The Lenovo Z2 Plus, in the company’s own words, is its “most powerful phone ever”. The flagship smartphone from Lenovo’s stable houses the present generation flagship processor from Qualcomm, alongside all the essentials required for a powerful, flagship device. The company has put equal emphasis on design and other aspects too, and upon initial impressions, the Z2 Plus seems to be quite impressive. Here’s looking at the latest flagship smartphone from Lenovo, in more detail.
Here’s what the Lenovo Z2 Plus is made of:
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 @ 2.15GHz
RAM: 3GB/4GB LPDDR4 @ 1866MHz
Storage: 32GB/64GB, SanDisk i7232 SmartSLC-based
Display: 5-inch, 1080x1920 pixels, IPS LCD
Battery: 3500mAh, Intelligent Charge Cut-Off (ICC) mode
Primary Camera: 13-megapixel, 1.34um pixel size, Hybrid AF, 4K video recording
Front Camera: 8-megapixel, 1.4um pixel size
OS: Android v6.0.1 with ZUI
The smartphone is made of fiber glass material, and Lenovo states that this allows for better heat management and network stability. While the device feels quite sturdy, it did pick up a tiny dent in only a small drop, which can be a cause of concern. It also picks up smudges rather easily. Personally, the OnePlus 3's metal chassis looks more impressive.
In terms of performance, everything seems to be quite zippy. We could record 4K videos constantly for over 15 minutes without a single hiccup, which is what you would expect from a Snapdragon 820-powered smartphone. However, the device seems to heat up with heavier loads, and in 15 minutes, the device’s body temperature went from 30oC to 41.5oC. It did cool down reasonably fast, but the heat could be felt significantly.
The U-Touch fingerprint sensor-home button acts as a multitasking hub, and you can assign up to seven different functions to it. It can act as a Home button, fingerprint sensor, app switcher, enabling OK Google, task manager, quick-start Camera and Back. Once you get used to all the functions, it is actually very convenient.
The display is quite pleasant to look at, and the colours seem fairly true to source. There is a slight hint of oversaturation, but rather than making content look unnatural, colours look vibrant, with deeper blacks and fair, warm whites. Touch response is great, too, although the brightness is on the lower side. This will not cause a problem when you are indoors, but sunlight visibility is rather poor.
The 13-megapixel rear camera seems to take fairly decent photographs. In the short while we spent with the device, the Z2 Plus seemed to shoot photos with good details and colour accuracy. The photographs seemed well-balanced in terms of contrast and colours, and video recording was seamless, too. The front camera seemed decent, but we only shot in bright daylight, under which most photographs look decent.
The 3500mAh battery is reasonably large, and the ICC mode adds to it. Once your device is charged to 100%, the device will automatically switch operations to AC power. This will prevent the battery from overcharging and should lend longer life to the smartphone.
On an overall note, the smartphone is quite ergonomic, and one-handed typing is a practical option here. The fiber glass body feels good to hold, and there is a reassuring quality to the build of the Z2 Plus. Lenovo has also included U-Health, a fitness-tracking app that makes use of the smartphone’s integrated accelerometer, gyroscope and pedometer to give you step count, burnt calories and more.
The Lenovo Z2 Plus will be up for sale from 11:59pm on September 25, exclusively on Amazon India. There are two colour options - black and white - and the 3GB/32GB version will sell at Rs. 17,999. The more powerful one, the 4GB/64GB variant, is priced at Rs. 19,999, and both these smartphones will be available on open sale. The smartphone will rival the other affordable Snapdragon 820 smartphones in India, namely Xiaomi Mi 5 and LeEco Le Max2.
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