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ZUK partners with Cyanogen, international Z1 to run on Cyanogen OS 12.1

ZUK Z1 phablet was announced in China last week. It is the first device by the Lenovo-backed startup. That device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with ZUI on top of it. However, the company has partnered with Cyanogen Inc and hence the international variant of Z1 will run on Cyanogen OS 12.1. Lets have a recap of the specifications.


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, like the OnePlus 2. 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.

The launch event of the international variant of ZUK Z1 is scheduled for August 21 in Shenzhen. According to the company, Vikram Natarajan, Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships and Distribution for Cyanogen will attend the conference to further strengthen the cooperation between the two entities.

The device has been priced at CNY 1799 (US $285 / INR Rs 18,300 approximately) in China. We are looking forward to the price of the International variant. However, the biggest question is “Will ZUK pull off a OnePlus by partnering with Cyanogen Inc?” It will be answered over time.

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