The (Lenovo) ZUK Z2 goes official: Snapdragon 820 & 4GB RAM for under $280
posted by Ben R. / May 31, 2016, 6:31 AM
ZUK, a China-based sub-brand of tech giant Lenovo, has been busy in the smartphone marketplace of late. Only last month, the firm launched the impressive-looking Z2 Pro—a flagship device featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and up to a whopping 6 gigs of RAM. Today, the firm has unleashed the standard ZUK Z2, which still packs a punch with the SD820 and 4 GB of RAM.
The Z2 Pro, at just over $400, is rather inexpensive when compared to many other Snapdragon 820-powered handsets. Even so, the new Z2 scales a few features back to further to drag the price below the $300 barrier. The sleek, 'true 3D glass' design of the Pro is downgraded to a 2.5D glass finish over a decidedly generic aesthetic, which looks rather like a stretched iPhone 4 with a Samsung Galaxy-esque home button. But even though the Z2 makes cutbacks, the device described by ZUK as a 'small screen super flagship' nonetheless boasts an impressive repertoire.
Aside from the chipset and RAM, there's a 1080 x 1920 full-HD display over a 5-inch canvas, 64 GB of on-board storage, and two nano-SIM slots. The rear-facing 13-megapixel shooter boasts dual-mode focus, f/2.2 aperture and several other treats, while the front snapper gets a wide-angle lens for those all-important group selfies.
Like the Z2 Pro, the new version also includes a fingerprint scanner. In apparent favor of a svelte profile, the Z2 Pro's battery is a mere 3100 mAh effort—substantially less than the 4100 mAh juice pack of last year's Z1. The new Z2 includes a reasonably healthy 3500 mAh capacity, however, and there's Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology to sweeten the deal. It's also worth pointing out that the Z2 includes wireless charging support, and arrives bearing a USB Type-C port.
Available in White and Black colors, the device will sell in China for 1,799 Yuan—or $274 in US money. Even though it's perhaps not the greatest looking smartphone on the market right now, 274 bucks for a Snapdragon 820 handset with 4 gigs of RAM seems a killer deal whichever way you chop it up.
It's headed to the Chinese market from June 7th. If it became available in your area at that price, would you snag the Lenovo ZUK Z2? Let us know in the comments!
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2nd picture: World's first Type-C wireless charging. What is meant by that? If it's USB, why does the connector type matter when it's wireless?
posted on May 31, 2016, 6:58 AM 0
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Typical chinese phone - mighty processor, rubbish everything else. Like any other ZUK - dim display (400cd/m2, manufacturer rated, in real life probably even less) and rubbish camera. Really, tiny 13MPis sensor with f2,2 optics and no OIS? That's acceptable in cheap sub $200 phones.
posted on May 31, 2016, 7:13 AM 1
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The specs seem good, but that design is pretty horrible. It looks way too bland and boring
posted on May 31, 2016, 7:30 AM 2
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Don't understand the hate on the design. I think it looks great. Understated and not gaudy like a lot of phones today. Looks nothing like an iphone, don't know where that one came from. I probably won't buy though, $200 is a lot of cash to fork over for unknown quality.
posted on May 31, 2016, 6:00 PM 0
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I'm with you on the design, disagree over the $200 though; its price is actually more 300 which is still not much for known quality - I don't mean this latter part saying that it is good quality but you should know what to expect from this company/price point
posted on Jun 01, 2016, 10:37 AM 0
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I honestly don't understand people. This ZUK has really average bezels that every phone has. Moreover, its width (68.9 mm) is comparable to that of a 4.7 smartphone. In contrast, HTC, which has huge bezels at all 4 sides, not centered navigation buttons, and an ugly chamfer edge, is praised by everyone ...
posted on Jun 01, 2016, 9:56 AM 0
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I think it looks great, the horizontal shot used in the middle of the article in particular shows a minimalistic elegance. The white admittedly looks like an old, cheap, no-name but that's why you don't have white devices.
posted on Jun 01, 2016, 10:34 AM 0
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