ZUK is a relatively new company which is backed by Lenovo. This company was founded not long ago, and it has already released their first smartphone in two variants. The Chinese variant ships with ZUK's ZUI user interface, and the international model (which was announced today) comes with Cyanogen OS 12.1 pre-installed. That being said, we were able to find out something really interesting in China during ZUK's press conference. One of our sources let us know that ZUK is already preparing to release a second-gen ZUK Z handset, read on.
According to the provided info, ZUK is preparing to release the ZUK Z2 handset in January, and that handset will be powered by the upcoming Snapdragon 820 SoC. This is very interesting considering that the company has just announced the first-gen Z1 handset. As a side note, Letv has also already teased the arrival of their Snapdragon 820-powered handset. By the looks of it, January will be a very interesting month in the smartphone world, we can expect a number of OEMs to announce their Snapdragon 820-powered smartphones, and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is also taking place in January. We still don't know what will the spec sheet of the ZUK Z2 look like, but the source we were able to get this info from is rather reliable, so I guess we can expect the ZUK Z1's successor to launch at the beginning of next year.
That being said, the ZUK Z1 which just launched is a very interesting, and well-equipped smartphone. The ZUK Z1's specs are almost identical, no matter if we look at the Chinese or international variant of this device. The only two differences here are the software which comes pre-installed on them (which we've already talked about), and network bands. The ZUK Z1 sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The device is powered by the Snapdragon 801 quad-core SoC, and it sports a 4,100mAh battery on the inside. The 13-megapixel camera is located on its back, and an 8-megapixel snapper is available up front. Android 5.1.1 Lollipop comes pre-installed here, and the device also sport a fingerprint scanner and the Type-C USB 3.0 port.