktop. We hope the subsequent version will optimize the gesture experience.

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The somatosensory gestures are new. The camera can be turned on and off quickly by turning the phone left and right. The game mode various optimization options can provide better performance and enter the (message) do not disturb mode in the game. The application can be used to open multiple applications and use different accounts, which solves the trouble of frequently switching accounts. The chat article shortcut switching function is well received and solves the problem that the reply message cannot be found back in the article. There are also small functions such as automatic answering, close recording, and position traversal.

The Final Words

The Lenovo S5 Pro adopts the current mainstream design. Plus, it comes with a metal housing, which is helpful for game cooling. The Snapdragon 636 performance is enough to cope with the current mainstream online games. The 3500mAh battery with low power consumption of the Snapdragon 636 processor can basically guarantee one day of use. The daytime photo performance is acceptable, but in the night scenes, the amount of light and noise control need to be adjusted. The 2x lossless zoom is very good. The beauty fine-tuning function is believed to win the hearts of young ladies. The system usability is worthy of recognition. The sliding is very smooth.

So we can say this is a smartphone with a good performance and a great front camera. Also, it costs quite affordable. The price of 6GB+64GB is 1298 yuan ($187).

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Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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  1. Long time waiting for Lenovo S5 Pro review, Thanks for this awesome review, all things clearly describe in your review. I love it 🙂
    When it will be launch in Internationally ?
    I want to buy this, where i will place order for it ??

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