Lenovo will launch the Z5, its first truly bezel-less smartphone at an event in China today. The Chinese smartphone maker has been teasing the smartphone for the past month and will finally make it official today. The smartphone can be seen as an attempt by Lenovo to join the leagues of Apple, Samsung and others in the race to make smartphones with no bezels whatsoever.
Lenovo VP Chang Cheng has been posting renders and camera samples of the smartphone for the past month and the smartphone does seem to be a promising one. While the teasers initially showed the Lenovo Z5 featuring true edge-to-edge display, a render leaked late yesterday evening suggests it won’t be that dramatic in terms of design. The Lenovo Z5 is expected to feature a bottom chin similar to smartphones such as the OnePlus 6 and Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S.
However, Lenovo seems to have trimmed the top bezel considerably to offer a higher screen-to-body ratio. The smartphone will not feature a notch like the iPhone X and new Android flagships but it will house the selfie camera, proximity sensor and the front-mounted LED flash on the chin. Another major design element will be the gradient glass back that adopts the color shifting hue seen on Huawei’s flagship smartphones.
The Lenovo Z5 has also made its way through the Geekbench benchmarking platform confirming some of the key features. The smartphone with model number L78011 achieved a score of 1332 in single-core test and 4696 in multi-core test. While it was expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU, the benchmark index suggests the Z5 will launch with the Snapdragon 660 chipset.
Cheng has also shared camera samples shot with Lenovo Z5, which seem to suggest major improvement in the imaging department. The company is also teasing that Lenovo Z5 will offer 45 days of standby time and 30 minutes of talk time at zero percent charge. It will also be the first smartphone to offer 4TB of internal storage, according to teasers.
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Lenovo, along with its sister brand Motorola, seems to have lost out to other Chinese smartphone makers in both the mid-range and upper mid-range segments. With the Lenovo Z5, the company is trying to bring back memories of its popular ZUK series and whether it succeeds in that mission, only time will tell.