Lenovo's 'All-Screen' Z5 Phone Isn't What We Were Promised, Has a Notch

By Tom Pritchard on at

Lenovo has been teasing people with the prospect of a proper all-screen phone, ie one that has no notches or bars taking up precious screen space. Now, in news that we really should have seen coming, it turns out those teasers weren't representative of the final product. Lenovo's Z5 does indeed have a notch.

Do you feel duped? I feel duped. It's not nice to be offered up teasers like this:


Here's another leaked render Lenovo showing off a very impressive screen/body ratio, and a front-facing camera in the bezel at the base of the phone.

Then we ended up with this phone that's no different to 99 per cent of premium phones on the market, with the speaker grill and camera notched into the display:

Kind of crappy to be honest, even if the phone has quite a high screen/body ratio. It's not all that surprising, though. So far proper full screen phones are relegated to prototypes or concepts, because developers need to find somewhere to put the speaker grill (necessary for making calls) and the camera. With that in mind, it'll be a while before companies can make decisions on how they're going to go about it. Resurrect the slider, use a pop up camera, or something else?

As for the Z5 itself, it's a fairly well specced cheap phone. In China it'll cost 1,2999 yuan (£152) for a model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. For 128GB of storage that price goes up to 1,799 yuan (£210). Inside it has a still-unnamed octa-core Qualcomm processor, dual 16MP cameras, and a 3,300 mAh battery. International pricing and availability isn't clear yet, but it'll arrive in China next week on 12th June. hat said, aside from the low price, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot the Z5 has going for it. It's certainly not the all-screen game-changer some people were expecting.

Looks like the notch isn't going anywhere anytime soon. [The Verge]