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Lenovo’s ZUK Z1 launching globally with Cyanogen software

by Jacob Kleinman | August 21, 2015August 21, 2015 7:40 am PDT

The ZUK Z1, the first phone from a new Lenovo-backed company, looked pretty awesome when it launched earlier this month. At the time the device was limited to China, but it turns out the Z1 will get an international launch as well thanks to a new partnership with Cyanogen.

The company announced the news on Friday at a press conference in China. It also noted that the ZUK Z1 has already racked up 2 million pre-orders in Lenovo’s home country. The international version is set to launch in mid-October, though it’s possible reservations could open up even sooner.

The ZUK Z1 is a mixed bag when it comes to hardware, though the device does offer a reversible USB-C port. You also get a 5.5-inch 1080p display, which should be just fine, and a pretty outdated Snapdragon 801 processor. Other specs include a massive 4100mAh battery, a 13-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The addition of Cyanogen software should keep things running smoothly and bring tons of customization options to the device.

The design is nice enough, though it’s a pretty standard smartphone slab. The front looks somewhat similar to the iPhone 6, and comes in black or white. The back appears to be made from metallic plastic.

The ZUK Z1’s best feature may be its price. The device costs just $280 in China. It’s unclear how much the new phone will cost in the U.S., though we hope the company can keep it under $300.

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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...

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