Lenovo has launched a new phone that is now the cheapest phone to offer the powerful Snapdragon 820! It's the lenovo z2 plus and we're gonna find out whether it's actually as capable as it sounds, in this lenovo Z2 plus review.
Design: The phone is quite well made, although it's not completely made of solid metal. The side frame is a soft aluminum alloy and the buttons are plastic. The back however, is made of slightly scratch resistant glass. It's not as good as gorilla glass by any means and can easily be scratched in comparison. The power and volume buttons are on the right side and the sim tray is on the left. There's a USB type-C port on the bottom along with a monospeaker, microphone and a headphone jack. On the front there's a home button which is very unique. I'll talk about it later. The phone feels pretty robust for It's non-metallic build. It's not very slippery as the other glass back phones I've seen. It comes in at 8.5 mm in thickness and weighs 149 gms.
Display: The Z2 plus has a 5' 1080p IPS LCD panel at 441 ppi. The display is sharp and bright. Outdoor visibility won't be a problem. Viewing abgkes are great and color reproduction is pretty much neutral. Overall, the display on this device is very good and you'll love it.
Performance: This phone, as I said, is the cheapest phone to have the Snapdragon's high-end 820 quad core processor with kryo architecture clocked at 2.15 GHz and an Adreno 530 GPU. There will be either 3/4 GB of RAM. Performance delivered is undoubtedly top notch. You'll love the smooth animations and quick response by the device, to your touches. There is either 32/64 GB of non expandable storage. The phone runs on ZUK's own Z-UI on top of Android marshmallow. By default, there is Google now launcher installed on the phone for some reason!
The home button in the front is actually a multipurpose button. It's called the U-touch button. You can swipe on it from left to right to shift between open apps. You can press it like a physical button or tap on it, like a capacitive one. You can program different functions to trigger with different types of presses. Like press down to drop notification shade, or double press for recent apps. You can also enable on-screen buttons if you like. This button is also a fingerprint sensor. It works flawlessly most of the time, recognising your finger in any awkward way you put it. U-touch might take some time to get used to, but I must say, Lenovo has taken a bold decision to escape from the norm😎.
However all is not well, since there are minor heating issues on this phone. While playing heavy games, this phone can go up to 45°c. So I won't exactly recommend this to heavy gamers, although you are good to go with everyday casual usage.
Camera: The phone has a 13 mp rear camera with f/2.2 aperture. There is no OIS, only EIS. The images taken were pretty decent. The shots had lots of details in bright daylight, but the sensor clearly struggles indoors, under artificial lighting. Same goes for the 8 mp selfie shooter. Outdoor shots are rich and crispy. Indoor shots contain lots of grain and digital noise. Video is maxed out at 4K and has excellent clarity. But it's shaky and jittery, due to lack of proper stabilization. Overall I would say, the cameras are meant for a few outdoor shots and selfies, that's about it. You can't expect flagship quality images from this shooter. Besides, for that price, they have to cut corners somewhere, right?!
Battery: The Lenovo Z2 plus has a beefy 3500 mAh battery unit in that chunky body. It lasts the while day and gives uo to 5½ to 6 hrs if continuous usage on a single charge. Though there js quickcharge support, there is no fast charger supplied in the box. So you'll have to buy one yourself, which is kind of a bummer. But it's good to know that your phone will never die on you before the day is done, even upon heavy usage😁👍.
Price: This is a powerful phone offered to you under a great budget.
3 GB RAM/ 32 GB storage - 17,999 INR
4 GB RAM/ 64 GB storage - 19,999 INR.
If you're not a very heavy gamer but still want a powerful phone under a tight budget, this probably is the one for you. However I won't recommend this over other phones like the Lenovo vibe k5 note, which have much better cameras and a more stable performance. If you badly want to taste the power of Snapdragon 820, then sure! I can recommend this phone to you. I suggest you buy the higher end 64 gig variant to get the best experience possible😎😊👍.