Lenovo’s Vibe Z2 Pro smartphone puts photography first
By Chris Wood
August 6, 2014
Lenovo, a company perhaps best known for its ThinkPad and Yoga laptop brands, has announced a new smartphone that ticks all the high-end boxes. The device sports a 2K display and with a 16 MP rear camera and a range of advanced technologies and settings, gives photography top billing.
Any high-end smartphone launching in 2014 has to do a lot to distinguish itself from the bevy of proven, premium competition. With that in mind, Lenovo has gone all out on its latest offering, packing in a host of top shelf specs and features.
The Vibe Z2 Pro features a brushed aluminum unibody design and comes with a 6-inch 2,560 x 1,440 display. When a device is pushing that many pixels, it needs some significant horsepower to keep things running smoothly. Luckily, the Pro is fitted with the same Snapdragon 801 processor we’ve seen in a number of buttery smooth handsets, including the HTC One (M8) and LG G3.
To complement its 2K display, the handset sports a tiny bezel — a design feature that we loved on the LG G3. The device’s display size places it firmly in the phablet category, but its 7.7 mm (0.3 in) thickness and svelte bezel should make it a little more pocket friendly.
The Z2 Pro’s camera is its headline feature. While its 16 MP sensor is fairly impressive in itself, Lenovo has seen fit to back it up with a range of features including optical image stabilization and anti-lens distortion for better portraits.
The device can shoot 4K video, and there’s a Smart mode on board that automatically detects a scene, such as a landscape, and adjusts settings accordingly. There’s also an Ultra Night Mode for better low-light snaps, and users can put the camera into Pro Mode, allowing full manual control over a range of shooting parameters such as contrast, focus, ISO and white balance.
Like many manufacturers, Lenovo has put its own stamp on Android 4.4 KitKat in the form of its Vibe UI 2.0 overlay. The custom skin is bright and colorful, more closely resembling Samsung’s TouchWiz UI than either HTC or LG’s more muted approach.
The Vibe Z2 Pro will be available in silver, gold and black. There’s no word yet on pricing or availability. Check out the video below for more on the high-end handset.