Lenovo Z5’s Fully Bezel-Less Display Teased in Sketch

Lenovo Z5's Fully Bezel-Less Display Teased in Sketch


  • Lenovo has teased its next flagship
  • It is expected to come as Lenovo Z5
  • The handset appears to have a bezel-less design with no notch

Days after teasing its bezel-less display, Lenovo has now revealed that its upcoming smartphone will debut without featuring a notch cut-out. This will apparently make the new Lenovo model a distinct option in the range of new Android handsets that come with a notch design to match the aesthetics of the iPhone X. Similarly, the absence of the notch on the Lenovo handset makes it a truly bezel-less phone. The smartphone, which is believed to be launched on June 14, is is now confirmed to be called the Lenovo Z5. To recall, the last teaser had confirmed it would sport a 95 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Lenovo VP Chang Cheng has posted a sketch on Weibo that seemingly previews the design of the upcoming smartphone. The sketch reveals that the handset would have come with neither a chin nor a notch – instead, it will be an end-to-end screen on the front, making it a bezel-less smartphone. On the sides, the image released by the Lenovo executive shows some visible antenna lines that are likely to sit on a metal frame. It is unclear whether the back of the handset will come with a glass panel or sport a metal covering. However, the sketch does confirm the name to be Lenovo Z5.

Featuring a bezel-less design means a lot as it would be interesting to see that how the speculated Lenovo Z5 will accumulate the selfie camera, earpiece, and sensors including the ambient light and proximity sensor. The company might use an acoustic ceramic earpiece speaker along with an ultrasonic proximity sensor that both Xiaomi deployed on its original Mi Mix in 2016. Alternatively, the handset could emanate sound directly from its display panel. Companies such as LG and Sharp already deployed such solutions in the past. For capturing selfies, we could presume that Lenovo would use a swivel camera – just like the Vivo Apex, which had a screen-to-body ratio of 91 percent.

Things aren’t all clear about the Lenovo Z5. However, the handset’s existence is all but confirmed as Cheng previously released its teaser and has now posted its sketch. He has also mentioned in the Weibo post that the new model will include four technological breakthroughs and 18 patented technologies.

It appears that we need to wait until June 14 to see what Lenovo has to take on the competition. In the meantime, it is safe to say that some rumours, leaks, and teaser will emerge to detail the new development.


Lenovo lines up new software and gadgets at Tech World Summit

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The Chinese company unveiled AI-focused technology and gadgets at the show

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the glitzy, sometimes mysterious, aura around what the technology promises entices everybody, right from the tech bigwigs to scribes jostling for the latest byte or scoop about it. A recent example being Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg siding with the technology, saying it promises a lot, as opposed to Tesla chief Elon Musk, who had earlier warned about AI’s possible dangers.

Well, dangerous or not, companies are betting big on it; and that includes Chinese gadget maker Lenovo, which unveiled a host of AI-focused tech and gadgets at its Tech World 2017 Summit.

At a time when Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri are finding their way to power the smart home ecosystem, virtual assistants are hot property.

Lenovo unveiled its Context Aware Virtual Assistant (CAVA), which can read messages and understand their meaning, and give you suggestions based on them. It uses deep learning-based facial recognition and can analyse data from apps to give you suggestions based on the weather and traffic, for example.

Lenovo also unveiled a SmartVest, which uses 10 textile sensors to track heart activity, giving it the ability to record ECG in real time. It can also be used to monitor heart rate and detect cardiac problems.

SmartCast+ was another interesting device at the show, which is a smart speaker that is capable of recognising objects and noises. It also has a built-in projector, so it looks like Lenovo has a home entertainment kit rolled into one speaker, with this one.

Though these are still concepts, mostly, we eagerly await their commercial availability, given the buzz around them.


Vivo V5 Plus, Lenovo K6 Power, Nokia 6, WhatsApp for iPhone, and More News This Week

Vivo V5 Plus, Lenovo K6 Power, Nokia 6, WhatsApp for iPhone, and More News This Week
The Vivo V5 Plus has two front cameras for better selfies
The new Lenovo K6 Power has 4GB RAM for just Rs. 1,000 extra
WhatsApp for iOS can finally queue messages offline
With Republic Day in the middle of the week, many people ended up taking things a little easy. Not so in the world of tech though, as we saw a number of launches, and major updates. Here’s a look at all the news you can use from the week.

The selfie-focused Vivo V5 Plus was launched in India this week, priced at Rs. 27,980. The Vivo V5 Plus has a 16-megapixel rear camera, and a dual camera setup for the front, with a 20-megapixel sensor and an 8-megapixel sensor, which captures depth information to help create the digital ‘bokeh’.

Other Vivo V5 Plus key specifications include a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, a 2.0GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and a 3055mAh battery, as well as 64GB of internal storage. The Vivo V5 Plus also comes preloaded with the Face Beauty 6.0 app. It sports a metal unibody design, supports dual-SIM cards, and runs on Funtouch 2.6 OS that’s based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
There was another launch this week, also of a beefed up variant of a phone that’s already in the market. We’re talking about the Lenovo K6 Power 4GB variant. While the Lenovo K6 Power is priced at Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB variant (Review), the 4GB RAM version that launched this week is priced at Rs. 10,999.

The Lenovo K6 Power sports a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display and is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC and Adreno 505 GPU. The K6 Power bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX258 sensor, PDAF and LED flash, apart from an 8-megapixel front camera with a Sony IMX219 sensor and a wide-angle lens.

Meanwhile, demand for the new Nokia continues unabated. Just last week, the available Nokia 6 units were sold out and the smartphone went out of stock within a minute in its first flash sale. Two days ahead of that Nokia 6 flash sale, registrations crossed the mark of 1 million. Registrations for the second flash sale for the Nokia 6 have already crossed 1.4 million.

If you’ve been looking to buy a Nokia 6 in China, HMD Global has said that the smartphone will not be available in white. Recently, several media publications claimed that the Nokia 6 smartphone was available to buy via a third-party online retailer in Philippines and come in a brand new White version. It turns out that the Nokia 6 smartphone being sold via Lazada platform is not from an authorised seller.
Speaking of Nokia 6, a Nokia-branded Android phone running on a Snapdragon 835 SoC appears to be in the works, though the company has hinted that this phone will not come out soon. A Snapdragon 835-powered Nokia P1 smartphone was leaked recently and is expected to be the premium offering from Nokia. There’s also something called a Nokia Heart Android phone, which is rumoured to be priced lower than the Nokia 6. The Nokia Heart smartphone has been tipped in GFXBench benchmark listing and is believed to be a toned down version of the Nokia 6 smartphone that was launched earlier this month.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp for iPhone finally gets a feature that’s been on Android for a really long time – you now have the ability to queue messages on WhatsApp. This means that you can respond to people when you’re offline (say on a flight) and the WhatsApp messages will automatically be sent when you connect to the Internet.

In other phones-related news, we had the launch of the Honor 6X (Review) this week. The phone, priced at Rs. 12,999, packs in two rear cameras – one with a 12-megapixel sensor, and the other with a 2-megapixel sensor for depth detection to provide the ‘bokeh’ effect.

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Going back to rumours, the Samsung Galaxy S8 specifications and release date have been leaked – once again. The new leak shows the upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone in all its metallic glory. According to the leak, the Samsung Galaxy S8 variants will sport 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays.

They will supposedly run on the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC (or a 10nm in-house SoC, depending on regions) paired with 4GB of RAM, and 64GB inbuilt storage that could be expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The phone is likely to be unveiled on March 29 and to go on sale on April 21, according to the leak.

At the start of the week, Samsung also confirmed that the battery was to blame for Note 7 fires, but it also acknowledged that it provided the specifications, and dismissed the possibility of suing the manufacturers.
Also at the start of the week, Hugo Barra, the Global VP for Xiaomi, announced that he is leaving the Chinese smartphone company and moving back to Silicon Valley, citing health reasons and a desire to be closer to his family. A couple of days later, it was revealed that Barra was joining Facebook, to lead all VR efforts within the company.

These were the biggest highlights of the week, but there were also a number of interesting launches. We saw two new tablets launched this week, the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 LTE, which is the LTE version of the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) tablet, and the iBall Slide Nimble 4GF, which is a voice-calling tablet with 4G VoLTE support. We also had the launch of the Intex Cloud Q11 4G, with selfie flash, and VoLTE.

A new report shows that Reliance Jio is now the primary data connection in India, and is leading in consumption as well. This is of course due to “welcome offer” of Jio that offered unlimited data to its subscribers till March 31 this year – it’s only after people have to start paying to use Jio that we’re going to see this change. Meanwhile, we’re seeing more of the “Reliance Jio effect”, as BSNL announced a new Rs. 149 plan for customers, offering 30 minutes of free calls to any network per day, and 300MB of data usage.
Two other interesting pieces of news related to apps – FreeCharge now lets you buy Google Play recharge codes. These codes can then be used to buy apps, books, movies and so on through Google’s digital storefront. Last week, Paytm also unveiled this option on its app. And Netflix added a handy new feature to its Android app – SD card support. Earlier, when your Netflix downloads would be stored on the phone’s internal storage, which could be a bit of a problem, and Android users now have the option to keep the files on their SD cards. However, you can’t move files that have already been downloaded.

These were the highlights of the week for us, and if there’s some other news that you think we missed here, let us and the other readers know via the comments.
Disclosure: Paytm’s parent company One97 is an investor in Gadgets 360.

Tags: Vivo, Huawei, Lenovo, Virtual Reality, Facebook, Hugo Barra, WhatsApp


Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Brings Mobile Augmented Reality to Small Businesses

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Brings Mobile Augmented Reality to Small Business

At the company’s TechWord event in San Francisco recently, the new Lenovo Phab 2 Pro was unveiled.

Along with a boatload of other high-tech features, the phablet also brings affordable augmented reality within reach of many small businesses.

The mobile device is the first flagship smartphone equipped with Google’s Project Tango, a technology that uses the different components in certified phones to augment the environment it views in real-time.

More than two years since it was first announced to the world, Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOGL) computer vision and 3D scanning technology has come to the Phab 2 Pro. In order to be certified as a Tango device, Lenovo had to include motion and depth sensors, a large screen, as well as computer vision software. This includes the ability to visualize and understand where it is through sensors that capture more than 250,000 measurements a second. This allows the phone to fully take advantage of Google’s technology to create AR experiences.

The specs for the Phab 2 Pro are impressive, even if it didn’t offer AR, but here some of the major components:

  • Snapdragon 652 processor, Tango Edition optimized for Tango apps
  • Assertive display with 6.4″ QHD (1440 x 2560) that adapts to variable lighting conditions
  • 16 MP rear camera that delivers 0.3 seconds super-fast focus, as well as Tango depth sensor and motion tracking
  • 8 MP front fixed-focus camera with F2.2 aperture
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and microSD with up to 128GB
  • Audio with Dolby Atmos / 5.1 audio capture that uses 3 mics with 360 voice for triple-array noise cancellation
  • 9 mm aluminum unibody, 2.5D curved glass and fingerprint scanner
  • 4050 mAh battery with 2.4 x turbo charging

All of these components add to the size and weight of the phone, which comes in at 6.4 inches and more than half a pound. However, Lenovo has managed to keep one of the most important aspects of this phone relatively small, the price. The Phab 2 Pro is going to be available in September for $499 at select Lowe’s stores in the U.S, and online by the end of the year.

Mobile Augmented Reality

Business Applications

The potential of this technology is huge as it allows businesses to interact with their customers in real-time while including the environment as part of the conversation. Interior designers, architects, engineers, set decorators, party planners and others can now get the exact dimension of any space without having to set a foot in it.

The 16mp HD camera and Dolby Audio Capture 5.1 sound can also be used to record and playback rich video, with the added dimension of AR. And as more developers get their hands on the Tango Project Developer Kit, we will likely see truly innovative applications.

What can the Phab 2 Pro do?

“Tango enables our devices to sense physical motion and space and, as a result, has the power to change how we interact with our surroundings,” said Johnny Lee, Engineering Director at Google.

That may sound like a sales pitch, but in this case it is very accurate. The ability to sense the environment around it is what makes the Phab 2 Pro great, and the app designed in collaboration with Lowes (LOW) is a great example. Lowes Vision lets you redesign your home by looking through your phone.

You can access the product line the company offers and you can place each item in the space you want to decorate and you can see what it will look like instantly.

Mobile Augmented Reality Lenovo Phab 2 Pro - Instant Product Placement

Measure is another app that fully captures your environment by accurately measuring everything you point the phone at.

Mobile Augmented Reality Lenovo Phab 2 Pro - Measure

Solar Simulator can be described as an edutainment app. It turns any space into outer space by putting our solar system in your kids bedroom.

Mobile Augmented Reality Lenovo Phab 2 Pro - Solar Simulator
Unlike virtual reality (VR), which creates an entirely artificial environment, augmented reality (AR) integrates your environment with digital information in real-time to improve the way you interact with it. This makes AR technology more valuable, which is why the Digi-capital’s forecast of AR/VR gave its lion’s share of the potential $150 billion market to AR. According to the firm, augmented reality will get $120 billion of that total.

Images: Lenovo