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Lenovo Z5 Pro GT has outrageous 12GB of RAM, Snapdragon 855, sliding back

If you're looking for your next superphone, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT could be a contender.

Published onDecember 18, 2018

An official promotional image of the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT.
  • The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT will sport up to 12GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 855 chipset.
  • Like the Lenovo Z5 Pro, it will also have four cameras, a sliding back, a notch-less display, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.
  • The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT will launch in late January in China and will be surprisingly inexpensive, considering its specs.

Today, Lenovo took to Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo to announce the upcoming Lenovo Z5 Pro GT, which is the first announced smartphone to come with an absolutely bonkers 12GB of RAM. It also could potentially be the first smartphone to hit the market with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset.

The Lenovo Z5 Pro launched in China back in November with a sliding back mechanism (similar to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and a 6.39-inch notch-less display (2,340 x 1,080) for only 1,998 Chinese yuan (~$290).

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The Lenovo Z5 Pro slider.

Now, the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT appears to take the same design elements of the Z5 Pro and bump all the internal specs to the nth degree. The 6.39-inch display is still here, as is the sliding back, dual front and rear cameras, in-display fingerprint sensor, etc. However, there are more RAM options, larger internal storage options, and, of course, the addition of the Snapdragon 855 chipset, which will likely be the default chip for almost every Android flagship in 2019.

Moreover, there doesn’t appear to be too much of a price increase for the various models of the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT, which is surprising considering the introduction of the new chipset. Here’s how the models break down:

  • 6GB of RAM + 128GB of storage — 2,698 Chinese yuan (~$391)
  • 8GB of RAM + 128GB of storage — 2,998 Chinese yuan (~$434)
  • 8GB of RAM + 256GB of storage — 3,398 Chinese yuan (~$492)
  • 12GB of RAM + 512GB of storage — 4,398 Chinese yuan (~$635)

According to Lenovo, the Z5 Pro GT will go up for pre-order on January 15, with general sales beginning on January 24. While the phone is only likely to land in China, it very well could be the first smartphone to hit the market globally with the Snapdragon 855, considering the Samsung Galaxy S10 isn’t expected to launch until a month later.