Buzzkill: Lenovo Z5 Trades Bezel-Less Promise For Notched Harsh Reality

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Has Lenovo been trolling us all for the past month? Over the past few weeks Lenovo has peppered the internet with sketches and renders of the Lenovo Z5 that showed a "true" bezel-less design. In fact, Lenovo VP Chang Cheng promised a 95 percent screen-to-body ratio, which would far surpass anything else on the market.

The actual end result is a bit more disappointing. Not only is the screen-to-body ratio lower at 90 percent, but the smartphone has both a display notch at the top and a chin at the bottom. Is Lenovo now dabbling in alternative facts? What we thought was going to be a breakthrough bezel-less smartphone has instead turned out to be another run-of-the mill Android smartphone.

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With that being said, the Lenovo Z5 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor and features dual 16MP rear cameras. There's a fingerprint sensor on the rear and the smartphone features a 3,300 mAh battery with fast-charging (18W) support. You'll find a 6.2-inch display with a resolution of 2280x1080 with a 19:1 aspect ratio.

As you can tell from the specs, this is no flagship, but rather a value-priced smartphone. As such, there will be a SKU with 6GB RAM and 64GB for around $200, while doubling the storage to 128GB takes the price to roughly $280. That means that all the talk about 4TB of storage were just fanciful.

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The two above images are what Lenovo originally claimed to be the Z5

We don't know what to think after this announcement. We're left a bit deflated after the high hopes that were given thanks to Cheng's previous posts to Weibo. However, at least the smartphone is affordable, which is definitely a plus.

With that in mind, we'll just have to wait until Vivo rolls out its "all-screen" smartphone, which is rumored to be called NEX. That smartphone will debut on June 12th.