Lenovo's ZUK Z1 will be launched internationally running Cyanogen OS 12.1

Lenovo's ZUK Z1 will be launched internationally running Cyanogen OS 12.1
ZUK is a brand new Lenovo-backed company which, according to its own description, wants to take "aim at both mobile Internet, and Internet of Things (IoT)." Until now, ZUK announced only one product: the ZUK Z1 smartphone. Currently available only in China, the Z1 will also be released internationally, and ZUK announced that it has partnered with Cyanogen for this.

The international version of the ZUK Z1 will run Cyanogen OS 12.1 (based on Android Lollipop), thus being different from the Chinese model, which runs a version of Android Lollipop tailored for China.

Different software aside, the international ZUK Z1 will be similar to the device that's sold in China. Thus, it's going to be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor (not the newest chipset around, we know), while sporting a 5.5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels. Furthermore, the handset will feature LTE, fingerprint scanner, a 13 MP rear camera, 8 MP front-facing camera, 3 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal memory, USB Type-C port, and a very generous 4100 mAh battery.

We don't know exactly where the ZUK Z1 will be available around the world, and neither for what price. But we can tell you that the smartphone's Chinese version costs around $285. ZUK will announce more about the global Z1 on August 21.


source: ZUK (1), (2)

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16 Comments

1. ROLZARN

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 12, 2014

Lenovo?? thought they gave-up in mobile field and just give it to Motrola???

2. Aploine

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Clone swan song?

4. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Probably a planned release but now I know why they're letting Motorola take over lol this looks just like an i.....

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

What, Lenovo Has Released/Announced Like 10 Devices This Year Where You Been Bro LOL.

3. TerryTerius unregistered

I wonder how much of a loss some of these Chinese manufacturers are taking on these phones? Selling them basically at cost or below cost isn't really a sustainable model. It's weird that they almost don't seem to give a damn about long-term viability. Then again, I guess that isn't as hard to do when you're spending basically nothing on research and development and not actually contributing anything new.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

motorola will do all the research and development they need, basically they already have thousands of motorola's patent and they can use it whenever they need

11. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Over in China it is sustainable, China is one of the highest paying countries when it comes to additional content/merch., i.e. apps, themes, accessories etc. Companies like MIUI Are HUGELY successful over there.

12. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

MIUI is one of the best android rom

16. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

You are right. Except I never heard of a company called MIUI. Let me explain you something. There is a Chinese company called Xiaomi (it means Little rice) and they sell phones with their own ROM called MIUI (MI User Interface). And they are succesfull indeed. The main point of their succes is the low price. And they don't sell the phones with loss (respond to the comment before yours), just not get 4-6x as much, as the phone really costs. For example the producing of an iPhone costs Apple just $200-250 and they sell them for $800 at least. Samsung is a bit better: the producing cost of the S5 was ~$240 and they sold it for $600. Now, Xiaomi sells the $200-250 phones for $300-400. This isn't loss at all. And there is an other aspect of their succes you mentioned, but it isn't that simple. You spoke about themes, accessories, etc. but you forgot the fact, that Google is banned in China. As well the Play Store. So in China every manufacturer has its own appstore. And that's it, where Xiaomi's money come from.

14. Guaire

Posts: 855; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Loss? None. They are not selling it at cost. Also they are sustaining it for years. It's already an established model by Xiaomi. Lenovo just mimicked it. Huawei did samething with Honor and there are others. Asus makes money from Zenfones, while HTC sinking. (I know they aren't Chinese.) Selling it cheap doesn't mean loss vice versa.

7. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

A decent phone from Lenovo. The 801 is still a capable processor.

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Let's hope it doesn't end up like the OnePlus One

10. dermit88

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

This looks like my q3 2013 dream phone. Now CyanogenMod is a shell of what it used to be. 1080p with sd801 looks weak to this S6 Active owner. Funny how things change. I'll probably laugh at how underpowered my phone is 2 years from now.

13. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Attack of the clones

15. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

How do they fit a 4100mAh Battery in that thing and Apple only 1800mAh?

17. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Where are the Vibe P1 and Vibe X3?

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