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Meet the Lenovo Z5, the most gorgeous budget smartphone

Even though it scores high for its stellar looks, the Z5 doesn't quite live up to expectations. But it has its strengths

Utathya Nag utathya10 6 June 2018, 1:34 PM
The Lenovo Z5 was launched on Tuesday

The Lenovo Z5 was launched on Tuesday Image: Twitter

Big things were expected of the Lenovo Z5, with the many teasers promising a true groundbreaking flagship; but the device's official unveiling on Tuesday fell short of the grand expectations it had built up for itself. Firstly, the Z5 isn't a flagship by any stretch of imagination but only a budget offering. Add to that, rumours of under screen fingerprint sensor, 4TB storage, etc all turned out to be false. But that doesn't mean the device is entirely a disappointment. Aesthetically, it looks gorgeous even compared to big-shot flagships. Quite a feat for a smartphone priced at just 1,399 yuan (Rs 15,000 approx).

The Z5 boasts a 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio — higher than any device currently available in the market. For reference, the Apple iPhone X boasts a screen-to-body ratio of 82.6 per cent, the Samsung S9 and S9+ caps out below 85 per cent. The recently-launched Xiaomi Mi 8 flagship has a screen-to-body ratio of 88 per cent. Considering the Z5 retails for almost 30 per cent of the price of the cheapest one of the lot, it's quite an achievement.

The screen-to-body ratio didn't quite match up to the 95 per cent teased by Lenovo earlier and the 7.69mm bezel on the bottom and the notch design does chip away at its all-screen persona. But Lenovo still deserves a pat on the back for what it's achieved, keeping the price to a minimum.

The screen, coupled with the dual-tone metal finish minimalist body, looks stunning. The Z5 is one of the best-looking smartphones around, at least in its price bracket.

Other than its stellar presence, the Z5 also packs pretty impressive hardware for the price bracket. 

Lenovo Z5 specifications

The Z5 packs a 6.2-inch FullHD+ IPS screen with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. The display is layered with 2.5D curved glass on top. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of inbuilt storage. It also supports microSD cards up to 256GB.

The device has a vertically aligned 16MP+8MP dual camera setup on the back with AI-powered features, HDR+ and 4K support, and an LED flash. The front selfie camera has an 8MP sensor capable of recording videos at FullHD.

The dual-SIM (nano) smartphone runs Lenovo's ZUI 3.9 ROM based on Android 8.1 Oreo and packs a 3,300mAh battery with 15W fast charge support.

Price and availability

The Lenovo Z5 will go on sale in China for 1,399 yuan (Rs 15,000) for the 6GB RAM/64GB storage variant and 1,799 yuan (roughly Rs 19,000) for the 6GB RAM/128GB option. Global release dates are yet to be announced.

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