As soon as the year started, Huawei unveiled the Glory Magic 2, which is also known as Honor Magic 2. This was shown to the public with a full and sliding real screen and left the world speechless. After this first demonstration, companies like Xiaomi and Lenovo started working to bring a device with similar features. The trend of full-screen devices would soon flood the Weibo portals. A few months later, we can experiment and test them with the launch of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3, the Glory Magic 2 and our protagonist today, the Lenovo Z5 Pro slider. Today we will take a look together to the Lenovo Z5 Pro Slider review.
Lenovo Z5 Pro Slider Review – A True Retractable Camera Phone?
This year there have been innumerable products of real and complete screens in the market. However, the improvement in the real screen experience is not what matters most to everyone. What concerns the user most? In a way, it is what technology the mobile phone manufacturer uses to hide the front opening. If the sensor manages to work without problems, then a real full sliding screen will have been achieved.
The Lenovo Z5 Pro Slider, as you can see, uses the full-screen design with sliding screen, so, the highlight and attractiveness of its appearance are this features.
At present, we can buy a front camera hidden for behind the screen through a mechanical structure, but the way of implementation is divided into automatic and manual. In the Lenovo Z5 Pro slider is implemented the latest technology, it could sliding manually through the entire screen to expose the front camera and other components.
In the real experience, the slide of the Lenovo Z5 Pro slider is very different from that of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. The former is smoother and easier, and the latter has more damping and strength. The main reason is that the Z5 Pro slider is designed with double spiral slides. The six-position guide structure is used to connect the slider to the bottom of the fuselage, while the MIX 3 is magnetic.
As far as our opinion, we prefer the smooth feel of the Z5 Pro sider. After all, the slide form is only a transitional solution to achieve 100% full-screen distance. More than one action is not a trouble for the user, and it is lighter and smoother. The slippery feel allows the user to ignore the slider as much as possible, effectively reducing the presence of this interaction.
But to be honest, the Z5 Pro slider has a compromised the size and weight of the body to adopt the design of the slider. The body measurements are 155 x 73 x 9.9 mm and the weight is 210g. The first impression of this size and weight is its little comfort when holding it, for the long-term use is not recommendable. And the thickness of the fuselage is also unfriendly in the present, fortunately, the back of the device has become with a design with a large curvature to fit the palm, it is acceptable in the hand.
Not only the retractable screen is important, but the display is also indispensable. The device is equipped with 6.39-inch Samsung Super AMOLED full screen, its ratio is 19.5:9, the frame is narrow to 2.35mm and the official claim said that the screen represents the 95%.
We have to say that we have thrown it foreign and water droplets while we were playing games and watching movies. The screen quality adopted by the Z5 Pro slider is good, the naked eye is comfortable and transparent, and the color is accurate. The visualization experience of the screen is worthy of recognition.
The Lenovo Z5 Pro slider supports a wide range of unlocking methods. For example, the infrared face unlock mentioned above requires a sliding cover for facial recognition when unlocking. It can also be recognized in the dark by an infrared scheme, but in fact, it must be slid every time it is unlocked. The cost of the cover is still somewhat high, and the product team may have considered this problem. So, the Z5 Pro is also equipped with an off-screen fingerprint to unlock, which can bring a smoother unlocking posture; secondly, it can improve the security of biometric verification; and the third is that it is not necessary to open a hole in the back.
Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 vs Lenovo Z5 Pro Slider
On Xiaomi Mi MIX 3, we saw that Xiaomi has given the slider a lot of quick scenes. The user can customize what is turned on when the slider is opened, which is similar to defining the slider itself as a switch button. But the Z5 Pro is completely different. The premise of the realization of many functions is based on the action of sliding the slider.
For example, when you want to answer the phone, because there is no earpiece at the top of the screen, you need to slide down the cover to answer. And when you want to use the face to unlock, you must slide the cover to identify. Also, when you want to experience Dolby sound, you also need to slide down.
The result is that the slider becomes the basis of many functions. You can’t open the front camera like a Mi MIX 3, and the slide cover performs the specified action. These two designs have their own advantages and disadvantages, requirements and usage scenarios.
If we speak about hardware configuration, the Lenovo Z5 Pro slider is equipped with a Snapdragon 710 processor, supplemented with 6GB RAM and 64/128GB ROM. For this year, it is a mid-range mainstream configuration, daily use is completely no problem. Probably because of the final price competitive considerations, Lenovo did not add the flagship processor to this device with flagship appearance. It is a pity.
In the review unit, was carried out the test of AnTuTu Benchmark. Due to the engineering prototype that it is, the score of 145,000 points was not the normal result of the 710 processor. In the future, the model of the commercial version should be improved.
For test a most direct performance in games, the Z5 Pro slider is equipped with ZUI 10.0 unique Atom Engine. Thanks to it, the game can be adjusted to the high-performance mode when it starts, and the memory is cleaned up to achieve game acceleration.
We also actually tested the king’s glory game experience. We adjust the picture quality of the game to the highest level, open the multi-thread mode and can stabilize 60 frames in the normal scene, fluctuate between 57-60 frames during the group battle. It can be said that the game experience is still in place, the only problem is that the device is too thick and uncomfortable to hold.
Photo performance is basically satisfactory. The Lenovo Z5 Pro slider is equipped with a 25.0MP + 16.0MP rear dual cameras, and the sensor is IMX576+IMX519. The interaction from the camera to the imaging is satisfactory. Take a look at the proofs:
In the case of sufficient daylight, the camera has fast focusing speed, no resolution and white balance in the film, and the color reproduction is accurate. Compared with the effect of the iPhone camera, the real scene is restored, and the color is more aggressive than some photo algorithms.
In portrait mode, the portrait and background edges are excessively natural, and the background has a progressive depth of field effect, which is not a simple blurring process, and the filming effect is good.
The dark light photo is a weaker part of the Lenovo Z5 Pro slider. It is not very good on anti-shake. It has a higher paste rate when shooting, and the white balance at night is not as accurate as during the day, but the brightness and resolution of the picture are still good. The performance is better, the overall night film is not good, you only have to see it.
The Z5 Pro is equipped with a 16.0 MP camera in front of it. It is officially claimed to be a beauty camera. It can be used for face, facial features, skin enhancement + beauty + stereo light, making the photos more beautiful. At the same time, you can use the facial features of domestic and foreign stars, so that the image is more in line with the mainstream aesthetic of the masses.
Another point worth mentioning is the sound quality of the Z5 Pro slider. This should be surprising. First of all, there is not much sound quality on the speakers. Secondly, considering the positioning of this phone, the full screen of the slider is full. And because the slider design itself requires more internal space, it is understandable that there is a compromise on the speaker.
But this time, the Dolby sound effect has a good external release effect. When watching a video, the slide cover is opened, the sound quality is adjusted to the maximum, and there is still a thick voice performance.
Lenovo can say that it had a lot of twists and turns in mobile phones. The most highlight on this Z5 Pro is the true retractable screen and it is great for the Lenovo’s return. It device has a lot of features: sliding full screen + screen fingerprint + the configuration of infrared facial recognition. Is quite good, but this full-screen sliding phone is not the final form of this design. Many manufacturers in the market are already preparing to get more possibilities of this type of mobile phone. We also hope that Lenovo will not stop investing in innovative R&D. More truly and innovative models can really get Lenovo on the right track.
Finally, let’s talk about the purchase suggestion. If you can accept the thickness and weight of this phone, and want to experience the freshness of a full-screen slide, you can consider adding it to the shopping list. After all, the price of 1998 yuan (around $287.19) is very economic. But if you don’t chase a full-screen slide and hope that your phone is strong and durable, there are more models on the market worth considering.