Snapdragon 820 powered ZUK Z2 Pro could show up next week


ZUK promised a lot when they started up last year. Their first (and only) phone, the Z1 (review here) was quite an interesting one; it didn’t want itself to be seen as a flagship phone for everyone. Instead, it was a phone meant for geeks with a sense of style (as the wooden rear covers would suggest).

Anyway, we’re almost halfway into 2016 (sudden realisation?), and its time for the next ZUK. In line with previous rumours, the next-in-line ZUK, the Z2 Pro, could likely go official next week.

This time around, ZUK are aiming for the stars.

What suggests that is the inclusion of the Snapdragon 820 SoC, which can safely be regarded as a chipset reserved for flagships — at least in 2016.

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Let’s be a little crude now. The phone was leaked on AnTuTu with a model number Z2121. What was spotted also was the mention of a couple different spec sets; 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB respectively (RAM/ROM).

Other specs of the ZUK Z2 Pro include a 13 mega-pixel rear snapper, an 8 mega-pixel front camera, and an Android 6.0.1 installation as stock.

It isn’t clear if the ZUK Z2 and the Z2 Pro are one and the same. If this leak has any truth to it, we should know in a week’s time.

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27 Comments

  1. Yep
    April 13, 2016

    Surely the ZUK Z2 is the 3GB/32GB option and the Z2 Pro is the 4GB/64GB option??

  2. realjjj
    April 13, 2016

    Lol it’s the 3rd cycle (year) with 1440p flat displays in high end and for some reason the China guys decided to flood the market with 1080p models. Huawei, Xiaomi, Meizu, Zuk, OP. What the hell do they expect it will happen when they have the same res as 100$ phones and they really don’t give people reasons to upgrade (for many it would be a downgrade).
    They save on cost by going lower res but they also kill sales.It’s fine to have 1080p too at better pricing as some users will be ok with that but you are not gonna get anywhere if you offer the same or less than others.

    • Yep
      April 13, 2016

      1080p is fine… if they made the 4GB/64GB the standard and 6GB/64GB the Pro 😛

      • Rob
        April 13, 2016

        I think he means that last year a lot of manufacturers were going all out on 2k screens and suddenly this year they’ve all adopted 1080p. For the average consumer who looks at numbers, they will see this as a downgrade and not a ‘worthy’ upgrade. When you take in to account that a lot of the smaller brands are adopting 2k screens and at a much lower price point than some of the more mainstream brands, it will be interesting to see if more people are swayed into trying the not so well known brands.

        • Yep
          April 13, 2016

          99.9% of consumers haven’t a clue what they’re buying beyond a nice looking phone and the screen size, let’s be honest. Only the extreme minority of us tech nerds care that much.

          • Joel Adames
            April 13, 2016

            Until they remember the price and start asking what do they get for it, remember not everyone on the site is from China where you can just walk into a store to get the goodies but rather they have to crawl over sites to get deals.

            • balcobomber25
              April 13, 2016

              In my experience in this industry most people buy based on two things: brand name and popularity. Specs really aren’t important to the average consumer. I am willing to bet most consumers have no what clue what is inside their phones.

            • Joel Adames
              April 13, 2016

              Uhmmm to be fair, yes it does seems thatost of people I know don’t even know the screen size of their phones so never even mention the SoC brand. You are rigth.

    • tauerman
      April 13, 2016

      1080p is dense enough at around 5.5 inch.

    • Joel Adames
      April 13, 2016

      I totally support your point, and more so in the wakes of VR revolution (if it ever takes fligth) the better DPI the better image in VR I guess 1 or 2 dropped frames should not be such a bad thing.

    • balcobomber25
      April 13, 2016

      A 1440p display is completely useless to me it is just a waste of resources and money. I am glad they are all sticking with 1080p.

  3. Levi Smith
    April 13, 2016

    Do do do do do do Zay U K, ZAY U KAAAAYYYYY!!!

    • tauerman
      April 13, 2016

      I have no problem with ZUK, because we speak it as “zouk” or “zook”

    • April 13, 2016

      thanks… good evening to you too

  4. tauerman
    April 13, 2016

    I am interested in their new phone, hopefully this time there are more developers.

  5. April 13, 2016

    Interesting!

  6. balcobomber25
    April 13, 2016

    Everything else has been a disappointment this year maybe Zuk can save the day!

    • Assefa Hanson
      April 13, 2016

      i hope so, all these phones have all these specs but they just let you down when reality kicks in

      • balcobomber25
        April 13, 2016

        I am underwhelmed by the Pro 6 but I will give it a chance. Just like I did with the Mi5.

        • Assefa Hanson
          April 13, 2016

          fair enough

    • MaxPower
      April 13, 2016

      Here we are, the day has arrived!
      Let’s see if you were right and they will price it at $299. 😉

      • balcobomber25
        April 13, 2016

        Haha we shall see. I am actually holding out hope that this will be the perfect flagship. So far none have really impressed me including those from Korea.

        • MaxPower
          April 13, 2016

          I’m pretty pissed. 2014 was a glorious year and it was actually hard to pick one. Not much left unfortunately… OP3 and Nubia

          • balcobomber25
            April 13, 2016

            OP3, Zuk 2, Nubia and maybe an MX6?

  7. inquirercet
    April 14, 2016

    Why would they go from 3gb/64gb to 3gb/32gb?

  8. Gal
    April 15, 2016

    I’m tired of the too regular cameras already.. I wish they would just copy LG or something..