The Lenovo ZUK Z2 Pro was without a doubt an impressive handset that was (and still is) probably known to few people.
Released in 2016 June, the Lenovo ZUK Z2 Pro ships with all the 2016 flagship specs you can expect in a high-end smartphone. These include a decent 5.2-inch Super AMOLED screen with Full HD resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor that is paired with an Adreno 530 GPU and up to 6GB of RAM, although the base model ships with 4GB RAM. The latter has a storage of 64GB while the former comes in with 128GB, but there is no room for expandable storage.
The back of the Lenovo ZUK Z2 Pro has a 13MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture, OIS, PDAF, dual-tone LED flash and HDR, among others. The front camera has an 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture and ability to record 1080p videos. You get a USB-C port for fast-charging the huge 3100mAh battery on board and Android Marshmallow powers the phone out of the box.
Now, in a new and developing story, the Lenovo ZUK Z3 Pro has been spotted online, with concept images and specs of the phone now available through these leaks. Even though Lenovo is set to attend the Mobile World Congress 2017 show in Spain in a couple of weeks, it appears that the successor to the ZUK Z2 Pro will not be part of the mega event, if at all last year’s launch date of the ZUK Z2 Pro is anything to go by.
Be warned that the latest leaks are based on someone’s thoughts of how the Lenovo ZUK Z3 Pro will look like and ship with based on its predecessor as well as the current market standards. The concept suggests that the ZUK Z3 Pro will have a premium build that expertly combines glass and metal, but there will only be a single LED flash on the main camera as opposed to the two used on the Z2 Pro. The USB-C port should be retained and so will the position of the power and volume rocker buttons.
In terms of specs, the Lenovo ZUK Z3 Pro is touted to ship with powerful hardware, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and up to 8GB RAM, meaning the low-end offering will now jump from 4GB RAM to 6GB RAM. The storage capacity may also be upped for both models, with the entry-level variant shipping with a whopping 128GB and the high-end model to get 256GB.
Even though many OEMs are going for a smaller number of megapixel count, Lenovo could go for a 16MP sensor on the back camera with the same aperture as the ZUK Z2 Pro or much larger at probably f/1.7. The front snapper could keep the 8MP shooter, but better the aperture as well. Last year’s model got a 3100mAh battery but this year’s variant could get a slightly larger capacity of 3300mAh with support for the more advanced Quick Charge 4.0 technology.
Lenovo will also ship this phone with a U-Touch fingerprint scanner and a thickness of just 8.4mm. Like the ZUK Z2 Pro, the incoming ZUK Z3 Pro will reportedly keep the same screen size of 5.2 inches as well as the Super AMOLED Full HD resolution.
As per the report, the Chinese OEM will value the entry-level Lenovo ZUK Z3 Pro at CNY 2,299 while the high-end model will come in at just CNY 2,699. When converted, it means the 6GB RAM/128GB storage variant will be selling at a mere $335 while the 8GB RAM/256GB storage variant will be valued at just $390. According to the source, the ZUK Z3 Pro will be unveiled in China somewhere in March, but the official release date is not yet known.