The relentless pursuit of doing away with bezels has led to manufacturers launching smartphones with some innovative form factors, with Oppo Find X arguably being the most interesting of the lot. In fact, many other Android OEMs have decided to use Oppo’s sliding smartphone as the blueprint for their own upcoming all-screen smartphones. However, it seems the first (after Oppo) to come with a mechanical slider-toting smartphone of its own will be Lenovo.
According to a report by GSMArena, Lenovo will launch its all-screen Z5 Pro smartphone on October 1. The information surfaced on Chinese social networking website Weibo, with the company also confirming it on its official Weibo channel.
Interestingly, Lenovo’s VP Liu Jun had recently showcased the upcoming Z5 Pro during a press conference in Beijing, China.
It’s worth mentioning that a video allegedly showing Lenovo Z5 Pro’s slider mechanism in action surfaced online, earlier this month. The 12-second long video also shows the soon-to-be-launched sporting an under-display fingerprint sensor. Previous reports have said that the Z5 Pro could come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 or 710 chipset. However, no other information is available about the smartphone as of now.
Lenovo isn’t the only Android OEM planning an all-screen smartphone. Earlier this month, Xiaomi president posted a render of the company’s upcoming Mi Mix 3, confirming that it’ll have a sliding mechanism like Oppo’s Find X. A video showing the yet-to-be-launched Mi Mix 3 had also surfaced online, showcasing its manual slider. The smartphone was rumored to launch on September 15, but that didn’t happen.