You may have forgotten about this small Chinese startup called ZUK, but you’ll probably remember them now as Lenovo has acquired them for one of its sub-brands. ZUK put out a pretty generic but affordably-priced first offering in December last year, and people were pretty underwhelmed. No one will accuse this new ZUK Z2 Pro flagship smartphone of not getting the heart racing. Heck, even the pricing is great!
First, we need to understand exactly what we’re getting with the ZUK Z2 Pro – and be ready, it’s a little more than what other flagships are giving you. First up, front and center, you have a 5.2-inch FullHD (1080p) Super AMOLED display. That is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, which ZUK claims will run at the top speed it is supposed to run – at 2.15GHz per core. That will be supported by 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM. Yep, you read that right. What is a rumor for the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is a reality for the ZUK Z2 Pro.
The new smartphone will also utilize speedy UFS 2.0 internal storage of 128GB, enough to match your storage dreams and then some. Of course, ASUS already gave us a view of a phone with that amount of storage. But our dream is to make this amount the norm – ZUK is helping push that dream. Aside from that, it will have plug in to USB Type-C, with USB 3.1 support for speedy file transfers.
ZUK also says that there is some good protection for when you drop your phone. The ZUK Z2 Pro features a rollcage design that has a shock-absorbing layer between the curved glass at the back and the mid-frame. The glass might shatter, but at least the phone’s internals are somewhat protected.
To finish all that off, the phone features a Samsung 13-megapixel 1.34um camera sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, optical image stabilization and dual-tone flash. Also, it has a heart rate sensor, UV sensor, a fingerprint sensor and an altimeter. All for the surprising tag price of around USD$416. That’s enough to make a consumer looking for a flagship phone look twice. The phone is available in China right now, but we do hope they release it globally, and continue its partnership with Cyanogen for the software element.