Lenovo ZUK Z1 Review, Specs And Price in India

Lenovo’s ZUK Z1 was one of the most awaited smartphones in India. Because of two fundamental things , It’s features and Cyanogen OS. Yes, it will hit the market with the most customizable platform , Cyanogen OS. Well , ZUK Z1 is the first phone of its kind from Lenovo. There was no phone before ZUK Z1, Lenovo launched before with Cyanogen OS. It has features that push it under High-End Smartphones list .

Update:- Lenovo has launched the ZUK Z1 smartphone India with an impressive INR 13499 price tag. You can buy the smartphone on Amazon India from 19th May. Watch the launch review of Lenovo ZUK Z1. It will be a flash sale so you need to register before buying this smartphone. You can register for the sale via here.


This time, Lenovo has covered all the features a smartphone should get . This is why this phone is a hit big time. Now talking about the Cyanogen OS , after breaking the deal with Micromax in India Cyanogen has moved to Lenovo. As you know The Yu Yureka was the first official Cyanogen OS phone from Micromax. Which had a basket full of bugs at the time of release, but that phone was One of the Highly customizable phones. Afterward, Yu managed to get over the bugs by sending OTA updates.

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Front and rear view of Lenovo’s ZUK Z1

However being the main concern  ZUK Z1 is going to be a hit in India with all the State of the art hardware and Cyanogen OS 13. It already has got all the limelight it should get in China. It is still to be released in India. The smartphone will release in India On 10th May 2016, but we have all the Specifications and features right in our hand. Before going further It is necessary to mention that This is not a phone that will suit everyone in this world. Like you just can’t gift this phone to your Mom. I mean she can use. But she won’t be able to access and utilize all the features of the phone.

This is a phone for heavy users for sure. With the end of this article, you will get to know about all the possibilities it has inside it . As Lenovo has got a very attractive tagline for it , ” Mod it, Style it, Push it, Theme it . #MakeItYours ” . Now as You are the deciding factor that ZUK Z1 is a hit or Superhit , here down  the all the specification are given in detail.


From the Intro hope, you got that the list of features is going to be in KMs. This phone is actually specs packed phone what today’s generation needs. All the basic features for normal user and all the powerful hardware and software for heavy users. So without discussing further her I am going to give you the detail features of the phone down here.

ZUK Z1 Display


Side and Front view of ZUK Z1

The first thing you notice about a device is its Display. It plays a glorious role in giving the device a look. Both is Turned On and Turned off conditions. So our ZUK has got IPS LCD Capacitive Touch display which stands at 16 Million Colour. The display size is 5.5 Inch , which is full HD display.

1500:1 Contrast ratio

450 nits brightness

100% NTSC high color saturation

It has got a resolution of 1080×1920 Pixel at 401 pixels per Inch. This specification of the display is enough good to produce crispiness in text and sharpness in Images . So there is nothing to worry about the display. In our tastings, We noticed that the colors and the contrast are also so good in ZUK Z1.

ZUK Z1 CPU/ GPU (Chipset)

The power of a smartphone is measured by the Chipset , CPU and GPU it contains. Well ZUK Z1 wins here. Because it has a chipset of Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 which is powerful enough to handle all work a smartphone does smoothly. Now talking about the CPU , It is  Quad core at 2.5 GHz Krait 400. If you are worrying about being Quad-core of this phone then don’t be. With being a powerful chipset it will work like a  charm without consuming more battery. Now coming to the GPU , the GPU is Adreno 330 which pair ups with Above mentioned CPU well. It is also said that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 was one of the best CPU of smartphones history. ALthought, currently the crown has been taken by the big brother Snapdragon 820.

Lenovo ZUK Z1 Platform/Operating System

In the first phase of its releasing , it was released with Android 5.0 Lollipop and Cyanogen 12.1 . However , It got upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow via OTA. In India, it is releasing with Android 6.0 Marshmallow  and Cyanogen 13 . It is sure that the phone will not have any bug. You can rely upon Lenovo on this. Lenovo has also said that It is the first fully crowdsourced smartphone, which means that the themes, wallpapers, and other software things will be made by developers across the world.

ZUK Z1 Memory/Ram

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Opened sim tray of ZUK Z1

Talking about the memory , The Lenovo ZUK Z1 has got 64 GB of Internal memory . Out of which user will get around 56 Gb of space. However, it is not expandable. Because the Z1 doesn’t have a MicroSD card slot. Well, this should not be a matter of concern. Because 64 GB is more than enough for a normal user. This was all about ROM. Now coming to RAM, the beast ZUK Z1 has a 3GB of DDR3 RAM. Again this is a pretty good RAM size for normal use, and honestly, for heavy use too. 3GB RAM and the above-mentioned processors will do pretty good work together. We are sure that you will not notice any lag or slowness with this phone.

ZUK Z1 Camera

You’ll be wrong if you think its 13MP camera is same as another Mediocre smartphone. Of course, this time, Lenovo has done a work upon Camera and have got it an OIS lens. Which is better than Sony Lenses for smartphones. So the camera is  a  13 MP Shooter with f/2.2 aperture. It also has  autofocus, OIS (Optical image stabilizer), dual-LED flash, 1.12 µm pixel sizing , geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama. So you can be pretty sure that the Camera is not the disappointing factor. Now talking about the Front facing camera, it is a 8 MP Shooter which is more than a  mediocre selfie camera these days. Now talking ’bout the Video capabilities , Rear camera can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps (Frame per second) and at 60 fps. And the front camera can shoot same 1080p Video at only 30fps. So the camera part stands resolutely on pen and paper.

ZUK Z1 Battery

2.5A fast charging, Full recharge from 0 to 100% within 2.30 Hours

Intelligent cut-off between charger and battery for extended life of the battery

Here our beast Lenovo Zuk Z1 has got a Massive 4100 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery for long usage. Let’s face the truth , that loads of features don’t matter if a phone doesn’t have a decent battery power. But having a 4100mAh battery , this cuts the phone from this kind of tension. Well, there is another good news , it’s about first charging. Yes ZUK Z1 does have a fast charging (Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0). According to Lenovo, the battery gets completely charged in 100 to 110 minutes. Pretty impressive huh. Well, this phone had to get a fast charging support. Either it is a hard task to wait for a 4100 mAh lipo battery to get completely charged. However, this battery can take the phone to Almost One and half day with an average of 8-9 Screen on time. Which is pretty enough for a phone. We have tested this smartphone for a while and, we can say that the battery and fast charging feature is really good on this smartphone. Yes, ZUK Z1 rocks in the battery segment.

Look, Body, And Design

It is a big sized device. Being 8.9mm thick , it doesn’t lose its premium look. The phone looks pretty beautiful. It is a little bit heavy I:e 175 Grams. But that can be ignored for all the heavy specs it contains. No? The screen to body ratio is about 69.3% . Which is not so Very good but not bad at all. The more the screen to body ratio , the more phone looks premium.

Other Features

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View of the ZUK Z1’s home button

Network and WiFi reception are also a big concern nowadays, cause some smartphones receive fewer signals but in our testings, We didn’t find any issues regarding network reception. In call voice quality is also good and loud enough to hear in traffic noises. The audio quality of the speakers is not so bad either.

Dual 4G Sim card capacity

Band 3 and Band 40 4G connectivity(India Ready)

Talking about other features, the Fingerprint sensor comes first. It is common nowadays in Mid-High segment phones. Neither Lenovo is using it for the first time. It is just that it enhances the security of the phone, and of the users private data. And all other features are same as other mediocre high-end phones. Another feature is It’s USB TYPE C . It makes device pretty fast in transferring data for PC or USB pretty fast.

Lenovo Zuk Z1 Price And Release Date in India

The deciding factor ! Whether you should go for a phone or not is decided by the price tag it holds. ZUK Z1 lowest price in India is INR 13499. Which is a good price tag for this phone.?Not the best, though. But if you’re looking for a good phone under 20k which can perform all most all task, this might be the call for you.

The phone has already released in China. However, Lenovo has confirmed that the ZUK Z1 will release in India on 10th May. Mark. your calendar. Enough of waiting for this beast ZUK Z1.

Zuk Z1 Specifications


Dimensions –      155.7 x 77.3 x 8.9 mm (6.13 x 3.04 x 0.35 in)

Weight –               175 g (6.17 oz)

Colors – White, Space gray


Type –   IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size –     5.5 inches (~69.3% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution          – 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 PPI pixel density)


OS- Android OS, 6.0 (Marshmallow) Cyanogen 13.0

Chipset- Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801

CPU- Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400

GPU       – Adreno 330 578MHz


Card slot- No

Internal                – 64 GB

RAM – 3 GB LPDDR3 1866MHz


Primary- 13 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, OIS, dual-LED flash, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama

Video- [email protected], [email protected]

Secondary- 8 MP, f/2.2, [email protected]


Loudspeaker- Yes

3.5mm jack   – Yes


WLAN   – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot

Bluetooth –         v4.1

GPS        – Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS

Radio     – No  not available

USB-      v3.0, Type-C reversible connector

Charging – Fast Charging (Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0)


Fingerprint (Enhanced Security ) accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, Hall sensor, Ambient light sensor


For heavy usage , for customization, for the value of money, this is the phone. In INR, 13499/- is not that bad pricing for this kind of specs. Well , Fingerprint Sensor , Fast charging, and USB type C are the charms of this phone. Along with 3 GB RAM , 64 GB ROM, SD 801 is perfect Ice’ing on the cake . No ? So if you are looking for a phone with decent Features , this is the bell for you. Go grab it . #MakeItYours

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