Lenovo’s line of Zuk smartphones is an only online phone that the company has recently started manufacturing. Lenovo acquired Zuk recently and has restructured the startup. The Zuk Z2, one of the first phones by the company was released in May 2016 and has been crowned as one of the best smartphones ever. The hype behind the phone is so much that it is putting other Chinese manufacturers to shame. However, does the phone live up to its hype? And does it stand a chance against the likes of OnePLus and LeEco? We find out in this review.
The Zuk Z2 has a 5-inch display, and the design is bound to make your friends jealous. The phone has a nearly invisible 0.05 mm thick black border around the screen. Even phones like the iPhones ^ has a thicker border. The bezel on the phone is extremely small, and the screen to body ratio is 73%. Not only has this but the phone weighed just a mere 145 grams, making it one of the lightest in the market. The slight curve on the back, the slim body, and the small screen means that single hand use will not be a problem. Moreover, using the phone is comfortable with no sharp edges or uncomfortable plastic digging into your palms.
And it doesn’t stop with that; Zuk is publicizing the phone as a fitness tracker that can track your heart rate, steps and oxygen saturation. The phone also comes with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 and has a ThinkPad-inspired roll cage design which means that your phone will stay safe even when you drop it while running.
The phone also features a fingerprint scanner that can also work with wet fingers. The fingerprint scanner can also be customized to make gestures like single tap, double tap, scrolling and long press. The sensor also has self-learning ability to increase accuracy.
The screen on the phone is a 5.2 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080x1920 which comes to a pixel density of 424 ppi. The colors are bright and sharp the screen can go up to a brightness of 500 nit for use under sunlight and 1 nit for use in the dark. Overall, in terms of design, display, and features, there are very few phones that come up to par with the Zuk Z2.
The phone doesn’t disappoint with performance either. It packs a heft Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood. It is supported by a dual-core 2.15 GHz processor and a dual core 1.6 GH processor giving it a total of 4 cores. It also has an Adreno 530 graphics unit and either a 4 GB or 6 GB RAM. The only other company to provide a 6 GB RAM is Asus. The phone comes with an internal memory of 64GB or 128GB. But there is no option to expand the memory.
The software on the device is Android Marshmallow. Another added feature on the phone is the ability to sync with Apple’s iCloud. This will make it easier for users who want to migrate from an iPhone to an Android device. However, we are not sure if the phone will be able to sync seamlessly and if Apple will stop their access to iCloud. Nevertheless, it is a welcome addition to the phone.
Zuk has an impressive camera on the phone. The primary shooter is a 13 MP 1.34 um sensor with a f/1.8 aperture. The phone also comes with optical image stabilization, PDAF, and dual tone flash. Zuk says that the phone does a better at focusing and stabilizing videos than an iPhone. Other features of the phone are geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus, panorama, and HDR. Video recording is at 2160p at 30fps. The images are sharp and have a lot of details and textures with bright colors. The selfie camera uses an 8 MP sensor with 1.4 um pixels. It also has a smart beautification mode to beautify your pictures based on gender. Another smart feature of the selfie shooter is that you can touch the heart rate sensor, and it will display your heart rate on the picture while taking a picture with someone. This quirky feature can be used when taking pictures of a celebrity or someone you love.
The battery on the phone is a non-removable 3100 mAh Li-Ion battery. It should give you a talk time of 1 day for even the most demanding users.
In terms of connectivity, the phone has WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, and USB. NFC is not supported partly because most users in China prefer to use AliPay, WeChat, and BestPay.
The Zuk is one of the best smartphones available in the market today. With a lightning fast processor, crisp screen, amazing design and super camera, the phone has set a standard in smartphone manufacturing. It is revolutionizing the smartphone industry with many modern concepts like the heart rate sensor, fingerprint sensor, and small bezel. Another welcome addition is the ability to sync with Apple’s iCloud. And all this at a surprisingly low price. The Lenovo Zuk will certainly be a huge competition to the likes of OnePlus, Huawei, and Asus.WHAT WE LIKED