Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro combines 16MP camera, OIS and QHD screen
Lars Rehm | Published: Aug 5, 2014 at 17:43 UTC75
On its Google Plus page Lenovo has just announced what looks like, from a camera perspective, one of the most interesting smartphones of the year. According to the announcement the Vibe Z2 Pro captures images with a 16MP camera that features an optical image stabilization system. There is also a Dual-LED flash but unfortunately no information on sensor size or aperture has been released yet.
Camera functions include Auto Scene Detection and a so-called Ultra Night Mode but to many mobile photographers, Pro Mode, which allows for manual control over a range of shooting parameters, should look most appealing. Pro Mode's user interface design looks very similar to the manual setting dials in Nokia's excellent Camera App. The new device is also capable of 4K video recording.
The rest of the specification is worthy of a flagship device as well. The Vibe Z2 Pro comes with a 6-inch IPS screen that puts it flatly into phablet territory and the 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD resolution should make composing and viewing images a joy. Under the hood Android 4.4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with a 2.5GHz quad-core CPU and 3GB of RAM. The internal storage capacity is 32GB but unfortunately there is no microSD expansion. At 7.7mm the Lenovo is pretty slim and comes with very thin bezels. However, thanks to the large screen it was still possible to install a 4,000mAh battery.
The phone's rear panel is made out of brushed metal and at least in the released promotional materials looks like a true premium device. The launch is planned for September but, as usual with Lenovo devices, it is not clear if, when and at what price it will come to Western shores. Initially the Vibe Z2 Pro will be available in Russia among some other countries for approximately $834. Watch the video below for some more insight into its features and camera.