Lenovo’s ‘all-screen’ Z5 phone has a notch after all

Lenovo has been hyping up a new phone called the Z5 over the past few weeks, posting sketches and renders that hinted at a truly all-screen design free from bezels and notches. Well, the Z5 just got unveiled in Beijing and… I’m afraid there’s bad news.

Yep, that’s a notch. And a chin at the bottom. The Z5 has a 6.2-inch 19:9 1080p screen with bezels that Lenovo claims are thinner than the Xiaomi Mi 8 and iPhone X, and a notch that is narrower than those two phones. But it still has a notch, like practically every other Android phone this year. Lenovo claims a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent.

See for yourself how the Z5’s reality doesn’t approach what Lenovo teased ahead of its unveiling. The promotional render is on the left, the final product is on the right:

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Elsewhere the phone has an unspecified eight-core Qualcomm processor and 16-megapixel dual cameras. The battery is 3300mAh and can be fast-charged at 18W.

On the positive side, the Z5 is pretty cheap at 1,299 yuan (~$ 200) for a model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, or 1,799 yuan (~$ 280) for 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It’ll go on sale in China on June 12th, the day Vivo is set to announce its own much-hyped phone that takes cues from the impressive bezel-less Apex prototype we saw earlier this year. Availability for India or other markets is yet to be announced.

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