ZUK is the latest name you’d be hearing as a smartphone brand from China. Backed by the giant Lenovo, Zuk comes with the same concept as a few others – making smartphones that provide value for the money. The first smartphone from them is the Zuk Z1, which comes with the price of 1799 Yuan (about USD 280).

The Z1 seems to be a power packed device, with not just the specs doing the talking, but also some features that only a handful number of top-end smartphones have packed in them.

Zuk Z1

One of them to begin with, is the USB Type C connectivity, using which has USB 3.1 speed and can help in faster file transfer, from and to the 64GB internal storage provided in the phone. The second good feature is the fingerprint reader, which doesn’t work only for security, but also does all the basic home button tasks, with a couple additional ones.

On the front is a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display, 1500: 1 contrast ratio for blacker black, and 450nit bright screen technology for a better readability under the sunlight. Internally, the Zuk Z1 comes packed with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (2.5 GHz, quad-core) along with 3GB of RAM.

The camera combination seems to be quite similar to some flagships of this year, with a 13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. The rear camera has Dual LED flash, and it can record Full HD resolution videos. One of the things I personally loved, is its 4100 mAh battery, which surely should give it a good time of usage. There is support for 2.5 amp fast charging as well, thus it should take lesser time than other smartphones, to get charged even though the high capacity.

Zuk Z1 Front

While the phone has a 3.5mm headset jack for the audio output to headphones, Zuk is also going to provide a couple headsets that will be using the USB Type C port and offering adjustable noise cancellation. Interestingly, both the ports will be able to simultaneously allow audio output to headphones. This is a Dual 4G LTE smartphone, supporting two 4G SIM cards. The phone runs Android Lollipop based customized UI, which they call as ZUI.

Currently, the Z1 is available only in China, through a couple of online stores, and we don’t have any details about its availability outside its home market.


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