The parent company of Motorola has introduced a new upper mid-range smartphone. The Lenovo Z5 is official after leaking a few times and being shared in company teasers. Lenovo is branding this phone, rather than its Motorola subsidiary that’s more known to the general public for creating Android smartphones. Lenovo will have its hands full with rising competition hitting markets this season. Here’s a rundown.
Lenovo does not launch smartphones as often as Motorola, but is doing so this week with the Lenovo Z5. We knew the device was coming thanks to a bevy of teasers, but in all honestly, the teasers depicted a flagship and were over-hyped making the announcement mediocre. This doesn’t happen all that often, but it happened earlier this week with the Lenovo Z5. It’s not a bad phone by any means, but it’s bad considering what we had expected to see. The ‘all-screen’ smartphone design many were expecting is a no-show. There’s a display notch up top and a chin bezel on the bottom, very much unlike the teaser images we saw. Lenovo is far from the only one adopting this trend, in fact, most manufacturers and even Google’s Android P software overhaul have made use of it and allow users to tinker with different notch styles.
There aren’t a whole lot of stand-out features, and quite frankly, there are better smartphones in the same category worth taking a look at. Design and specifications, however, are what you’d expect and closely resemble other modern phones. The device is composed of Corning Gorilla Glass and has an aluminum frame. The back panel is glossy and reflective with Lenovo branding. There’s a 6.2-inch, Full HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The aspect ratio means that the device is less wide, but taller than what most of us are accustomed to with traditional 16:9. Inside there’s a Snapdragon 636 processor with 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage. It’s also expandable via microSD. Unlike leaks, there is no 4TB option, which had many people excited for the phone. However, there is a headphone jack and bottom-firing speaker.
For cameras, Lenovo Z5 packs a dual rear camera assembly consisting of a 16MP sensor with LED flash and secondary 8MP sensor. There’s also an 8MP front-facing camera on board with face unlock. Both cameras come with AI features for better performance. The device charges via USB Type-C a 3,300mAh battery cell, and there’s fast charging. There’s also a fingerprint scanner on back, but no NFC. A mostly familiar and clean version of Android 8.1 Oreo is pre-installed with the latest version of the company’s user interface on top. By running a near-stock user interface, Lenovo will be able to deliver updates like Android P faster, once it is released.
The Lenovo Z5 will go up for pre-order beginning in China on June 12 in three colors: Aurora Blue, Black, and Indigo Blue. US availability has not been confirmed, but pricing for the unlocked 64GB model is listed around $200 USD in translation. The release is slated for this summer. If Lenovo does not hit the nail on its head, Motorola will have to pick up some of the slack with its new phones, yet they have been struggling. We already have Moto E phones and mid-range Moto G6 smartphones, and Moto Z devices with Moto Mods appear to be coming soon. You can register for status updates using your email at the Lenovo website. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.
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