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posted by martyb on Tuesday December 18 2018, @05:19PM   Printer-friendly
from the ram-race dept.

Lenovo built a slider phone with 12GB of RAM

While Lenovo continues to push the Motorola brand in the West, it's also been busy doing its own thing back in China. Just last month, the company brought us the Z5 Pro all-screen slider phone which, to our surprise, packed mid-tier specs to woo the budget-conscious consumers. That's all well and good, but surely such a special form factor deserves the best specs available, right? This is where the new Z5 Pro GT comes in.

Announced at the Beijing event today, this new Android phone comes loaded with up to 12GB of RAM -- a new record for smartphones -- along with up to 512GB of storage. It's also the second smartphone confirmed to feature Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 chipset, though unlike OnePlus' yet-to-be-named flagship device, Lenovo's slider won't be packing 5G radio.

[...] Despite being the first 12GB RAM smartphone, the Z5 Pro GT won't be available for pre-order until January 15th next year, ahead of the official launch on the 24th. Prices range from 2,698 yuan or about $390 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage version, all the way to 4,398 yuan or about $640 for the 12GB RAM + 512GB storage top model.

You know what's next. 16 GB.

Also at BGR and Wccftech.

Previously: Oppo Likely to Release the First Smartphone With 10 GB of RAM
Xiaomi Announces Smartphones with 10 GB of RAM

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 18 2018, @05:35PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 18 2018, @05:35PM (#775927)

    "Slider" had me excited for a moment; I thought keyboards were coming back. If not full QWERTY, at least maybe dedicated numeric under the screen, and maybe with function keys on the top/left side ala Nokia N96?

    Don't get your hopes up like me. The only thing sliding out from under this screen is the front-facing camera(s) and earpiece, so you can take selfies, then review them full-screen with no unsightly camera-notch to interfere.

    A basic phone paired with a Pyra is looking better all the time.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Tuesday December 18 2018, @05:51PM

    by takyon (881) <> on Tuesday December 18 2018, @05:51PM (#775935) Journal

    I used to have a crummy slider phone with small keyboard. I liked how you could "lock and load" to more quickly turn it on than finding the power button.

    This new slider-instead-of-notch isn't too bad but it probably won't live long given the new "in-screen hole punch" [] design []. I assume some company will figure out a design where the glass in front of the camera can either be a display or transparent. So both front-facing camera(s) and fingerprint reader will live under the screen, and the bezels will disappear.

    Given that we are starting to see foldable displays, I don't see why we can't have keyboards. Otherwise, maybe docking it is the answer, or adding a folding case with a keyboard in it (which could end up being pretty good given that phone landscape aspect ratios are widening). Can we fit a numpad on it?

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