After Z2 Pro’s China launch, ZUK Z1 could now launch in India

ZUK just unveiled the Z2 Pro smartphone in China. A look at its specifications and design gives you the impression of it being quite a powerful phone.

That said, word is that ZUK will now be launching its first phone, the Z1 in India. According to reports, ZUK sent out invites for the Z1 right after the Z2 Pro was launched in China.


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There’s quite a bit of a difference between the Z1 and the Z2 Pro. For starters, the Z1 is powered by the yesteryear chart topper, Snapdragon 801. The Z2 Pro, on the other hand, comes with the new Snapdragon 820 (as seen on the Le Max 2, Xiaomi Mi 5, etc.).

The invite only says Z1, which doesn’t really spell out that theĀ it’ll be a ZUK Z1 launch, but its indication enough, we feel.

Other internals of the ZUK Z1 include a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3GB RAM, 64GB ROM, 13 mega-pixel rear camera, 8 mega-pixel front facing camera and a 4100mAh battery.

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  1. a7r0ci7y
    April 21, 2016

    Yes please, feel free to dump your old and unsold stocks here in India. I mean, if Xiaomi is doing it with low end Mi5 and RN3 versions, then why can’t you?

    • Chico MigraƱa
      April 21, 2016

      I don’t think Mi5 have “old” stock yet, even low version is new yet everywhere

  2. tauerman
    April 21, 2016

    What the hell?
    Release the Z2 and give the left-over (crap)/stock to India? What kind of policy is that?

    • Danny
      April 21, 2016

      Economics, India is a big market, so thye try to dump their old stock there, the Z1 is not crap, its just old news

  3. HBK
    April 21, 2016

    Pathetic. Hope they price it around 10k INR or else RN3 is a better option. SD652 is better than SD801 anyday.

  4. Abhishek
    April 21, 2016

    I don’t think there’s a problem with an old phone being launched, as long as the price is kept in check accordingly. This will go up against the likes of Lava and Karbonn, so the price should be around Rs. 5,999 (~ 90 USD).

    Ideally, it should be below Rs. 5,000, but that may be a tad bit too low. So Rs. 5,999 seems like the perfect sweet-spot for this entry level low-end device.

    • tauerman
      April 21, 2016

      90 USD?
      The official ZUK store for Europe still sells the Z1 for 300ā‚¬!

      • Abhishek
        April 21, 2016

        At that price point, in India one can buy the Mi5 and many other upcoming phones with the latest hardware.

        The cheapest SnapDragon 801 phone in India is the InFocus M810 (2GB Ram), which is available for Rs. 10,990 (165 USD).

        So this one has to beat that price, and not only that price, but also a number of non SD-801 phones at that price point which offer very, very good value.

        Anything more than 100 USD for this phone in India and it won’t sell much.

        • tauerman
          April 21, 2016

          Interesting. Those low prices are just crazy. Means, I can’t believe a smartphone with that hardware can be sold that cheap. That sounds like selling them below their manufacturing cost

          • AbdulB1
            April 22, 2016

            no, it is not crazy. You just need to see prices on taobao to get an idea how cheap phones are in China (all local chinese brands). Plus you can get sd801 powered zte s291 for 119 USD on aliexpress including shipping from China.

  5. yalok
    April 22, 2016

    what about ZUK Z2 sansPro ?

  6. AbdulB1
    April 22, 2016

    screen size has also decreased from 5.5 to 5.2 inches on zuk z2 pro.

  7. AbdulB1
    April 22, 2016

    Zuk z1 is being sold in Pakistan for 335 USD.

  8. Angry Mobile Nerd
    April 22, 2016

    (To the tune of Frosty the Snowman)

    Dumpety dump dump, dumpety dump dump, look at those products go…

  9. Airyl
    April 22, 2016

    Hoping that they make a Z1 Pro with updated specs.