Lenovo Z2 Plus first look

Lenovo is trying to create a stir in the price segment with its Z2 Plus smartphone, in which it has not been able to achieve much so far. The company launched the last phone Lenovo Vibe X3 (Review) in this price segment. During the launch event on Thursday, Lenovo loudly said that it is the cheapest smartphone equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor to be found in India. It is worth noting that the price of Le Max 2, Mi 5 and OnePlus 3 running on Snapdragon 820 processor is slightly higher in comparison.

This Chinese company has given many new features in Lenovo Z2 Plus. Its price will start from Rs 17,999 and will go on sale from next week. We spent some time with the Lenovo Z2 Plus during the launch event. How did we like this phone in the first glimpse, let us tell you.

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Viewed from a distance, the Z2 Plus will remind you of the iPhone 5S, but once you hold it in hand, the illusion is shattered. This phone with 5 inch screen will fit easily in your hands. The curved edges make the Z2 Plus easy to grip. During the launch, Lenovo executive Anuj Sharma emphasized that the Z2 Plus has been designed to be used with one hand. Fiber glass frame has been used in Z2 Plus. Talking about the design, Lenovo India has praised the Z2 Plus Roll Cage. It is claimed that it will increase structural integrity and also manage thermal balance.

(Read: Top features of Lenovo Z2 Plus)

The 5-inch display of the Z2 Plus has a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. The display is sharp and the text looks crisp. However, its brightness was less than our expectation. The display looks a bit tired in sunlight. There is no branding on the front panel of the Z2 Plus. Lenovo logo is present on the back side. Beneath the display is an imported home button with an integrated fingerprint sensor. The power and volume buttons are on the right side and are easily accessible with the thumb.

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Curved glass has been used on the rear panel, which gives a good feel to the hands. However, it slips a lot in the hands. The two SIM slots are on the right side. At the bottom, you will find speaker grille, 3.5mm audio jack and USB Type-C charging port.

Lenovo Z2 Plus has a “U Touch 2.0” fingerprint scanner. It can be used for a variety of tasks – single touch to go back, long touch to get notifications, double press for app switcher. By swiping left or right, you’ll be able to access the app you used a while back.

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Shortcuts can also be customized according to the needs of the user. In the limited time we spent with the device, we found that the gesture did the right thing. However, it will take some time to get used to them.

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The company claims that the fingerprint sensor is 99.7 percent accurate and it learns continuously, which means it will get better with use.

In Lenovo Z2 Plus, the company has used a slightly modified version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Lenovo has made Google Now Launcher the default launcher for the Indian market. User can change launcher.

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Lenovo also mentioned about the inbuilt U-Health app at the launch event. The Z2 Plus has a gyroscope, compass sensor, accelerometer, light sensor and proximity sensor besides a pedometer. Lenovo has tried to make the Z2 Plus a fitness and activity tracking device through all these sensors. The U-Health app can be easily tracked with any fitness tracking device.

Dual SIM Z2 Plus has VoLTE feature with 4G, which means you will be able to take advantage of Reliance Jio’s services with it. Lenovo told how people leave the phone to charge all night. Equipped with a 3500 mAh battery, the phone has a charge cut-off feature, which will ensure that the battery does not overcharge.

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The 13-megapixel rear camera has Isocell sensor, PDAF (phase detection autofocus), electronic image stabilization, f/2.2 aperture and LED flash. Like other expensive Android smartphones, you will be able to record 4K videos with the Z2 Plus. It is equipped with slow-motion video and full-HD time lapse. We took some great photos in common indoor lighting. Low-light shots were also better than average. Photos taken with the 8-megapixel selfie camera also came out better. We found the camera app to be easy to use. It launched quickly. We found that the rear camera of the smartphone focused fast. Due to some technical issues, we could not test all the camera modes of the Z2 Plus. You will be given detailed information about this during the review.

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The company has used 2.15 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset in the handset. With this, you will have the option to choose between 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage and 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage. Storage cannot be increased. In the limited time we spent with the phone, we found that there was no problem in multitasking. And it responded well to touch input. Apps launched fast and there was no problem in switching between one to another. We won’t say much about the performance of the Lenovo Z2 Plus. This will be discussed in detail in the review.

last thoughts
Lenovo Z2 Plus 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage variant has been launched in India for Rs 17,999. At the same time, a variant of 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage will be available for Rs 19,999. It will be available in Black and White color variants from Sunday midnight.

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The price of the Z2 Plus goes in its favor, as it is the cheapest phone equipped with the Snapdragon 820 processor in the market. Hopefully it will be popular too. By the way, to know about the performance of the phone, wait for the review of Lenovo Z2 Plus.

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