The promise of a phone that is all-screen may not be as close as we had hoped, as one company’s push to deliver on that promise turns out to be less fulfilling than expected.
Hinted at over the past few weeks, Lenovo’s Z5 looked to be the real deal, with the concept sketches and preview renders seeming to detail a phone without the black of the bezel and no notch.
But the launch this week seems to show a phone that isn’t quite as remarkable as Lenovo had implied and inferred, with the preview images being different enough to know this isn’t the same piece of technology.
Still called the Z5, the phone was launched this week with a 6.2 inch Full HD+ screen, but it wasn’t one that took over the entire front of the phone like original hints had suggested.
Rather, Lenovo’s Z5 has both a notch and a chin, meaning it has the little notch taken out of the top of the screen, and it has a chin at the bottom.
Close, but no cigar.
Technically, it goes from the left edge to the right edge, but the hint from Lenovo that the Z5 would be an all-screen vision of the future has turned out to be mere fantasy, rather than the real thing.
Despite this, Lenovo has brought what would be considered plus-side specs to the phone, with 6GB RAM, either 64 or 128GB storage, two rear cameras of 8 and 16 megapixels, and support for dual SIMs, even if the processor seems a little midrange with a Snapdragon 636.
Even with those specs, the screen is what we were hoping for, and sadly, the Lenovo Z5 is just another phone with another notch and bottom section.
We’s be surprised if it had the photographic chops to beat the likes of other 2018 smartphones, though we probably won’t get the opportunity to try, either, as Lenovo’s phones rarely make it to Australia.
Instead, we’ll just have to hope someone else gets an all-screen phone ready. Here’s hoping it won’t take too long.