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The reality of the Lenovo’s all-screen Z5 phone

Lenovo has been hyping up a new phone called the Z5 over the past few weeks, posting sketches and renders that hinted at a truly all-screen design free from bezels and notches. Well, the Z5 just got unveiled in Beijing and I’m afraid there’s bad news.

Yep, it’s a notch. And a chin at the bottom. The Z5 has a 6.2-inch 19:9 1080p screen with bezels that Lenovo claims are thinner than the Xiaomi Mi 8 and iPhone X, and a notch that is narrower than those two phones. But it still has a notch, like practically every other Android phone this year. Lenovo claims a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent.

Elsewhere, the phone has an unspecified eight-core Qualcomm processor and 16-megapixel dual cameras. The battery is 3,300mAh and can be fast-charged at 18W.

On the positive side, the Z5 is pretty cheap at 1,299 yuan (~$200) for a model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, or 1,799 yuan (~$280) for 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It’ll go on sale in China on June 12th, the day Vivo is set to announce its own much-hyped phone that takes cues from the impressive bezel-less Apex prototype we saw earlier this year. Availability for India or other markets is yet to be announced.

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