Lenovo’s latest phone packs UV detector, blood oxygen sensor

Lenovo’s ZUK sub-brand has quietly been releasing some noteworthy smartphones, but the Z2 Pro might just be the most cutting-edge handset in the world.

The company revealed the phone in China this week, showing off a device with a hefty Snapdragon 820 processor, 3100mAh battery and a 5.2-inch full HD screen.

In the camera department, you’ve got a 13MP F1.8 main camera with OIS and an 8MP front-facing shooter. Lenovo and ZUK are claiming that the phone can shoot video at 960 frames per second, but we’ll want to check out some samples first.

The phone is also available in two variants, one featuring 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and another featuring a colossal 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

More than just a lot of RAM?

Otherwise, both phones are fitted with a rear-mounted UV sensor, a heart-rate sensor and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. Interestingly enough, the heart sensor is also capable of measuring the blood/oxygen levels in your blood, ZUK claims.

The company has also focused on improving the pedometer and other related sensors, so the phone is capable of tracking your “cadence and stride” as well.

In another noteworthy move, ZUK claims that the phone is able to sync to iCloud. How long until Apple nixes this feature?

As for a price, the 6GB model will cost RMB2699 (R5966 as a straight conversion) and goes on sale today. The 4GB version goes on sale in China next month, but ZUK hasn’t revealed a price just yet.

By comparison, Xiaomi’s top-end Mi 5 has the same price tag but “only” packs 4GB of RAM. Either way, the battle of cheap flagships is heating up in a big way.

You don’t need to spend R12 000 or even R6000 on a smartphone though – check out our list of great phones for under R3000.



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