Lenovo is finally bringing their online sub-brand ZUK’s Z1 smartphone to India on May 10th. The main spotlight this phone touts is the highly customizable Cyanogen OS, however, the company will be packing the 12.1 version based on Android 5.1 instead of the latest Cyanogen 13 that runs on Marshmallow. Thankfully, users who are familiar with the process can flash the ROM rather than waiting for an official update and Lenovo claims that their warranty won’t be voided even if they install any other supported software.
On the hardware front, ZUK Z1 features a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS panel, it runs on Qualcomm’s dated Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5Ghz along with 3GB of RAM, 64GB inbuilt storage without external expansion and Adreno 330 for graphics. The battery is among the key features this handset packs, it packs a massive 4100mAh battery that with right optimizations could stretch up to 2 days. It also supports Dual-SIM, both of which are 4G and Indian LTE bands enabled. To fit in the market, the Z1 comes with a fingerprint scanner housed under the home button and flaunts a USB Type-C port with fast-charging capabilities.
Lastly, there’s a 13-Megapixel Sony IMX214 sensor on the back with Optical Image Stabilization which can help in low light photography, something which budget phones fail to achieve. For selfies, Lenovo has provided an 8-Megapixel front camera. Design wise too, Z1 doesn’t fail to impress with a curved back and metallic edges holding those antenna lines.
As you would have probably guessed, the Lenovo Z1 won’t be a cheap package at all. While Indian pricing is yet to be revealed, outside where it was launched way before, pricing was kept at around 320 euros which roughly sums up to 25,000 INR. Unless Lenovo manages to get the cost right, the success of this device is not quite viable majorly because of the outdated processor. However, Lenovo has been doing pretty well with recent launches and given their market understanding as of now, they probably won’t mess up the price tag.