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ZUK is just another Chinese company very similar to Xiaomi. ZUK was founded in 2015. And just like many other Chinese smartphone manufacturing companies that are creating sub-brands, Zuk is backed by one of the Chinese giants Lenovo. At first glance, Zuk Z1 does seem like just another Chinese smartphone packed with an old Qualcomm chipset, which is combined with an updated Cyanogen OS. Ever since being launched during the last quarter of 2015, a lot has changed in the budget and mid-range smartphones using Qualcomm chipset. But this phone is still working quite well with such an old processor. Let us take a look at it and see what Lenovo Zuk Z1 has to offer at the available price range.
While most of the budget phones are going for a non-metal design, to cut off some cost, Zuk decided to case this phone inside a metal frame, although, the back cover is made up of plastic. On the front, it has Corning Gorilla Glass screen, under which it has a 5.5 inch Full HD display, with the pixel density of 401 ppi. As the frame is quite wide, it isn’t much difficult to notice that this phone is all about the colours and vibrancy. The display is quite good, and the design is also pretty. The phone feels sturdy in the hand, and it is not much heavy as well. Its dimensions are 155.7 x 77.3 x 8.9 mm (6.13 x 3.04 x 0.35 in) and weighs only 175 gm. It has a Type-C USB port at the bottom, beside the speaker grill. There is a fingerprint sensor as well, under the home key physical button.
Under the hood, the Zuk Z1 has 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, which is backed by 3 GB of RAM. For storage, it has about 64 GB of internal memory, and no, there is no memory card slot. In other words, there is no expandable memory. Although the processor is old, the performance of this phone is still smooth. Other than the old processor, remaining specs are impressive. The phone runs on Android Lollipop 5.1.1, which is tweaked with CyanogenMod 12.
The cameras of this phone do look good, but just on paper. The camera performance can be considered as one of the negative points of this phone. The rear camera is a 13 megapixel with autofocus and dual LED flash. It records videos at 30 frames per second. At the front, there is a 8-megapixel selfie camera. The images are too soft and quite noisy as well. HDR pictures also require very steady hands, or the picture loses focus. The camera app is almost like the default Android camera app, which is just upgraded a bit with HDR and a few filters. Also, there are no apps to support the front camera.
The phone comes with a 4100 mAh battery on its back, which is outstanding. You can go on using the device without looking out for the charger, for at least one and a half day. According to Video lab tests, the phone scored 14 hours and 18 minutes, which is remarkable. For connectivity, the phone is a Dual Sim phone, and it accepts Nano sim. You can use 4G network on this device, as it supports LTE. It also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and of course, the all new Type-C reversible connector.
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