Here's yet another smartphone to add to that slowly growing 2K display list. The Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro is big in more ways than one. While it's 6-inch display might be too unwieldly for single hands to use, it packs quite a punch with a lot of high-end specs and features that can still make Lenovo's massive phablet an enticing option, especially for those who place a lot of value on multimedia features.
Right upfront you will be greeted by the large 6-inch display. Fret not, however, because there is more than meets the eye. The screen boasts of a 2K resolution, that's 2560x1440 or QHD for you right there. This puts the Vibe Z2 Pro on the same level as devices like the LG G3 and the OPPO Find 7, albeit in a bigger shell. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 running at 2.5 GHz max. That's definitely enough clockspeed to drive the power-hungry display, but it's a bit disappointing that Lenovo didn't go with the more multimedia-friendly Snapdragon 805. The device runs Android 4.4 and version 2.0 of Lenovo's custom Vibe UI.
With the Vibe Z2 Pro, Lenovo wants you to forget about digital cameras. With a 16 megapixel rear shooter, that might actually be possible. It may not be as high as Sony's 20.7 megapixel-toting Xperia Z2, but Lenovo makes up for it with features. One of those is Auto-scene detection, which will automatically select the appropriate mode depending on what you're trying to shoot, a feature many DSLR or digital compact users will be quite familiar with. Ultra Night Mode goes above and beyond the call of duty of most night mode features to bring you clear shots in the lowest of low lights. And Pro Mode throws away all of that automatic fanciness to give you complete control over the camera's settings. Interestingly, the user interface resembles the concentric circles controls of the Nokia Camera app.
Lenovo isn't exactly known, at least in the US, for high-end smartphones, but the Vibe Z2 Pro could remedy that. Aside from sporting top of the line hardware, the smartphone comes in a classy real (versus plastic) brushed metal finish that gives the Vibe Z2 Pro a more "luxury phone" kind of personality. It might be big, but that perhaps could be forgiven since the smartphone is only 7.7 mm thick. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a bit to truly judge this device's market-worthiness, as Lenovo has yet to announce availability and pricing for its newest premium smartphone.