ZUK is a relatively new China-based company backed by Lenovo. This company was founded a couple of months ago, and has been teasing the Cyanogen-powered smartphone for quite some time now. The ZUK Z1 smartphone was announced in China back on August 11th, and that variant of the device actually runs ZUK's ZUI skin, not Cyanogen OS. Some people were surprised and confused when the ZUK Z1 launched, but keep in mind that Google's services are blocked in China, and ZUK was basically unable to announce the Cyanogen-powered version back then. That being said, the company did tease yet another event set for August 21st, and it was quite obvious that they plan to announce the international variant of the ZUK Z1 smartphone.
The company has just unveiled the Cyanogen OS-powered ZUK Z1 handset. This handset sports the same specs (aside from network bands) as the Chinese version, but a significantly different software. The ZUK Z1 features a 5.5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of in-built storage. The phone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 quad-core SoC along with an Adreno 330 GPU for graphics. The 13-megapixel camera is available on the back of this phone, and a 5-megapixel snapper can be found up front. The 4,100mAh battery is also a part of this package, and the device comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop pre-installed, and Cyanogen OS 12.1 is installed on top of Google's OS, of course. The ZUK Z1 is a dual-SIM device which offers 4G LTE connectivity and sports a metallic trim around the device. Speaking of the design, the physical home button is also available below the display, and it serves as both the home button and a fingerprint scanner. The ZUK Z1 measures 155.7 x 77.3 x 8.9mm, while it weighs 175 grams.
The handset will be available for purchase in mid-October, and the device will be sold online. ZUK will provide 1-year warranty for the device, 2 years inside Europe. That's more or less it for now, stay tuned, we might update this post with more info. And also pay attention to our site because hands-on images are coming soon.
UPDATE: The device will cost around $300 according to the company, but they haven't released the exact pricing just yet.