Lenovo ZUK Z2 sees daylight with Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM, $275 price tag
As part of Lenovo’s ongoing restructuring and reorganization efforts, the ZUK sub-brand is deemed the company’s salvation in China, where Vibes and Lemons have recently lost steam and the Motorola name means a lot less than it does stateside.
But of course, you can’t cater to a predominantly budget-conscious audience with just one new flagship model priced as high as $415. Enter the non-Pro Lenovo ZUK Z2, downgraded from 6 to 4GB RAM, condensed to a 5-inch footprint, slightly redesigned here and there, and set to cost a measly 1,800 yuan ($275) starting June 7.
Bizarrely enough, the fresh high-ender retains its cousin’s Snapdragon 820 processor instead of replacing it with an Exynos 8890, while battery capacity is actually amazingly upgraded, from 3,100 to 3,500 mAh.
Consequently, the ZUK Z2 also grows in thickness and weight, to 8.5mm and 149 grams, but it still looks awesome overall, combining metal and glass for the most premium build you can possibly imagine. The 13MP rear-facing camera demotes the dual-LED flash to a single illumination add-on and narrows aperture to f/2.2, with the 8MP selfie shooter making no visible change, and a fingerprint sensor once again baked into the physical home button.
Given the super-low Z2 price, we’re glad to see the LTPS IPS LCD panel sport Full HD resolution, Android 6.0 Marshmallow running the software show off the bat, and your digital hoarding thirst quenched by an admittedly non-expandable 64GB ROM. In terms of connectivity, the 5-incher manages to cover all the bases and then some, with 4G LTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and USB 2.0 Type-C. Pretty darn impressive!