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ZUK Z1 revealed with USB-C and a huge battery for under $300

by Jacob Kleinman | August 11, 2015August 11, 2015 11:00 am PST

Last week we got an early look at the ZUK Z1, an exciting smartphone from a new Lenovo-backed company. Now the device is official, and it pretty much lives up to our expectations.

The ZUK Z1 features a reversible USB-C charging port with USB 3.0 level data transfer speeds. It also packs a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a massive 4100mAh battery, a Snapdragon 801 processor, a fingerprint reader, a 13-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It comes in black or white and runs Android Lollipop with the company’s own ZUI software.

That’s a pretty solid lineup of specs for just 1,799 yuan (roughly $280). Our only real concern is the decision to go with a Snapdragon 801 chip, though ZUK claims the older processor holds up better over time. Considering some of the issues surrounding the newer Snapdragon 810, this seems like a pretty smart place to cut costs.

The design actually looks pretty similar to the iPhone 6, at least from the front thanks to its curved metal frame. The back appears to be some sort of metallic plastic. Overall it’s a pretty nice device, especially considering the price.

You can pre-order the ZUK Z1 in China right now. Unfortunately there’s no word on whether the device will be available globally.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...