An excellent mid-range phone at an excellent price.
The Indian handset segment is rife with excellent budget phones under ₹15,000 ($220), and great mid-range options like the OnePlus 3, which is priced at ₹27,000 ($415). There haven't been many devices in the ₹15,000-₹25,000 that stood out in terms of a value proposition. Until now. Lenovo has launched the Z2 Plus in India, and the key highlight isn't the fact that it comes with the Snapdragon 820, but its pricing: the phone will be available for just ₹17,999 ($268).
To put things into context, the Moto G4 Plus with a Snapdragon 617 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB storage currently retails for ₹14,999 ($225) on Amazon India. Then there's the ZenFone 3 series, which is powered by a Snapdragon 625 and costs ₹22,999 ($345). Xiaomi's Mi 5, which has the 1.8GHz variant of the Snapdragon 820, costs ₹22,999 ($345) as well. So, what's Lenovo offering for ₹17,999? Let's take a look.
The Z2 Plus is essentially the ZUK Z2 that debuted in China earlier this year. Lenovo is putting its own brand name front and center in India as a way to effectively market the phone. The Z2 Plus — as it'll be known in the country — features a 5-inch Full HD display, 2.1GHz Snapdragon 820, 13MP ISOCELL camera, 8MP front shooter, fingerprint scanner at the front, LTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.1, USB-C connectivity, and a 3500mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. The phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box, and the Google Now Launcher is the default launcher on Indian units.
The phone will be sold in two storage variants: a base model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage for ₹17,999 ($268), and a variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage that retails for ₹19,999 ($298). The handset rocks a fiberglass outer shell with a rollcage that's inspired by ThinkPad designs of old.
Much like the Moto G4, the Z2 Plus will be exclusively sold on Amazon India. Sales kick off from September 26, and the phone will be available via open sale. No flash sales here. We'll have a lot to talk about the Z2 Plus in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.