Lenovo ZUK Z1


Lenovo ZUK Z1
Lenovo ZUK Z1 (ZUK Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC 4 x 2.5 GHz, Krait 400
Graphics adapter
5.5 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, glossy: yes
175 g ( = 6.17 oz / 0.39 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
300 Euro



Average Score: 79.71% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 8 reviews)
price: 85%, performance: 78%, features: 73%, display: 83% mobility: 88%, workmanship: 78%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Lenovo ZUK Z1

80% Lenovo Zuk Z1 Review
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
Lenovo has an excellent device on its hands with the Zuk Z1. The phone is well built, runs excellent software, has a good display, comes with plenty of storage, and has excellent connectivity and good battery life as well. There's also a great screen which is sharp and can be tweaked and customised to your preferences. Above all, the company has achieved all of this at a great price that will tempt a lot of buyers, particularly advanced users who know a thing or two about the advantages of Cyanogen OS over other manufacturer-developed user interfaces.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
75% Good combination of hardware and software that is priced right!
Source: English
Priced at Rs 13,499, the Lenovo ZUK Z1 (or the ZUK Z1) is worth your money. And it does pack in some goodies like a polished metal body, optical image stabilization and bloatware-free buttery smooth Cyanogen OS. Then there’s the large 4100mAh battery and a decent camera on the back that may not be spectacular, but gets the job done just fine.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/16/2016
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 75% features: 70% display: 75% mobility: 75% workmanship: 80%
75% Lenovo ZUK Z1 Review
Source: Think Digit English
The Lenovo Zuk Z1 is an able performer, despite the two year old SoC. At Rs. 13,499, it's not more powerful than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, but if you like modding your smartphone, it's worth a shot. For those waiting for a CyanogenMod-powered phone worth buying, this is it.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/13/2016
Rating: Total score: 75%
Lenovo ZUK Z1 review
Source: Fudzilla English
The ZUK Z1 is the spin-off’s first smartphone, and it’s obviously designed to impress the geeky crowd. The phone runs Cyanogen OS 12.1, based on Android 5.1.1. Mind you, this is not CyanogenMod, there are no nightly builds, this is not a community effort, Cyanogen OS is proper operating system with Google support, and it’s developed and maintained by Cyanogen (as in the company rather than the community).
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/18/2015
80% A mid-range Android phone with loads of storage and battery power built-in
Source: Tech Advisor English
The Z1 is a good first attempt from ZUK. It's not a super-cheap budget phone, but we think the price is about right given the hardware inside. Standout features include the 5.5in full-HD screen, large battery, 64GB of built-in storage and USB-C port. Although there's no removable battery or microSD card support, you could argue that you need neither.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/06/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 70% features: 80% workmanship: 80%

Foreign Reviews

80% Smartphone-Neuling mit LTE-Lücke
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 94% performance: 87% features: 51% display: 95% mobility: 96%
90% ZUK Z1
Source: MobiFlip German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/13/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
78% Akku-Gigant von Lenovo mit Cyanogen OS
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/08/2015
Rating: Total score: 78% features: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 70%


Qualcomm Adreno 330: Integrated graphics card in some Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs, supports OpenGL ES 3.0

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

801 MSM8974AC:

High-end ARM SoC with 4 CPU cores up to 2.45 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU up to 578 MHz. Based on Qualcomm's Krait 400 architecture and is manufactured in a 28nm HPM process.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.175 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.

Lenovo: Lenovo ( "Le" as in the English word legend and "novo" (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. From 2004, the company has been the largest laptop manufacturer in China and got the fourth largest manufacturer worldwide after the acquisition of IBM's PC division in 2005. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company also produces monitors, projectors, servers, etc.

In 2011, Lenovo acquired the majority of Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Lenovo took over Motorola Mobility, which gave them a boost in the smartphone market.

From 2014 to 2016 Lenovo's market share in the global notebook market was 20-21%, ranking second behind HP. However, the distance decreased gradually. In the smartphone market, Lenovo did not belong to the Top 5 global manufacturers in 2016.

79.71%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


Devices with the same GPU

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Adreno 330, Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA, 5", 0.172 kg
Xiaomi Mi4
Adreno 330, Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, 0.5", 0.149 kg
OnePlus X
Adreno 330, Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA, 5", 0.138 kg
Asus Padfone S PF500KL
Adreno 330, Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5", 0.15 kg

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Stefan Hinum, 2015-12- 5 (Update: 2015-12- 5)