Lenovo’s Z5 Pro is a cheaper take on the slider phone trend

Until very recently, slider phones were a thing of the past and were entrusted to history chronicles along with polyphonic ringtones and the BlackBerry scroll wheel. Now, however, manufacturers are seeing a resurgence in their attempts to increase the screen-to-body ratio of their devices. What started with a pop-up self-camera on a cell phone, such as Oppo Find X, has been transformed into a handset where the entire screen goes down and reveals the camera. Xiaomi has Mi Mix 3, Honor has Magic 2, and now Lenovo has Z5 Pro ( Engadget ).

The main advantage of Z5 Pro is the price starting at $ 3,799 ($ ​​545) for Magic 2 or $ 1,998 ($ 287) for 3,299 ($ ​​475) for Mi Mix 3. The compromise is a specification. Lenovo's handset features an intermediate Snapdragon 710 chipset with 6GB of RAM and a 3,350mAh battery. A self-camera (covered by a sliding 1080p AMOLED display when not in use) has a 16MP sensor, and on the back of the device is a 16MP main camera with a second 24MP camera. Just as this phone was not a trend, there is a fingerprint sensor on the screen and the screen-to-body ratio is slightly above 95%.

Yes, this slider trend may be a special effect that can die faster than you can call a "pop-up self-camera". But there's something about how to slide a fun and retro screen in a way that smartphones are scarce. Manage it. The Z5 Pro has not yet been released outside of China, but it will enter the first line.

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