Lenovo Z5s to Sport Snapdragon 678 Chipset, Run Android 9 Pie Out of the Box; Launch Set for December 18

Lenovo has shared a teaser for its upcoming Z5s, revealing that the launch of the smartphone will happen on December 18; while it will not be as powerful as a Snapdragon 855-powered flagship, it will still be capable of holding its own, thanks to a new mid-tier SoC launched by Qualcomm.


There has been plenty of hype around the Lenovo Z5s. Previously, the smartphone was expected to launch on December 6, but due to some reasons, the launch date has been pushed to December 18. There have been a wave of exciting leaks revealing the Z5s’s new bezel-less design as well as the chipset powering the smartphone.

Aside from reducing the bezels, phone makers such as Lenovo are experimenting with various techniques to reduce the size of the notch and provide better screen-to-body-ratio. One of these changes was the implementation of a teardrop notch, followed by drilling a hole in the display for the front camera. The upcoming Z5s is expected to be one of the first to tout this change along with Samsung’s Galaxy A8s and Huawei’s Honor View 20.

Lenovo Z5s Teaser Details Unveiled With a Snapdragon 678

The Lenovo Z5s teaser was shared on Weibo, informing us of a December 18 launch. Another highlight of the teaser is the chipset information. Apparently, the Z5s is going to be powered by Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 678 chipset. Qualcomm is yet to officially unveil the SoC (System on Chip) and it seems the Lenovo Z5s will be the first device to feature it. The Snapdragon 678 could be an improved variant of the Snapdragon 675, with increased CPU clock speeds and positioned just a tier below the Snapdragon 710.

The Lenovo Z5s will be running Android 9 Pie out of the box according to the teaser, giving customers another reason to purchase it. It is refreshing to see Lenovo ship the phone with the latest version of Android. Especially, when most OEMs often stick to pre-loading a previous version of Android. It also eliminates the uncertainty and anxious wait for the update promised by the manufacturer. And given Lenovo’s track record with software upgrades, this was a much-needed move to assure the customers.

Last, but certainly not least, the Lenovo Z5s will feature a triple-camera setup at the back. Clearly goes on to show that the triple-camera setup will trickle down to the mid-range segment in 2019. Just don’t expect these cameras to one-up the likes of likes of P20 Pro (review) and LG V40. Its optics performance could be similar to the Galaxy A7 (2018), but we don’t have the exact specifications of this camera configuration yet.

On paper, the Lenovo Z5s looks like a compelling phone that will sit nicely in the mid-tier handset market, competing with other devices that cost less than a flagship and give the customer a boatload of features. After a disappointing launch of the Z5 where Lenovo falsely marketed the latter featuring a 95 percent screen-to-body ratio, we’re hoping the Chinese manufacturer gives its customer base what it wants.

Lenovo Z5s: Other Specs and Features

The Lenovo Z5s is expected to come in several memory configurations at launch. The base model will possibly get 6GB of RAM. The upcoming smartphone is going to be the first of many to feature an in-display camera, thereby granting users with more screen real estate. It’s also expected to get a 3210mAh battery with support for Quick Charge. The lack of a fingerprint sensor in the promotional material indicates the Lenovo Z5s will have an in-screen fingerprint scanner. As for the rest of the specifications and features, we’ll have to wait for a few weeks when Lenovo will officially unveil the device.