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There’s no such thing as an all-screen Lenovo phone – the Z5 is just another iPhone X clone

Published Jun 5th, 2018 6:50AM EDT
Lenovo Z5 vs. iPhone X
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For a few weeks now, Lenovo teased the imminent arrival of an all-screen phone, a device that would have no notch like the iPhone X and all its clones. At the time I thought that Lenovo would merely pull a Xiaomi; that the Z5 will have a bottom bezel where the front camera will be placed, and no notch.

It turns out that there’s no such screen as an all-screen phone from Lenovo this year. The Z5, in fact, is less all-screen than the iPhone X, as it has both a top notch and a bottom bezel.

That’s still an impressive use of real estate, and the bottom notch is a lot smaller than what we saw on other Android devices. In fact, the Pixel 3 might have an even bigger bottom bezel, as well as a more prominent top notch.

But the Z5 marketing campaign was plainly misleading, and the result is nowhere near as exciting as what we were lead to believe. A few days ago, we learned that the Z5 will have a bottom chin, although the leaked renders presented no notch, like so:

These renders look nothing like the real thing, do they?

The Z5 isn’t even the iPhone X rival we expected when it comes to specs. According to The Verge the handset rocks an unknown Qualcomm processor, 6GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB of storage, 16-megapixel dual-cameras, and 3,300 mAh battery with fast-charging support.

The 64GB version is priced at 1,299 yuan ($200) and the 128GB model costs 1,799 ($280). Yes, this isn’t at all the phone we expected.

The Lenovo Z5 will launch in China on June 12th, with other markets to follow this summer.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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