Zuk Z1 is a debut smartphone from a subsidiary of Lenovo named Zuk seemingly set up to challenge Xiaomi’s growing reputation of providing well-spec’d devices at more affordable prices. This behemoth is loaded with a humongous battery and is driven by a bit dated, but powerful Qualcomm processor, amongst other impressive features.
One thing you will immediately notice looking at the Zuk Z1 is that it parades amazing build quality, given it doesn’t command flagship price. The chassis is fashioned out of aviation-grade aluminium, complemented by chamfered edges. But the rear has a plastic feel to it, although that does not mean this will flex easily. The overall design somewhat digresses from regular Lenovo design preference, but it is not shabby. The handset is 8.9mm thick and tips the scale at 175 grams.
Display and Camera
The Zuk Z1 crams in a brilliant Full HD (1,080p) display measuring 5.5 inches in diagonal length. This IPS touchscreen supposedly boasts 100% NTSC colour gamut capability and promises awesome wide viewing angles of up to 178 degrees.
You will no less be impressed by what is provided in the camera department. The phablet packs a powerful 13-megapixel rear-facing camera featuring a Sony IMX214 sensor. The shooter boasts dual-LED flash and optical image stabilisation (OIS), a feature mostly limited to high-end devices. Are you a selfie addict? The robust 8-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies should delight you with spectacular shots.
Hardware and Software
The Zuk Z1 is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. You may not be impressed by the number of cores of the CPU and knowing that it was released back in 2014, but this is a powerhouse zipping along at an amazing speed of 2.5 GHz! You are further assured impressive performance and smooth gaming with 3 GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU onboard. The chipset choice was influenced by the software run. And talking about the software, the Zuk Z1 boots Cyanogen OS 12.1, which is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. This means users will be able to customise their units to taste as they wish without hassles. It offers abundant 64GB internal storage, but this is not expandable.
Another of the attention-grabbing features of the Zuk Z1 is that it is equipped with a colossal 4,100mAh battery that should get things running for days on a charge. It offers support for ultra-fast 4G LTE connectivity on its two SIM card slots. The physical Home button houses the maker’s U-Touch fingerprint scanner which is said to be capable of recognising fingerprints at any angle. The Z1 boasts high-speed USB 3.0 connectivity with transfer speeds up to 10 times faster than those of USB 2.0.
Pricing and Availability
Zuk is an online-only brand that is established to sell its devices online. You will be able to buy the Zuk Z1 online and its price falls in the range N60,000-N80,000. At this price, the phablet somewhat represents better value than the HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM and compares well against the new Meizu m3.
Zuk Z1 at a Glance
– 5.5” Full HD display
– 13MP OIS rear and 8MP front cameras
– 2.5GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
– 3GB RAM
– 64GB onboard storage
– Cyanogen OS 12.1 (Android 5.1.1 Lollipop)
– Fingerprint scanner
– 4,100mAh battery
– 4G LTE
– Dual SIM