In a smartphones world which struggles to be innovative, upper midrange phones under €300 are slowly conquering the market as they allow saving money even though they provide amazing performances. Lenovo Z5 Pro was unveiled yesterday as the cheapest slider phone ever, and the fact that the company launched a so innovative device with upper-midrange specs should make you realize how much important midrange devices are now. In this comparison, we will compare it with Nokia 7.1 Plus (known as Nokia X7 in China) and Xiaomi Pocophone F1, two other upper-midrange devices with an awesome quality-price ratio.
Lenovo Z5 Pro vs Nokia 7.1 Plus vs Xiaomi Pocophone F1
|Lenovo Z5 Pro||Nokia 7.1 Plus||Xiaomi Pocophone F1|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||155.1 x 73 x 9.3 mm||154.8 x 75.8 x 8 mm, 178 grams||155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm, 180 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.39 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 403 ppi, Super AMOLED||6.18 inches, 1080 x 2280p (Full HD+), 408 ppi, 19:9 ratio, IPS LCD||6.18 inches, 1080 x 2246 pixels, 403 ppi, 18.7:9 ratio, IPS LCD|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, octa-core 2.2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, octa-core 2.2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, octa-core 2.8 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB||4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD slot||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB – micro SD slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 8.1 Oreo, ZUI 10||Android 8.1 Oreo, Android One||Android 8.1 Oreo, MIUI 9.6|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
|CAMERA||Dual 16 + 24 MP f/1.8
Dual 16 + 8 MP f/2.2 front camera
|Dual 12 + 13 MP f/1.8
20 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Dual 12 + 5 MP f/1.9
20 MP f/2.0 front camera
Fast Charging 18W
|4000 mAh, Fast Charging 9V / 2A (Quick Charge 4.0)|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot, slider design||Hybrid Dual SIM slot||Dual SIM slot, infrared face unlock|
Probably you already understood which device wins the design comparison. It is the Lenovo Z5 Pro as it features an innovative slider design. Given that the front camera and sensors are included into a pop-up slider, the display reaches almost 100 percent of screen-to-body ratio without even needing a notch. It has a bigger display than its opponents even though its overall dimensions are not higher. At the second place, there is Nokia 7.1 Plus with its glass and metal design, while Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is definitely one of the less attracting devices because it has a classic polycarbonate design which the company opted for in order to cut costs.
Lenovo Z5 Pro is again the winner when it comes to the quality of the display. It is the only to feature a Super AMOLED panel with richer colors, which also integrates an in-display fingerprint reader. Further, it does not have a notch and it is fully borderless: these qualities make it even more comfortable despite it is the biggest display of the trio.
Hardware & Software
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 wins the hardware challenge because it has a flagship-level hardware which has nothing to envy to the best phones in the market. It comes with a powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset and up to 8 GB of RAM, and it is the perfect smartphone for gaming and for the most demanding activities. Lenovo Z5 Pro and Nokia 7.1 Plus are at the same level with their upper-midrange hardware side, but only the latter has a micro SD slot. While Lenovo Z5 Pro and Xiaomi Pocophone F1 have customized UIs (ZUI an MIUI), Nokia 7.1 Plus is part of the Android One program with a stock UI and faster updates.
The camera department I like more is the one of Lenovo Z5 Pro with four cameras in total. But, at least on the paper, Nokia 7.1 Plus seems to have a better rear camera than Lenovo Z5 Pro, so consider this if you do not care so much about selfies. Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is the most disappointing one when it comes to cameras.
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With the biggest battery boasting a capacity of 4000 mAh, Xiaomi Pocophone F1 surely has a much longer battery life than Lenovo Z5 Pro and Nokia 7.1 Plus. It is one of the longest lasting flagship phones and the battery is its main advantage alongside its processor.
The device I would personally pick is Xiaomi Pocophone F1 with its €300/$342 global price (appr.), a wonderful hardware side, and a long-lasting battery. But if you care about having a good design and a great camera, then you should not grab a unit of this device and choose Nokia 7.1 Plus or Lenovo Z5 Pro instead, which carry a price tag of about €300/$342 and €250/$285 respectively (in China).
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Lenovo Z5 Pro
- Slider design and high stb ratio
- Nice hardware
- Nice cameras
- Best display
- Thick and heavy
Nokia 7.1 Plus
- Good hardware
- Amazing cameras
- Android One
- Good battery life
- Nothing special
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
- Best hardware
- Infrared face recognition
- Affordable price
- Big battery
- Polycarbonate design