Lenovo Z5 is not the ‘all-screen’ phone we were made to believe

It has a notch and chin



The Lenovo Z5 was finally announced earlier today in China and it’s not exactly the phone we were expecting. The Chinese company has been hyping the Z5 with teasers showing that it’ll be an “all-screen” phone similar to the Vivo APEX. Unfortunately, it was unveiled to be another iPhone X lookalike.

The teased “all-screen” phone from Lenovo is far from the teasers. We’d make less of a fuss if Lenovo had just been honest from the start, but they led us to believe that they’ll have a phone with an extremely high screen-to-body ratio. Here’s a comparison of the teaser and the actual product:


Lenovo was even proud of the phone’s notch, even though it shouldn’t have one in the first place. During the live reveal, they claimed that the notch is narrower than the iPhone X’s. 🤷‍♂️

Moving forward, the Z5 has a 6.2-inch 19:9 IPS LCD with a Full HD+ resolution. It’s a midrange handset since it’s powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor with 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of storage. Of course, Lenovo joins the AI wagon with its dual rear camera setup using a 16- and 8-megapixel combo. The selfie camera hiding in the notch is an 8-megapixel sensor that also has AI capabilities.

The battery of the handset has a typical capacity of 3300mAh and it supports 18W fast charging through the USB-C port at the bottom. It runs Android 8.0 Oreo topped with ZUI 4.0, but a promised update to Android P is coming when that version comes out later this year.

The Z5 will come in black, blue, and Aurora which shifts under different lighting just like the Honor 10. There will be two storage options: a 64GB model priced at CNY 1,299 (US$ 200) and a 128GB version for CNY 1,799 (US$ 280). The phone is coming to China in June 12, while the international market still has to wait.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo unveils S5 to compete against other Chinese midrange phones


Vivo to release a white NEX Dual Display Edition

It’s coming soon



Prototype of the white NEX Dual Display Edition

Vivo Design Director Kyle Xiao tells GadgetMatch that a white NEX Dual Display Edition is coming in 2019, in roughly four months.

While developing the new NEX phone, Vivo found that users find white smartphones to feel cheaper than the usual black phones.

Vivo’s design team is currently working on using different materials to make the best white NEX Dual Display Edition possible, although Xiao says that the NEX line isn’t about being premium or using expensive materials.

Prototype of the white NEX Dual Display Edition

He says the ultimate vision for the NEX line is to be different from the current crop of smartphones — to have a notch-free experience. “We’re not saying that we’re leading the trend but we want to break the barrier. The smartphone as we know it is heading to an era that needs to be changed.”

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition was made official in Shanghai this week, a few months after the original Vivo NEX, which featured a pop-up selfie camera, was announced.

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Stable Android 9 Pie for Pocophone F1 is now available for download

Still with MIUI 10



The Xiaomi-made Pocophone F1 continues to stir us with the value it offers to consumers. After impressing us with its incredible price to specs ratio, Pocophone proves again that it can deliver flagship features pretty well — this time in the software department. While other premium phones are still waiting in line for the Android Pie update, the Pocophone F1 already has it.

The Pocophone F1 or Poco F1 in some markets just started getting its stable over-the-air update to Android 9 Pie. Although, users might not be able to feel the jump from Oreo to Pie because the phone is already running MIUI 10.

Xiaomi’s Android Pie update is still based on MIUI 10, so the overall UI will remain untouched. But of course, it brings a number of changes under the hood including core Pie features, bug fixes, and Google Lens.

The update is already making its way through the cloud. It might come a bit late depending on your location, but that’s perfectly normal. Weighing at 1.7GB, the update is quite heavy.

If you’re getting impatient, you could also download the firmware and manually update your phone using this link. Simply place the downloaded files in your phone in the “downloaded_rom” folder and go to the system update settings to install it.

While we’re at it, check out our Pocophone F1 video review:

Source: Android Police

SEE ALSO: Pocophone F1 teardown shows the ‘LiquidCool’ system inside its body

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ASUS outs cheaper ZenFone Max M2 with pure Android software

A great contender in the budget segment



Alongside the launch of the ZenFone Max Pro M2, ASUS also introduced a budget-oriented device: the ZenFone Max M2. The non-Pro version of ASUS’ newest line of phones with big batteries cuts down its specs to meet the affordable price point.

Understandably, the ZenFone Max M2 is rocking a slightly less powerful chipset than what the Pro variant has. It’s using the new Snapdragon 632 processor with either 3GB or 4GB of memory and up to 64GB of storage.

Its 6.26-inch display is less sharp because of its HD+ resolution, but it still has a full-screen design and, of course, a notch. ASUS has to cut corners in battery capacity as well by putting a humbler 4000mAh cell. It’s still bigger than most, though.

It also has a rear-mounted fingerprint reader that works hand-in-hand with face unlock using the front camera.

Speaking of camera, the ZenFone Max M2 is equipped with an AI-enabled 13-megapixel main shooter paired with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, there’s an 8-megapixel front snapper with its own LED flash.

The phone runs a stock version of Android, which is something that fans asked for according to ASUS. It’s still on Oreo with no timeline for when Pie is coming. Just to be clear, this is not an Android One phone, so don’t expect timely software updates for it.

Pricing starts at INR 9,999 in India for the 3GB+32GB variant and INR 11,999 for the 4GB+64GB model. In Indonesia, Lazada will exclusively offer the ZenFone Max M2 starting at IDR 2,300,000.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 is bigger, faster, and still runs pure Android

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