Lenovo created the ZUK series almost like a challenge to the OnePlus and with a clear mandate to create smartphones that will appeal to the geeks. The ZUK Z1 did just that offers a lot of top-end specs and some unique features as well. Now, the Z2 Plus is trying to do the same by offering a phone that does some things differently, while not compromising on specs and other features.
Lenovo Z2 Plus
The Z2 Plus is a solid looking device with a very business like design. There are no flourishes here, just pure functionality. The shiny plasticy back is quite common these days, but the phones comes wearing a silicon cover that hides its rear panel and makes it look much more ready to take on the rigours of life.
The phone has a fingerprint scanner upfront on the home button. In fact,the home button is one of the USPs of this device and is open for some serious customisation. It is also touch sensitive and lets you swipe and scroll through pages, for instance.
Lenovo Z2 Plus Specifications: 5.0-inch (1080x1920p, ~441 ppi) LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen | Quad core Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo) | 4GB RAM | 64GB storage | 13 MP rear camera + 8 MP front with 1.4um pixels | 3500 mAh | Android 6.0.1
Price: Rs 19,999
What is good?
I like the overall design of the phone. It reminds me a bit of the iPhone 4 and 5 series, but larger. Still it is easy to hold and seems like something that will last a while. However, the glossy back is not something you should be exposing a lot in Indian conditions.
The home button on this phone is very interesting. It works almost like the iOS home button and brings you back wherever you are. But you can also swipe left to go back and right to go ahead. Swipe up and down works like a scroll. A couple of days with this and you will master one-hand operations with this phone.
The phone comes inbuilt with a U-health app that runs in the background tracking steps, calories burnt and distance covered. This not really new and there are third-party apps that do it well. However, the Z2 has fused it with the processor to bring power consumption down to negligible levels. For those who don’t want to invest in an extra fitness band, this seems like a good backup option.
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Lenovo phones have been quite popular in India over the past few years. However, not everyone is a fan of the UI. The company seems to be learning from this and on the Z2 Plus, the default launcher is Google Now, which is almost as good as going pure Android. Overall, this experience is really good.
The phone performs quite decently, though there were a couple of hiccups I noticed. Also, the benchmark scores are not really out of this world if that is something you take seriously. Still, this phone does not heat up at all and has a battery that will last you 24 hours of serious use.
The rear camera is very good and offers some good shots with subtleties of light. It also works well in low light as well. The front camera is also among the better clickers out there in this price range.
What is not that good?
The phone stalled a few times as I was using it. It happened mostly when I was browsing videos on YouTube and other sides. This is strange given that the phone is running Snapdragon 820.
The Full HD display on the Z2 Plus is quite good, crisp and rich. It is also among the more brighter displays at around 436 nits. But this makes the display a bit warm in full brightness. So you will need to remember to keep this under control.
Should you buy?
Yes, if you are looking for a premium mid-range smartphone. This is certainly among the better bets out there, and you will not be disappointed. The Lenovo Z2 Plus offers almost everything a smartphone buyer is aspiring for these days, but without charging a bomb for it. If you can’t spend as much as a Mi 5 or a OnePlus 3, this seems like your next best Android bet.