Cyanogen OS-powered Lenovo ZUK Z1 officially goes on sale in Europe
Well, that sure didn’t take long. The rookie smartphone effort of a little known Chinese company called ZUK was barely announced domestically a couple of months back, securing Cyanogen as a key software partner soon after, and already, folks living in all “big five” European markets can purchase the Z1 from their local Amazon e-outlets.
Of course, ZUK isn’t your typical OnePlus or LeTV-like mobile neophyte. The seemingly obscure brand belongs to giant Lenovo, which reportedly climbed from number six to five in the Q3 global shipment ranks.
As such, the ZUK Z1 comes not only with Cyanogen OS 12.1’s tinkerer-pleasing guarantee of free customization and a silky smooth UI, but also a hefty marketing budget and strong distribution muscle.
Apparently “greatly successful” in flash sales on Amazon Italy and Germany, the 5.5-incher remains the cheapest in the former country, where it’s still discounted from a €375 MSRP to just €300, contract-free, in black or white.
The deal may not last much longer, as the Z1 costs €375 in Germany, France and Spain, and £280 in the UK. Converted in US currency, Italians are asked to pay a palatable $340, while British, German, French, and Spanish affordable flagship cravers need to cough up a slightly steeper $430 or so.
Slated to be upgraded to a Marshmallow-based Cyanogen OS build in early 2016, the phone isn’t exactly a powerhouse, with an ancient Snapdragon 801 chip inside, but the large Full HD screen, 3GB RAM, 64GB ROM, 13MP dual-LED flash rear camera, 8MP selfie shooter, fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port, and 4,100 mAh battery make it an absolute bargain.