Officially released in the five biggest European markets just a couple of weeks back at prices converting to the rough equivalent of $430, the Cyanogen OS-powered ZUK Z1 can be purchased now if you hurry (and are lucky) for much less.
Specifically, $280, two-year warranty included, from international e-tailer AliExpress, which remarkably also ships the 5.5-inch Android worldwide for no extra fee. What’s the catch, you ask? Well, there were only 1,000 units on sale to start with, and at the time of this writing, almost half have already been ordered.
If bargain hunters keep it up, all inventory will be depleted in a few hours, though technically, the deal should be on until end of day tomorrow, October 27. We’re guessing even 10,000 copies would have easily vanished in 48 hours, given the Lenovo-conceived phone feels like a steal at $350.
For $280, it offers a ridiculously high number of top-shelf goodies, from a hack-friendly Android 5.1 Lollipop port to fingerprint recognition, 3GB RAM, 64GB internal storage (non-expandable), 5.5-inch Full HD screen, quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, 13MP dual-LED flash rear camera, 8 megapixel selfie shooter, USB Type-C connectivity, and 4,100 mAh battery.
Just a couple of months old even in China, where Lenovo’s ZUK sub-brand was born, the Z1 may spawn a sequel or spin-off of sorts before long, possibly to cause more trouble in the OnePlus camp. How could it not with such a phenomenal quality-pricing ratio, and no infuriating invite-based purchase system?