Lenovo Z5 Pro new variant is the world’s first phone announced with Snapdragon 855, 12GB RAM

“The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT 855 is the first smartphone to be announced with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, along with 12GB DDR4 RAM and 512GB storage”

The Lenovo Z5s smartphone was unveiled at an event in China today, which disappointed many a fan by using a waterdrop notch instead of a pin-hole display to deliver a full-screen experience. However, fans were certainly surprised when Lenovo announced the world’s first smartphone with Snapdragon 855 SoC and 12GB of RAM. These beefy specs were announced for a new variant of Lenovo Z5 Pro, listed as Z5 Pro GT 855 on the official site; this model will be released in January 2019.

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Lenovo Z5 Pro GT 855 variant price

The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT comes in four storage/ RAM configurations: 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB, and 12GB + 512GB. These are priced at RMB 2,698, RMB 2,998, RMB 3,998, and RMB 4,398, respectively. These variants will go up for pre-orders starting January 15th and go on sale from January 24th.  

Lenovo Z5 Pro GT 855 variant specifications

The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT 855 gets a 6.39-inch display, which Lenovo claims is offering 95.06 percent screen to body ratio. The screen uses an AMOLED display panel, and is rated to cover the DCI-P3 colour gamut. It is also HDR10 certified. Like the standard model, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT 855 new variant gets a sliding mechanism to house the front camera and sensors. The smartphone will come with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box, with Lenovo’s ZUI 10 custom launcher preloaded on it.

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As mentioned above, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT 855 new variant is the world’s first to be announced with Snapdragon 855 SoC and 12GB of RAM. However, the release is still a month away, it may be pipped as the first phone with Snapdragon 855 by some of the brands that are gearing up to launch handsets powered by the new Qualcomm SoC. Nonetheless, only a few brands, such as Samsung and Huawei, are reported to be working devices with 12GB of RAM and even 10GB RAM has not become mainstream on smartphones yet.

The Snapdragon 855 SoC supports 5G speeds, but that did not get a mention at the Lenovo event, so it is safe to say the new Z5 Pro GT 855 variant will be limited to 4G speeds. The smartphone will have its peak core clocked at 2.84GHz, and Lenovo was quick to highlight the Kryo 485 core benefits in terms of gaming and graphic rendering with the Z5 Pro GT 855.

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The smartphone comes with up to 512GB of native storage. The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT 855 has a black carbon fibre finish to the rear, with red inlays to give the smartphone an impression of speed. Battery capacity of the smartphone is 3,350mAh. There is also an in-display fingerprint sensor to unlock the handset.

In terms of camera, it gets a dual camera setup coupled with Lenovo’s AI assistant on it. The two cameras use a 16-megapixel primary Sony IMX519 sensor with 6P Largan-branded lens and f/1.8-2.6 variable aperture, and a 24-megapixel secondary Sony IMX576 sensor with 6P Largan-branded lens and f/1.8-2.8 variable aperture. To the front, it gets a 16-megapixel + 8-megapixel dual selfie cameras, which can be activated by the slide-out front camera mechanism. The entire imaging unit is aided by the Qualcomm Spectra 380 ISP.

Key Specs

Lenovo Z5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 | 6 GBProcessor
6.39 inches Display
16 MP + 24 MPRear camera
16 MP + 8 MPSelfie camera
3350 mAh Battery
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