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Lenovo Z2 Plus review: Meet the new flagship killer

Quick take:

With the Z2 Plus, Lenovo is ready to stake its claim on the mid-tier segment. Featuring a compact body, high-end internals, and a great camera, the Z2 Plus gets all the basics right. By pricing it at just ₹19,999 ($300), Lenovo is undercutting its Chinese rivals by a significant margin. Read on to find out if the phone can hold its own in this highly competitive segment.

The good

  • Compact design
  • Excellent performance
  • Great battery life
  • Unmatched value for money

The bad

  • Slippery body
  • Uncertainty over software updates

Time to groove

Lenovo Z2 Plus Full review

The Lenovo Z2 Plus is launching at a time when the Chinese manufacturer is looking to increase its presence in India. Lenovo witnessed a 100% increase in India last year and now accounts for 9.1% of the smartphone market share. It is now gunning for the top spot, a position long held by Samsung. Doing so requires challenging Samsung across several price points, and Lenovo is doing just that by co-opting products from its sub-brands.

Lenovo's Moto brand is fielding the Moto G4 Plus for ₹13,499 ($200) and the Moto Z Play for ₹24,999 ($375), and the manufacturer is now positioning the Z2 Plus in the lucrative ₹15,000 ($225) to ₹20,000 ($300) segment. The Z2 Plus debuted as the ZUK Z2 in China earlier this year, but Lenovo is eschewing the ZUK name for its own branding in India to market the phone to a wider audience.

By branding the Z2 as a Lenovo phone, it eliminates the need to advertise an all-new product series. Furthermore, the Z2 Plus' predecessor, the Z1, didn't fare well in the country, and the Cyanogen-powered phone is yet to receive the Marshmallow update. Along with aligning the Z2 Plus into Lenovo's own brand name, the manufacturer has ditched Cyanogen in favor of its in-house ZUI, the same ROM that is used in the Chinese version of the phone.

In broad strokes, we're looking at a 5.0-inch Full HD display, 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, and a 3500mAh battery for ₹19,999 ($300). Lenovo is also selling a base model of the Z2 Plus with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage for ₹17,999 ($270). We've already seen several mid-range phones with the Snapdragon 820 in India — notably the Mi 5, Le Max 2, and the OnePlus 3. The Z2 Plus is the most affordable phone yet to offer Qualcomm's high-end SoC.

Lenovo Z2 Plus

Everything's here

Lenovo Z2 Plus Specs

CategoryFeatures
Operating SystemZUI 2.0.111 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Display5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) IPS LCD panel
441ppi pixel density
SoCQuad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Two Kryo cores at 2.15GHz, two Kryo cores at 1.6GHz
14nm
GPUAdreno 530 at 624 MHz
RAM4GB RAM
Storage64GB storage
Rear camera13MP ISOCELL with f/2.2 lens
LED flash
4K video recording, slo-mo video (720p at 120fps)
Front shooter8MP with f/2.0 lens
1080p video recording
ConnectivityWiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.1 (A2DP), GPS, GLONASS
USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack
Battery3500mAh battery
Quick Charge 3.0
FingerprintFront fingerprint sensor
Dimensions141.7 x 68.9 x 8.5mm
Weight149g
ColorsTitanium Black, Ceramic White

About this review

I (Harish Jonnalagadda) am writing this review after using the Lenovo Z2 Plus as my daily driver for seven days in Hyderabad, India on Airtel's 4G network. Out of the box, the phone ran ZUI 2.0.11, and then received an update to ZUK 2.0.111 that fixed several camera-related issues. I paired the phone with an LG Watch Urbane for the duration of the review.

Lenovo Z2 Plus

Hey there chunky

Lenovo Z2 Plus Design and screen

It's nice. It's thick. It feels great to hold in your hand. Fine, I'll stop. The Z2 Plus breaks away from tradition when it comes to the design. Instead of a svelte profile with 2.5D glass, Lenovo went with a chunkier design with slightly rounded edges and chamfers around the frame. As a result, the phone ends up looking like an enlarged iPhone 5s. That's not a bad thing necessarily, but the design will not be to everyone's tastes. I like it because it feels substantial to hold and has a great in-hand feel. Round the back, you get a glossy glass back that's highly reflective, and a Lenovo logo etched at the bottom. As you'd expect, the glass surface is highly slippery and prone to smudges.

The phone's design also features a roll cage wherein all the key internal components are mounted on a metal frame for added resistance to tumbles. Similarly, the outer frame is made out of fiberglass, which reinforces the structural integrity of the handset. Going with a fiberglass design also allowed Lenovo to integrate the antenna lines into the frame of the device, eliminating the need for antenna bands at the back. Given the design tweaks, the Z2 Plus comes in at a thickness of 8.49mm. However, Lenovo's decision to use a fiberglass frame and a glass back has led to the phone weighing 149g, which gives the phone a reassuring heft while not making it seem too heavy at the same time.

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The power and volume buttons are on the right, and they offer decent tactile feedback. The USB-C port is at the bottom, and yes, there's a 3.5mm headphone jack right next to it. The speaker grille is also located at the bottom, but the sound quality from the single speaker isn't great. The SIM card tray takes in two nano SIM cards, and there's no provision to extend storage via a microSD card.

In recent years, we've seen the industry settle in on 5.5 inches as the standard screen size for phones. While the increased screen size has led to more real estate for multimedia and features like multi-window mode, those looking for a compact phone with high-end internals have been under-served. Sony is one of the few companies making great compact versions of its phones without compromising on the specs, and Google has entered the fray with the 5.0-inch Pixel. However, Sony's offerings are squarely aimed at the high-end segment, and the Pixel is similarly out of reach of most buyers at ₹57,000 ($855) in India.

The Z2 Plus is a great option if you want a compact phone.

This is where Lenovo scores a win: with the Z2 Plus, it is offering a phone with high-end internals and a 5.0-inch display for just ₹19,999, making it a very enticing option for those in the market for a compact premium handset that doesn't break the bank. Lenovo is also throwing in a case and a screen protector in the box. If you're like me and don't like using these, they're easy to remove.

With a screen size of 5.0 inches, the Z2 Plus is designed for one-handed use. The Full HD LCD display has a pixel density of 441ppi and is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The display is sharp and detailed, with text and images looking crisp. Sunlight readability is good, but in several instances, the ambient light sensor failed to reduce the brightness in low-light conditions.

Colors are rich and accurate, and you can adjust the color temperature by heading into the Settings. The default setting is standard, and you can select either warmer or colder colors based on your preference. There's also a Night Mode that adds a blue light filter to the screen, making it easier to read text at night.

The home button on the Z2 Plus is radical.

While the Z2 Plus looks great to hold and use, the glass back and blockish design makes it difficult to pick the phone up when laid flat on a surface. Also, did I mention it was very slippery? In the week I've used it, the phone tumbled out of my hand twice and landed hard on a marble floor. Thankfully, it came out undamaged both times.

The front of the Z2 Plus has a physical home button that houses a fingerprint sensor. While the placement is standard, the button does so much more.

Lenovo Z2 Plus

U-Touch 2.0

The fingerprint sensor on the Z2 Plus works even when the screen is off, and the button itself has picked up new tricks. The button — called U-Touch — can be used to go back to the home screen, but it also supports gestures. By default, swiping across the button brings up your previous apps, making it easy to switch from one app to another without resorting to the navigation keys. Double-pressing the button shows the multitasking pane.

You can also configure the button for various actions from within Settings. Want to open Google Now with a long touch action? You can do that. On-screen navigation buttons are enabled out of the box, and Lenovo says that it takes about three days to start using U-Touch navigation.

That's what I found in my usage as well. After four days with the phone, I was swiping left or right on the home button to access previous apps, and using the long press function to launch Evernote. You can also set an action through which you can pull down the notification shade by pressing the home button.

Lenovo took the standard home button and turbocharged it.

Lenovo says that it added home button customizations to boost one-handed usage. And it works. You can use the home button as an all-in-one replacement for the standard navigation keys. It is one of the best features of the phone, and once you get used to navigating with U-Touch, you'll regret going back to a boring home button that serves a single purpose.

The fingerprint sensor on the Z2 Plus is great too. You can store up to five fingerprints, and it is quick to authenticate. The sensor also has a self-learning algorithm that gets better over time, allowing you to use the sensor even when your fingers are wet or oily.

Lenovo Z2 Plus

Gets the job done

Lenovo Z2 Plus Hardware

The Z2 Plus comes with a fully-enabled 14nm Snapdragon 820 SoC with a 64-bit quad-core Kryo CPU with two cores clocked at 2.15GHz and the other two at 1.6GHz. We're seeing the Snapdragon 821 make its way onto handsets with the ZenFone 3 Deluxe and the Pixel, but the Snapdragon 820 continues to be an excellent application processor for the high-end segment. The fact that the SoC is available in a phone that costs ₹19,999 is a bonus.

As we've seen on the Xiaomi Mi 5, LeEco's Le Max 2, and the OnePlus 3, the Snapdragon 820 runs without any issues, and in daily usage, you're not going to notice any lag. That's no different on the Z2 Plus. I'm using the variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, and seeing as how there's no expandable storage on the phone; it makes a lot of sense to pay the extra ₹2,000 and get the higher storage model.

The phone also offers a 13MP ISOCELL camera that shoots 4K video, 8MP front camera, LTE on all three bands in India (3/5/40), Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.1, USB-C, and a 3500mAh battery. Lenovo has also bundled Ant+ sensors into the handset, which provide accurate step tracking and are used in conjunction with the U-Health app.

Regarding real-world performance, the phone handled everything I threw at it with aplomb. I never found the phone to be sluggish or laggy even when I had multiple apps running in the background. In this price segment, it's hard to find a phone that outclasses the Z2 Plus.

Lenovo Z2 Plus screenshots

Not another Chinese ROM

Lenovo Z2 Plus Software

The Z2 Plus runs ZUI 2.0.111 based on Android Marshmallow, with the latest build coming with the August security patch. After Lenovo's tribulations with Cyanogen OS, which led to the Z1 being abandoned on Android 5.1.1, the company has decided to offer its in-house ZUI ROM in the Z2 Plus. In India, Lenovo is offering the Google Now Launcher as standard, which is a good thing. There are a few customizations that alter the look and feel of the UI, starting with the notification panel.

ZUI's notification panel doesn't have quick toggles, and the pane itself is basic and used for just showing notifications. You don't get the ability to expand notifications or use Android's inline replies. There is an option to block all notifications from an app with a swipe left gesture. If you have Jabong or Myntra installed, you'll find this particular feature handy.

ZUI offers a dedicated pane for quick toggles, which is accessible through a swipe up gesture from the bottom of the screen. Lenovo says that it unbundled the toggles from the notification shade and moved them to the bottom of the screen as a way of providing easy access to the settings when using the phone one-handed. Dubbed the Quick Switch panel, the window features frequently used toggles spread over two pages, and a brightness slider up top. You can arrange the toggles based on your preference, and activate the quick shortcut window to be accessible when you're within an app or from the lock screen.

Lenovo Z2 Plus multitasking

The multitasking pane is also severely tweaked and doesn't use a card-based layout. What you get is a scrolling list of apps with a preview. You can prevent apps from getting cleared by locking them in the background with a swipe down gesture, which activates a lock symbol on the particular app.

It takes a while to get used to ZUI, but it's worth the effort.

That's where the customizations end. The home screen itself is standard fare in large part due to the Google Now Launcher, with the left-most home screen is dedicated to Google Now. You can easily add widgets by long pressing anywhere on the home screen. The Settings app offers a wealth of customization options, and the About section details ZUK's customer service number (if you need it, it's 1800-3000-7678). If you want to set a custom ringtone, you can do so directly from the Settings, eliminating the need for a dedicated ringtone maker.

Lenovo Z2 Plus iCloud

Another interesting addition in the Z2 Plus is the ability to sync your iCloud account. Just sign in to your Apple account, and you'll be able to sync your contacts and calendar events. Out of the box, the Z2 Plus has several pre-installed apps, including 9Apps, Hasoffer, Hotoday, and Superb Cleaner. Thankfully, you can (and should) uninstall these apps. Lenovo's own ShareIt is also bundled.

ZUI lets you easily enable the battery percentage without having to mess with System UI Tuner. Then there's the U Health app, which is essentially a customized version of Google Fit. The app pulls data from all the on-board sensors, tracking your daily activity. You can manually add activities, like running, yoga, or swimming, and there's also the option of seeing your activity spread out over the course of the week, as well as the amount of time you're active.

Lenovo hasn't detailed Android 7.0 Nougat update plans yet, but with the company handling software updates directly, it shouldn't take too long.

Lenovo Z2 Plus

ISOCELL FTW

Lenovo Z2 Plus Camera

The Z2 Plus has a 13MP ISOCELL rear camera that can shoot 4K videos, and an 8MP shooter at the front with 1080p video recording. Out of the box, the camera crashed constantly and was unusable, but Lenovo rolled out an update that fixed things (and introduced a new camera icon).

The default gallery app is Photos, but the camera app isn't the stock Google Camera (thankfully). Lenovo's camera app has quick shortcuts for toggling the front and rear cameras, select between still images or video, accessing the gallery, enabling HDR, and flash. You get panorama, time-lapse, and slow-motion video shooting modes. Slow-motion video is shot in 720p at 120fps, 240fps, and 960fps, although the latter two modes involve a lot of post-processing and are generally not worth the effort.

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The camera takes great images in bright conditions, with accurate color reproduction and a lot of detail. Images shot at night are passable, which is more than what most phones in this segment manage. The front camera is equally good at taking selfies, and the little video I recorded on the Z2 Plus turned out great. Overall, a very serviceable camera.

By default, the camera shoots in 4:3, but you can switch to 16:9 from the settings. Oddly enough, the camera settings are bundled in the phone's Settings app, and clicking on the settings shortcut in the camera app takes you to the sub-category within the Settings app where the camera options exist.

Lenovo Z2 Plus

Powering through

Lenovo Z2 Plus Battery

The Z2 Plus comes with a 3500mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. The phone uses USB-C for charging, as is becoming more and more common in the mid-range segment.

The phone lasted a full day every single time, even when I was entirely using cellular data throughout the day. If you use the phone moderately, you can easily eke out two days worth of battery life from a full charge.

There's also the option of enabling a battery-saving mode when the charge goes below 20%, 15%, 10%, or 5%. Toggling the batter-saving mode dims the screen and switches off Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity when the screen is off. You can also prevent specific apps from running in the background.

Lenovo Z2 Plus

Everything is awesome

Lenovo Z2 Plus Bottom line

Lenovo has aggressively priced the Z2 Plus to lure customers away from more costly options. The lucrative price combined with a premium design, smooth performance, great camera, and all-day battery life work in Lenovo's favor, making the Z2 Plus one of the best phones in this category. The phone also solidifies Lenovo's position in the mid-range segment.

The 5.0-inch form factor makes it easy to use the phone one-handed, and Lenovo's U-Touch navigation is exemplary. Overall, the Z2 Plus offers flagship-level performance at a price that is just ₹6,500 ($100) more than the Moto G4 Plus. This is the bargain of the year.

Without a doubt

Should you buy it? Absolutely!

At launch, Lenovo was quick to point out that the Z2 Plus is the most affordable phone with the Snapdragon 820. Since then, LeEco has slashed the price of the base model of the Le Max 2 to ₹17,999 ($270) as part of a sale, but as of now, the Z2 Plus remains the best option if you're looking to get your hands on the Snapdragon 820 for under ₹20,000 ($300).

The OnePlus 3 offers 6GB of RAM, but it costs ₹8,000 ($120) more at ₹27,999 ($420). The Mi 5 has seen a price cut recently, but it is still ₹3,000 ($45) more than the Z2 Plus at ₹22,999 ($345).

It's not often we come across a brand that manages to significantly undercut Xiaomi, but with the Z2 Plus, Lenovo has done just that. The phone's aggressive pricing combined with general availability via an open sale on Amazon makes it a no-brainer. If you're in the market for a handset that offers the best value for money for under ₹20,000, look no further.

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Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor covering Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone manufacturers, and writes about the semiconductor industry, storage servers, and audio products. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

107 Comments
  • Will this ever be available in the USA?
  • Not likely. Lenovo is focusing on Asian markets.
  • Figured. Damn it. Going to try and import one then.
  • add me kogreg04 . we ship out of Asia. gmail
  • We never get anything this good at this price, I blame carriers.
  • It's available on Amazon.com from a foreign seller for $390 USD. https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B01FM7HV34/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&...
  • They offer this very nice phone for $300.00 in India, and they want $700.00 for a moto z in the US. What a joke. To hell with lenovo.
  • The Moto Z is $600 here. Besides, you guys get iphones, Pixel etc @ $649 and we have to pay at least $210 more.
  • The moto z is 699.00 here, here being the US. MOST people consider 699.00 to pretty much be 700.00 dollars. Maybe, you're different about that whopping $1. Lmao. My problem is not with India in any way, shape, or form. My problem is with Lenovo price gouging in certain markets.
  • I am from India so as far as Moto Z is considered, you are paying only $100 more as it costs equivalent of $600 here. But considering we have to pay a 35% premium for all the top flagships, we are the ones who should complain :D I'm not even going to mention TVs/PC parts where we pay 100-400% premium compared to US ;) You can't really call it price gouging as its a different phone that very few know about and is not even released in US. Oneplus 3 on the other hand, costs the same $400 + tax pretty much all around the world.
  • And the pricing of the one plus three that you reference is the way it should be wherever it can be purchased that is my point. And that brings us back to the fact that these are Lenovo decisions so screw Lenovo If Lenovo sold this phone here at this price they know they would sell even fewer of the overpriced Moto Z then they will
  • Actually I believe the reason Lenovo (and other chinese vendors) don't sell this phone and others is because they have very few bands for US. OP3 already got a lot of heat for not having CDMA. Z2 doesn't have a lot of other LTE bands as well.
  • I'll tell you what I absolutely love it it's a fantastic phone and not using this phone is good you are holding out with your self righteous motives. As far as I'm concerned this is the best phone on the market and some guy was right why is this phone $390 overseas they want 700 bucks for the Moto z okay $649 okay $600 but it is originally seven hundred bucks
    9 Snapdragon processor 820 is the smoothest pieces equipment I think I have ever witnessed it's like riding a jet threw up red clouds on a Sunshine Day the sunny beaches of Peru it's like slicing through butter it's like kissing a girl for the first time that's how great this phone is.
  • India is poor the US is rich.
  • So what, that doesn't mean we should pay double, triple, or 10 times the cost of something. That is an ignorant rationale. Being ripped off by Lenovo is being ripped off by Lenovo any way you cut it, screw them.
  • Hey dude,with almost respect can I ask you something,who told you India is a poor country!!!Did you ever visited India.If you would like to know how rich India is,then please visit the country and get to know about the ambiance and culture of Indian society.I admit that it's not as developed as US,but India is the fastest growing nation in the world.If u went through Indian History u will come to know that what was India once.At those times the world wasn't even aware that there is a place called US.So please try to respect other countries too ,and without knowing the actual facts please don't speak anything which comes out from your mouth.It would be a lot more professional.
  • Only certain parts but I guarantee this you're ghetto but you live in probably looks just like it slumdog.
  • Carriers
  • Check out the Lenovo laptop prices. They are only half price in the US comparing to Australia and even China. So yes, to hell with Lenovo.
  • That's because Americans can't afford nothing if they can then they'd be higher price that's the way it is for good economies
  • If Lenovo offer something like this in the US, they would be able to compete. All their phones in the US are over priced.
  • Nice review!
  • Thanks!
  • Really great review. Reading your segment on the enhanced home button has got me wishing this was in my phone already. Ant+ sensors are amazing. Hardly see it in many phones. Waterproofing and a ir sensor and this would be the bargain of the century.
  • Yup, really appreciated. I bought one (shipping to Canada) from Amazon.com thanks to your review. I was about to buy an Honor 8 64gb and this review saved me $100+.
  • Harish, I don't agree with the camera review. The camera may perform good in bright conditions but it is absolutely horrible in low light as I can see from the night shot. My Honor 5X performs better in low light.
  • Definitely!
  • Wish I could get this in the U.S. I would love to compare it to my OP3. I've been wanting to try out a more compact device.
  • I own a OP3 and I just bought a ZUK Z2 from Gearbest for $250. The ZUK Z2 is the same phone as this, ZUK is a lenovo subsidiary. I can't wait to pit it against the oneplus. I just want to try something smaller, and the U Touch button looks very intriguing.
  • Lemme know how you like it, that looks like a solid back up, I'm a op3 owner myself and love it.
  • Now sell this in the US... I'd buy 2.
  • That was so confusing. I thought I was seeing iOS screenshots at some point, for some obvious reasons.
  • 5" screen nope.
  • 5" screen yep.
  • Those home button gestures are EXACTLY what the Moto Z series need. That way they could eliminate the on-screen buttons and just rely on the fingerprint sensor for navigation.
  • This phone should be cheap, it's basically a Samsung Galaxy S 3 in form factor with some updated specs. The only reason I would buy it is because it is cheap as chips, and that's just not enough to sway me. I'd prefer to spend more money and get a good product that doesn't look like it was released 4 years ago.
  • This looks nothing like the GS3 in ANY way. It's almost an exact opposite design language.
  • Lol, are you drunk?
  • 3500mAh ...5" screen had me double checking physical stats, very impressive
  • 8.49 mm thick.
  • This is definitely a very good phone, maybe even a flagship killer. Provided you are not particular about getting the latest update. Don't understand why some people just love to hate. Nice review btw.
  • This looks great!
  • I have the ZUK branded Z2 Pro imported from China which is amazing and upgrades this phone in every way.
    Only issue is it uses ZUI and even with other launches it still feels a bit restricted.
  • I'm from Dallas TX. Does your phone (ZUK) has Google contacts blocked as other Chinese Lenovo phones? Do you get LTE or just 3g speed? I so want to buy this phone. The Lenovo Vibe P1 has Google contacts blocked. Other than that the Vibe p1 is great and has a massive battery that last two days.
  • hi,
    It doesn't have Google apps installed by default. They have their own version of app store / contacts / email.
    You can download playstore from the store on the phone or load the APK's yourself.
    I did it via apk as I had a few programs / apps I wanted to add, once on everything works flawlessly. Yes I also get LTE / 4g, it supports a lot of bands..GSM Arena I find useful for full listing of bands.
  • The easiest way that I found to check phone/carrier compatibility is on https://www.frequencycheck.com. They have the Z2 and even obscure carriers in their database.
  • That moment when this is more appealing than the Moto Z
  • Being more of a Moto (than lenovo) fan, that particular moment came along with zte axon 7..
  • Right? If this was available globally and offered the Moto software, I'd be ALL OVER THIS.
  • Moto gonna use forked android from upcoming Moto M.
  • A very good phone , at a great price.
    A question mark about upgrading the software in the future.
  • Review id great but you must be honest too. Feels like sugary coated review where you find everything good and amazing. Generally these phones have bad UI and camera comparison would also be nice.
  • Nothing sugar-coated about it. I liked everything about the phone. The UI has its quirks, as I've mentioned. And yes, I'll be pitting it against the OnePlus 3, Mi 5, and the Le Max 2 over the next ten days.
  • finally someone got it spot on
  • Harish, I have bought this phone 32 gb variant in India and have been using it from last 3 days. I have gone through your review and I think it's definitely not a fiagship killer. I got lured by the hardware. The signal strength is weak. It gets hanged on some of the apps . So as you use the mobile things will not get any better. Camera is third grade ,my note 2 was much much better in terms of camera. The mobile in India is being sold by amazon. So it's a gamble if you buy from there. Why? Because there is no support at all. I have the trailing mails as the proof. If i Don't talk about the service center of all the chinese makers it will be good because the list is never ending.They have not provided fast charger along with device. Since its launch leMAX2 ,mi have reduced the price drastically. I had bought this phone for the sole reason of it's size. Now coming to the pros, The build quality and desgin is good even though a little thick. Display is good but I fell not the best in the price segment. Yes the U touch is nice and the tweaks you can do will be useful in real life.
  • Interesting. I don't have any issues with signal quality, nor did I see a hint of lag in the week I've used it. Also, I use Amazon extensively. I order about 60 items on average a month from there. There are a lot of things wrong with Amazon, but customer service isn't one of them. If you have an issue with the device and are unable to get it serviced, forward the mails over to harish@androidcentral.com. I'll get it looked into.
  • Thanks for replying to my comment and writing down your mail id. Even I have bought many items from amazon and never faced issues with their service ,but this time the story is different. You can check on the reviews on amazon. Another thing as a critic how did you find the camera good ? It's not upto the mark for the money you are paying . Another thing I have learnt after the launch of chinese mobiles is that hardware on paper is a dfferent thing and real life usage is a different thing. Like they are using snapdragon chipset great; But what about the other hardware components. I am not a techie like you but in business of electronic components. Having said that they have produced some good phones like redmi note 3, oneplus one etc. It's not all that cheap , dont you think they should have atleast given a fast charger 3.0. They have given a normal charger. it lacks basic feature like IR blaster . I knew it before i bought the phone , but did't mind as I dont use the feature. It is of significant use for some. Thanks
  • Camera is fine. Don't see any issues with it. The phone does come with a fast charger out of the box (5V/2A).
  • BEWARE, Lenovo is Horrible at customer service, Not only for phones but for tablet and laptops, YOU are purchasing a throw-away phone if something happens to it, example K900 great phone in its time, however Lenovo after trundling it out as a "Flagship" phone won't even service it, has a defect on the USB port that breaks the port from the board rendering the phone unusable. Non user replaceable battery makes it a beautiful desktop paperweight or dog play toy.. Once Lenovo decides to service what they sell then, it would be a great phone, however UNTIL then STAY AWAY don't be disappointed with a great company that decides that you don't matter, yes I contacted Lenovo direct and they would not even reply.
  • That was like 7 years ago Dude
  • UI it's a total iOS rip off.. The phone itself too is a slight iPhone 4 ripoff.
  • Some of the iOS like UI elements were copied from webOS... Do you really want to go down this road?
  • You mean like the the card stack system for recently used apps on Android? Matías Duarte ripped that from webOS when he left Palm. Everyone borrows from everyone.
  • Every phone looks more or less similar to one another these days. Tech companies copy from one another. This is not new.
  • Not to mention that Harish specifically says it's the UI the company offers in China. Most Chinese Android skins are made to look like iOS.
  • I can get this for £190 from China including shipping, it's very tempting.
  • get your facts right . This phone doesn't have a goriila glass
  • Yes it does. It has Gorilla Glass 3
  • What other kind is there zebra glass
  • Dragontail glass
  • Very nice review! Does this phone have the ability to film in 1080p60fps or 720p60fps? Thank you!
  • It doesn't. Video is limited to 30fps, but you can shoot in 4K.
  • Interesting -- my kind of phone pricing, I don't like to pay much more than $400.00. Too bad we'll probably never see it in the U.S. other than grey market. One sentence in the review puzzles me though: "On-screen navigation buttons are enabled out of the box, and Lenovo says that it takes about three days to start using U-Touch navigation." I'm assuming this means it will take about 3 days to get used to the UI? Or, does it mean that the system has to "learn" first and then 3 days later it starts working?
  • Three days to get used to the fancy home button.
  • Harish, very nice review! As mentioned in the first part of the review, the original phone is the Zuk Z2, the Z2 Plus being a rebrand for brand familiarity. It will never be available in U.S., but you can buy it for $250USD if you so desire, but it's going to be slow shipping from China though.
  • @Harish Thanks for the review, I was waiting for this . Could you please tell us your opinion about the screen quality and brightness compared to the Oneplus 3 ? Also, is the bottom firing speaker loud enough for noisy environments when outside or missing calls a possibility ? Eagerly waiting for your comparison with other SD820 phones :)
  • Working on it right now. That's all on the schedule for next week.
  • I don't necessarily like the look of the phone but, I do like that it's 5 inches and has a 3,500mAh battery. Function over Form, always. Too bad it's not available in the US.
  • What a great review about a phone I didn't know much about. Actually nothing about. Awesome article Harish!
  • Thanks! Glad you liked it.
  • The front reminds me of the Galaxy S2. It's amazing how they could fit similar specs to the new Pixel, at a fraction of the price.
  • This is amazing. 3500mah in that small phone? I'd love them to make a 6" with 6000mah awwwwww yiss
  • The camera looks to be pretty good. Isn't Isocell made my Samsung? The daylight photos looked pretty great, and the area looks beautiful. Can I come visit you in Hyderabad Harish? Lol
  • Yeah, the camera is by Samsung. As for Hyderabad, it's usually extremely hot throughout the year, but the weather's been fairly decent over the last few months. Come by anytime!
  • The deal breaker here is the terrible UI companies like LeEco, Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, etc, etc insist in puting on top of stock Android. They are simply terrible, in my opinion.
    UMI is an exception, they are like old Motorola, stock Android with some features added, nothing more.
  • You forgot Oneplus. Anyway, I heard that Z2 plus UI is actually pretty close to stock than other traditional Lenovo phones.
  • You can see from the screenshots that it's not pretty close to stock. The notification bar, quick settings and Recents screen are totally different from stock Android.
  • Those are the UIs that are apparently very popular in the East. Over in the West, some OEMs have a separate UX just for that market.
  • junk
  • What is that widget? Looks like Dashclock but I don't have the options to get mine to look like that.
  • That's Weather Timeline.
  • Harish, i want to know--- will i have to update "lenovo z2 plus 64 GB " for overall good performance and for good camera. or it will come with all updates.
  • By now, it should have the latest version running out of the box, but if it doesn't, you'll have to install it. It comes in at around 200MB.
  • thank you Harish for your reply,,,, will you send me a snapshot of updated version , so that, i can sure myself that my upcoming phone is updated or not.
    or other thing is, is it will be from mobile or i have to use laptop for updating???
  • It's really sad to see a lot of Americans willing to buy a product from China especially after how they screw us over.
  • very limited lte.
    LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) no band 12
  • Damn. That kills it for me. I need band 12. :(
  • This is a India specific SKU, so you expect the LTE bands popular in the country to be present in the phone.
  • How much work would Lenovo have to do to make it work with SIGNIFICANTLY more LTE bands, when the chipset natively supports significantly more LTE bands than what can be used?
  • Qualcomm charges phone manufactures different rates for different number of enabled LTE bands, it is a licensing cost issue not a Radio firmware issue. This is why you see, phones with snapdragon 820/821 launched with different LTE bands in China, India and Europe and USA , all having different LTE bands enabled eventhough the chipset used is same.
  • I'd buy one if it were in the US, and had an unlockable bootloader, and decent rom support.
  • More interesting phone than the "Oogle" pixels...
    THIS will drive prices down while keeping higher end specs. Good job Lenovo...now remove that spyware please if you don't mind.
  • BEWARE, Lenovo is Horrible at customer service, Not only for phones but for tablet and laptops, YOU are purchasing a throw-away phone if something happens to it, example K900 great phone in its time, however Lenovo after trundling it out as a "Flagship" phone won't even service it, had a defect on the USB port that breaks the port from the board rendering the phone unusable. Non user replaceable battery makes it a beautiful desktop paperweight or dog play toy.. Once Lenovo decides to service what they sell then, it would be a great phone, however UNTIL then STAY AWAY don't be disappointed with a great company that decides that you don't matter
  • Literally the only company that has what can even be considered "good" customer service is Apple, period. Even in my country where there are officially no Apple stores, the third party retailers take care of you and your iDevice like a native Genius Bar. They'd individually check every iDevice if it has a problem and see if it can be solved before they're sent for repairs and picking them up is quick and painless. I have to respectfully ask, What's your point?
  • Facha
  • This phone seems really tantalizing, but the software seems like it could be a problem since I live in the US. Since there are two variants of this phone (lenovo and zuk versions), which one should I get for better support for google services and whatnot (including being able to flash roms onto it)?
  • How much of a problem would the software be if I live in the US? (also inclusing the zuk version)