- Analysis by KJ David
The Lenovo Z5 is a flagship wannabe that misses the 2018 bullseye in terms of processing power and, consequently, shudders in comparison to a lot of full-fledged flagship-caliber Androids. Instead, it uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636 octa-core chip, which peaks at only 1.8GHz -- most models presented on this Phonerated list of the best octa-core smartphones run on engines that reach somewhere around 2.5GHz. Despite its processor being a slight con, however, the Z5 manages to squeeze a massive 6GB LPDDR4X RAM into its list of specs, finding itself in elite (as of this technical review) company, though not quite reaching the premium-tier 8GB RAM count -- check out some 8GB-RAM smartphones here.
Up front, the Z5 offers 6.2 inches of screen real estate coupled with an expansive 18.7:9 aspect ratio and a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, reminding us of some of the best phablets around, several of which offer slightly-narrower 18:9 or 16:9 setups. It comes with a passable 2246 x 1080 FHD+ resolution, although the techies in us cannot help but wish that it reached for a truly-high-end 1440p sharpness , especially when its high RAM count is taken into consideration.
Joining the Z5's weaknesses is its 8-megapixel fixed-focus front-facing camera , obviously because several other high-end phablets tout at least 13-megapixel selfie shooters -- some of the best selfie phones when it came out even blustered with 20-megapixel selfie cams. Fortunately, its photography pros and cons also include a dual rear camera that's made up of 16- and 8-megapixel lenses and captures videos at a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) . Background blurring, otherwise known as Bokeh, is on board as well.
Where the Z5 shines most -- literally -- is on the aesthetics front, combining a metal frame with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass cover up front and a 2.5D Symphony glare glass on the back , the latter giving it a mirror-like finish. It is also available in a rarely-seen (as of this write-up) gradient Aurora finish (The other options are Schumann Black and Card Blue).
Also part of its pros and cons is a 3300mAh battery capacity that's rather unpromising, compared to the 4000mAh power caps offered by some tantamount phablets. It does not disappoint us in terms of memory, though, packing a 128GB maximum internal memory expandable by up to 256GB .
All said, the Lenovo Z5 is a high-end option for users who prioritize looks and screen space the most.
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