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 SpecsLenovo Z2 PlusXiaomi Mi 5
Display5 inch LTPS IPS LCD5.2 inches IPS LCD
Screen ResolutionFull HD, 1920 x 1080 pixelsFull HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0.1 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
Processor Quad Core, Kryo: 2x 2.15 GHz, 2x 1.6 GHzQuad Core, Kryo: 2x 1.8 GHz,
2x 1.36 GHz
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 820Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Memory3 GB; 4 GB3 GB
Inbuilt Storage 32 GB; 64 GB32 GB
Storage UpgradeNoNo
Primary Camera13 Megapixel f/2.2 ISOCELL sensor, PDAF, LED flash, 1.34 µm pixel16 MP with PDAF, OIS, dual LED flash, 1.12 µm pixel size
Video recording2160p@30fps2160p@30fps
Secondary Camera8 MP with f/2.0 aperture, 1.4 µm pixel size4 MP with 2 µm pixel size
Battery 3500 mAh 3000 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYesYes
4G readyYes, with VoLTE supportYes, with VoLTE support
Weight 149 g129 g
SIM card typeDual SIMDual SIM
Price Rs. 17,999 - 3 GB / 32 GB
Rs. 19,999 - 4 GB / 64 GB
Rs. 22,999

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.

Display

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.

Camera

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.

Battery

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Rounak is techie by heart and journalist by profession. He is responsible to take care of editing job at Gadgets To Use. Driven by curiosity and a thirst to learn new things in life, he is always intrigued by the things we can do with a gadget in our hands. A stock Android and Nexus fan, he also enjoys cricket and reading in his free time.