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Lenovo teases one of Z5 Pro’s four cameras – 2x telephoto confirmed

The Lenovo Z5 Pro was officially teased with a quad camera and the details keep trickling in. The latest to come out of Lenovo HQ are four photos taken with the 2x telephoto camera.

So, one of the four cameras will be a telephoto one and another is going to have a regular Field of View. That leaves two more cameras with unknown function (wide-angle, B&W, depth sensor, even 3x tele, there are many possibilities).

Lenovo S5 Pro camera samples from the 2x telephoto cam

Note that the official name of the phone is Lenovo S5 Pro. Perhaps this is to distance the flagship from the Lenovo Z5, which left fans disappointed after a misleading campaign from Lenovo that suggested there wasn’t going to be a notch on the screen.

The S5 Pro does not have a notch, the phone was shown live (the selfie camera is hidden on a slide-out mechanism). It was initially supposed to launch on October 1, but all we got then was a teaser. The new launch date is October 16 and there’s a good chance that Lenovo will make the S5 Pro available outside of China.

Specs-wise we’re looking at a 6.5” QHD+ screen, Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6/8GB of RAM with 64-256GB of storage, plus a 4,000mAh battery.

Lenovo S5 Pro and K5 Pro official with dual cameras, stereo speakers, large batteries

Lenovo unveiled two new phones today, the S5 Pro and K5 Pro, mid-rangers at slightly different price point but with similar features. Both have a clear focus on photography and pack side-firing stereo speakers along with decently-sized batteries with fast charging. Oh, and we got a couple of watches alongside them too.

Lenovo S5 Pro

The Lenovo S5 Pro offers the good things in life delivered at a moderate price. The phone has an upscale build with a metal unibody that has been sand-blasted for a satin finish.

Lenovo S5 Pro in Ice Blue, Pure Gold and Crystal Black

The phone is built around a 6.2” IPS LCD of 1080p resolution. And yes, there’s a notch, but it houses both a 20MP camera with a Sony sensor and an infrared 3D face scanner. The scanner is used for security, but also to enhance selfies.

The 3D model is used for more advanced beautification effects as well as simulating studio lighting. It’s an IMX 476 sensor with 1.0µm pixels, which can be binned 4 in 1 for better low-light performance (the f/2.2 lens isn’t much help there).

The back is home to a dual camera. The main shooter has a 12MP sensor with 1.25µm pixels and a bright f/1.8 aperture. The secondary module has a 2x telephoto lens (f/2.6) and a 20MP sensor. The rear camera can shoot 4K at 30fps videos, the front one is capped at 1080p.

There’s a fingerprint reader on the back, if you prefer it to face scanning.

The Lenovo S5 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset paired to 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB storage. There’s a hybrid dual SIM slot, so you have the opportunity to expand the storage.

The S5 Pro runs Lenovo’s ZUI software with its own brand of AI. Split screen multitasking is supported and you can have up to 4 accounts for each app (even if the app itself supports only 1).

And to keep the fun going for longer, there’s a 3,500mAh battery, which can be charged at 15W (the charger included in the box is rated at 18W, though). If one of your accessories is running low on power, you can use a USB-C cable to charge it from the phone.

The Lenovo S5 Pro can be reserved on Lenovo’s Chinese site and will ship out on October 23. It costs CNY 1,300 for the 6/64GB model (that’s $190/€160). The 6/128GB model isn’t available yet.

Lenovo K5 Pro

The Lenovo K5 Pro is a more affordable alternative to the S5 Pro. It has a 6” 1080p+ screen, no notch this time, so the usable area is pretty similar. And it’s powered by the same Snapdragon 636 chipset with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage.

Lenovo K5 Pro in Black and Gold

Above the screen is a dual selfie camera (no IR here) with a 16MP main module and a 5MP depth sensor. The rear dual camera is a similar 16+5MP setup. The main camera has an f/2.0 aperture and uses multi-frame noise reduction for better low-light shots.

16+5MP dual cameras on the front and back

Like its S-series sibling, the K5 Pro has side-firing stereo speakers. These are backed by SmartPA amps by NXP with Dirac support. Once again USB-C handles the charging while the 3.5mm headphone jack does audio.

Speaking of, the battery on this phone is larger – 4,050mAh – and supports 18W QuickCharge 3.0. It doesn’t look like charging is capped at 15W, but you can’t use the phone to charge other devices either.

The Lenovo K5 Pro is up on Lenovo’s site in China and sales start a bit later – October 25. The base 4/64GB model will set you back CNY 1,000 ($145/€125), then there’s the 6/64GB one for CNY 1,100 and, finally, the top 6/128GB model for CNY 1,300 ($190/€160).

Watches

Alongside the phones, Lenovo unveiled two watches. The Lenovo Watch S is a hybrid timepiece that will launch on October 30 at CNY 240 ($35/€30). It’s swimproof (5 ATM), can track your exercise and sleep and has a dial so you can track your daily progress.

Lenovo Watch S

The Lenovo Watch C is aimed at kids. It has a fairly large 1.3” AMOLED display and is made durable with IPX7 water resistance. It features a GPS so you always know where the little one is and there’s an SOS button is something is wrong. This watch is coming October 22 for CNY 400 ($58/€50).

Lenovo’s VP confirms – the Lenovo Z5 Pro coming on November 1

Lenovo is looking to redeem itself with a true flagship smartphone after the Z5 debacle and will be announcing it on November 1. This is as official as it gets because it comes for the company’s vice president.

In a Weibo post, Chang Cheng published a teaser poster confirming the slide-out camera mechanism and a full-screen display. The sketch is accompanied by Lenovo’s mobile division new slogan.

The Lenovo Z5 Pro is still one big mystery – the only solid intel we have on the handset is its quad-camera setup on the back capable of 2x telephoto zoom and a few camera samplespublished by the vice president.

Lenovo Z5 Pro to have 24 MP + 16 MP main dual camera

Lenovo is introducing the flagship Z5 Pro in two days that will have a massive screen-to-body ratio and slider form factor similar to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and the Honor Magic 2. The company VP and former president of ZUK Chang Cheng introduced the main camera setup the device will have – dual AI snappers with 24 MP and 16 MP sensors.

The phone’s tagline is, roughly translated as “An Epochal Flagship” and it will have one of the most advanced cameras in a Lenovo smartphone. The 24 MP + 16 MP setup will have AI Super Night Mode scene and AI Video, according to Cheng who posted a teaser on Weibo.

The image also confirms there will be two selfie shooters in the slider, positioned on both sides of the speaker, while the proximity sensor will be slightly right from the camera setup. The teased photo on the image reveals clear details in low-light environment.

Although we are not sure if the image as real, the watermark in the lower left corner surely suggests the new Lenovo Z5 Pro will snap similarly vibrant images. All we have to do is wait until November 1 when the official event is taking place.

Lenovo Z5 Pro live images leak a day ahead of announcement

Lenovo Z5 Pro is going official tomorrow, and we know the phone is going to have a dual 24 MP + 16 MP main camera with dedicated AI Night Scene Mode. It is expected to have a sliding mechanism for the selfie camera and boot ZUI, which has just been confirmed by live images of the flagship and its retail package we received early this morning in our inbox.

Lenovo Z5 arrived with ZUI 4.0, and the logical step is the Lenovo Z5 Pro to come with ZUI 5.0 or something similar, but apparently, the company decided to ditch the whole numbering system of the user interface.

Lenovo Z5 Pro images

Massive screen-to-body ratio, 2.5D curved glass on the front and the back is not a surprise, although it is interesting to see the phone will skip the fingerprint scanner on the back. We are yet to see if it will make its way under the OLED screen or will be somehow embedded in the left/right side.

Of course, there is also the possibility that Lenovo might completely ditch the sensor option and rely solely on Face Unlock. We’ll know what the deal is tomorrow when the official launch is taking place in Beijing, China.

Lenovo Z5 Pro slider announced, claims highest screen-to-body ratio yet

The Lenovo Z5 Pro is yet another smartphone with a manual slider mechanism following the Mi Mix 3 and the Honor Magic 2. But Lenovo claims to have beaten both when it comes to screen to body ratio and at much cheaper price to boot.

The catch is that the Lenovo Z5 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 710 instead of the top of the line Snapdragon 845 but the rest of it is mostly flagship stuff.

The phone is built around a full-screen display with no unsightly notches. It’s 6.39″ in diagonal and has FHD+ (1080 x 2340) resolution. Lenovo says it’s covering more than 95% of the front panel and while that’s certainly optimistic (makers like to exclude the frame as part of the body) the direct comparison to the Mix 3 showed slimmer bezels. And the company isn’t shy to share that the screen is Samsung-made.

The Lenovo Z5 Pro doesn’t offer too many memory options – only 6GB of RAM with either 64 or 128GB of storage. There are no mentions of microSD card support so we can assume the storage is non-expandable.

On the back, the phone boasts a dual-camera setup with 16MP (Sony IMX576) main sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a secondary Sony IMX519 imager with 24MP resolution. The slider is a home to another dual-camera configuration – 16MP + 8MP for selfies and they are accompanied by an infrared sensor for advanced facial recognition.

Speaking of biometric security, the Z5 Pro incorporates an under-display fingerprint reader – one of the centerpiece features of the handset. A 3,350 mAh battery provides power and Android Oreo is running out of the box with ZUI 10 on top.

The latter brings a few AI-enhanced features like optimized power savings during standby, camera scene recognition and gaming mode that promises measurable performance optimizations thanks to that same AI.

Pre-orders have already started with actual shipments coming 9 days from now. The Z5 Pro sells for CNY 1,998 ($287) for the 64GB model and asks CNY 2,298 ($330) for the 128GB version. The only available color is Ceramic Black.