Many smartphone manufacturers have lately been using the ‘Edge’ acronym, mostly for their flagships. It’s now time for Lenovo to show what it has to offer with ZUK Edge. But is the phone really a threat to phones like Galaxy S7 Edge? That’s what we will try to find out, but on paper Lenovo ZUK Edge impresses and packs some of the latest hardware and software. Lenovo’s latest flagship phone is set to release soon and would cost around $500.
Don’t be misled by the word ‘Edge’ as in ZUK’s case, it does not mean curved display like S7 Edge. However, the 2.5D 5.5-inchFull HD display features an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 86.4%, which in case of S7 Edge is 76.1%. The overall design is similar to the phones Lenovo has previously produced under the ZUK branding. Key highlights of Lenovo’s latest offering includes Android Nougat 7 out of the box, Snapdragon 821 processor, 6GB RAM, 64GB ROM and a TDDI In-cell screen.
|Operating System||Android Nougat 7.0, ZUI 2.5|
|Chipset/CPU/GPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996, Quad-core (2×2.35 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo), Adreno 530|
|Network||GSM, HSPA, LTE|
|Display||2.5D 5.5 inches 1080 x 1920 pixels TDDI In-Cell @ 401 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass Protection|
|RAM/ROM||6GB RAM, 64GB ROM (NO Card Slot)|
|SIM||Dual SIM, Dual stand-by (Nano-SIM|
|Rear Camera||13MP with f/2.2, LED Flash, 1.3 µm pixel size, HDR, panorama, phase detection autofocus|
|Front Camera||8MP, f/2.2, 1,12 µm pixel size, 1/4″ sensor size, 1080 recording|
|Audio||24-bit/192kHz, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, 3.5mm audio jack|
|Dimensions||142.9 x 74.5 x 7.7 mm|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.1, LE, A2DP|
|GPS||with AGPS, BDS, GLONASS|
|USB||Type-C reversible connector (v3.1)|
|Sensors||Fingerprint, heart rate, altimeter, accelerometer, proximity, gyro, compass|
|Battery||3100 mAh Li-ion (Non-removable), Quick Charge 3.0 fast battery charging|
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- Borderless display
- Excellent performance
- Latest Android OS out of the box
- Capable cameras
- Slim and sleek design
Pros and Cons
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- Dual-SIM, One phone for work and home
- Enhanced audio experience
- Excellent fingerprint sensor
- Heart-rate monitor
- Powerful internals
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- No memory expansion slot
- Smaller battery
Design and Display
With an impressive screen-to-body ration of 86.4%, ZUK Edge is quite a looker and can be categorized as a phone without borders. The home button at the bottom of the screen is a standard ZUK affair, which also serves as a fingerprint sensor. The sensor itself is located under the glass, is very responsive and unlocks the phone in 0.09 seconds. The home button can also be used for different gestures, including swipe. The back is home to a heart-rate monitor, while the phone also features UV light sensor and altimeter. Dirac HD sound ensures outstanding audio experience and brings life back to movies and videos. Compared to the competition, the 5.5 inch Full HD TDDI In-Cell display is packing much fewer pixels. However, at 5.5-inch, a pixel density of 401ppi is still good enough and the images appear sharp and crisp.
The Snapdragon 821 quadcore processor coupled with 6GB ram is as good as it gets. The phone is able to handle well any task a user throws at it. Although 64GB of internal storage is good enough for most users, lack of memory expansion is still a question mark for some. Lenovo’s skin aka ZUI 2.5 on top of Android Nougat aims to enhance the user experience and offers butter-smooth UI. The Antutu benchmark score hovers around a whopping 150,000!
The rear camera features Samsung ISOCELL sensor and is able to record 4K videos, while the 8MP front camera does well to capture detailed selfies and video calls. The pictures captured from the main camera come out to be detailed, sharp and colorful, but there is nothing outstanding going on in the camera department.
Lenovo stepped up expectations with a massive 4,100 mAh battery in ZUK Z1, but the company decided to cut down and powered ZUK Edge with a 3,100 mAh battery. However, the phone supports Quick Charge 3.0 and you should not have any trouble with battery life. Despite smaller capacity, the battery still manages to perform quite well, thanks to the power efficient Android OS and its battery saving features. A smaller battery also helped Lenovo to keep the phone slimmer, compact and light.
So is ZUK Edge a S7 killer? Definitely not, but it does offer excellent value for the money. They key selling point of the phone remains its slim and compact design, the snappy processor and massive amount of RAM. The Cameras perform well in most lighting conditions, but they aren’t here to break any records. Absence of a memory expansion slot may be a disappointment for some, but we have become accustomed to living without them so it doesn’t matter in most cases. Overall, ZUK Edge is a sleek-looking, attractive piece of hardware and performs like a rockstar. Android Nougat out of the box isn’t something we see very often, which makes the phone quite a handsome package.
How to Buy
Lenovo ZUK Edge will soon be available at gearbest for around $500 (or less) in Ceramic White, Titanium Black colors. The link given below takes to the product page that details more information about the product and shipping.