A Quick Introduction – Lenovo Z6 Pro Full Review
It has been around 4 years since Lenovo’s smartphone production came under Motorola. While Lenovo still released its ZUI-based smartphones in China, it left the rest of the things up to Motorola. The release of the Lenovo Z6 Pro has indeed been a welcome surprise. The company has started selling successful models in markets other than China as well. This smartphone will be available in Bulgaria, Malaysia, and even India. Z6 Pro is Lenovo’s latest attempts and it seems to be a pretty good one on the first look. With 48MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, an AMOLED screen with a fingerprint scanner, and the latest Snapdragon 855 chip, this glass-sandwich phone is all set to give us a great experience. Read on for the Lenovo Z6 Pro Full Review.
Lenovo Z6 Pro Specs
The dual-glass body of the Lenovo Z6 has indeed been drawing attention. With a large AMOLED screen, 6.39″ in size, it offers a vibrant display. It is offered in three variations of 6GB, 8GB or 12GB RAM along with 128GB, 256GB or 512GB storage. Regarding SIM, it can accommodate two SIM cards or one microSD and one SIM card. The battery life is pretty good thanks to the 4,000 mAh battery with 18W fast charging capabilities. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Dual SIM, GPS, Bluetooth, USB-Type C, and a 3.5mm jack. One thing that you will not find here is the NFC feature, unfortunately.
Many feel that it would be troublesome to handle the Lenovo Z6 Pro smartphone due to its slippery glass-like feel and the curvy model. The Lenovo Z6 Pro is shipped with a USB-C-to-C cable, a 27W charger with a USB-C port, and a USB-C-to-A adapter. Besides this, you will also find a transparent silicone case and a screen protector.
Build and Design
While the build quality of the Lenovo Z6 Pro is awesome, it does lack ingress protection and the quality of defense provided by Gorilla Glasses. The Super AMOLED with 1080p resolution with a droplet-shaped notch is the best thing you can expect in the market today. Unfortunately, the bezels are not very thin, especially towards the bottom. Also, since the company has neglected to mention the screen glass, we can reasonably assume it is not Gorilla glass or anything similar. There is no notification LED on this phone – you can decide how you feel about that!
Instead of at the back of the phone, the Lenovo Z6 Pro features the fingerprint scanner at the front. The sensors are located within the screen. Unlike phones that have the sensor at the front, it works well and is highly responsive. Don’t worry! You will always know where the sensor is because it will light up when the phone is taken in hand. The hybrid SIM and the microSD card tray is situated on the left side of the phone while the audio jack takes the upper side. The left side contains the power and volume buttons. On the lower side, you will find the speaker grille and the USB-C port.
The Lenovo Z6 has a screen resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. You will also be pleased to know that the display screen is HDR10-compliant, ensuring that you experience the best colors and display. The phone has two different color saturation settings. In the vibrant mode, you can choose the color temperature, such as warm, cool, or standard. The dimensions of the Lenovo Z6 pro are 157.5 x 74.6 x 8.7 mm and weight about 185 grams. To safeguard the display screen, you can make use of the case and screen protector that comes with the phones – an amazing piece of news! While the phone is a bit slippery, you can always get used to it.
This Lenovo Z6 Pro Full Review would certainly be incomplete if it doesn’t include details about the excellent battery life of the phone. Powered by a 4,000 mAh battery, you can be sure it is going to last you for a long time. With the 27W power charger, comes the ability to charge about 45% of the battery in just 30 minutes. Battery tests show that the phone easily offers over 100 hours of use on a regular day.
The loudspeaker on this phone is located at the bottom. While it a single bottom-firing model, you can be sure it holds nothing back in terms of loudness. As always, you can use the system-wide equalizer to bring it to terms you like. However, there is no way you can completely disable it. The clarity is remarkable for audio with headphones and with an active external amplifier. Many expect that a firmware update from Lenovo might fix the equalizer issue.
Performance and Software
The Lenovo Z6 Pro runs on Android 9 Pie. ZUI refers to the proprietary Lenovo launcher. Its look and feel relate to Android in many cases. You will find that the usual app drawer, Google default apps, and the Pie home screen are all present. Now, if you want to know what has changed, they are the camera app, the notification panel, the settings menu, and the task switcher. You can also make use of the Lenovo Security app to improve your phone’s security.
Powered by the Snapdragon 855 chip, the phone runs smoothly and efficiently. The advanced chip cooling ensures that the phone does not heat up and still performs admirably when the maximum power is used. The Snapdragon 855’s processor is the reason why multi-core tasks can be carried out comfortably. Do note that this phone is resistant to dust or water.
The ZUI11 launcher
Coming to the part which many are eager to know about in great detail! The Lenovo Z6 Pro features the usual three virtual navigation keys on the bottom of the screen. However, if you are keen to experience the full-screen experience, you can enable the 4D touch mode where you can use gesture navigation. As always, you can unlock your phone using the fingerprint scanner located underneath the screen. It works accurately in most cases and very rarely is there any lag.
Besides the fingerprint sensor, you can also set up face recognition and unlock option. Unfortunately, it is not very secure. If you don’t want to use Google’s default gallery or Photos app, you can fall back to the ZUI version for the same.
You will find four vertically-aligned cameras on the back of the Lenovo Z6 phone. Besides the ultra-wide, tele, and primary options, you will see that the Lenovo Z6 model comes with a dedicated 2MP video camera for low-light or night time videos. There is also a 3D ToF camera for autofocus and portrait mode. The top one is the 16MP shooter behind f/2.2 12mm lens designed for ultrawide images. You can use it to capture something as close as 2cm. It also supports auto-focus. All in all, you are certain to get some high-resolution images.
Following this is the 48MP primary snapper, then the 8MP shooter, and finally, the 2MP imager. The camera app is a joy to use, especially since the screen is left clear and uncluttered. For more options, you can tap on the ‘More’ option. This will show you filters, HDR options, and advanced settings. You can choose one of the many modes, including Pro, Portrait, Panorama, Night, Wide, and Macro. Build-wise, the phone stays on a level surface and doesn’t wobble at all since the cameras are all in a neat line. The low-light feature comes to life automatically, ensuring your clicks are stunning.
The Verdict – Lenovo Z6 Pro Full Review
Now that we have explored every aspect of the phone in this Lenovo Z6 Pro Full Review, you know every positive and negative point. While there are many things to its credit, there are one or two things that make us apprehensive. One, of course, is the ZUI. This vanilla Android launcher doesn’t make much sense. You will find it much slower as well. Also, the introduction of a task switcher and a new notification shade could also be tough to get used to. On the brighter side, the display is crisp, the camera images are vibrant and colorful, the battery life amazing, and the overall performance great! Since Lenovo has not been seen much in the global markets lately, this is a pretty good comeback. If you are looking at a budget smartphone offering the best performance, check out the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro Review. This review covers everything you need to know – performance, hardware and software, camera, audio, and more.