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Lenovo Z5: 6.2-inch smartphone with Snapdragon 636, 6GB RAM and dual 16MP-8MP primary camera available on a budget


For those looking for a sub-$200 phablet, then look no further than Lenovo Z5 that had just been released.

It is not long ago though that Lenovo churns out another budget-friendly smartphone in the form of S5 which is strikingly similar:

  • 5.7-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~424 ppi density
  • Fullview display
  • Front glass and aluminum body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 chipset, Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 506 graphics and 3GB/4GB RAM
  • Dual 13MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • 16MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • 32GB/64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 128GB
  • Android Oreo 8.0
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
  • Dual sim and 4G LTE
  • April 2018 release date
  • 999 Chinese Yuan or ~159 USD for 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, 1,199 Chinese Yuan or ~189 USD for 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 1,499 Chinese Yuan or ~239 for 4GB RAM + 128GB storage

It seems like Lenovo S5 did lay a solid foundation for the entry-level lineup, although there’s nothing entry-level about this smartphone. Great value for money is what you can expect out of it.

Then came along Lenovo Z5 that is priced slightly above it, and of course, offers a lot more. Just take a look for yourself:

  • 6.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2246 pixels, 18.7:9 ratio or ~402 ppi density
  • Fullview display
  • Front/rear glass and aluminium frame
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 chipset, Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 processor, Adreno 509 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • Dual 16MP + 8MP primary camera with PDAF and dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • 8MP secondary camera
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage with no microSD expansion slot
  • Android Oreo 8.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery
  • Dual sim and 4G LTE
  • June 2018 release date
  • 1,299 Chinese Yuan or ~195 USD for 64GB internal storage + 1,799 Chinese Yuan or ~270 USD for 128GB internal storage

There’s a lot to be excited about the recently released Lenovo Z5. Starting with its obvious upgrade in its 6.2-inch Full HD IPS screen that lets you view more stuff on-screen. There’s also now front and rear glass that enhances its look and feel up a notch.

Under the hood of the Z5 has also been improved with the Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with a fast Kryo octa-core processor, good graphics and a massive 6GB RAM. For a mid-range smartphone, we seldom find this kind of combination anywhere else.

Moving on to its camera, it seems like the Z5 took a slight hit though. Yes, there’s still the dual 16MP+8MP primary camera setup – but the quality is slightly less than would have wanted it to be. Then the 8MP selfie camera pales in comparison with the S5’s 16MP selfie shooter.

Another thing to note about the Z5 is the fact that there’s no expansion slot available. You get to live with either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.

Battery-wise, it gets a 10% upgrade in the form of a 3300 mAh-rated battery. The Z5 should do you just fine for a full day of battery life.


Lenovo Z5 positions itself as a great mid-range smartphone with great value for money all around it. Its performance is top notch for its price tag, has a great body to boot and dual 16MP+8MP primary camera.

Lenovo Z5 had just been released for 1,299 Chinese Yuan or ~ USD 195 for the 64GB internal storage variant and 1,799 Chinese Yuan or ~ USD 270 for the 128GB internal storage option. You get to choose to go for either Black, Aurora or Blue colour.

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