Lenovo Z1 Review in First Impression: In India, Lenovo is all set to introduce its new online only sub-brand i.e. Zuk. The Zuk Z1 smartphone will be launched by the Chinese company in the second week of May. This new sub-brand was developed by the Lenovo to counter the rise of the Xiaomi in Chine and will soon allow the company to exploit the low-cost online-only sales model. This will also be along the same lines as what we had seen from the Micromax’s Yu and Huawei’s sub-brand Honor, and both of these are only online exclusives.
Lenovo Z1 Review in First Impression
Last year in April, Lenovo’s Zuk was expected to start the operations in China, but its first product was launched there in the August only.
The new Lenovo Z1 smartphone does not look at like the Lenovo’s current devices and it sports a new design altogether. The front of this new smartphone is dominated by a 5.5-inch display. On the front the glass are extends to the device’s frame. The rear panel of the Lenovo Zuk Z1 is slightly curved and it offers s decent grip.
The back panel feels plasticky but it is non-removable. There is no banding given on the front but at the back Zuk logo can be seen.
A neat look has been given to the smartphone by the chamfered edges and you can see the plastic antenna stripes that are running across the top and at the bottom panels of the Zuk Z1. The power and volume buttons are on the right, where the user can easily reach by using just one hand. The 3.5mm audio jack is on the top, while the USB Type-C charging and the speaker grille are on the bottom. The cables and the USB Type-C connector are reversible and can be easily plugged in the either way. Apart from that, Lenovo Zuk Z1 will support a 5Gbps USB 3.0 transfer speeds and will make the data transfer 10 times faster than USB 2.0.
Overall, the phone feels quite sturdy and the design of the Zuk Z1 looks above par. At 175 grams, it is a bit heavy for the phone with this screen size and it measures 155.7/77.3/8.9 mm and it is quite comfortable to hold.
The Zuk Z1 has a rectangular physical home button which will also integrates the fingerprint scanner and it is just below the 5.5-inch display. In one-handed operation the placement was helpful.
The 5.5-inch full HD (1080/1920 pixels) IPS display on Z1 is claimed to have the 100 percent of the NTSC of the colour gamut and a high contrast ratio of 1500:1 with the viewing angles of up to 178 degrees.
The Zuk Z1 smartphone is packed with a dated Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor which is clocked at 2.5GHz with the integrated Adreno 330 graphics, coupled with a 3GB of RAM. Back in 2014, the snapdragon 801 was Qualcomm’s flagship processor and was seen in the smartphones such as OnePlus One, LG G3 and Xiaomi Mi 4. When it was asked that why Lenovo chose to go with the particular processor then they stated that, this is obviously going to be the final version of the Snapdragon 801 and will come unlocked with all the whistles and bells. Also, this will be one of the most stable chipsets from Qualcomm.
– The Lenovo Zuk Z1 packs with the storage of 64 GB, but there is no option for the storage expansion.
– It packs a large battery of 4100mAh
– This dual-SIM phone supports two Nano-SIMs
– It will work with 4G on both the SIMs by using the TDD Band 40 and FDD Band 3, which are common standards in India.
– It also has some preloaded apps like: AudioFX and Opera Mini and many more.
– It has rear camera of 13 megapixel
– Front facing camera of 8 megapixel
In China, Lenovo Zuk Z1 was launched priced at CNY 1,799 i.e. approx Rs. 18,250. So we are expecting that in India also the pricing will be the same. Till then we have to wait for the official announcement by the company that is due in the second week of May.
As expected, this smartphone will be available only through online channels and it will be going to compete against the OnePlus 2 and many other models of this price level.