Lenovo as a br& has been growing its customer base by creating chất lượng devices with quirky innovations (most notably the Yoga series) at fairly affordable prices. Despite being based out of Trung Quốc, its reputation in India is really good. Last year the company promoted its metal-bodied K900 heavily all over India. The newly launched Vibe Z2 Pro is the spiritual successor to the K900 & Lenovo has really upped the ante with this one. (The non-pro version, Vibe Z2, is a decidedly mid-range device và doesn"t fit in this context.)

The Vibe Z2 Pro has all the bells và whistles you can imagine in a flagship device today, including a high-over quad-core processor, loads of RAM, a decent amount of internal storage space, a fairly powerful camera, & a big screen. Lenovo also adds a ton of software innovations with which it hopes khổng lồ attract customers. With all this, the phablet is available at a sweet price of Rs. 32,990. Let"s find out if Lenovo manages to lớn outperkhung flagship smartphones from more mainstream companies.

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Look và feelFeaturing a brushed aluminium unibody thiết kế và really thin bezels around the display, the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro looks impressive sầu & feels good to hold as well. At the point where the glass front ends, the edges curve nicely into lớn the rear. One thing we don"t really like is the fact that Lenovo made the camera protrude. Despite its dimensions of 156 x 81.3 x 7.7milimet and the somewhat slippery metal body toàn thân, we found that the phablet was comfortable lớn hold. It is quite possibly the most compact device available with a 6-inch screen. In comparison, the iPhone 6 Plus is taller at 158.1mm but has a smaller 5.5-inch screen.

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We think the fit và finish of the Vibe Z2 Pro is exemplary, & it feels sturdy too. That doesn"t mean it isn"t bulky, và just lượt thích any other 6-inch phablet, the Vibe Z2 Pro is not very comfortable for single-handed operation.

A 3.5mm audio jack sits alone on the top of the phablet. The bottom features a Micro-USB port with OTG tư vấn & a small speaker grille. The volume rocker is on the left edge, which is again made of metal. The power button và tray for two Micro-SIM cards are on the right edge. Above the screen one can find the front camera & earpiece. Lenovo implements a capacitive three-button thiết lập below the screen for navigation rather than on-screen buttons. At the rear, on the bottom, one can find a thin strip of plastic running along the breadth of the device. This has been added so that the radios inside the phablet can skết thúc và receive sầu signals.

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Specifications & softwareLenovo goes all out with the the innards of the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro. It uses Qualcomm"s Snaprồng 801 SoC with a quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz and Adreno 330 GPU, as well as 3GB of RAM. There is 32GB of internal storage space, which cannot be expanded. Both the RAM và internal storage should be sufficient for most users.

The Vibe Z2 Pro has a 16-megapx rear camera with dual-LED flash và optical image stabilisation (OIS). This camera can capture 4K videos as well. The front camera can capture 5-megapixel images. With respect to wireless connectivity options, the Vibe Z2 Pro can connect to lớn Wi-Fi networks, other devices over công nghệ Bluetooth không dây & also supports NFC. The phablet can connect lớn 4G LTE networks but it doesn"t support the 2.3GHz b& which network operatorsuse in India. Also, only one SIM of the two that can be used on 3G networks.

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Lenovo doesn"t cut corners with the screen resolution, và so the Vibe Z2 Pro has a QHD (1440 x 2560) IPS LCD panel. This translates khổng lồ an ultra-sharp 490ppi on the 6-inch screen. This is the third điện thoại thông minh with a QHD screen to enter our lab, after the Oppo Find 7 & LG G3, and frankly our naked eyes can"t really tell much of a difference between Full HD (1080x1920) and this. Text looks crisp & images are extremely detailed on this screen. Colours are slightly oversaturated, bordering on the levels of an S-AMOLED panel, which is very surprising. The viewing angles are average and sunlight legibility is not bad. We compared the screen to lớn the one on the iPhone 6 Plus (FHD) và found that the chất lượng was better on Apple"s new phablet. Even so, the Vibe Z2 Pro has a very good, if not great, display.

Lenovo slaps its custom Vibe UI 2.0 skin on top of Android 4.4.2 (KitKat). Just lượt thích the skins used by other Chinese điện thoại thông minh companies such as Gionee và Xiaongươi, Lenovo"s Vibe UI also does away with the ứng dụng drawer completely. Vibe UI 2.0 is replete with animations và custom quirks & so is completely different from the stoông xã Android experience. However, Lenovo provides a really cool workaround where users can switch khổng lồ near-stochồng Android if they wish. Here are the steps: Go to the Settings tiện ích, open the About Phone section, & select Version Information. Then, tap Software Version Number seven times to activate the hidden developer mode. Go baông xã lớn Settings, select Developer Options, và finally, Switch System UI Style. The only drawbaông xã we noticed is that the backlighting on the navigation buttons is unavailable in this mode.

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Vibe UI 2.0 is very colourful và gaudy. The system apps have sầu transparent icons through which one can see the background wallpaper. Frankly, we are not fans of this interface. There are a few themes which can be found in the Theme Centre. Users can cycle through wallpapers on Vibe UI 2.0"s lock screen. They can also change the homescreenwallpaper on quickly by swiping on the top right or top left corner. Quite a few times, we ended up pulling down the notifications shade instead of changing the wallpaper.

The software doesn"t make much use of the Vibe Z2 Pro"s large screen to allow apps lớn run in a spit-screen or windowed mode. However, there is a Micro-screen mode that is similar to lớn the implementation we saw on the Asus Zenfone 6. In order khổng lồ call this mode, one has khổng lồ draw a C pattern from the top right corner of the screen. There is an option using which users can switch lớn a Secure Mode. Essentially, users can pre-select certain apps that are visible only in this mode. Even when connected khổng lồ a computer, the device only displays confidential data when Secure Mode is active sầu. We are unsure if there is encryption happening in the background, though.

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Lenovo bundles way too many apps, which are not all useful. Their proprietary Security tiện ích is rather annoying with its constant alerts. It also takes up a row in the notifications shade, which cannot be reclaimed. Many of Lenovo"s own apps, including SYNCit, SHAREit, CLONEit, Driving App, User Guide, NFC tiện ích and Wireless Display cannot be uninstalled. This is not the over of it: Lenovo bundles Truecaller, Txt ebooks, Clean up, Navigate, Evernote, Facebook, Twitter, Skype & Guvera in addition khổng lồ games such as Asphalternative text 8, Green Farm 3, Real Football năm trước & Spider-Man: Ultimate Power nguồn. We find this rather overwhelming & Lenovo could have sầu certainly exercised some restraint.

Camera

Lenovo has gone with an phầm mềm called SnapIt as its default camera app. There are two modes; Smart và Pro. Instead of being out in the open in bold letters, the option to lớn switch between these modes is a tiny toggle in one corner of the effects selection screen. We would advise all users, advanced & casual alike, to lớn switch khổng lồ the Pro mode the permanently because Smart mode lacks even basic options such as HDR, and fails khổng lồ capture close-up images, let alone macro shots. The Pro mode has a ton of options that would make any advanced user jump with joy, but even casual users will benefit from this mode with all the settings phối lớn Auto. Our only gripe is that Lenovo doesn"t provide a tutorial to help users figure out the app"s capabilities. Sliding lớn the left from the shutter buttons opens up a series of control rings that look exactly like the interface Nokia developed for its camera phầm mềm on Lumia smartphones.

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For a flagship device, the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro"s 16-megapixel rear camera is a slow shooter. It takes time khổng lồ focus on a subject and capture the image. However, this camera can capture some really good details. Colours look vibrant and slightly unnatural but this is what a lot of people lượt thích. Noise levels are also kept to lớn a minimum. Thanks lớn OIS, we got some better-than-average shots in low light.

The camera can capture 4K videos and they bởi vì look impressive sầu. On the downside, the sensor can"t always detect và lock on lớn the right exposure. Also, we noticed a little screen tearing on fast moving objects. There are also option for slow motion và fast motion videos, similar lớn what"s possible with Instagram"s Hyperlapse phầm mềm. Videoslook dramatic and are plagued by the same problems we had while shooting regular footage.

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(cliông xã for full size)There is also a 5-megapixel front camera which is great for selfies. Using the beauty slider, one can reduces blemishes on any face.

PerformanceWe have a question to ask Lenovo: What is the point of all the power under the hood if this phone gets really hot within minutes of running anything intensive sầu, such as a game or HD video? In one instance, while running one of our benchmarks, the phablet got so hot that we had to cchiến bại the app and wait for it to cool down. Of course, a software update with better power management instructions could fix this situation, but what about the experience an average customer is going khổng lồ get after firing up his/her favourite game? Fix this fast, Lenovo.

That aside, the performance of the phablet in daily usage is top-notch. We faced absolutely no lags. Even the benchmark numbers are really good. In theAnTuTu 5 & Quadrant benchmark tests, the Vibe Z2 Pro scored 42,485 & 22,931 pointsmrespectively, which are really good scores. On the other hand, the graphics benchmark demo scores weren"t as impressive sầu since the Adreno 330 GPU has to lớn power a QHD screen. We managed lớn achieve sầu scores of 19.4fps in GFXbench & 16,600 in the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited demo.

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The Vibe Z2 Pro managed to play all the videos we threw at it with ease, including the heavy 40mbps one. And of course, watching videos on this screen is a really immersive sầu experience. Combine that with the good output of the loudspeakers, và the Vibe Z2 Pro makes for a great media consumption device. The bundled earphones are pretty decent for listening khổng lồ music và watching videos with in isolation.

We tested hotline chất lượng in areas with poor cellular network reception & found that the phablet functioned without any problem. Hotline chất lượng was also good at both ends.

The Vibe Z2 Pro has a large 4,000mAh battery which is probably necessary for the powerful internal hardware and the QHD screen. It lasted us 9 hours & 24 minutes in our battery chạy thử, which is average. Under normal conditions we found that it lasted us a little more than a day. For the power user, there is a nifty Power Manager tiện ích that has a power saving mode as well as an emergency mode that only enables calling and messaging functions.

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VerdictOne look at the Vibe Z2 Pro"s price of Rs. 32,990 immediately makes us want to lớn compare it with the Moto X (Gen 2) (review | Pictures). It is priced similarly & has similar specs too. We like the Molớn X (Gen 2) slightly better than the Vibe Z2 Pro thanks primarily to a far superior software experience and better ergonomics. However, people who want a bigger screen with a higher resolution và slightly better battery life might find the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro very attractive. We like almost everything about this device, but as we said earlier, Lenovo has lớn sort out the heating issue as soon as possible, lest they want their intended target audience khổng lồ make #heatgate trover on Twitter.