Lenovo announces sliding Z5 Pro GT, among early Snapdragon 855 SoCs with 12 gigs of RAM

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 19, 2018 17:38 hrs
Lenovo Z5 Pro GT (Image Courtesy: Lenovo China)

Smartphone maker Lenovo is the newest entrant to boast of using the Snapdragon 855 as the main chipset.

On Tuesday, Lenovo unveiled the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT, a premium smartphone boasting of an impressive 12 gigs RAM. At a launch in China, lLenovo also unveiled the Z5s and S5 Pro GT.

The phone houses a 6.39-inch AMOLED full HD+ display. In terms of specs, the camera is powered with the Snapdragon 855, an Adreno 640 GPU, dual rear cameras- 24 MP Sony IMX576 and 16-MP Sony IMX519 sensors. The front shutter is a dual- 16 MP and 8 MP combination, mounted on a slider.

You can expect Android 9, out of the box with Lenovo's custom UI- ZUI loaded on top.

Lenovo Z5 Pro GT. Courtesy: Lenovo China

This model does not offer the 3.5 mm headset jack. An in-display fingerprint sensor, and 3350 mAh battery are the notable features on this device.

The Z5 Pro GT is a slider phone, and users will have to lift the slider in order to make and receive calls, and to click selfies.

Lenovo Z5 Pro GT. Courtesy: Lenovo China

The phone is special for the massive RAM that it packs and the chipset.

Lenovo Z5 Pro GT. Courtesy: Lenovo China

This is among the early adopters of SD 855. It is also the first phone with a 12 GB RAM. A few days ago, OnePlus launched the Mclaren edition with a massive 10 GB RAM. Another chinese smartphone maker Vivo too joined the bandwagon launching a 10 GB variant.

More RAM can certainly help increase power, however lesser RAM does not mean daily tasks could take a beating.

Lenovo Z5 Pro GT. Courtesy: Lenovo China

Will it be the first Snapdragon 855?

Snapdragon 855 was unveiled in Hawaii in late 2018, and smartphone makers such as Samsung and OnePlus have been reported as among the early adopters of Snapdragon's latest SoC. While Samsung is rumoured to be considering the Snapdragon 855 for the 10th anniversary special- the Samsung S10, OnePlus could be utilising the SoC in OnePlus 7.

At the start of the month, OnePlus' Chief Pete Lau had been reported as saying that OnePlus would be the first to use the 855 chipset, however that report turned into a hoax. More on that here

The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT is expected to arrive in early 2019, probably the end of January. If reports are to be believed, Lenovo will place the model available from Jan 24 onwards. At the moment, the Chinese website for Lenovo reflects a price of 4398 yuan (approximately Rs 44,900).

Lenovo Z5 Pro GT. Courtesy: Lenovo China

This model may not be available for sale in US. Reports say that the Z5 Pro GT is an exclusive model for Chinese customers.