ZUK is a rather new company based in China. This smartphone OEM is actually backed by Lenovo, and has already released their first smartphone, the ZUK Z1. This handset comes in two variants, the Chinese one which runs ZUK’s ZUI user interface on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop, and the international variant which was announced quite recently which will ship with Cyanogen OS 12.1 on top of Google’s Android operating system. That being said, the Chinese variant of this handset is already on sale, and we have some new info regarding all that, read on.
This China-based OEM received over 2 million registrations of the first flash sale which concluded earlier this week, and now the second flash sale number are in. ZUK received a ton of registrations once again, and has sold 40,000 units during the sale. 30,000 out of those were made available by JingDong Mall (JD.com), one of China’s biggest retailers. The remaining 10,000 units were available for purchase directly from ZUK. This actually means that ZUK sold 80,000 ZUK Z1 handset in just a week, which is commendable. Those numbers would be a lot higher judging by the number of people who registered, but it’s basically impossible to produce so many devices so quickly. Either way, ZUK Z1 is off to a great start, and the international variant hasn’t even launched yet.
The ZUK Z1 features a 5.5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal non-expandable internal storage. This handset is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 quad-core SoC along with an Adreno 330 GPU for graphics. The 13-megapixel OIS camera is available on the back of ZUK Z1, and an 8-megapixel snapper is available up front. The 4,100mAh battery is also a part of this package, and the physical home button below the display actually doubles as a fingerprint scanner. The Type-C USB 3.0 is also available here, and same can be said about Quick Charge technology. The Chinese variant of the ZUK Z1 costs 1,799 Yuan ($280), and we still don’t know how much will it cost in Europe, but according to the company, you can expect it to cost around $300.