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The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT is world's first smartphone to feature the Snapdragon 855 and a whopping 12 GB RAM

The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT is the world's first Snapdragon 855-powered phone. (Source: Weibo)
The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT is the world's first Snapdragon 855-powered phone. (Source: Weibo)
At an event in Beijing today, Lenovo announced the flagship Z5 Pro GT — the world's first smartphone to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and also the first to feature 12 GB of RAM. Apart from the raw processing power, the Z5 Pro GT is very much identical to the Z5 Pro that was launched in China last month. Lenovo has also announced the mid-range Z5s sporting a rear triple camera setup. These handsets are competitively priced but are currently exclusive to the Chinese market.
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Lenovo announced the Z5 Pro last month — a mid-range slider smartphone powered the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC. Phones powered the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC are expected to be announced only next year but Lenovo is in no mood to stay put. At an event in Beijing today, Lenovo announced the Z5 Pro GT becoming the first OEM to launch a Snapdragon 855-powered smartphone. Aside from being the first to feature Qualcomm's latest and greatest SoC, the Z5 Pro GT also adds another feather to its cap. Lenovo has also equipped the Z5 Pro GT with a whopping 12 GB of RAM — a first for any smartphone.

The Z5 Pro GT is all about speed and performance and it shows in the design aesthetic as well. The back glass panel shows off a carbon pattern with parallel red accents running from the top. Apart from the SoC, RAM, and 512 GB of onboard storage, the rest of the specs are similar to the Z5 Pro including the slider for the 16 MP + 8 MP selfie and IR cameras. Lenovo has also retained the same 6.4-inch Super AMOLED 2,340 x 1,080 resolution display along with the 16 MP + 24 MP dual camera setup on the back. Despite such powerful specs, the battery rating seems somewhat underwhelming at 3,350 mAh. ZUI 10 layered on top of Android 9 Pie helps power the software side of things. The Z5 Pro GT does not offer support for 5G. 

Lenovo has listed the price of the Z5 Pro GT as ¥2,698 (US$390) for the 6/128 GB version while the 8/256 GB version will set you back by ¥3,398 (US$500). The most powerful version, the 12/512 GB, will make you poorer by ¥4,398 (US$650). Pre-orders start from January 15 with slated availability from January 24. The Z5 Pro GT is exclusive to the Chinese market for now and also lacks support for US LTE bands, which means you would be out of luck even if you manage to import it. Given the extremely competitive pricing, Lenovo could do itself a favor by launching it worldwide. 

For those who are looking at a mid-range solution that offers great performance for the buck, Lenovo has also announced the Z5s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC and again, sporting specs similar to the Z5 Pro. The major highlights include a slightly smaller 6.3-inch LCD screen, no NFC, a 16 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP triple camera setup at the back, and a single 16 MP selfie camera housed in a teardrop-shaped notch. The Lenovo Z5s also seems to be China-exclusive for now and is open for pre-orders starting today for ¥1,398 (US$200) for the 4/64 GB variant. 

Lenovo Z5 Pro GT. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo Z5 Pro GT. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo Z5 Pro GT. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo Z5 Pro GT. (Source: Lenovo)
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Lenovo Z5s. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo Z5s. (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo Z5s. (Source: Lenovo)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
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Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-12-18 (Update: 2018-12-18)