Nubia V18 vs Lenovo S5 Specs Comparison: Snapdragon 625 Is Still Popular In 2018

by Michele Ingelido 0

We can say hello to Nubia V18 and Lenovo S5, the nth midrange smartphones focused on the quality-price ratio with a Snapdragon 625 SoC. Even though both of them have been released with a processor launched in 2016, their inexpensive price tag may make them two of the most interesting mid-range devices of 2018.

In this Nubia V18 vs Lenovo S5 comparison you will discover which is better among these new-entries and which one should you buy.

nubia v18 vs lenovo s5

Nubia V18 vs Lenovo S5

Nubia V18 Lenovo S5
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 158.7 x 75.5 x 7.8 mm, 170 grams 154 x 73.5 x 7.8 mm, 155 grams
DISPLAY 6.01 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 403 ppi, 18:9 ratio, IPS LCD 5.7 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 403 ppi, 18:9 ratio, IPS LCD
PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, octa-core 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, octa-core 2.0 GHz
MEMORY 4 GB RAM, 64 GB, micro SD slot 3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 4 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD slot
SOFTWARE Android 7.1 Nougat, nubia UI Android 8.0 Oreo, ZUI 3.7
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
CAMERA 13 MP f/2.2
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
Dual 13 MP f/2.2
16 MP f/2.2 front camera
BATTERY 4000 mAh 3000 mAh
ADDITIONAL FEATURES Hybrid Dual SIM slot, Reverse charging Hybrid Dual SIM slot

Even though Nubia V18 and Lenovo S5 boast very similar dimensions (with the former being just some millimeters taller and larger), the V18 has a way bigger display thanks to its narrower bezels (6.01 vs 5.7 inches). But the two displays should be very similar in terms of quality. Even the performances should not change so much as they both have a Snapdrgon 625 SoC paired with 4 GB of RAM (there is a 3 GB RAM variant for the Lenovo S5 which will cost less than the 4 GB version). We expect to see better photos shot on the Lenovo S5 as its dual 13 MP camera and its dual-LED dual-tone flash should adapt better to every condition. Even the front camera will be way better on the Lenovo S5 with its 16 MP resolution for highly detailed selfies.


READ MORE: Lenovo S5 Hands On Photos: Cool Design, Cheap Pricing But SoC Disappoints


On the other hand, Nubia V18 will offer longer battery life thanks to a much bigger battery (4000 mAh vs 3000 mAh). Due to their very similar specs, it is very hard to choose one instead of another… But wait: there is its price.

In China, Nubia V18 will sell for about $205/€166, while Lenovo S5 will start from just $157/€127 (3/32 GB variant). With these prices, Lenovo S5 has a way higher value for money! Also consider that Lenovo S5 comes with Android Oreo out of the box (customized with ZUI 3.7, an user interface which comes from ZUK devices), while Nubia V18 still has Android Nougat (customized with nubia UI 5.1) and we do not know if and when it will update to the new version. But if you do not care about camera, Nubia V18 could be a better device for you thanks to its big battery.


Nubia V18 vs Lenovo S5: PRO and CONS

Nubia V18


  • Bigger and comfortable display
  • Power-efficient
  • Big battery
  • Affordable price


  • Average camera


Lenovo S5


  • Very affordable price
  • Good camera department
  • Power-efficient SoC
  • Android Oreo


  • Average battery