Camera: 6.5 / 10
The Lenovo Z2 Plus comes with a 13MP ISOCELL rear camera with 1.34 micron pixel size and an f/2.2 aperture which is complemented with a 8MP front-facing camera with a 1.4 micron pixel size. The rear camera is capable to shooting 4K videos and the front camera can shoot up to full HD video. The Z2 Plus also supports slow motion shooting at 120fps, 480fps and 960fps – with decreasing resolutions. The camera interface is slightly modified from a stock Google camera. The menu options present themselves in a circular sort of layout. There is no manual shooting mode.
Image quality in the daylight was quite good, with images showing a good amount of detail. Focussing speed is quick. But sharpness is not the best as you will notice fine objects such as fur, dense foliage and so on showing a waxy surface on 100 percent zoom. Lowlight and indoor shots show noise, and the sharpness goes for a toss. Focussing speeds also aren’t the best. With HDR mode, we noticed that the balancing of highlight and shadow regions isn’t satisfactory. We got a lot of blown out photos when we metered for the shadow region and vice versa. Since there is no manual control, you cannot really tweak much. You will need a third party camera app for that.
Video quality is fine as long as the camera is steady. It does allow 4K video recording, but quality is just about average. There is a slow motion mode at 960fps, which isn’t really true slow motion. You can notice jagged edges as compared to the same clip shot on say 120fps, despite the resolution being same. There seems to be some software level trickery at play here.
On the whole, the camera is definitely not the strong aspect of the Lenovo Z2 Plus.
Battery: 8 / 10
It houses a 3500mAh battery which is non-removable. It supports Intelligent Charge Cut-off technology which takes power from the AC power source after the battery is 100 percent charged. The battery life turned out to be quite good, with PC Mark for Android giving an impressive 10 hours 10 minutes. Even in our daily use case, which involves messaging, calling, two email accounts on syncs, audio and video streaming, the phone would last from 8AM to around 10PM before going under 10 percent. It supports QuickCharge 2.0 and bundles in a 2A charger in the box.
Verdict and Price in India
So let us answer that one question that is the norm when it comes to Snapdragon 820 chipset sporting smartphones – Is this phone better than the OnePlus 3? Well, No. There are many areas where OnePlus 3 still excels such as camera, build quality, performance and so on.
But under Rs 20,000 price bracket, the Lenovo Z2 Plus has little competition. It is preferable to go for the 4GB RAM / 64GB storage variant of the Z2 Plus – it just makes sense to spend Rs 2000 more than the base model. With the Z2 Plus you are getting a flagship level chipset in the mid-range segment pricing. So it will definitely appeal to the college going crowd or someone who is upgrading from sub-Rs 10,000 phone.
Battery life, compact form factor, good display, fast performance are some of the positives of the Lenovo Z2 Plus. But camera is a disappointment, as it performs at par with any of the sub Rs 15,000 smartphones. It is great for casual photo sharing, but definitely not meant for camera enthusiasts. The Xiaomi Mi 5 which is slightly higher in price, offers a much better camera and build quality.
So it all boils down to what matters to you. If you’re fine with a functional camera and want a long lasting phone with great performance, the the Z2 Plus offers a compelling reason to buy it.
Publish date: October 14, 2016 1:22 pm| Modified date: October 14, 2016 1:47 pm
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