Lenovo ZUK Z1 Review: Price Specs Pros and Cons

ZUK is Chinese brand based on Hong Kong and backed by the Lenovo, Zuk Z1 actually launched in china in August 2015, but they are launching this Smartphone in Indian online store in May 2016 with Cyanogen MOD 12.1 (Based on Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop), Snapdragon 801 Quad-core processor, 5.5 Full HD display, 13 MP rear and 8 MP front camera, 64 GB internal memory with No external SD card support and 4100 mAh battery.
As we go through the design of the ZUK Z1, they have mixed everything to give a premium feel; like there is Aircraft Grade Aluminum metal to build its frame, back cover is made of plastic and the front panel has Corning Gorilla Glass. The power and volume button is located on right side and SIM slot in left, top has 3.5mm audio jack and button house for Type C 3.0 USB port and speaker. 
Full HD Display
5.5 inches IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen is capable to deliver a great visual experience which is configured with the 1080p full HD resolution, 401ppi display density, although the IPS display is not able to match vibrant colours of Super AMOLED but it doesn’t mean that it affect the display quality negatively; you will have a good viewing experience as it is crisp enough.

Performance of Chipset
The performance of a Smartphone is hugely associated with the CPU, and this device is packed with Snapdragon 801 which was released in 2014; may be quite older but it is also point of remember that its all the 4 cores are clocked at 2.5 GHz which is sufficient enough to run most of the heavy tasks, but it is 32-bit may not support some new 64-bit apps. Overall performance for most tasks is quite smooth without any hinder. 

Camera Quality
Camera can be praised for adding many features that are generally not included in this budget range such as OIS (Optical image Stabilizer), Sony Exmor RS™ stack image sensor, Slow-mo recording. This camera looks better than Redmi Note 3; quality of photos looks more natural in daylight however sometimes did overexpose images in bright light. OIS helps in taking better photographs of moving objects. The 8MP front camera is also taking pretty cool selfies.

Battery Backup
Phone has relatively a large non-removable 4100 mAh super-density Stack & Folding structured battery that ensures the more capacity in smaller area. This power battery is capable to give the backup of more than one full day.

Specification of Lenovo ZUK Z1

Operating System
OS- Android
OS Version- Cyanogen MOD 12.1 (Based on Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
CPU- Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
Clock Speed- 2.5 GHz Krait 400
Core- Quad-core
GPU- Adreno 330

Screen and Display
Type- IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Size- 5.5 inches
Display Resolution- 1080 x 1920 pixels
Display Reinforced- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Density- 401 ppi
Screen-Body Ratio- 69.3% 

Rear- 13 MP
Front- 8 MP
Max. Video Resolution- 1080p
Max Video Frames- 30fps

Form and Dimension
Phone Dimension- 155.7 x 77.3 x 8.9 mm
Form- Bar
Weight- 175 grams

Data Connection and Connectivity 
4G- LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
3G- HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Bluetooth- v4.1
WiFi- 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Headphone Jack- 3.5mm

Proximity- Yes
Accelerometer- Yes
Light- Yes
Gyroscope- Yes
Fingerprint- Yes

Memory and RAM
Internal (ROM)- 64 GB
External (SD)- N/A

SIM Type- Nano-SIM
SIM Support- Dual SIM

Capacity- 4100 mAh
Stand By- 526 hours
Talktime- 38 hours

Phone’s Available Colour- White and Dark Gray

Pros of Lenovo ZUK Z1

  • 64 GB Internal Memory.
  • Pretty clear camera with OIS.
  • Display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass.
  • Phone support Type C 3.0 USB fast charging.
  • 4100 mAh huge battery 
  • Fast fingerprint sensor.

Cons of Lenovo ZUK Z1

  • Battery is Non removable.
  • No External SD card support.
  • Old 32-bit CPU.
  • No FM Radio.

Why to buy and Final words about Lenovo ZUK Z1

Chinese brands are flooding the Indian Smartphone market with lots of option and ZUK Z1 is another in this entry under the umbrella of Lenovo brand, This Smartphone launched in China in August 2015 and nearly after 1 year it is launching in India, the built of ZUK Z1 is pretty good by Fusing plastic, Aluminum metal and gorilla Glass, that all giving it the spectacular look. 13 MP primary camera doing great job for taking decent quality pictures, Snapdragon runs smooth in multitasking. And you will not feel the lack for memory as it has 64 GB Internal storage capacity, for the power company included a 4100 mAh non-removable battery that is definitely going to give a great backup. As we said earlier there are lots of option under this budget specially from the Chinese brands like Lenovo K4 Note, Redmi Note 3 and LeTV 1S.


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