The (Lenovo) ZUK Z2 goes official: Snapdragon 820 & 4GB RAM for under $280

The (Lenovo) ZUK Z2 goes official: Snapdragon 820 & 4GB RAM for under $280
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!




1. dimas

Posts: 3414; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Wow! $274 for a phone with 5" FHD and 3500mah battery? This will be a beast on battery life! Lenovo is not cutting corners, they are turning squares into circles how the hell are they doing that?

2. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

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?

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

my random guess: that charging pad use USB Type-C to connect to power adaptor

3. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Yeah absolutely!!! Thats where i wanted to see zf3 !!! But hopefully Z2 soon becomes international!!

4. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

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.

13. iApologistsAreRetards

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Man, Just shut up! I can't stand haters like you.

5. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

The specs seem good, but that design is pretty horrible. It looks way too bland and boring

14. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

Was thinking same thing, if design was better it would be a nice phone, no sense buying a phone and then can't stand to look at it

6. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

If it came to the USA I'd be tempted, but it looks so blah...people might look at it and confuse it with an iPhone, I'd have to pass.

7. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

One thing is for sure: This phone won't win a design award. Why not charge 10$ more and go for a more premium build and design?

8. jeevanand88 unregistered

So the overhyped SD820 is no more a flagship chipset now :D

11. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Kind of like the A9 chip is not a flagship chip anymore.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

those design look so cheap, and look at that horrible bezels... it just looks like iPhone, so dsgusting..

12. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

Amazing for the price. Zuk z2 pro is amazing for the price too. Looking forward to both phones.

15. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

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.

20. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

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

24. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Sorry 200 was typo, meant 300. But unknown quality meaning I never even heard of this brand before, add that it's under Lenovo who don't make the best builds.


Posts: 1; Member since: May 31, 2016

How quickly they forget what was available from anybody on earth at any price only five years ago.

17. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

ZUK under Lenovo, MOTO under Lenovo... Which brand is going to be cheaper? O.o

18. pikabu

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 01, 2016

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 ...

19. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

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.

22. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

white phones seem harder to resell, when it is from a less popular brand.. moto white phones are super distinguishable though.. with those sensors at the bottom bezel.

21. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

If it has the correct LTE bands for the USA and has stock or near stock android - Yes.

25. ArjunN

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 18, 2016

When is it available in India..

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