What is up guys? So, a while ago I talked about the Lenovo Z5s, which is a really good phone. I was supposed to talk about the Z5 Pro after it but I forgot.
Better late than never right?
The Lenovo Z5 Pro is a sleek-looking phone, in terms of design, you can compare it with Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3. With performance, well, that’s another story.
Now that phones are about giving we the users a great display experience while offering the best performance as well, let’s see how the Z5 Pro is going to make that happen.
Hey guys, this is Shaibu from Shu’s Techs and today, I will be reviewing the Lenovo Z5 Pro.
With that being said, let’s get to it.
- ZUI 10.0 with Android 8.1 (Oreo)
- 6.39 inch 1080 x 2340 Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
- Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz 360 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver) CPU
- Adreno 616 GPU
- 6GB RAM
- 64GB / 128GB Internal Storage
- 8MP + 16MP Front Camera
- 16MP + 24MP Rear Camera
- 3350mAh non-removable battery
- Dual Nano SIM
Being a slider phone, you don’t get a Notch or a Hole on the screen. It is just you and a beautiful, bezel less AMOLED screen.
When you slide the screen down, you get to see the dual selfie camera, an earpiece for calls (which also acts as a secondary speaker) and an IR light.
The IR light helps in low light when you’re using the Face ID feature.
The slider is quite sturdy, you won’t notice wobbling. The way it slides down and up feels good and the sound it makes is also very satisfying…except you share a room with someone and slide the phone at night.
You do get a tiny gap between the screen (which is the slider) and the back of the phone at the bottom. It is not a flaw but part of the design. It is also on the Mi Mix 3.
At the top, there isn’t a significant gap between the two. You won’t have to worry about things getting stuck there and scratching your phone when you slide it.
Turning to the back of the phone, you get to see the vertically placed dual camera in the middle with a Dual-LED dual-tone flash right below. No fingerprint scanner here.
Doesn’t mean the phone doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner. This time, the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the screen as an in-display scanner. You can also get this feature on phones like the OnePlus 6T, Huawei Mate 20 Pro and a lot of others.
The left side of the phone has the Volume rocker and right side has the Power button. They are both firm and don’t wobble.
The top of the phone has a microphone for noise cancellation and a SIM card slot. The phone doesn’t have a slot for a MicroSD card so keep that in mind.
Looking at the bottom of the phone, I think the first thing you’d notice is the status LED. Not really a normal place to put it, but I guess that’s what we get for a slider phone that needs one.
There’s also a speaker, another microphone and a USB Type-C port at the bottom of the phone.
Getting a 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t something to expect on a phone like this. And although this is the case, you do get a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter out of the box when you get the phone.
Not having a 3.5mm headphone jack on a phone is still a deal breaker to a lot of people out there, slowly, we will have to start accepting the fact that it will be gone soon.
When it comes to colors, you’re only getting a Black Model. Black is good anyway.
The slider is protected by a metal frame. I’m not really sure what the back of the phone is made of, but it looks plastic. What I am sure about though is the fact that you will be getting a lot of fingerprint smudges on it.
The weight of the phone is 210g which is quite heavy for a phone its size, in my opinion.
Holding the phone gives a fine feel, the back of the phone has its left and right edges curved and that is really nice.
Overall, the design of the phone is okay, being a phone that slides, you do have to slide it down to reveal that selfie camera. It’s not a problem, but it might take some getting used to if you are switching from a phone that doesn’t slide.
Having established that you don’t get a Notch or any of that sort on this phone, display really is a good aspect of the phone.
It has a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, that is made by Samsung. If you know about AMOLED screens then you know this is great.
If don’t know, well, there’s always a first time.
AMOLED screens are some of the best out there, they are known for their really detailed, sharp and crisp displays. The most important thing they are known for is their deep blacks.
To utilize those deep blacks, most phones with AMOLED screens have that Always On Display, sadly though, you won’t be getting it on the Z5 Pro.
Outdoor usage is very good, even under direct sunlight, the phone gets as bright as over 800 nits. With this, you will be able to use your phone without needing to shade it just to see the screen.
Besides being an AMOLED screen, it is also a 6.39 inches. A really good way to put that panel to use. With this screen size, using it for the first time will definitely put a smile on your face, it will be like you got new eyes.
Gaming or video watching, be it YouTube or Netflix, will be a really fantastic experience. The colors come out great, blacks are deep, contrast is also good.
With a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, it just keeps getting better. You also get really nice viewing angles.
The phone has a 88.5% screen-to-body ratio. Getting this phone just for the screen will leave you as a happy user, that screen to body ratio is impressive.
If you have seen the Mi Mix 3, this screen wouldn’t really be fascinating, but if it’s the first time for you, then it is really a great screen for a start.
I won’t really go into a lot of details here. With cameras, I believe it is better to see samples instead of just descriptions of how pictures and videos look.
You can Google some samples if you want.
Eventually, I will be putting up actual samples of pictures for every phone I review, but for now, you just have to stick to reading.
Okay, sliding the screen down reveals the dual selfie camera. What you’re getting here is a 16 Megapixel Primary Lens + an 8 Megapixel Lens (for 2x zoom).
Before we talk about pictures, well, just like the Mi Mix 3, the Z5 Pro also uses the selfie camera for Face Recognition. We’ll talk more about it in the performance section.
You do get some nice pictures with the camera, they are not going to blow you away if you’re a professional photographer, or just an enthusiast.
For average users, the camera is nice.
The pictures come out okay in daytime, color accuracy is average, there’s not a lot of noise on each shot but if you switch to the 2x zoom lens, you will lose some detail.
Taking pictures in low light isn’t that great. The pictures come out noisy, color accuracy is really poor and a lot of detail is lost.
The phone does come with its dedicated Night Mode, but it doesn’t really do much.
Videos recorded with the selfie camera are also okay. They are not going to blow you away with quality either, but since it supports fixed focus, you will not have a lot of issues with the camera’s focusing.
You can record videos in 1080p at 30 frames per second, maximum. But you don’t get Electronic Stabilization here.
For an average day-to-day use, the selfie camera is nice, but for some top quality photos, I wouldn’t really recommend it.
Switching over to the back, you get the vertically placed dual camera setup. The Primary lens is 24 Megapixels and the 2x zoom lens is a 16 Megapixel lens.
Just like the selfie camera, you do get okay shots in daylight with okay colors, dynamic range isn’t that great, you do get good enough detail, but night shots however aren’t good.
Night shots are really poor, the pictures just look grainy and you don’t get good colors.
The dedicated Night Mode doesn’t really help out either.
Videos struggle with focusing on the rear camera, you will have to tap the screen to get it to focus on the subject. You don’t get Electronic Stabilization here either so your videos will come out shaky.
You can record videos in 2160p at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 120 frames per second.
Switching to the 2x zoom lens while recording videos works, but you will lose a lot of detail as well.
Recording at night isn’t really good here, the camera will struggle a lot just to focus, I mean, it happens in daylight so don’t think you will be getting better videos at night or in low light conditions.
Auto focus doesn’t work well here, the selfie camera is better since it has fixed focus for video shooting.
Overall, I don’t think you will be getting a great experience on this phone when it comes to the cameras.
This is a mid range device anyway, coming from a premium phone will definitely give you a bad experience, but if you will be using a phone like this for the first time, I think you will have a great time with the camera.
This phone has been built to perform really well, but the design sort of limits its capabilities.
For a start, if you compare it with the Mi Mix 3, well, call quality is something really important to consider. You really do have to slide the screen down to receive calls on the Z5 Pro else you won’t be able to hear much…or anything at all.
Unlike the Mi Mix 3, there’s no gap at the top of the phone, this means audio from the earpiece is going to get blocked if you don’t slide it down.
Sliding it down however, will give you good enough call clarity.
The earpiece does act as a secondary speaker, but sometimes you will want to use the phone without the slider down, this will limit the audio quality because the earpiece won’t work unless the slider is down.
The fingerprint scanner is okay. Being an in-display scanner, well, it comes with it cons, it isn’t as fast as some phones out there, scanning takes about a second and the accuracy is about 7 out of 10 times.
The Face Recognition is good, not that fast either but good enough. In low light, the IR light is there to help, you won’t get the best speed but you will get to unlock your phone with the scanner. Either way, it depends on if you’re new to it, or if you’ve been using face unlock for a while on other phones.
Although the phone has a chip for some awesome gaming, you may have some difficulty while in the heat of gaming because of the phone’s design.
Even games like Subway Surf that aren’t that demanding may have you end up sliding your phone up and down unnecessarily. Getting to the more demanding games like PUB-G will also make you end up doing the same in the heat of gaming.
You do get fast internet speeds both on WiFi and Mobile Data.
Running on Android 8.1 (Oreo) and Lenovo’s ZUI 10 on top, there’s a lot of bloatware here, some of them you will be able to uninstall and others that are system apps will just be stuck there.
Being a Chinese phone, I guess bloatware is what we get.
You also do have to manually download the Google Play Store on the phone as well.
On the good side, the phone supports split screen, with it, you can run two apps at the same time. You also get Gesture Navigation as well so you can forget about the on-screen buttons for a while.
When it comes to handling all kinds of tasks, the Z5 Pro is actually really good.
You are getting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Chipset, an Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz 360 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver) CPU and an Adreno 616 GPU on the phone.
Starting up apps is fast, you won’t experience lags while running apps. Games are also smooth, with heavy games like Asphalt 9 or PUB-G, you won’t get any lags and frame rates will hold up, thanks to the Adreno GPU.
Although the Snapdragon Chipset isn’t really recent, the overall performance is quite good. You won’t be left out in the world of speed with this phone.
The design may limit some aspects of the phone, but I’m sure there are hacks you could do to keep the phone stable for any kind of activity.
To sum it up, you will be getting great performance, great gaming, fluid animation and transitions in apps, but the only limit is the slider itself.
When one solution brings up more problems…
RAM and Internal Storage
The performance on the phone is great, and the RAM is there to help you in carrying out all your multitasking.
Coming at 6GB of RAM, you get a really good phone here, it should be able to handle multitasking for a long time to come without worries of it starting to slow down.
For internal storage options, you can go for the 64GB variant, or the 128GB variant.
As stated earlier, you will not be able to expand storage with a microSD card, so depending on how much room you need, you have to consider which variant to go for.
If you won’t be doing a lot of gaming or shooting a lot of videos or pictures, the 64GB of internal storage should be good enough, else, just go for the 128GB.
Due to the design of the phone, the battery is not as huge as it should be. But you can still compare it with some phones out there with a “normal” design.
The Z5 Pro has a non-removable 3350 mAh Li-Po battery.
Heavy usage will definitely bring it down before the end of the day, but light to moderate use will keep the phone alive for about 2 days.
You do get fast charging supported here so you should be able to get the phone up and running again after a short time.
The phone comes with 4G LTE, 3G, 2G and WiFi for internet.
You also get Bluetooth v5.0, a USB 2.0 Type-C connector, GPS, NFC, no FM Radio.
The phone costs around $290 for the 64GB variant and $330 for the 128GB variant.
Please note that prices vary from time to time.
If you really want a phone that is fast and can give you a really nice display, this is the phone for you.
The cameras and bloatware are things to consider before making a decision about this phone. If you don’t really care about them, then I’m sure you will have a great time with the phone.
Okay, that is all for my review of the Lenovo Z5 Pro for now. Don’t forget to like and share, comment any question or suggestions you may have.
It’s been a pleasure writing for you guys. Have a great day, or night… you know what I mean.