Is ZUK Z2 Rio Edition The Cheapest SD820-Powered Handset?

Lenovo is one of China’s largest tech companies, and a rather significant player in the smartphone space. Lenovo not only owns Motorola, but they’re also unveiling devices under the ‘ZUK’ brand, even though ZUK is a completely separate company it seems. This company had introduced the ZUK Z1 last year, their first smartphone which managed to attract interest from quite a few people. The ZUK Z1 was followed by the ZUK Z2 Pro and the ZUK Z2 which were introduced this year, and both of those devices are worthy successors to the ZUK Z1, and are quite affordable. Well, ZUK wanted to up the ante a bit more, so they’ve decided to announce yet another really affordable smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 820 processor, read on.

The ZUK Z2 Rio Edition is the all-new ZUK-branded smartphone, which is, at least according to its name, a special edition ZUK-branded smartphone for the Summer Olympics. This device is not only powered by the Snapdragon 820 SoC, but it also comes with a number of other commendable specifications, especially if you consider this phone costs only 1,599 Yuan ($242). The ZUK Z2 Rio Edition features a 5-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) 2.5D curved display, along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The Snapdragon 820 SoC fuels this phone, and the Adreno 530 GPU is here for graphics processing, of course. The 3,500mAh battery is also a part of this package, and it is not removable, while it offers Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 tech. The 13-megapixel snapper (f/2.2 aperture, 5P lens, ISOCELL sensor, PDAF) can be found on the back of this device, while an 8-megapixel camera (1.4um pixel size, f/2.0 aperture, 78.9-degree wide-angle lens) is located on the phone’s front side. Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes pre-installed on this phone, and on top of it, you’ll be able to find ZUK’s ZUI 2.0 user interface. There are two nano SIM slots available here, and the phone also offers 4G LTE connectivity with VoLTE. The ZUK Z2 Rio Edition measures 141.65 x 68.88 x 8.45mm, while it weighs 149 grams.

The ZUK Z2 Rio Edition will probably have limited availability, if you live in China you’re in luck, but this phone will hardly become available in Europe and the US, at least not officially. The device is priced at 1,599 Yuan ($242) in China, while you’ll be able to get it for 1,499 ($224) on August 2nd through select online stores in the country. All in all, this might even be the cheapest Snapdragon 820-powered smartphone out there.

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