STS ASIA, CHINALenovo has announced its new Lenovo Z5 and to a disappointment, it’s not exactly the phone we were looking forward to.

Lenovo previously teased us that it will be an “all-screen” phone, similar to the upcoming Vivo Apex, showing renders seemingly all-screen that made us believe that it will not sport the worst idea in smartphone designs (the notch), but unfortunately, it still has one, and we can’t do anything about it.

Teased Product
Teased Product
Actual Product
Actual Product

While most of the smartphones unveiled in 2018 sports the notch, it would be much more acceptable if Lenovo didn’t hyped us like that in the first place. The photos above shows how Lenovo has teased the product, in sketches and renders, and how the actual product ended up.

On its launch keynote, Lenovo was even claiming that their notch is narrower than the fruit phone, although according to its teasers, they should have get rid of it.

One of the teasers Lenovo had for the Z5

Rants aside, the Z5 do sport some good specs for a mid-range device, being powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor, and even sporting 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. There’s also 3,300 mAh battery pack inside that supports 18W fast charging through its USB-C port. It runs on Android Oreo 8.0 with Lenovo’s ZUI 4.0 on top, also promising the Android P update when it comes out this year.

Joining the notch bandwagon also means joining the AI bandwagon for Lenovo, with the Z5’s dual rear camera setup equipped with a 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel lenses, with an 8-megapixel front camera on the notch sporting AI-assistive capabilities.


Specifications and Features

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Model:Lenovo Z5
Display:6.2-inch 18.7:9 FHD+ IPS display (2246 x 1080 resolution), 83% screen-to-body ratio, ~402ppi
CPU/SoC:Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa-core @ 1.8GHz
GPU:Adreno 509
RAM:6GB
ROM/Storage:64GB / 128GB
Rear Cameras:16-megapixel + 8-megapixel, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
Front Camera:8-megapixel
Battery:3300mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging
Connectivity:Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2
USB Type-C, USB On-The-Go (OTG)
3.5mm headphone jack
Network Bands:4G/LTE/LTE-A, 3G (HSDPA), 2G (GSM)
SIM Slot:Dual SIM
Sensors:Fingerprint sensor (rear), GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, accelerometer, proximity, compass
OS/Software:Android Oreo 8.0 (ZUI 4.0)
Dimensions & Weight:Size: 153 x 75.7 x 7.9 mm (6.02 x 2.98 x 0.31 in)
Weight: 165 g (5.82 oz)
Colors:Black, Aurora, Blue
Protection / IP Rating:IP Rating: N/A
Other Features:N/A

Pricing and Availability

While we are disappointed because the teasers doesn’t really end up being the actual product, we are happy to say that it’s pretty cheap, being priced at around 1299 CNY (~$200) for the 6GB/64GB model, and 1799 CNY (~$280) for 6GB/128GB model. It will come in 3 colors, namely Black, Blue, Aurora.