The slider phone is not a thing of the past, as manufacturers try to push the screen-to-body ratios of their devices higher and higher. Lenovo's new Z5 Pro smartphone follows the rend.
Following the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and Honor Magic 2, the Lenovo Z5 Pro is another notch-free Android slider made for China, but with the main difference being its price point -- starting from about $290 instead of $475 and above.
Starting at just ¥1,998 (around $287), Lenovo’s new handset features a midrange Snapdragon 710 chipset alongside 6GB of RAM and a 3,350mAh battery. The selfie camera is hidden by the sliding 6.39-inch 1080p AMOLED display when not in use. It has a 16MP f/2.2 sensor, while the rear of the device has a 16MP main camera (1.22um f/1.8 ) along with a secondary 24MP (0.9um f/1.8 ) camera. The latter is for AI-enhanced low-light photography using pixel binning, in order to mimic a 1.8um sensor. You still get up to 4K video capture, but there's no super slow motion mode here. There’s also an in-display fingerprint sensor, resulting in a screen-to-body ratio of over 95 percent.
There's also Dolby Atmos support through both speakers, but for wired headphones, you'll need to plug in the bundled USB-C to 3.5mm adapter.
Lenovo is already taking pre-orders for the Z5 Pro today, with the 64GB version going for 1,998 yuan or about $290, and the 128GB version for 2,298 yuan or about $330. Don't forget that the phone isn't US-friendly -- its LTE bands are mostly for Asia and Europe.