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Lenovo Z2 Plus Review: Not An Extraordinary Smartphone For Rs 19,999

Here is our first-hand review of the all new Lenovo Z2 Plus.

Sarthak Dogra | News18.com@SarthakDogra

Updated:November 17, 2016, 4:02 PM IST
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Lenovo Z2 Plus Review: Not An Extraordinary Smartphone For Rs 19,999
Lenovo Z2 Plus. (Image: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)

Lenovo introduced its Z2 Plus smartphone at a price of Rs 19,999 to compete in the much-crowded segment of under Rs 20,000 price range. Available exclusively on its e-commerce partner, Amazon.in, the Z2 Plus is just the re-branded version of the ZUK Z2 smartphone, which was launched in China earlier.

After using the smartphone for more than a week, here is our review. Read on to find out what’s so cool about the phone as well as the features that could have been better.

What’s cool?

Lenovo Z2 Plus at first glance is a very sturdy looking phone with fiber glass frame. The integrated home button with fingerprint scanner offers several functionalities. Given the screen size of 5-inches, the phone can be operated with one hand.

Lenovo Z2 Plus sports a 5-inch Screen with Full HD 1080p display at a PPI of 441, making outdoor visibility easy. Summing up, the phone has a very bright and clear display and would not disappoint you with its LCD capacitive touchscreen.

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The phone runs on 2.15GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM AND 64 GB ROM. These specifications ensure speed and leave no chance of hindering your work even while using multiple tabs simultaneously.

To the extent of our usage, which includes playing more than enough videos, songs and games, the phone did not lag much. You can judge its powerful processor by observing the next to minimal time that the phone takes to boot.

The phone comes with a 13-megapixel camera at the back and an 8-megapixel secondary camera in the front. Few camera features include Panorama, Slow motion and Time Lapse. The end result gives you a picture of very high quality and only a few high-end phones can perform better in this area.

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Powered by 3,500-mAh battery, the phone delivers enough juice to last an entire day and charges amazingly fast thanks to Quick Charging. You can expect to get around 35% of battery time from 15 minutes of charging.

A ‘U touch’ app in the phone allows the fingerprint scanner to double up as a multi-functional button. Tap once to go back, press to go to home screen, double-press to open latest tabs and swipe right/ left to toggle between the opened tabs. This is again customisable by the user.

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The speakers supported by the phone are amazingly good and are able to deliver good quality sound at a very high volume.

What’s not so cool?

As a downside, the phone is undoubtedly quite thick (8.4-mm) as compared to most of the smartphones in the market. Add to that, the glass back makes it too slippery to hold (or to keep it on a smooth table for that matter) and retains fingerprints very easily.

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One major drawback of the phone is with its audio recorder app. It delivers a very poor quality playback wherein you can hear very less even at the maximum volume. Anyone having extensive use of that feature should weigh his options carefully.

Competitors

For the price range at which Lenovo Z2 Plus is available in the market, it faces some serious competition from the likes of Asus Zenfone 3, Xiaomi Mi 5 and LeEco Le Max2 with each having their own strengths and drawbacks.

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Verdict

All in all, Lenovo Z2 Plus is a very powerful phone for day-to-day usage. While there is nothing extraordinary or innovative when compared to other Android phones, it delivers a refined experience. At market prices of Rs 17,999 (for 32 GB version) and Rs 19,999 (64 GB), the smartphone should certainly be on your list to check out.

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| Edited by: Sarthak Dogra
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