In a surprise announcement, Lenovo has revealed its new flagship phone in China:  the new Z5 Pro. The phone wouldn’t have been anything particularly special if it weren’t for the fact that Lenovo is also offering a “GT” version of the model which comes with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Effectively, this makes the Z5 Pro GT the very first S855 phone announced, and what seems to be also the first phone with the chipset that will be available for consumers.

Lenovo Z5 Pro
  Z5 Pro Z5 Pro GT
SoC Snapdragon 710

2x Kryo 360 (CA75)
@ 2.2GHz 

6x Kryo 360 (CA55)
@ 1.7GHz

Adreno 616
Snapdragon 855

1x Kryo 485 Gold (A76 derivative)
@ 2.84GHz 1x512KB pL2

3x Kryo 485 Gold (A76 derivative)
@ 2.42GHz 3x256KB pL2

4x Kryo 485 Silver (A55 derivative)
@ 1.80GHz 4x128KB pL2

2MB sL3

Adreno 640
Display 6.39-inch 2340x1080 (19.5:9)
Samsung AMOLED
Dimensions 155.12 x 73.04 x 9.3 mm
NAND 64GB / 128GB 128GB / 256GB
Battery 3350mAh (12.89Wh)
Front Cameras 16MP regular camera
8MP infrared camera
Rear Cameras 24.8MP Sony IMX576
0.9µm pixel native / 1.8µm pixels in 6.2MP pixel binning
f/1.8 aperture
16MP Sony IMX519
1.22µm pixels
f/1.8 aperture
Modem Snapdragon X20 LTE (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 16/13)
SIM Size NanoSIM
Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MU-MIMO,
BT 5.0 LE, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Galileo/BDS
Connectivity USB Type-C
Features Under-screen fingerprint sensor, no-notch sliding screen design
Launch OS ZUI10 based on Android 8.1

Lenovo has launched the Z5 Pro in two variants; on the outside both units seemingly look pretty much the same and overall share the large majority of hardware specifications between them. Where the GT version differs is the fact that it uses a higher end SoC. The regular Z5 Pro comes with a Snapdragon 710, which represents Qualcomm’s new “premium” tier SoC offering that is meant to bring flagship-like features yet coming at a lower price point. The compromise here is in performance as the 2+6 CPU configuration in the form of 2.2GHz A75 derived cores and 1.7GHz A55 derived cores doesn’t match the bigger and more capable 1+3+4 configuration of the Snapdragon 855.

The regular version only comes in a 6GB RAM configuration in either 64GB or 128GB storage variants, while the GT version also offers 6GB or 8GB options that come with the 128GB storage variant, and additionally has an 8GB/256GB SKU.

The core design aspect of the Z5 Pro is the fact that this is a full-screen bezel-less design that is achieved through a sliding screen mechanism. Lenovo isn’t the first to such a smartphone as Honor with the Magic 2 was the first, and also Xiaomi has followed suit with the Mi MIX 3. In fact, the Lenovo Z5 Pro is eerily similar with the Honor Magic 2 and Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 in this regard: All three have the exact same 6.39” 2340x1080 Samsung AMOLED screen specifications. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this were the same display panel across all three phone brands.

While the sliding screen mechanism does allow for a bezel-less experience as the main front cameras are found on the main chassis underneath the screen, the disadvantage of this design is that it introduces a quite significant amount of heft to the phone – as similarly to the Magic 2 and MIX 3, the Z5 Pro is quite thick and heavy at 9.3mm and 210g – all while having a relatively regular 3350mAh battery.

On the camera side, the Z5 Pro offers two front cameras and two rear cameras. The two front units come with a configuration of a regular 16MP sensor as well as an 8MP infra-red unit. Lenovo doesn’t seem to provide more specifics on the front units, but goes into more detail on the rear cameras.

The rear units consists of two Sony sensors, one 24.8MP IMX576 and one 16MP IMX519. The configuration is quite odd here as the sensors don’t appear to be offering different lens configurations – both are advertised as f/1.8 aperture units. Lenovo advertises greater light capture ability on the part of the 24.8MP sensor by achieving 2x2 pixel binning, resulting in an effective pixel pitch of 1.8µm.

The phone’s other features includes an under-screen fingerprint sensor, and unfortunately that’s about it. The main connector is USB-C, and the device lacks other specifications such as a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the sliding screen mechanism also makes it hard for the phone to support any kind of IP rating. There’s also no wireless charging.

Lenovo will starts offering pre-orders on the 20th of December and promises delivery within 7 days. The big catch here of course is that the phone will be mainly available in China and doesn’t represent a viable option for western customers as it lacks the needed LTE frequency bands.

Comments Locked


View All Comments

  • melgross - Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - link

    What do you expect? The phone won’t be out for several more months. It’s the law that new Android phones can’t have an OS that’s later than 6 months before the phone comes out. Rarely is special dispensation allowed, unless it’s a phone that almost no one will buy.
  • SydneyBlue120d - Thursday, December 20, 2018 - link

    Huawei Mate 20 Pro shipped in october with 9.0 preinstalled.
  • Quantumz0d - Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - link

    Better get the Vivo Nex S Dual display phone if anyone is seriously into these, as it has no slider mechanism like this making the phone vulnerable to many points of physical wear and tear.

    Also the Nex S both variants have an AKM DAC/AMP HiFi chip combo which rivals LG V30 setup, (heard V40 is tuned by meridian which ruined or changed the sound tuning to more analytical, vs Lush sound of V30, No wonder the engg team left after the PR team failed on that), the headphone jack. And more battery as well.
  • melgross - Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - link

    If it’s only able to be used in China, and possibly a couple of other Asian markets, why bother mentioning it Here? It’s not relevant to us. And the chip itself won’t be out until some time mid to late first quarter, so the phone will be later than that.

  • nandnandnand - Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - link

    It's worth mentioning due to the version with 12 GB of RAM. Although you wouldn't know that from reading this article.
  • melgross - Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - link

    There’s no evidence that 12GB is of any advantage. And I thought that that was wrong, and it’s 6/8GB.
  • jjj - Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - link

    The first phone announced with this SoC was the foldable phone from Royole in early Nov with claimed deliveries in Dec.
  • Awful - Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - link

    Every time I see anything about a new lenovo phone I hope they've come to their senses and produced an updated lenovo p2. The combo of an actual attractive / non-ugly normal sized phone with a 5000mah battery, reasonably power efficient OLED screen and soc has yet to be reproduced by anyone else.

    Seriously, anyone that replicates the p2 but with a good camera and new SoC (SD710?) will have made the best phone on the market...
  • kn00tcn - Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - link

    why is a china exclusive phone using a photo of toronto?
  • Dodozoid - Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - link

    Invasion coordinates...

Log in

Don't have an account? Sign up now