ZUK is a very young China-based company which is backed by a tech giant Lenovo. This company was founded back in May last year, and they've released only one smartphone thus far, the ZUK Z1. This smartphone has actually been announced in two variants, and the only difference between them is the software. The Chinese ZUK Z1 model ships with the company's very own ZUI user interface, while the international variant comes with Cyanogen OS pre-installed on top of Android.
That being said, ZUK Z1 has been available out in the market for quite some time now, and we have reviewed the Chinese model a while back. In case you're more interested in the international model, we've spent some time with that variant as well. The ZUK Z1 has originally been announced in White and Black color variants only, and the company has now rolled out the Sandalwood version as well. This model has been announced in China, and it will ship with ZUI pre-installed, we still don't know if ZUK intends on releasing the international Sandalwood variant of this smartphone. The device will ship with a new ZUI version on top of it, ZUI 1.6, which is based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Now, as far as the specs are concerned, this handset is completely identical to the standard ZUK Z1 model. The phone features a 5.5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, along with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 quad-core SoC fuels this smartphone, along with an Adreno 330 GPU for graphics. The 4,100mAh battery is available on the inside, and Andriod 5.1.1 Lollipop comes pre-installed out of the box in a regular version of this device, but the Sandalwood will ship with Android 6.0.1 Lollipop. The 13-megapixel snapper is available on the back of the phone, and its physical home button doubles as a fingerprint scanner. The ZUK Z1 Sandalwood Edition costs 1,599 Yuan ($246) in China, which makes this device even more interesting.