Lenovo's online-only sub-brand ZUK marked its debut in India with the launch of its Cyanogen-powered Z1 smartphone on May 10. The new smartphone will be available for purchase for the first time in India on May 19 exclusively on Amazon.in. Only registered buyers can participate in the sale, which commences at 2 p.m. on Thursday.
The registrations for the first sale closed at midnight on Tuesday, so those who missed it can sign up for the next sale on May 26. Considering the handset's price and the specifications it offers, buyers can expect a strong demand.
Based on our comparisons with various smartphones, including Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Samsung Galaxy J5 and Motorola Moto G4 Plus, Lenovo ZUK Z1 emerged the winner on several levels. Lenovo ZUK Z1 is priced at Rs. 13,499 and offers premium-grade specifications, stylish design, biometric security, a good camera and a marathon battery.
Lenovo ZUK Z1 features a metal frame and a curved back for a comfortable grip. It has a 5.5-inch Full-HD display with anti-fingerprint coating, display polariser coating and GFF whole-bonding process. The handset boasts a 13MP primary camera with 1.2µm, dual-LED flash, OIS, Sony Exmor RS sensor, f/2.2 aperture and 5 physical lens, and an 8MP front camera with 1.4µm-pixel OV8865 sensor.
Under the hood, the ZUK Z1 features a 4,100mAh battery with fast-charging technology, which the company claims to fully charge the cell within 2.5 hours. The battery apparently and last up to 38 hours on 4G talktime. Smashing its competitors, the ZUK Z1 is powered by a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, which is backed by 3GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.
To top it all off, there is a fingerprint scanner integrated within the home button and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based Cyanogen OS 12.1 out of the box. The handset comes in two colours — white and space grey — and supports dual 4G SIM cards.