Lenovo's new flagship offers awesome specs (and a camera UI that looks a lot like Nokia's)

Lenovo may not be the first brand to come to mind when you think about smartphones, but it's actually one of the world's largest handset manufacturers. Last year, as worldwide annual smartphone shipments exceeded one billion for the first time, Lenovo was number 5 on the list with 4.5% market share, just behind LG (4.8%) and Huawei (4.9%). 

For those buyers who wouldn't ordinarily think of Lenovo when considering which handset to buy, the company's latest flagship may change their impressions considerably. The new Vibe Z2 Pro packs some serious specs and - on paper, at least - it looks like the device has what it takes to go head-to-head with its range-topping rivals. 

Key highlights on the spec sheet include: 

  • 6-inch Quad HD (2560x1440px) display
  • ​Quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset 
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of onboard storage (no microSD slot)
  • 4000mAh battery 
  • Metallic brushed-weave unibody 
  • Android 4.4 KitKat with Lenovo 'Vibe UI 2.0' 

The Vibe Z2 Pro also includes a 16MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, featuring optical image stabilization and 'ultra night mode'. The handset also offers what Lenovo calls a 'Pro Mode' camera UI, allowing users to adjust settings like contrast, focus and ISO on the fly. That's a nice addition, although it's worth noting that Lenovo has apparently drawn a lot of 'inspiration' (*wink wink*) from the Nokia Camera UI

The device is pretty sleek too, at just 7.7mm-thick and, given its size and metallic bodywork, the fact that it weighs 179g isn't really all that bad. It will be available in three color options - titanium, gold and black - but details of pricing and availability have not yet been announced.

For now, you can see the device in action - including that camera UI - in the video below: 

Source: Lenovo via Engadget

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This would be perfect if it had the SD card slot, would also prefer stock Android 'AOSP' over their customization \ UI.

Steps to shoot photos like a pro, according to Lenovo:
1. Open the Camera app
1. Select "Smart scene recognition" from the menu
2. Cover the camera lens with your hand

To be fair the Nokia Camera UI is the best UI I've ever seen for a camera app, so it was only a matter of time before it was copied!

I think considerable battery life can be saved by lowering that Quad HD resolution to full HD, which IMHO is enough for a screen of that size. Pumping resolutions up on small screens considering that these are battery-powered devices sounds inefficient to me.

Microsoft should take legal action regarding that camera app. That's a complete rip off of their camera app UI. Like they didn't even bother changing anything. Of course if it's not patented though, Lenovo will get away with it. Sad since I usually like Lenovo, but that kind of thing pisses me off.

And see there is the issue with the Patent system. We all bitch and moan when a company sues another company over UI, several forum threads on here. However there needs to be some sort of fine line on UI patenting. Some patents as seen with the Apple v Samsung case are very very vague while others can be very specific

Very Ironic to see them not go with WP, but yet directly borrow/copy UI elements from WP. The lock screen unlock is the same, the camera UI is the same, the lenses UI is the same, the Pro Shoot UI is the same. Look we all know that companies borrow trends in UI design, but at least have the dignity to alter it or make it your own instead of a full fledged copy

It has only 32GB of storage... really?! That's just not acceptable for a flagship phone. They should be 128GB now, especially if they don't have any microSD slots.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It has only 32GB of storage... really?! That's just not acceptable for a flagship phone. They should be 128GB now, especially if they don't have any microSD slots.
128GB of storage (internal) will make phone way too expensive. It's also really not needed with more and more services and media moving to the cloud.

Not everyone has unlimited data. Not everyone wants their stuff on a cloud. Not everyone is always around a cell tower.

I'd rather have 128 GB internal with a micro SD option.

As long as no IP is infringed on, who cares who copied who. All companies do it and it is stupid to complain about one company while still using a device from a diff company that also copies. As long as what is copied isnt protected, then it really is not a big deal.

Anyway, with that said, this is a big phone. Would be nice to see what Lenovo has planned for new devices from Moto.

techbeck said,
As long as no IP is infringed on, who cares who copied who. All companies do it and it is stupid to complain about one company while still using a device from a diff company that also copies. As long as what is copied isnt protected, then it really is not a big deal.

Anyway, with that said, this is a big phone. Would be nice to see what Lenovo has planned for new devices from Moto.


Nobody's making a big deal out of it.
The author is just pointing out the similarities between the two UIs. It's just a fair and obvious comparison that's going to be made.

theyarecomingforyou said,
WP just isn't a mature platform. Developer support is weak and the UI is divisive.
I'm sorry, but frankly it's a chicken and egg problem not what you listed. Devs want users to target, Users want apps. Apps are coming, users are coming. Lenovo will end up producing Windows Phones... but if you're trying to get started making Phones as an OEM, android is a no brainer just because of the items I mentioned above.

Jordanzhninja said,
No Windows? I wish OEM's did WP more

They're not going to because they're trying to innovate and you can't do that on WP. For example Windows Phone only supports specifically defined resolutions (see here: https://dev.windowsphone.com/e...s/Driver_Components/Display ) and OEMs are not free to modify the OS to support others. The 2560x1440 resolution of this phone is not one of the MS supported resolutions. That's just one example. OEMs use Android because they can download the source and then modify it to support whatever new hardware they like without having to wait for Google to officially add it to Android.

MrHumpty said,
Devs want users to target, Users want apps. Apps are coming, users are coming.
Unless WP can attract more users and developers it isn't going to become a credible platform. At the moment its market share is stagnating at around 3%, which is less than the Windows Mobile platform it replaced. It's extremely rare that I see a WP device about, whereas Android and iOS are everywhere.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Unless WP can attract more users and developers it isn't going to become a credible platform. At the moment its market share is stagnating at around 3%, which is less than the Windows Mobile platform it replaced. It's extremely rare that I see a WP device about, whereas Android and iOS are everywhere.
I actually see them out daily now and I'm just in the middle of the US. 2 years ago that was never the case. In many countries it is more than credible. While I'm sure you find yourself an oracle with your observations... the fact that it is attracting users and is attracting developers I guess negates your final point.

Also, comparing it to Windows Mobile of 4 years ago is kind of silly. The market has grown by leaps and bounds and Android has taken up much of that growth. I really don't get how you think that's a valid argument.

However, you don't see them often so obviously it's useless.

theyarecomingforyou said,
WP just isn't a mature platform. Developer support is weak and the UI is divisive.

The UI is so divisive that Lenovo is ripping the stuff of it :o

I like it but I want 5 inch flagship with 1080p.

Otherwise it's too big for me. 4.7 inch is perfect. 5 is still good.

Anything bigger is weird to hold with one hand. And Quad HD on phone is bad for me.

Some images already display too small to see properly on the websites. This new res is going to make them appear even smaller.

Maybe if it was 8" or better 10+ inch...


But this trend will have to stop soon right???

There is a limit of how big you want the phone to be? Right????

"Some images already display too small to see properly on the websites. This new res is going to make them appear even smaller."

How could that happen? Phone browsers always scale to fit the screen independently from the resolution. On phones higher resolutions usually only equal to more detail.

francescob said,
"Some images already display too small to see properly on the websites. This new res is going to make them appear even smaller."

How could that happen? Phone browsers always scale to fit the screen independently from the resolution. On phones higher resolutions usually only equal to more detail.


well, browsing neowin forums for example, and posted images. they are displayed at the actual pixel size, usually much small then my total 1080 resolution.
so they take only a very small part of the screen, and i cannot see anything, unless i open each image individually.

maybe it is only the mobile version, and if i go back to full version, it will scale....
(edit: yeah it scales...)

however it is very annoying and it happens on a LOT of mobile sites for me. never noticed this issue on 720p phone before, and my usage is the same!

also, the display is only 6" and on 5" it is already impossible to see pixels for me, why would i want more, if it makes no difference to an eye?