Lenovo Z5 with Snapdragon 636 is now official – Not Worth the Hype?

It won’t be wrong to say that the Lenovo Z5 was one of the most hyped phones of Q2 as a lot of sources suggested specifications like a fully bezel-less screen, 4TB internal storage etc. But, at the event in China today, Lenovo unveiled the Z5, and it looks like the Z5 isn’t worth the hype. There is no fully bezel-less display, no 4TB internal storage or anything else. It is just another Android phone that features a notch, has a huge bottom chin and a vertical dual rear camera setup. In fact, it isn’t a flagship at all as it is powered by the Snapdragon 636, a chipset that powers the budget phones.

Lenovo Z5
The Lenovo Z5 has a notch

And the funny thing is that just like every other smartphone manufacturer, Lenovo showed in its presentation that the notch on Z5 is smaller than that on the iPhone X. What an achievement, Lenovo!


There isn’t anything unique regarding the design. Speaking of which, we have a notched display on the front and a bottom chin, just like any other Android smartphone. The front looks exactly similar to the OnePlus 6 and even the size of the notch is same.


If the front is similar to the OnePlus 6, it looks like the rear (the Aurora Color) is inspired by the Honor 10 as the phone has the same colour scheme and similar dual camera arrangement. The volume rockers are present on the right along with the power button, and the fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear.

It is a mid-range device, so it makes no sense if Lenovo ditches the headphone jack. So, the Lenovo Z5 has the headphone jack on the bottom, along with the USB Type-C port and the speaker grill.

Coming to the specifications, the Lenovo Z5 features a 6.2-inch Full-HD+ display with a resolution of 2246×1080 pixels and hence, an aspect ratio of 19:9 (Thanks to the notch!). The screen-to-body ratio, as per the company, is 90%. Well, this shows that the rumour of a 95% screen-to-body ratio was well, just a rumour. 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.

Coming to the cameras, the Z5 has a dual camera setup on the back that features a primary 16MP camera and a secondary 8MP camera. The company has specially mentioned the ‘AI’ camera features. The front camera is an 8MP unit, and just like the rear camera setup, it too features some AI features.

The battery underneath is a 3,300mAh unit that supports 18W fast charging via the USB Type-C port. Finally, Android 8.0 Oreo runs out of the box with the ZUI 4.0 on top.

Let’s talk about the pricing now. The 6GB + 64GB variant of the Lenovo Z5 costs 1,299 Yuan or $200 (Rs 13,500) whereas the 6GB + 128GB variant of the phone costs 1,399 Yuan or $220 (Rs 14,500). The colour options are – Black, Aurora (Inspiration – Honor 10) and Blue.

Well, there is no official word from the company on the global launch of the device. With this launch, it is again clear that you shouldn’t blindly believe any rumour about an upcoming phone. We got a ton of rumours of the Lenovo Z5 claiming 45 days of standby time, 4TB internal storage, a fully bezel-less display and more. But after the official launch today, they all remain just rumours.

So, whenever you come across any leak or rumour, consider it with a pinch of salt.

Also, keep in mind that the device in real life is always different than what we see in the official renders. As an example, look at the renders of the Lenovo Z5 above and then check out these hands-on images below.

You got our point, right?

Anyways, do let us know your opinions about the Lenovo Z5 in the comments section below.


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  1. Lenovo lied to us for just hyping this mediocre phone. It was hyped beyond belief!

    It seems that all companies are following the trend explained in the video “why all phones look the same.”


    Why can’t companies use the bezel less and notch less design shown in this video? It seems to be practically possible. It looks like all companies are just blindly trying to copy Apple and not doing any innovation of their own!

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