Lenovo has been trying to make the sub-Rs 10,000 (USD 150) smartphone market pretty much its own over the past year, thanks to devices like the K3 Note and the A6000. And the company’s latest offering in the segment is the Vibe K5 Plus.

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Before you ask, the Vibe K5 Plus is not related to the Vibe K4 Note, which comes under the Note series. That said, it does cut a very smart figure. The phone is available in three versions: Platinum Silver, Champagne Gold, and Graphite Grey. We have the last two and well, they are very easy on the eye, and surprisingly compact – and oh yes, you can get one for free as you will discover. Read on, please.

At 142 mm in length and 8 mm in thickness, the K5 Plus will fit most hands easily, and is built on very solid lines – the front is dominated by a 5.0-inch display with a 5.0-megapixel camera above it and three navigation buttons below. Lenovo has opted to keep the left and base of the phone totally plain, and placed the volume and power buttons on the left and the micro USB port and 3.5 mm audio jack right on top. The back is metallic and has the camera with flash as well as stereo speakers. The back, incidentally, can be taken off. Below it lies a removable battery, and the dual SIM as well as the expandable memory card slots. At 142 grammes, this is not the lightest phone around, but the smooth textured back and compact form factor make it very comfortable to hold. The gold edition has a shiny band running along the display, the grey edition has one that is a little glossy – the former has bling, the latter class!

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It is also equipped to turn in a decent performance. It runs Android 5.1 with Lenovo’s Vibe UI interface over it – an interface that seems to be getting closer to stock Android by the day, although it still does not have an app drawer. The display is full HD, so you get a pixel density of 441 ppi, which should make text and videos enjoyable to watch. The camera on the back is a 13.0-megapixel one and is complemented by a front facing 5.0-megapixel shooter. And powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, which is expandable using a memory card. Round that off with 4G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS, a reasonably large 2750 mAh battery, and the fact that the dual speakers on the back support Dolby Atmos, and the Vibe K5 Plus does seem to offer a lot of tech bang. And not for too many bucks either. At Rs 8,499, the Vibe K5 Plus is easily the best specced device at its price point – well crafted and very well specced.

And yes, you can get one free of cost

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Which of course, brings us to perhaps the most interesting part of this post. We are giving away a Lenovo K5 Plus. No charges whatsoever. All you need to do is tell us which of the two colours of the K5 Plus you likeChampagne Gold or Graphite Grey – and give us the reason for your preference. The better the reason (insanity is allowed, as are references to Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and heavens, even Kapoor and Sons), the better your chance of walking away with a K5 Plus of the colour you prefer. So is it Graphite Grey or Champagne Gold for you? Tell us and take it away.

Follow us on Twitter @techpp for updates on this giveaway and know about more such giveaways in the coming days.

PS: This giveaway is open only for the legal residents of India. The winner will get to choose the color of his choice and the device will be given on an “as-is” basis.

Update: The lucky winner of this content is Jairam R who cracked us up with his witty answer. Congratulations Jairam.


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Nimish Dubey has been writing for more than a decade now (well, Windows 3.1 was around and Apple was on the verge of being finished when he started). He has been published in a number of publications including The Times of India, Mint, The Economic Times, Mid-Day and Femina on subjects that vary from tech write -ups to book reviews to music album round ups. He managed to interview Michael Schumacher once and write two books for young adults along the way.