Xiaomi has yet to reveal the Redmi Note 5 Pro in China. However, even before its release, competitors are plotting their product strategy against the excellent mid-range device. Lenovo’s VP Chang Cheng took to Weibo to inform followers that the upcoming Lenovo S5 will be better than the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Of course, in China, Xiaomi’s device will be called the Redmi Note 5.
Cheng wrote on Weibo that the Lenovo S5, teased earlier, will be a better performer than the Note 5 (Pro). That is indeed a tall claim to make and even harder to achieve considering the Note 5 boasts a Snapdragon 636 SoC. The CPU that carries Kryo 260 cores of the Snapdragon 660 is a champion performer in its category. Lenovo’s VP did not mention how it intends to outrun the Redmi Note 5. The Lenovo S5 is coming on March 20.
Moreover, the Lenovo S5 will once again revive the ZUK sub-brand of Lenovo especially for China as it is rumoured to come with ZUI. This is validated by the fact that Cheng who posted the message on Weibo is former CEO of ZUK.
About the identity of the Lenovo S5, little is known. However, looking at the March 20 launch date, we assume it has already passed legal certifications. One of the candidates is the Lenovo K520 that recently passed TENAA. An image of the Lenovo S5 that can be seen here closely resembles the Lenovo K520 that passed TENAA.
As per TENAA listing, the K520 rocks an octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz. Further, it is equipped with a 5.65-inch Full-HD+ display. It has a 3GB/4GB variant and 32GB/64GB internal storage options. It runs on Android Oreo fueled by a 3,000mAh battery. The post by Cheng does have mention of a gargantuan 6,000mAh battery. In fact, the post itself was made using the unannounced phone.