After the release of the OnePlus X yesterday I was sure that we would see a permanent price drop on the ZUK Z1, but in fact the opposite is true!
OnePlus launched the OnePlus X yesterday with a 5-inch display, beautiful design, Snapdragon 801 and space for a micro SD card. Pricing in the US will be $249.99, which is $50 less than the current price of the ZUK Z1, with the same processor. After seeing what OnePlus launched and the buzz around the phone we thought that ZUK might feel that now is the time to cut the price of the Z1 and put the hurt on OnePlus, but the opposite is actually true.
Official stores and resellers of ZUK have received orders from ZUK that they must increase the retail price of the Cyanogen powered Z1 from the current price of $299.99 to $319.99 by the end of the weekend.
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In all honesty we think ZUK have missed a trick here. Had they dropped pricing to $249.99 then they will have surely seen a surge in interest. The Z1 is actually a fine phone (if a little bland looking) featuring killer battery life, Cyanogen OS software support and decent audio quality, read our ZUK Z1 review here.
In other ZUK news, the ZUK team are in Berlin today for their official German release.
So if you are in the market for the CM powered Z1 you have a few days until pricing is increased. Will this price increase push you to buy the ZUK Z1 now, or are there other phones that now have your interest?
Instead of the Zuk Z1, I’d rather buy the LeTV Le 1s. Better hardware and features in my opinion albeit smaller battery though.
..and for a $100 cheaper!
Exactly what I mean.
R.I.P. zuk z1…
Bought an InFocus M810T with the almost the same hardware as this for $150 so yeah… not a good deal even for $250.
What about software updates for it?
Well it received an update from the original KitKat to Lollipop and now they’ve just launched the M812 which has almost the same hardware ( except for 3 GB of RAM instead of 2 ) so they’ll use the same firmware and I’m pretty sure both will get some software updates.
I they will continue to release updates, than the phone is a steal for the money they ask. M812 is about twice more expensive than M810 though.
Well the M810 was at clearance price so the M812 should come down in price too but it was just introduced.
Build quality is very good and clearly Foxconn can make a phone, they do build the iPhone after all.
Not at all a smart move from Zuk.
Unless you have an invite this is what your going to pay for One Plus X anyways. Both are overpriced without an invite
Why you guys deleted my comment below some of the others ZUK articles? What’s wrong to tell some noobs that the company manufacturer behind this phone is Lenovo? And yes noobs because they’re calling this phone a no name brand!
Nobody deleted your comments
Really sorry Andi, my mistake. But when I logged in Disqus the comment wasn’t there and that’s why I thought it was deleted. Now I checked the article and the post exist for sure. I don’t know why is that, not really bother. Once again sorry and let’s back on topic.:) You can delete this conversation if you wish.
Everyone now this. They marketing that, nobody hyding it.
Well, no everybody as it seems. 🙂
It states that on every box…
Yes, but these who think about this phone as a “no brand” didn’t bought it or even didn’t researched a bit and that’s for sure. 😀
Everyone here already knows its a Lenovo product, there were tons of articles earlier this year stating such. Zuk doesn’t hide the fact either.
Lenovo’s good … what are people goofing about here ?
No clue lol. I never owned one but I have no issues with Lenovo
ZUK is currently contacting press representatives and asks them not to claim ZUK = Lenovo. They say this isn’t true. Lenovo only provided them with funding but are not responsible for developing, manufacturing nor selling ZUK devices.
Then why did they put a big Lenovo logo on the box of the phone?
They are pure genius
ZUK ruined it’s own sales. What they were thinking when they made this decision? This is how one good phone can be blown away from the competition because of bad marketing and inadequate product pricing.
One Plus One would be considered a ripoff by many people here, yet it still did really well. I think sometimes spending money on marketing is more effective than dropping the price, people want the perception of a premium device.
more like Zukt :p
Yup, was going to get a Zuk but if this is lenovo’s attitude then I’m out!
Never go full retard zuk
with oneplus x and letv le 1s in the market, zuk will have to sell the z1 at $300 or they won’t sell. the market will decide the price, not lenovo
I use camelcamelcamel.com to get notifications of sudden price drops on cool stuff. The ZTE Axon Pro was briefly on sale over at Amazon for just $319.98.
ZUK really got to get their act together if they ever plan on selling anything.
320$ for 801 soc lol are we 2013 ?