Lenovo has rapidly reached the verge of becoming the world’s largest smartphone maker. In order to strengthen its presence in different markets, the company has also bought companies like Motorola and Median. Apart from all this, the company also sells its products online under the Zook brand.

Lenovo told Gadgets 360 that it intends to introduce all its sub-brands in India as the Lenovo family. Lenovo Z2 Plus is an attempt in this direction. Despite being a ZOOK brand product, it is being sold in India under the name Lenovo. The company has marketed this device as an affordable handset equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Its price has been kept below Rs 20,000. Does the Z2 Plus have a challenge to its more expensive flagship handsets? Let us know through review.

Lenovo Z2 Plus Look and Design
Lenovo Zaku Z1 ,reviewIn ) the company used a 5.5-inch display, while the company has given a 5-inch screen in the Z2 Plus. It will appeal to those who crave power and quality but have a problem with phablet screens.

The Z2 Plus is a slim profile handset and weighs only 150 grams. The design of the phone is such that it looks iPhone SE ,review) as it appears. In this phone, instead of the common metal body, a fiberglass frame has been used, so that the weight remains low. For added strength, there is an alloy roll cage of magnesium. The back of the phone is completely glass, it looks good and gives a great feel to the hands. Sadly, fingerprints fall on it very quickly.

Lenovo Z2 Plus smartphone is available in White and Black colours. Our review unit was in black color and it looks better than the white one. You won’t see the Zook branding, only the Lenovo logo on the rear. Like we said earlier, you will have to clean the glass back panel frequently.

On the right side of the phone are the power and volume buttons. Along with this, the place of SIM tray has also been given. Dual SIM slots are present in the phone in which you will be able to use two Nano SIMs. Storage cannot be increased. The speaker grille, 3.5mm jack and USB Type-C port are present at the bottom of the phone. The 3500 mAh battery cannot be removed by the user. For many functions, a home button has been given on the front panel, which also acts as a fingerprint sensor. The screen is present in 70 percent of the front panel of the phone.

The fingerprint sensor has been improved in comparison to the Zook Z1. In addition to being faster, it is also more accurate. It works even when the phone is in standby mode. You will be able to store 5 fingerprints. Unlocking the phone is easy. However, it is still oneplus 3 ,review) is not as fast. Lenovo says its fingerprint recognition capability will become more accurate over time. It’s a physical button that can also recognize touch and gesture.

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Lenovo has completely changed the way you interact with the user interface by harnessing the power of this button. Tapping on the button means pressing back and down, it will take you to the home screen. It is possible to perform different actions by swiping left and right, double clicking and long pressing the button. This can be changed through the Settings app. We like the changes the company has made. If you don’t like it, the old on-screen button can be activated by going to Settings.

Lenovo Z2 Plus sports a 5-inch full-HD LTPS LCD screen. Its pixel density is 441 ppi. It’s a sharp, clean and bright screen. There is no problem in reading on the screen even in sunlight at maximum brightness. However, we found that the adaptive brightness settings of the phone did not work at times. We had to go through the settings again and again and adjust the brightness manually. We felt that the quality of the screen was not improving due to the matte screen guard provided by the company.

Overall the screen of the phone is good. But it is not as spectacular as the screen of many other flagship Android smartphones.

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Lenovo Z2 Plus Specifications
Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 820 chipset has been used in many flagship phones this year. in which Xiaomi Mi 5 ,review, oneplus 3 ,review) And LeEco Le Max 2 ,review) Are included. Now the Snapdragon 821 is the company’s flagship processor, but the 820 is still a very powerful and capable processor. Lenovo Z2 Plus gets the benefit of this.

There are two variants of Lenovo Z2 Plus available in India. The affordable variant is priced at Rs 17,999, which is equipped with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. At the same time, the version with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage is available for Rs 19,999. By the way, we would suggest you to buy a variant with 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage. Since there is no support for microSD card in the phone, in such a situation, you can feel the lack of storage at any time.

The phone will support Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac connectivity, Bluetooth 4.1 and USB 2.0 Type-C connector. The company has given a 10W charger with the phone, which disappoints us. However, the charging of the phone is not very slow. But, there is no such thing as quick charging.

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lenovo z2 plus software
CyanogenOS was used in ZooKZ1. On the other hand, the Z2 Plus comes with a custom built ZUI which is very similar to the Google Now Launcher. Aspects like the home screen, widgets and app drawer give a stock Google feel.

You will not find customization option like Cyanogen OS in interface and software. Customization can be controlled through the Settings app. However, there is a slight lack of polishing in the interface. At some places, we came across grammatical and spelling mistakes. Surprisingly, we also found the camera settings in the common Settings app. However, even that can be accessed through the camera app.

Z2 Plus runs on Android 6.0. It is expected that the company will continue to release security patches for this device. At the moment, information about this handset getting the update of Android 7.0 Nougat is also not available.

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Lenovo Z2 Plus Camera
Lenovo Z2 Plus has a 13-megapixel primary camera. It is accompanied by a single-tone LED flash. The front camera of the handset is of 8 megapixels. With the rear camera, you will be able to record videos in 4K resolution. At the same time, the front camera is capable of recording videos of 1080 pixels resolution.

The camera app has all the common modes including panorama, time lapse and slow motion video. Apart from this, you will find basic filters in the Settings app. Shortcut icons are given for Video Mode, Camera Switcher, Flash, HDR and Gallery. You will be able to control the resolution from the settings menu. It is worth noting that there are three options in slow motion frame rate. It also includes 960 frames per second mode.

After researching 960 frames per second mode, we found that it is a game of processing. Indeed the framerate is 120 frames per second and the resolution is 720 pixels. The phone automatically slows down the playback to feel a higher framerate. Videos shot at 960 fps or 240 fps framerates aren’t truly slowmotion. The gap between the frames is clearly visible. It would be better if you shoot at a framerate of 120 frames per second. The Z2 Plus isn’t far ahead of other phones in this department.

You will get the option to shoot normal video in 2160 pixels. In this mode, you will get more sharp and detailed clips. However, when shooting in this resolution, the phone gets a bit hot and the battery drains very fast. Videos come out fine even at 1080 pixels.

Photography with the Lenovo Z2 Plus was a bit disappointing. The photos are not bad at all, but it doesn’t live up to the expectations of the flagship handset. The performance of the camera is like any common mid-range device. Colors are a bit dull. You will see grains in the dark area. It is not easy to take pictures when there is no suitable lighting. The camera of the Z2 Plus smartphone is fine for taking occasional pictures. If you like to take a lot of pictures then this phone is not for you.

lenovo z2 plus performance
The performance of Lenovo Z2 Plus is as good as expected. And the credit for this goes to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Our review unit had 4 GB of RAM, which is more than enough at the moment. The second variant has 3 GB RAM. He will also prove to be completely capable. There is no problem playing games and switching between apps. Competent software is also behind this. However, we did get complaints about the phone getting a little hot while playing games with more powerful graphics. Because of this, the battery consumption was much faster. The benchmark results of this handset were good. Considering the Snapdragon 820 processor, we expected similar results.

The Lenovo Zoodle 2 Plus’ battery lasted for 16 hours and 40 minutes in our video loop test. In normal use, it will last for a day, which is excellent considering the hardware specification of the handset. Wi-Fi, cellular connectivity and voice call quality were good. However, the speakers of the phone are not very good. Can’t expect a louder sound than this.

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our decision
After the flood of mobile phones in the budget and mid-range segment, companies are trying to offer phones with high-end specifications in the mid-range price. In terms of performance, Lenovo Z2 Plus is capable of challenging any flagship device.

The Lenovo Z2 Plus may not be the most appealing flagship phone, but its most important feature is the price. For Rs 17,999, this phone promises to give you the best quality at an affordable price. The Rs 19,999 variant is also cheaper than other flagship devices with similar specifications. That’s why it’s easy for us to recommend you buy this phone.

The Lenovo Z2 Plus offers flagship performance and quality at a mid-range price tag. If camera quality is not the most important thing for you then this phone is for you.

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