The smartphone wars in India continue to intensify, with the launch of the Lenovo Z2 Plus today. The latest flagship smartphone from Lenovo comes at mid-range prices and brings the fight to its competitors like Xiaomi and OnePlus, who have similarly specced smartphones priced upwards of Rs. 20,000.
The Lenovo Z2 Plus comes with almost the same core specs as the Xiaomi Mi 5. Both the phones come with 1080p displays, quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, fingerprint sensor, dual SIM card slots with 4G VoLTE support and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. In this comparison, we put the two smartphones against each other to see which one turns out on the top.
Lenovo Zuk Plus vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Specifications
|Key Specs||Lenovo Z2 Plus||Xiaomi Mi 5|
|Display||5 inch LTPS IPS LCD||5.2 inches IPS LCD|
|Screen Resolution||Full HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels||Full HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Operating System||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Processor||Quad Core, Kryo: 2x 2.15 GHz, 2x 1.6 GHz||Quad Core, Kryo: 2x 1.8 GHz,
2x 1.36 GHz
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820|
|Memory||3 GB; 4 GB||3 GB|
|Inbuilt Storage||32 GB; 64 GB||32 GB|
|Primary Camera||13 Megapixel f/2.2 ISOCELL sensor, PDAF, LED flash, 1.34 µm pixel||16 MP with PDAF, OIS, dual LED flash, 1.12 µm pixel size|
|Secondary Camera||8 MP with f/2.0 aperture, 1.4 µm pixel size||4 MP with 2 µm pixel size|
|Battery||3500 mAh||3000 mAh|
|4G ready||Yes, with VoLTE support||Yes, with VoLTE support|
|Weight||149 g||129 g|
|SIM card type||Dual SIM||Dual SIM|
|Price||Rs. 17,999 - 3 GB / 32 GB|
Rs. 19,999 - 4 GB / 64 GB
Design & Build
The Lenovo Z2 Plus comes with a very minimal design and good build quality. The phone is covered with 2.5D curved glass on the front and the back, giving it a premium feel. However, like most other phones featuring glass backs, the phone is more prone to glass breakage than regular phones. That being said, the overall design looks premium thanks to minimal lines and branding.
Coming to the Xiaomi Mi 5, it comes with a metal frame and a glass back. It is 7.3 mm thick and weighs just 129 grams. The Xiaomi Mi 5 is lighter than the Z2 Plus, thanks to the smaller battery to some extent.
Both the phones are slippery, so you will want to buy a cover/skin for them before putting them to daily use.
The Lenovo Z2 Plus and the Xiaomi Mi 5 both come with full HD displays. While the Z2 Plus uses a 5 inch LTPS IPS LCD display, the Mi 5 uses a 5.2 inch IPS LCD panel. In our usage, we found both the phones’ displays to be excellent in terms of colour reproduction, brightness and overall visibility from different angles.
Hardware and Storage
Both the flagship devices are powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 820 processor. The Z2 Plus comes in 3 GB and 4 GB variants, while the Mi 5 comes in only 3 GB version in India.
In terms of internal storage, you can get either 32 GB or 64 GB storage with the Lenovo Z2 Plus, while the Mi 5 comes only in 32 GB version in India.
Lenovo Z2 Plus comes with a 13 MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, ISOCELL Sensor. The Mi 5 comes with a 16 MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, 1/2.8″ Sony IMX 298 Sensor. Both the phones’ primary cameras can record up to 2160p videos at 30 FPS. They also support ultra slow-motion recording.
On the front, the Lenovo Z2 Plus comes with an 8 MP secondary camera with 1.4 µm pixel size and the Mi 5 comes with a 4 MP sensor with 2 µm pixel size. Both the phones’ front cameras support up to 1080p recording.
The Lenovo Z2 Plus comes with a 3500 mAh battery while the Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a 3000 mAh battery. Both the phones support Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 that can charge up to 83% battery in 30 minutes.
Pricing & Availability
The Lenovo Z2 Plus has been priced aggressively considering the pricing of its competitors. The Z2 Plus starts at Rs. 17,999 for the 3 GB / 32 GB version and Rs. 19,999 for the 4 GB / 64 GB version. It will be available for purchase exclusively from Amazon.in starting September 25. It will be available in Black and White colours.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 is now priced at Rs. 22,999 and the device can be purchased from Amazon.in, Flipkart and Mi.com. It is available in Black, White and Gold colours.
The Lenovo Z2 Plus steals the thunder from the likes of Xiaomi Mi 5 and even OnePlus 3, thanks to its aggressive pricing. All the three phones come with almost similar specs with a few differences here and there. We can tell you more about the real world performance of the Z2 Plus after testing the phone thoroughly. However, from initial impressions, it looks like you are looking a very high value for money with the Z2 Plus, compared to the Mi 5.