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Hate to kill the buzz: Lenovo Z5 unveiled and it isn’t what was expected


The Lenovo Z5 has just been announced at the China Film Director Centre in Beijing. In spite of the hype that the smartphone generated before its release, it has failed to live up to those groundbreaking features that were promised.

According to the hints and leaks dropped by Lenovo VP Chang Cheng, the phone was supposed to be a “truly” bezel-less phone, but as you can see, the Z5 features a notch and a bottom chin. This may have probably let down some keen observers of the launch of this phone.

Lenovo Z5
A previously released sketch of the supposed Lenovo Z5.

The phone sports a 6.2-inch screen with 1080p display and a tall 19:9 aspect ratio. The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset clocked at 1.8 GHz. There is an option of 64 GB or 128 GB for internal storage and 6GB of RAM. This is way less than the make-believe 4TB storage, which turns out to be the memory size of hard drive that Lenovo announced for PCs.

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The Lenovo Z5 features a dual rear camera of 16 MP + 8 MP sensors which comes with HDR and AI capabilities. The front camera is an 8MP selfie shooter that also has AI capabilities for detecting face shapes.Lenovo Z5 The phone is powered by a 3,300mAh battery with 18W wired fast charging. According to Chang, the battery power will last for 45 days. With a battery of this size, it is absolutely not possible. We have seen many bigger batteries that have failed to deliver on 48 hours talk less of a 3,300mAh battery.

The only thing true about the hype made by Chang is the UI of the phone. It will run on Android 8.0 Oreo and the promised ZUI 4.0 that is seen in ZUK devices. The OS is will be upgraded to Android P as soon as it is announced.The Lenovo Z5 is available in Black, Blue, and Aurora colour options. It comes with a set price of 1,299 yuan (~N72,000) for the 64GB variant and 1,799 yuan (~N100,800) for the 128GB model. The Z5 will be launched in China on June 12, and the global launch date is still vague.

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