Lenovo has kept silent this entire year as if they decided to focus on their Moto lineup instead. Little did we know that it’s going to end 2018 with a new line of midrange devices — the Lenovo Z5s and S5 Pro GT — both of which are launched around $200 or around Php10,000. So, are they worth the price?
Lenovo Z5s and S5 Pro GT Differences
- Corning Gorilla Glass
- Android 9.0 Pie
- Snapdragon 710
- triple-main camera setup
- smaller dewdrop notch
S5 Pro GT Advantages
- dual-selfie camera setup
- IR face recognition
- 3500mAh battery
- 18W charger
Z5s and S5 Pro GT Similarities
- LTPS IPS LCD panel
- 1080p+ resolution
- notched display
- audio jack
- USB Type-C
- fast charging
- rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- up to 128GB/6GB
- microSD up to 256GB
- ZUI 10
Which is a better buy between the Lenovo Z5s and Lenovo S5 Pro GT?
These two midrange phones might not be as flashy as the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT, but it still has that updated look with its metal body design with reflective solid color finish. The cheaper S5 Pro GT has a wider notch to house the IR face sensor similar to the iPhone XS while the Z5s has a dewdrop style with ever-so-slim bezels making it a better-looking device.
Some minor performance difference might be perceivable to the trained eye as the Z5s goes for a slightly more efficient Snapdragon 710 while running Android 9.0 Pie. However, both midrange devices support up to 128GB/6GB with an option to expand that up to 256GB via microSD slot.
What will really stand out to consumers will be the camera of both. The Z5s sports an impressive triple camera setup (16MP + 8MP 2x optical zoom + 5MP depth sensor) for its price along with a single 16MP selfie shooter. The S5 Pro GT isn’t any slouch either as you can get better selfie shots with its dual-selfie camera (20MP+8MP) with another dual camera setup on the back (12MP + 20MP 2x optical zoom).
Lenovo did its customers a favor by including a headphone jack for the two alongside its USB Type-C port.
The Z5s has a 3300mAh battery capable of 15W charging but the S5 Pro GT has a larger 3500mAh capacity which charges at 18W.
Lenovo Z5s launched for around $200 or Php10,990 (4GB/64GB) while the S5 Pro GT has a price of $175 or Php9,300 for the same configuration. Upgrading that to 6GB RAM will costs you $185 or Php9,990.
If Lenovo will launch its new line of midrange devices locally, we have to say it’s a compelling buy for its very affordable price. Apart from multiple cameras, you’re not really missing any feature such as the headphone jack. In fact, we hope brands will follow suit.
|Specs||Lenovo Z5s||Lenovo S5 Pro GT|
|Display||6.3-inch LTPS IPS LCD, 1080 x 2340, 409ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass||6.2-inch LTPS IPS LCD, 1080 x 2246, 402ppi, 18.7:9 ratio|
|Dimensions||156.7 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm, 172g||154.5 x 75.5 x 7.7 mm, 170g|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)||Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 616||Adreno 512|
|Memory||128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM + microSD slot up to 256GB||64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM + microSD slot up to 256GB|
|Main Camera||16 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), PDAF + 8 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), PDAF, 2x optical zoom + 5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor||12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.9″, 1.25µm, PDAF +|
20 MP, f/2.6, 2x optical zoom
|Front Camera||16 MP, f/2.0||20 MP, f/2.0, 1/2.8″, 1.0µm +|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n/, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 5.0, A2DP LE, USB Type-C, audio jack||Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n/, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 5.0, A2DP LE, USB Type-C, audio jack|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery – 15W charging||Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery – 18W charging|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie) with ZUI10||Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ZUI10|
|Official Price||Php10,990 (4GB/64GB)||$175 or Php9,300 (4GB/64GB)|
$185 or Php9,990 (6GB/64GB)