‘Zuk’ was developed and brought in by Lenovo to compete with the growing market of Xiaomi in China and through ‘Zuk’, the Chinese company Lenovo can take advantage of low-cost online-only sales model as recently brands line Honor and ‘Yu’ have done good sales online so far. The first product of Lenovo’s Zuk was introduced in China in August last year.
The main highlight of the new smartphone is software and it runs Cyanogen OS 12.1 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop and apart from that the fingerprint scanner is something to look out for. We’ll be discussing in detail below:
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Specifications and Features for ‘Lenovo Z1’ as Per Pre-Launch Review
• The design for Lenovo Z1 is altogether different from previous devices and front of the smartphone is dominated by a 5.5-inch display and the glass on the front extends to the device’s frame. Moreover, the 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display on Z1 is claimed to have a 100 percent of the NTSC color gamut, a high contrast ratio of 1500:1, and viewing angles of up to 178 degrees.
• Here, we’ll find a good grip with the rear panel of the Zuk Z1 being slightly curved (as shown below) The back panel feels plasticky and cannot be removed. A Zuk logo is seen on the back while no banding was found in front. We can see plastic antenna stripes running across the top and bottom panels of the Zuk Z1 and the right-angled round edges give the handset a neat look.
• The volume rocker and power buttons being located on the right make it easy for the user to easily reach it using just one hand.
• The speaker grille and USB Type-C charging port are on the bottom while the 3.5mm audio jack is on the top, while the.
• The USB Type-C connector and cables are reversible and can be plugged in either way.
• Connectivity wise, the phone supports 5Gbps USB 3.0 transfer speeds, making data transfers 10 times faster than USB 2.0. (according to Lenovo )
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• The Lenovo Z1 is slightly heavier at 175 grams with this screen size, compared to, for example, the OnePlus One (162 grams). The Zuk Z1 measures are comfortable to hold while measuring 155.7×77.3×8.9mm.
• Under the hood, the Z1 smartphone packs a dated Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz with integrated Adreno 330 graphics, coupled with 3GB of RAM. Asked about choosing the particular processor, Sharma explained “This is obviously the final version of the Snapdragon 801 and comes unlocked with all the bells and whistles.
Also, this is one of the most stable chipsets from Qualcomm. The most important reason to go for the Snapdragon 801 is that the Cyanogen team knows the chipset really well. If we were to change the processor now, then the entire optimization would go for a toss.”
• With no option for expandable storage, The Zuk Z1 packs 64GB of storage. Well, that seems enough storage capacity till we come across the customer review
• The Zuk Z1 smartphone is that it packs large 4100mAh battery.
• There is 4G support for both SIMs on this dual-SIM phone using FDD Band 3 (1800MHz) and TDD Band 40 (2300MHz) standards common in India.
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• The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX214 sensor and optical image stabilization (OIS), a feature usually found only in high-end smartphones. There is also an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Camera app was found easy to use, and moreover, the images taken with the Zuk Z1 in daylight conditions were found to be crisp. The low-light performance of the rear camera was impressive as well, and photos came out with a good amount of detail.
The pictures taken by the front camera were not found satisfactory while the low-light performance of the rear camera was found impressive and photos came out with a good amount of detail.
* As discussed above, one of the main features for Lenovo Zuk Z1 smartphone is fingerprint scanner and there is a rectangular physical home button which integrates the fingerprint scanner, just below the 5.5-inch display and the placement was helpful in one-handed operation in the review.
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* The Software is also one of biggest attraction and it runs Cyanogen OS 12.1 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, which means that users will get tons of options to customize their phones. The Themes app will let users change wallpapers, fonts, icons and even boot animations.
Well, if above-mentioned features, the Z1 from Lenovo looks a great deal after being launched in India but we can only assume things till the device actually gets launched in India.
As for the price, we can expect it to be similar to China price when launched in China at CNY 1,799 (approximately Rs. 18,250), we can expect the India pricing to be around the same level. We will have to wait for the company’s official announcement which is due in the second week of May.
A point worth mentioning is that the smartphone will be available only via online channels and will compete against the OnePlus 2 and other models at this price level. Last month Zuk also launched the all-new smartphone Z2 Pro in China. The smartphone comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, and 6GB of RAM.
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