Lenovo-backed ZUK Z1 with Cyanogen OS makes its international debut

Lenovo-backed startup, ZUK announced that the company has partnered with Cyanogen Inc and hence the international variant of ZUK Z1 will run on Cyanogen OS 12.1. Now, the device is up for grab outside of China. The phablet was launched in China back in August. “The Chinese version of the Z1 became an instant success with more than 2 million pre-orders in one week.”


The ZUK Z1 has been priced at 279.99 Euros (US $312) on and 285.99 Euros (US $319) on They can be purchased at these prices for a limited time according to the company. However, the biggest question is “Will ZUK pull off a OnePlus by partnering with Cyanogen Inc?” It will be answered over time.


ZUK Z1 Specifications

The ZUK Z1 features a 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD IPS display, has a 1500:1 contrast ratio. It is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 64-bit processor along with Adreno 330 GPU. It has 3 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and comes with 64 internal storage but does not have expandable storage. The device runs on Cyanogen OS 12.1 based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. It has an aircraft-grade aluminium metal frame around the body.

The Z1 comes with a 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, Sony IMX214 Exmor RS sensor, OIS, f/2.2 aperture. On the front, there is a 8 megapixel front-facing camera with OmniVision OV8865 sensor for selfies and video calling. The phablet is 8.9 mm thick and weighs 175 grams. It supports Dual SIM (nano) and has a 3.5 mm audio jack. The home button comes with built-in fingerprint sensor. It is called U-Touch which acts as a Home Button when pressed hard, Back button on touch and double-click for multitasking.

The Z1 includes 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (Dual Band), WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/GLONASS and USB 3.0 Type-C (10 times faster than USB-C) as connectivity options. The phablet packs in a whopping 4,100 mAh battery under the hood, which supports fast charging and it takes only 2.5 hours to charge from 0-100.

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  • miguelo

    It already has been announced that Zuk has partnered with Cyanogen and that the International versions have CM 12.1 out of the box.

    • TheTecholic

      Yeah, you can see the link on the word “announced”.

      • miguelo

        Sorry, my bad for not reading closely enough. I just saw “However, the biggest question is “Will ZUK pull off a OnePlus by partnering with Cyanogen Inc?” It will be answered over time” this one.

        • TheTecholic

          Yes, we mean it in terms of sales figure and hype after it has started selling.

          • miguelo

            Ah, so I even understood it wrong. Sorry for bothering you 🙂

          • TheTecholic

            Not an issue at all. We don’t have many people commenting on our site. So feels good. Do comeback for more news 🙂