Lenovo has managed to trick us all, the very first smartphone with a punch hole was supposed to arrive yesterday, the Lenovo Z5s, but that did not happen. The company's CEO, Chang Cheng, pretty much announced that the phone will be arriving on December 6 via Weibo (Chinese social network), but it seems like the company has decided to postpone the launch of the device, if it was planned to arrive on December 6 at all, it is possible that the initial date was only supposed to reveal the real date of the announcement, or something of the sort. In any case, the company's CEO has shared a new image on his official Weibo account, this time saying that the phone will arrive on December 18, after both the Galaxy A8s and the Huawei Nova 4. The image that Chang Cheng shared also confirms that the Lenovo Z5s will include three cameras on its back, and those three cameras will be vertically aligned. In addition to Chang Cheng's image, Lenovo's official Weibo account shared an actual render of the device, confirming some of the phone's design, and that design fits in perfectly with the leaked renders. As you can see, the phone will be made out of metal and glass, while two of its rear-facing cameras will be a part of the same module on the back, while the third one will be separated below them. Below that third camera, you will notice an LED flash, while the phone's power / lock and volume up and down buttons are also visible in this image, as they are located on the right-hand side of the phone. Lenovo's official Weibo account also confirmed that the phone will be arriving on December 18, and that seems to be an actual launch date of the phone.
Lenovo, Samsung & Huawei
A couple of days ago, we reported that the Lenovo Z5s will trump both the Galaxy A8s and Huawei Nova 4 when it comes to being announced, as the Lenovo Z5s was supposed to arrive on December 6, while the Galaxy A8s and Huawei Nova 4 are scheduled to launch on December 10 and December 17, respectively. It turns out that the Lenovo Z5s will actually be the last one to arrive, and if you're wondering why are these three phones all mentioned here, well, all three of them are expected to include display camera holes, and be the first ones to do that. As things stand right now, the Galaxy A8s will definitely become the very first smartphone to ship with a display camera hole, and the company had already confirmed that its display camera hole will be located in the upper-left portion of the display. The Galaxy A8s and Huawei Nova 4 will both include that display camera hole in the same place, while the Lenovo Z5s is said to differentiate a bit, as its display camera hole will be centered at the top of the display, as it will be placed right below the phone's earpiece.
More Info On The Lenovo Z5s
Today's info revealed part of the phone's design, but it does not show us the phone's front side, nor the whole story of the phone's back side. Well, the Lenovo Z5s did leak via a render quite recently, and that render pretty much confirmed that the device will include a rear-facing fingerprint scanner. On top of that, Lenovo's logo will be located in the lower-left portion of the phone's back, while the phone will include a really thin bezel below the display, and that is the only bezel that you will see on this smartphone, as bezels are basically non-existent on the sides, and above the display. Now, as far as the phone's specs are concerned, well, we do not have all that much info, but the phone did get certified in China, and as part of the certification process, we were able to find out that it will ship with a large 6.3-inch display. On top of that, those certification documents revealed that a 3,210mAh battery will be included on the inside, and truth be said, that battery seems to be on the smaller side having the size of this phone's display in mind. Lenovo will hopefully include some sort of fast charging in this smartphone, even though nothing of the sort has been confirmed just yet. The phone will measure 156.7 x 74.5 x 7.8mm, and as you can see, it will be quite narrow, which means that its display will be quite tall. That is easy to notice as the phone has a large display included, and it has to ship with a 19:9 or 19.5:9 display aspect ratio in order to be that narrow, despite the fact its bezels on the sides are basically non-existent. As far as the phone's SoC is concerned, the Lenovo Z5 comes with the Snapdragon 636, so the Z5s will probably include a mid-range processor as well, and the Snapdragon 710 is the logical choice, as that is the company's most powerful mid-range processor that is currently available in the market. We are only guessing here, though it is possible that Lenovo may opt for a different processor here. It is also worth noting that this smartphone will become available in China first, though it is quite possible that it will ship to other markets in early 2019.
Plenty Of "Punch Hole" Smartphones Are Coming
2019 will be a year of smartphones which will have display holes, and most of those holes will be utilized by front-facing cameras, though some OEMs have other ideas. The OPPO R19 will probably ship with a display camera hole at the top of its display, and that camera hole will be centered, at least based on the leak that arrived a while back. Based on that, it's safe to say that the OnePlus 7 may ship with such a display camera hole as well. LG had patented a smartphone design with pill-shaped display holes, and those display holes may be reserved for front-facing cameras. ZTE has a slightly different idea, the company actually patented a design with an oval display hole which will be used to accommodate the phone's earpiece. Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10 smartphones will also utilize display camera holes, if leaks are to be believed, the Galaxy S10 is expected to include one such hole, the Galaxy S10+ will ship with two. Those are only some devices will have display holes for components, but we expect a lot more of them to arrive next year.