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So much for 'all-screen': Lenovo Z5 has a notch and a chin

Though progressively hyped by Lenovo's CEO as all-screen, the new flagship is just another midrange phone with a notched display.

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The Lenovo Z5 in aurora color looks like the Huawei P20 Pro Twilight.

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Lenovo on Tuesday unveiled its new flagship phone, the Lenovo Z5, and it was something of a letdown. 

The company had been building buzz for weeks that it would be all screen, but it turned out to be just another phone with an eyebrow on its top and a back similar to that of the Honor 10 or the Huawei P20.

According to the company's Chinese website, the phone has a 6.2-inch screen and the panel occupies 90 percent of its front, in which we find a notch at the top. The company has placed the fingerprint sensor on the back and the dual camera is positioned vertically, as in the iPhone X.

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The blue version of the Lenovo Z5 costs a bit more.

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Lenovo Z5 specs

The phone's features, according to Lenovo:

  • Display: 6.2 inches, 2,264x1,080 pixels, 19:9 aspect ratio 
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, eight cores 
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB or 128GB
  • Rear dual camera: 16 + 8 megapixels, aperture f/2.0, 4K videos
  • Front camera: 8 megapixels with AI
  • Colors: Blue, black and aurora (similar to Twilight of the Huawei P20 Pro)
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Operating system: Android 8.1 Oreo, ZUI 4.0 interface

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Price and availability

The Lenovo Z5 will only be available in China, at least for now. The device in black has a starting price that translates to about $200, £150 or AU$265. The versions in blue and aurora will be a bit more expensive: about $220, £165 or AU$290 for the 64GB version and $280, £210 or AU$370 for 128GB of storage. The device also comes with a dual-SIM version.