Remember when Lenovo’s Vice President, Chang Cheng, teased the Z5 on Weibo with what appeared to be an ‘all-screen‘ smartphone design without a notch or bezel back in May? Well, that was a crock. Instead, the Lenovo Z5 launched today complete with bezel, a notch, and without 4TB of storage, which had also been teased on Weibo. What we have here with the Lenovo Z5 is a typically mid-range Chinese smartphone with a typically flashy finish and mid-range specs, a prime example of a classic bait and switch.
Design-wise, the Z5 has a notch and a bezel, along with 2.5D glass panels with Corning Glass protection and anti-fingerprint protection coating front and back with an aluminum frame holding them together. The Z5 will launch running with Android 8.1 Oreo, and Lenovo’s ZUI 3.9 on top, with Android P and v4.0 of ZUI, promised as an update. The fingerprint reader is on the back panel,
We’ve covered the full specifications of the Lenovo Z5 here, but in a nutshell, the phone has a 6.2-inch display with 19:9 aspect ratio and Corning Glass protection. Under the hood, we find a mid-range Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor @ 1.8GHz, 6GB RAM, and either 64GB or 128GB of built-in storage that can be augmented by up to 256GB via the Hybrid SIM/MicroSD tray. If you are still wondering where the alleged 4TB of storage is, it is actually the size of a standalone Hard Disc Drive for use with personal computers and nothing to do with the Z5 smartphone whatsoever.
Storing the juice is a 3,300mAh battery which you can top up with 15W fast charging. Sadly, the Lenovo Z5 is yet another phone with a rear glass panel that is missing wireless charging, adding to the list that includes Huawei’s P20/P20 Pro, the OnePlus 6, HTC U12+, Honor 10, and so on.
The dual rear camera setup consists of a 16MP sensor with LED flash, F/2.0, PDAF, and AI assistance plus a secondary 8MP sensor. There’s an 8MP front-facing camera with F/2.0, face unlocking, and AI beautification software.
The Lenovo Z5 can be pre-ordered from June 12th in Aurora Blue, Black, and Indigo Blue, with prices starting from 1299 yuan (roughly $200) in China.
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