Lenovo had told Gadgets 360 that it wanted to introduce all its sub-brands in India as the Lenovo family. Lenovo Z2 Plus is an attempt in this direction. Despite being a product of the Zook brand, it is being sold in India only in the name of Lenovo. The company has marketed this device as an affordable handset equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Its price has been kept below Rs 20,000. Is it a challenge to challenge the more expensive flagship handset in the Z2 Plus? Let us know through the review.
Lenovo Z2 Plus Look and Design
Lenovo zaku z 1 (Review), The company used a 5.5-inch display, while the company has given a 5-inch screen in the Z2 Plus. This will attract those who want power and quality, but they have problems with phablet screens.
The Z2 Plus is a slim profile handset and weighs only 150 grams. The texture of the phone is such that it looks Iphone se (Review) As it applies. Fiberglass frame has been used in place of the metal body that is common in this phone, so that the weight remains low. And to reinforce the Magnissim's alloy roll cage. The back of the phone is completely of glass, it is good in appearance and gives a great feeling to the hands. Sadly, fingerprints fall on it very fast.
The Lenovo Z2 Plus smartphone is available in white and black colors. Our review unit was of black color and it looks better than the white one. You won't see the branding of Zook, only the Lenovo logo on the back. As we said earlier, you have to clean the glass back panel again and again.
There are power and volume buttons on the right side of the phone. Sim tray has also been replaced with this. There are dual SIM slots in the phone, in which you will be able to use two Nano SIMs. Storage cannot be increased. At the bottom of the phone there is a speaker grill, 3.5mm jack and USB Type-C port. The 3500 mAh battery cannot be removed by the user. A home button has been provided on the front panel for many functions, which also acts as a fingerprint sensor. The screen is present in 70 percent of the front panel of the phone.
The fingerprint sensor has been improved in comparison to the Zook Z1. It is also more accurate with speed. It works even when the phone is in standby mode. You will be able to store 5 fingerprints. Unlocking the phone is easy. However, it still Oneplus 3 (Review) Is not as fast. Lenovo says its fingerprint recognition ability will become more accurate over time. It is a physical button that can also recognize touch and gasp.
Lenovo has completely changed the way users interact with the user interface by using this button capability. A tap on the button means that it will take you to the home screen when you press back and down. It is possible to perform different actions by swiping right and left, double clicking and long pressing the button. This can be changed through the Settings app. We like the changes the company has made. If you do not like this, then the old on-screen button can be activated by going to Settings.
Lenovo Z2 Plus has a 5-inch full-HD LTPS LCD screen. Its pixel density is 441 PPI. It is sharp, clean and bright screen. At maximum brightness, there is no problem in reading on screen even in sunlight. However, we found that the phone's adaptive brightness settings did not work many times. We had to manually adjust the brightness by going to settings again and again. We felt that the quality of the screen was not improving due to the matte screen guard given by the company.
Overall the screen of the phone is good. But it is not as spectacular as many other flagship Android smartphone screens.
Lenovo z2 plus specification
Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon 820 chipset has been used in many flagship phones this year. In which Xiaomi m5 (Review), Oneplus 3 (Review) And Leiko le max 2 (Review) Are included. Now Snapdragon 821 is the company's flagship processor, but the 820 is still a very powerful and capable processor. Lenovo Z2 Plus benefits from this.
Two variants of Lenovo Z2 Plus are available in India. The affordable variant is priced at Rs 17,999, which is equipped with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. At the same time, a version of 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage is available for Rs 19,999. By the way, we would suggest you to buy 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage variant. Because there is no support for microSD card in the phone, in such a situation you may never feel the lack of storage.
The phone will support Wi-Fi A / B / G / N / AC connectivity, Bluetooth 4.1 and USB 2.0 Type-C connector. The company has given a 10 W charger with the phone which disappoints us. However, the charging of the phone is not very slow. But, there is no question about quick charging.
Lenovo z2 plus software
CyanogenOS was used in Zook Z1. At the same time, the Z2 Plus comes with a custom built ZUI which is very similar to Google Now Launcher. Aspects like home screen, widgets and app drawer give stock Google a feel.
You will not find customization options like Cyanogen OS in interfaces and software. Customization can be controlled via the Settings app. However, the interface lacks a bit of polishing. In some places we encountered grammar and spelling mistakes of words. Shockingly, we also found the camera settings in the Common Settings app. However, it can also be accessed through the camera app.
The Z2 Plus runs on Android 6.0.1. It is expected that the company will continue to issue security patches for this device continuously. At the moment, this handset has not even got the information about getting the update of Android 7.0 Nougat.
Lenovo z2 plus camera
Lenovo Z2 Plus has a 13-megapixel primary camera. It has a single-tone LED flash. The front camera of the handset is 8 megapixels. With the rear camera, you will be able to record videos of 4K resolution. At the same time, the front camera is capable of recording videos of 1080 pixel resolution.
The camera app has all the common modes including panorama, time lapse and slow motion video. Apart from this, you will find basic filters in the Settings app. Shortcut icons are provided for video mode, camera switcher, flash, HDR and gallery. You will be able to control the resolution from the Settings menu. It is worth noting that there are three options in slow motion frame rate. It also includes 960 frames per second mode.
After researching about 960 frames per second mode, we found that it is a game of processing. Indeed the framerate is 120 frames per second and the resolution is 720 pixels. The phone automatically feels more framerate by slowing down the playback further. Videos shot at 960 fps or 240 fps framerate are not truly slomotion. The reduction between the frames is clearly visible. It is better that you shoot at a framerate of 120 frames per second. The Z2 Plus is not far ahead of other phones in this department.
You will get the option to shoot common videos in 2160 pixels. In this mode, you will get more sharp and detailed clips. However, the phone gets slightly warmer when shooting in this resolution and the battery drains extremely fast. Videos are decent even at 1080 pixels.
Doing photography with the Lenovo Z2 Plus was a bit disappointing. Photos are not bad from anywhere, but they do not meet the expectations of the flagship handset. The performance of the camera is like a typical mid range device. Colors are a bit dull. You will see grains in the dark area. It is not easy to take pictures when there is no proper light. The Z2 Plus smartphone's camera is fine for taking occasional photos. If you like taking too many pictures then this phone is not for you.
Lenovo z2 plus performance
The performance of Lenovo Z2 Plus is good as expected. And the credit goes to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Our review unit had 4 GB of RAM, which is excessive at the moment. The second variant has 3 GB RAM. He will also prove to be fully capable. There is no problem in playing games and switching between apps. Competent software is also behind this. However, while playing games with more powerful graphics, we got complaints of the phone getting slightly warmer. Because of this, the battery consumption became more rapid. Benchmark results of this handset were good. Keeping in mind the Snapdragon 820 processor, we expected similar results.
The Lenovo Zood 2 Plus battery lasted 16 hours 40 minutes in our video loop test. In common use, it will last for a day, which is great considering the hardware specification of the handset. Wi-Fi, cellular connectivity and voice call quality were good. However, the phone's speakers are not very good. Can not expect a higher sound than this.
After the flood of mobile phones in the budget and mid-range segments, companies have tried to introduce high-end specification phones at the same mid-range price. In terms of performance, Lenovo Z2 Plus is capable of challenging any flagship device.
The Lenovo Z2 Plus may not be the most intriguing flagship phone, but its most important feature is the price. At Rs 17,999, this phone promises to give you the best quality at an affordable price. The variant of Rs 19,999 is also cheaper than other flagship devices with similar specifications. For this reason it is easy for us to suggest you to buy this phone.
Lenovo Z2 Plus Mid Range price offers flagship performance and quality. If camera quality is not the most important thing for you, then this phone is for you.