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Lenovo's Z5s could edge out Samsung and Huawei in punch-hole race

The Lenovo Z5s sports its punch-hole cutout in the top center of the device. (Source: Pocket now)
The Lenovo Z5s sports its punch-hole cutout in the top center of the device. (Source: Pocket Now)
Lenovo is planning on launching its Z5s smartphone in China on December 6, and it could end up being the first smartphone on the market to have a punch-hole design for the selfie camera. The Z5s is expected to feature a rear-facing triple camera setup while the front-facing camera is located in the top center. Both Samsung and Huawei are expected to release products with similar design features very soon.

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It appears Lenovo may have won the race to be the first major OEM to release a device onto the market that features a punch-hole design for the front-facing selfie camera. According to a promotional picture uploaded to Weibo, a launch event can be expected on December 6. This beats out the apparent release dates for Samsung’s A8s (December 10) and Huawei’s Nova 4 (December 17).

The punch-hole solution is one of the latest design ideas to try to solve the problem of a smartphone's screen-to-body ratio being adversely affected by the selfie camera and other front-facing sensors. Samsung’s new Infinity-O panel incorporates a punch-hole and Huawei has demonstrated a similar format with the upcoming Nova 4. Lenovo has decided to center its punch hole, which according to one source gives the Z5s a calculated screen-to-body ratio of 85.57%.

Hardware specifications for the 6-3 inch Z5s are expected to include either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 or 675, up to 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage (expandable to 256 GB), 3,210 or 3,400 mAh battery (depending on the source), and a 13 MP+5 MP+2 MP rear-facing triple camera system. Regardless of the finalized details for the Z5s, it seems Lenovo may have beaten Samsung and Huawei to the punch (hole).

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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-12- 5 (Update: 2018-12- 5)