Buzzkill: Lenovo Z5 Trades Bezel-Less Promise For Notched Harsh Reality

Nichole VegaJun 07, 2018

During the Lenovo Z5 launch event in China, Lenovo also unveiled two more smartphones- the Lenovo K5 Note (2018) and the Lenovo A5. And on the front, you get an 8 MP single camera for selfies and video calls.

Lenovo Z5 is available in two variants - 6GB RAM and 64GB storage and 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

Over the last few weeks, the company has teased an upcoming Z5 phone with what appeared to be a truly bezel-less design, meaning it was expected to have no notch and no bottom "chin" bezel. That's great, but doesn't undo the disingenuous sales pitch.

We can chalk it up to "marketing tactics" if we want, but now we know that Lenovo is currently unable to create an all screen smartphone. Or maybe it doesn't.

The top model in the Lenovo Z5 has been launched at CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 19,000) for the 128GB model. The internals of the device are backed by a 3300mAh non-removable battery and supports 18W quick charging, which seems to be Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0. The Lenovo A5 comes at a starting price of 599 yuan (approx Rs 6,300) for the 16GB storage version. The phone runs on ZUI 4.0 which brings fluidity of the UI and adds Full U-Touch 4.0 Screen gestures, AI voice commands, and features such as automatic call answer via gestures. As mentioned in the beginning, the octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset is powering this device, and there is 6GB RAM along with 64/128GB internal storage. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the back of the smartphone and not under the display.

Both the K5 Note and the A5 have been launched in China. The dual SIM smartphone sports a dual rear camera setup. Memory wise, it packs 3GB RAM with 16GB or 32GB storage, which is expandable up to 256GB with a dedicated microSD card slot.

On the imaging front, the Lenovo A5 boasts 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP selfie snapper with f/2.2 aperture. Measuring 153x75.65x7.85mm, the smartphone offers 4G, VoLTE, 3G, Wi-FI, Bluetooth, GPS and USB Type C as connectivity options. Concerning software, the phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based ZUI 3.9.

So far a western release hasn't been announced, but the Lenovo Z5 will be coming to Chine on June 12th. The phones are now available in China and there is no word on India availability yet.

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