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Lenovo’s new smartphone has 12GB of RAM



It’s only been a few months since we’ve seen the first smartphones with 10GB of RAM, and Lenovo is already upping the ante with its Z5 Pro GT phone, which maxes out at a whopping 12GB of RAM according to Engadget

And that’s not all. The phone is basically a laundry list of bleeding-edge smartphone features, complete with a slide-out selfie camera and the latest mobile chip from Qualcomm. 

The Z5 Pro GT is essentially a beefed-up version of the Z5 Pro, which came out last month. Besides the carbon-fiber-styled case and a few red visual details on the GT variant, the two phones look pretty much the same, down to the sliding mechanism that reveals the selfie camera (Engadget notes that it also reveals the speaker, meaning you can’t really make a call without sliding the screen down, which is a bummer). No headphone jack on this one, either, but you do get a USB-C-to-3.5mm connector dongle. 

The two phones also share some specs: Both have a 6.39-inch, 2,340×1,080 AMOLED screen, a 24/16-megapixel dual rear camera, a 16/8-megapixel selfie camera, a 3,350mAh battery and an in-display fingerprint scanner. 

Note that the screen has a barely noticeable chin on the bottom and no notch of any kind. This isn’t unheard of — we’ve seen it on other slider phones such as the Honor Magic 2 — but it does bring the Z5 Pro GT’s screen-to-body ratio to an insane 95.06% according to Lenovo (though the company does note that its way of measuring these things might differ from the way others do it). 

The Z5 Pro GT is not just a slightly more colorful Z5 Pro, though. It has Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 processor, a maximum of 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. 

I know of no other smartphone that has that much RAM and I’m fairly certain you won’t need it in most scenarios. For comparison, Apple’s most powerful phone, the iPhone XS Max, only has 4GB of RAM. But hey, more is better, no?

The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT will be available for pre-order in China on Jan. 15, 2019, for the starting price of 2,698 yuan or $391. The maxed-out model with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage will cost a reasonable-sounding 4,398 yuan or $638. 

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