The ZUK Z1 comes with features like a USB Type-C port, fingerprint sensor, and a giant battery.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Lenovo is backing a new smartphone brand called ZUK, with plans to launch a phone powered by Cyanogen OS. Today, that phone has gone official as the Z1, and while it’s not running the geeky iteration of Android, the Z1 features specs that almost matches the hardware offered by the OnePlus 2.
The Z1 has a lot of new features that have become popular this year, including a fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C port. Where the Z1 stands out from the competition is its large 4,100 mAh battery, which is sure to offer long-lasting endurance even with extremely heavy usage, especially since the phone only has a Full HD display. The display is 5.5 inches in size, and under the hood there is a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor accompanied by 3GB of RAM. Storage capacity is 64GB, with no option for further expansion.
The Z1 comes with a 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 camera sensor; the sensor isn’t the best out there, but the device does feature optical image stabilization. The selfie business is handled by an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with an OmniVision sensor. On the software front, users get Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, with a user interface that looks rather similar to those on other smartphones sold in China. Of course, like most such devices, dual SIM connectivity is on-board as well.
The ZUK Z1 is priced at 1,799 Yuan (roughly $285) and will be available in grey and white. There is no word on a release date, and it also remains to be seen if Lenovo – or ZUK, which is a separate brand – will bring the Z1 to other markets. It’s certainly an interesting smartphone, one that could give OnePlus a few sleepless nights based on the specs and price ratio, though consumers might not exactly flock to it considering no one would have heard of the rather odd company name.