Lenovo is widely known these days for his Motorola brand phones but it still releases Lenovo phones once in a while in china. But now we’re seeing an international flagship release of this phone. The Lenovo z6 pro could this be the sleeper hit of the summer?
Build and Design
The Lenovo z6 pro is one of the first phones we’ve had in a long time with a Lenovo branding. Since that has taken a backseat to the companies moto brand but what better way to make a comeback than with a gorgeous looking flagship. On top of looking great, it has a unique 5 camera setup, an AMOLED screen, a snapdragon 855 chipset, and a large four thousand milliamp-hour battery.
The Lenovo z6 pro is made of glass with a metal frame when it catches the light the curved back looks quite snazzy with this vertical highlights. If you put on the included silicon case you can give this slippery phone some extra grip but it is a shame to cover up that beautiful design.
But if you’re just looking at the front the z6 pros’ screen is quite nice looking as well. It’s a tall 6.4-inch super AMOLED with a 1080p resolution. There is a notch for the selfie cam but it’s quite small or the water drop shape. Content on the screen looks decently sharp at 403 PPI and as an AMOLED blacks are super deep.
Max brightness is excellent at 450 nits and the screen is hdr 10 compliant too. As far as color accuracy goes it’s great there’s support for the DCI p3 and srgb color spaces. And everything can be pretty accurate depending on the settings you choose. There’s no notification led but since the z6 pro is an OLED there was an always-on display option. Too bad it isn’t always on, it will light up when you move the phone sometimes it’s rather buggy.
There is another feature that you wouldn’t notice at first glance and that’s the fingerprint scanner which says under the display. It works great almost as responsive and fast is a conventional reader. There is also face on the lock which works well but is less secure.
For audio, the Lenovo z6 pro has a bottom-firing loudspeaker and audio quality is quite good. It earned an excellent score in our loudness test and the output is rich with balanced highs and lows I like that. There’s FM radio support and that there’s a 3.5-millimeter jack however the software equalizer can’t be turned off. So you never get accurate output and loudness through headphones isn’t the best.
Features and Variant
There are quite a few storage options for the z6 pro all of them pretty large. You can choose from 128,256 or 512 gigs on board and on top of that, it’s expandable to the hybrid sim slot. The z6 pro’s user interface is Lenovo’s proprietary zui over android 9 pie. For the most part, it looks and feels just like stock android with google feed panels. The standard app drawer and most functions provided by google’s apps. The only real differences are in the notification shade which has been tweaked to hold more notifications and toggles. And the task switcher looks a bit different more apps can fit into space at once.
You can navigate with the on-screen keys or with Lenovo’s swipe gestures. Swiping from the bottom of the screen goes back, swiping from the bottom and holding goes home. And swiping from the edges opens the task switcher. It is worth mentioning that there is no NFC though in case you needed that.
At the heart of the Lenovo z6 pro was the flagship-grade snapdragon 855 chipset and you have options for 6,8 or 12 gigs of ram performance is excellent. As expected on par and benchmarks with this year’s top flagships. It also has a cooling system with a copper pipe and vapor chamber and we got nice sustained performance without thermal throttling.
The z6 pro’s battery life is impressive too it has a 4000 mah battery and in our proprietary tests it had an axial and endurance rating of a hundred hours. A nice perk is that you get a 27-watt power delivery charge even though the phone only supports 18 watts. Even so, is still fast going from 0 to 45% in half an hour
Now on to the z6 pros unique Penta camera setup. There’s a 48-megapixel main camera the quad bayer filter. An 8 megapixel 2x telephoto cam, a 16-megapixel ultra wide camera, a 3d tof sensor for portrait mode and a 2-megapixel shooter for low videos. Shots from the main camera are saved in 12 megapixels and good light quality is every bit flagship-grade.
Photos are sharp and have great detail, true to life colors, high contrast, and impressive dynamic range. Shots from a telephoto camera also come out in 12 megapixels so that means they’re upscaled a bit. Regardless quality is excellent with plenty of detail and the same great colors, contrast, and dynamic range, you get from the main cam.
The ultra wide cams quality is good with the dynamic range as wide as the other two cameras. The color rendition is a bit colder however and you have barrel distortion around the edges with no option for correction. Unlike many competitors, this ultra wide cam has autofocus and you can take macro shots with it. These look quite good except a blurred corner or chromatic aberration every once in a while.
Portraits are taken with the main camera and a tof sensor. And these are impressive subject separation is among the best we’ve seen from a smartphone. And you get great detail and convincing the focus backgrounds in low lights the cameras turn on hdr mode automatically. The main camera shoots nice photos with realistic exposure in a decent amount of detail. If you turn on the dedicated night mode the results are amazing easily rivaling Huawei implementation. But these are much faster to shoot there is plenty of captured lights, low noise, and great sharpness in contrast.
For selfies, the z6 pro has a 32-megapixel front-facing shooter they would use as pixel pinning to save images in 8 megapixels. When there is enough light selfies are decent there’s great contrasts and colors but the dynamic range is just average detail is okay but we expected more here.
Moving on to video recording the z6 pro can shoot 4k video at 30fps with the main cam and the ultra wide and 1080p video with a dedicated 2-megapixel cam. Sadly you can’t record to the telephoto Porque videos from the main camera look quite good with rich detail, excellent contrast, lively colors, and a wide dynamic range.
There is no stabilization and we see some over-sharpening in the foliage. 4k videos from the ultra wide cam have just averaged detail. And colors are a bit on the colder side again there’s no stabilization here. To get stabilized video you’ll have to use the 2-megapixel camera. During the day it can shoot nice 1080p clips with plenty of detail, true to life colors, balance sharpening, and ois.
So that’s the Lenovo z6 pro you get a beautiful build. A great AMOLED screen an awesome Penta camera setup, excellent battery life and flagship-grade performance. All for just around 500 euros but though it is great it’s not perfect.
Water protection would have been nice and I wish there were more custom features available. But the biggest problem here is availability although we’ll be launching outside of China. There’s only in select markets everyone else will have to buy a gray import. But regardless the z6 pro is a great and affordable flagship phone if only were widely available. Then we could call it a flagship killer. But if you can find it near you a dozen our full recommendation.