Lenovo Z5 Pro GT first impressions: the Grand Tourer of the Android world

“The Z5 Pro GT is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor and comes with up to 12GB of RAM”

Over the past couple of days at MWC Barcelona, I’ve had a chance to test some amazing Android devices. But, all the smartphones paled in comparison to Lenovo’s latest flagship – the Z5 Pro GT, which is an utterly stupid, do-everything, be-everything smartphone. I managed to get my hands on a unit and after briefly testing it, I wanted to bring it back with me to India. Here’s why.

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If you’ve been campaigning actively against the ‘smartphone notch’ phenomenon, then you’ll love the design of the Z5 Pro GT. Much like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 (first impressions) and the Honor Magic 2 (review), Lenovo’s offering too, sports a sliding mechanism which tucks in the smartphone’s selfie camera and the earpiece inside its chassis. As a result, the entire front of the device is dominated by a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display which dominates over 95 percent of the entire surface area. To say that the device looks mesmerising with the display turned on would honestly be an understatement. The smartphone is the closest you’ll get to a truly bezel-less experience and I am willing to bet that it’ll make for a great device to consume media on.

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The rest of the design of the smartphone is just as good, mind you. The Z5 Pro GT has been constructed using a blend of glass and metal which works wonders for its overall appeal in the hand. What’s more, Lenovo has polished the design of the device by adding some subtle touches here and there. For instance, the entire back of the smartphone is wrapped up in a carbon fibre print and the trim bordering the display as well as the camera module has red accents, all of which when combined, make the Z5 Pro GT stand out from the herd of other flagships in the market.

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As for the placement of the ports and buttons, the smartphone features a texturised power button on its right-hand side, and a volume rocker on the left. Towards the bottom, the device sports a USB Type-C port for charging, which is flanked by speaker grills on either side. Much to my dismay, the smartphone lacks a headphone jack and therefore, you’ll need a dongle to connect a pair of 3.5mm headphones to the device. For security, the Z5 Pro GT ships with an in-display fingerprint sensor which worked fine during my initial stint with the device. While it’s not as quick as a capacitive sensor, it has been placed in a more convenient location.

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Driving the smarts on the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT is Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 855 processor which can be paired with up to a 512GB of built-in storage and a whopping 12GB of storage. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the smartphone was able to handle menial tasks like opening a few dozen apps or jumping in and out of menus flawlessly. Honestly, the device puts my OnePlus 6T McLaren edition to shame with its specs. 

Lenovo Z5 Pro GT first impressions09Coming to the cameras, Lenovo’s Z5 Pro GT sports a dual-camera setup on both the front as well as the back. At the back, the phone gets a pair of 16MP and 24MP sensors, whereas the front shooters include a pair of 16MP and 8MP sensors. Now, I couldn’t take the cameras on the device for a spin, but they do look promising on paper and I am quite eager to test them.

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In the software department, the handset boots a custom skin of ZUI on top of Android Pie. The smartphone is fueled by a 3,350mAh battery and its pricing starts at 2,698 RMB ( approx. Rs 29,000) for the 6GB RAM variant. With a flagship chipset and such innovative features, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT could give other affordable flagships a run for their money. Now if only the Chinese giant brings it to India…