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Lenovo has been trolling us: the Z5 does have a notch

Lenovo has finally unveiled its new mid-range smartphone, the Lenovo Z5. But, after the company shared teaser images on the web over the past several weeks which didn't feature a notch, you'd be forgiven for feeling duped once you see the final design. Here are all the details on the features, release, and of course, the notch.

The final design is a disappointment

So, it turns out that the Lenovo Z5's design doesn't live up to the hype. There's a notch and a chin bezel after all. The screen-to-body ratio is 90%, and even if the bezels and notch are smaller than the iPhone X and Xiaomi Mi 8 as Lenovo claims, that's still enough reason to feel disappointed. The difference between the promotional renders and the final design is clear to see.

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See the difference? Final design (left), teaser image (right). / © AndroidPIT

Snapdragon 636 SoC and a low price

The mid-range Lenovo Z5 will come with Android 8.1 Oreo and ZUI 3.9, powered by a Snapdragon 636 SoC, 6 GB of RAM and a 3,300 mAh battery. The 16+8 MP dual rear camera, with AI capabilities, will have an f/2.0 aperture, and the front camera will shoot 8 MP selfies. It has USB Type-C and a headphone jack.

The model with 64 GB of internal storage (available in black) will cost 1,299 yuan, while the 128 GB version (available in blue and a purple-blue P20 Pro-like 'Aurora' color) will cost 1,799 yuan. That's about $200 and $280, respectively, making this a pretty solid deal. 

The teaser images gave us hope for a notch-free design

Prior to launch, Chang Cheng, Lenovo's vice president for the Chinese smartphone business, was causing a stir by sharing renders and a concept sketch which showed no notch. The first image, and the announcement to challenge Xiaomi and build a smartphone with a display that should occupy more than 95% of the front, built a lot of excitement. 

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This picture caused amazement among smartphone fans. / © Weibo @Chang Cheng

Chang Cheng shared yet another image, a sketch this time. The name of the smartphone can be recognized on the concept drawing: Lenovo Z5. Again, there appears to be no notch.

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This design sketch gave away the name of the device. / © Weibo @Chang Cheng

What do you think about this smartphone? Are you hoping it hits the US market? Leave a comment.

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  • At $280, it should do well.


  • Pretty soon, despite some of our misgivings, phones without the notch will be the "weird" ones. I just hope enough manufacturers use the "hide the notch" settings for those of us that want to do so.


  • Ive been wanting a phone real bezellless since 2008 and I wonder why no one made it before....?


  • Java 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    Looks amazing but not real.
    Someone know How i get this wallpaper?


  • "The term AI is a bit overused by Chinese manufacturers, as you could see in the Honor 10."
    LOL, the Honor 10 uses a Hisilicon Kirin 970 with dedicated NPU, the most AI put in a smartphone chip is by the Chinese company. Qualcomm and Mediatek haven't reached that amount yet, so who is overusing the term?


  • lol AI isn't a term just overused by chinese manufacturers, it's overused by all manufacturers and the general population. my huawei actually gets faster with time like they promised, while companies like LG can barely get their camera tricks right. and... well, what the hell... while i'm at it AI DOESN'T ACTUALLY EXIST


    • I have the mate 10 and I cant tell the phone is good but the updates and support is awfull. I only notice the AI in the autobrightness or sometimes in the camera. It is still a marketing thing...


  • Lenovo uses a crappy OS layout. I hope this phone becomes real, and also becomes Moto branded (Motorola, the international face of Lenovo's handsets, uses almost stock Android).