6GB RAM ZUK Z2 Pro launched with F1.8 camera and health sensors

6GB RAM ZUK Z2 Pro launched with F1.8 camera and health sensors

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Adding to the number of Chinese phone launches this month, Lenovo backed ZUK have just finished wrapping up the launch of the ZUK Z2 Pro, here are the details.

ZUK kicked off last year with the Z1, a phone with Lenovo backing, a big battery, decent storage, USB Type C and CyanogenMod for international users. The Z1 was far from perfect though with some odd styling and buggy OS, so how will the all new ZUK Z2 Pro solve those issues and surpass the previous model?

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At the start of the ZUK Z2 Pro launch ZUK announced the new phone is going to have a lot of firsts. They claim it is the first phone with support for 23 networks, the first to take photos in a heartbeat, the first true 3D glass body, the first to offer a range of built in health sensors and the first to sync with iCloud. Before the launch I wasn’t too excited, but all those first had me intrigued, so what have ZUK actually launched?

ZUK Z2 Pro launch – Specifications

zuk z2 pro launchRight off the bat the ZUK Z2 Pro has a Snapdragon 820 chipset doing all the grunt work. This is a big deal as last years Z1 used a previous generation Snapdragon 801 chipset. So the 2nd phone from the company and the first to have a current generation chipset.

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ZUK have opted for the 2.1Ghz version of the SD820 which they say gives the phone the potential to reach 144,939 points on Antutu, and a huge increase in performance over the 801 in the Z1.

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Compared to the previous phones, one of the big changes for the Z2 Pro is the addition of health sensors for monitoring steps, heart rate, and even UV rays. ZUK say the ZUK Z2 Pro has a total of 10 sensors to accurately track your health activities and automatically know if you are running, walking, riding a bike or even climbing.

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As for the screen size, ZUK have taken a step back in sizing and made the Z2 Pro 5.2-inch (the Z1 was 5.5-inches), and like many other brands they have opted for a 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED panel wth 178 degree viewing angles.

zuk z2 pro launch

When ZUK said they have a camera that can take photos in a heartbeat this really got me interested so what are the rear camera specs? Well unlike other phones we have a 13 mega-pixel sensor ISOCELL sensor which is less than the 16 mega-pixel on other phones, but the good news is we had a much larger F1.8 aperture on the Z2 Pro which should really improve low-light photography.

It’s also great to see that the ZUK Z2 Pro has OIS (optical image stabilisation) and PDAF. With all these features we are expecting some great stable images, good low light performance and fast focus speed. In addition the camera app on the Z2 Pro will offer 4K video recording and a ‘Live Photo’ mode.

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The final detail on the front of the phone is the physical home button with built-in fingerprint scanner. ZUK call their version Utouch, and for the Z2 Pro they have updated it with more gesture features. The fingerprint scanner itself has a higher resolution than before and also uses a self-learning feature so the more you use the scanner the more accurate it will become.

zuk z2 pro launch

Network support will come in a package called Full Netcom 3.0+ which will work with every Chinese network. We’re waiting for the full details of this, but we have high hopes for great international support too.

ZUK Z2 Pro Launch – Specification highlights

zuk z2 pro launch

  • 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display.
  • 1920 x 1080 display.
  • 6GB RAM + 128GB memory.
  • Snapdragon 820 chipset.
  • 13 mega-pixel, f1.8, OIS rear camera.
  • 8 mega-pixel front camera.
  • 3100mAh battery.
  • Quickcharge 3.0
  • Utouch 2.0
  • Curved glass 3D rear panel, 2.5D glass front.

ZUK Z2 Pro launch – Design

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Well if you had seen the teaser image then you will already know that the rear of the ZUK Z2 Pro has a laser focus module and dual LED flash on the rear, but the front also has a new narrow border design and retains a physical home button.

zuk z2 pro launch

The good news this time around is the rectangle home button is central to the chin of the phone and both the upper and lower bezels seems very compact compared to rival designs.

zuk z2 pro launch

Both the black and white versions of the ZUK Z2 Pro use what ZUK are calling a ‘true’ 3D glass body which offers a curved rear panel rather than just a glass panel with rounded edges (like a 2.5D panel). This is surely going to feel better in the palm, but will it be as comfortable as Xiaomi’s curved ceramic on the Mi5?

zuk z2 pro launch

The glass rear is attached to a CNC metal frame (gold on the white and grey on the black phones) which has an intergraded ‘Rollcage’design inspired by Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptops.

Over to the front. Those narrow bezels on either side of the Z2 Pro have a 0.05mm black border between themselves and the screen, so no ugly black borders like we see on the Xiaomi Mi5, and previous LeTV phones.

ZUK Z2 Pro Pricing

zuk z2 pro launch

ZUK will only be offering a 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 820 model with 128GB memory, but pricing is competitive at only 2699 Yuan which equals around $417.

We’re still waiting to hear about international availability and if the international model will still run CM, so keep posted for updates.

 

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  • tauerman

    “made the Z2 Pro 5.2-inch” noooooooooooooooo

  • korpuskel

    band 20 => instant buy for me

    • Millet Air Purifier

      Here in Switzerland i never had any trouble having no band 20, where is this being used a lot. I mean I’m sure there are carriers also offering 4G on other bands

      • balcobomber25

        From my experience of traveling in Europe for work and pleasure, band 20 isn’t needed if you live in a major city. Once you get about 10-15 miles outside that city you need it.

        • tauerman

          Depends on the carrier, but generally yes.

      • Alexis T

        B20 is usefull in big cities as 900Mhz has better concrete penetration than higher rate bands. In Paris, FDD LTE B3/7/20 are used by every operator, so BW is drastically limited inside buildings when you don’t have B20. As an exemple, 4G BW on my work place : Inside = 400kb/s max – Outside = 4Mb/s.

        BTW some networks like Parisian sub are only on B20 so… i can’t read news while traveling under the ground w/o B20 ^^

  • tauerman

    “equals around $417.” This is too much. With resellers and VAT this may be a 600€ device

    • Millet Air Purifier

      Pricing is good, the only thing that bothers me is the 5.2″ mini screen. And you can just tell the seller to write value 30$ on it so no VAT

      • tauerman

        You can but you still have to pay 19% VAT in Germany

        • Millet Air Purifier

          Oh damn, I know germany has a really strict customs, Lucky for me in Switzerland customs believe everything thats written on the package.

          • tauerman

            In Germany you get a letter from Deutsche Post if there is no “Rechnung” on the outside of the package. Then you go to the next customs office an have to open the package and bring the “Rechnung”. Then pay the VAT.

      • Danny

        LOL mini screen, you need at least a 32 inch TV, buy a tablet

        • balcobomber25

          Compared to the first one which was 5.5 inches, this is a mini screen.

          • Danny

            LOL then a 4.5 is a nanoscreen, i wonder what a 5′ one is… C’mon

            • balcobomber25

              All depends on the brand and the user. Since Zuk doesn’t make a 4.5 it’s pointless to talk about one and this would be their mini. ZTE Nubia uses the name Mini on 5 inch phones. For some here anything below 6 is mini.

            • Danny

              How does size depend on brand and user?! I think you still have some effects from 4:20 LOL a size is a unit of measurement. Science!

              By that logic the A320 is a mini Airplane because the A380 is bigger ROTFL

            • balcobomber25

              How does size depend on Brand? Not every brand has every size phone. I know that’s hard for you to imagine but each brand has a different meaning for the word “mini”. And just so you are aware the word “mini” is not a unit of measurement. Coming from someone who uses “4:20” it explains everything. For Apple a “mini” phone is 3.5 inches. For Nubia it is 5 inches.

              How does a user determine size? For you a mini phone is 4.5 inches. For many here it is anything under 5.5 inches.

              The fact that you have no clue what logic is, is the funniest thing of all. ROTFL!!!

            • Danny

              “5.2” mini screen” Honestly I think you may have a learning problem. There is no mention of brand by the OP.

              Size in your universe is relative to phone brands, it must be a hard universe to live in LOL. 5.2 inch is 5.2 inch !!!!!!!!!!!!!

            • balcobomber25

              I think you have a comprehension problem. Th OP mentioned size. He is a USER. Go back to my original comment which you are struggling mightily to understand. Brand and USER. Now which one did we just learn the OP is?

              This is a dedicated phone/tablet site right? Gee I wonder why I am only talking about phone brands… I know you’re smart enough to figure that one out, then again maybe not.

              Size is relative to whatever you are talking about. There are mini cars (actual class not the brand), mini computers, mini phones, mini apartments and homes. But on this site just for reference we talk about phones, you commented on an article about a phone.

            • Danny

              OMG, I’m talking apples your talking oranges! An inch is a unit of length, it is not relative!!!

              One inch IS one inch, it doesn’t matter if you are measuring phones or any other kind of object, at least on planet Earth, perhaps you are from another planet?!

              An inch (plural: inches; abbreviation or symbol: in or ″ – a double prime) is a UNIT OF LENGHT in the imperial and United States customary systems of measurement.

              a) Zuk does not brand this as a Mini.
              b) 5.2′ is not small, and the OP was saying its a mini screen.
              c) I was sarcastically pointing that out that he needs a 32′ screen.

              Do you get it now?!

            • balcobomber25

              A. Zuk brands this as a 5.2 inch phone. There previous phone was 5.5 inches.
              B. To MICHAEL 5.2 is SMALL. HE likes phones over 6 inches. To YOU it is not small.
              C. A 32 inch TV is small.

              Do you get it now? Every phone user has a different idea of what a 5.2 inch display is. For me it is average/small.

            • Alexis T

              Danny,

              “Size in your universe is relative to phone brands, it must be a hard universe to live in LOL. 5.2 inch is 5.2 inch !!!!!!!!!!!!!”

              Size isn’t relative to brand, wording is. ‘Mini’ isn’t a size, it’s a purely marketing wording determined by a line of products.

              If a brand sell 3 phones : 6″, 5.5″ and 5.2″ then they’ll call ‘Max/Pro’ the 6″ phone, 5,5″ should be ‘normal’ and 5.2″ will be ‘mini’.

              If another brand sell 2 phones : 5.2″ and 4.5″ then they’ll call ‘normal’ the 5.2″ phone and 4.5″ will be ‘mini’

              So your conception of what ‘mini’ means is solely defined by your knowing of the phone market, which appears to be a bit ‘light’, IMHO, as nowadays every ‘normal’ flagship has a 5.5″ screen, thus justifying the use of the word ‘mini’ for a 5.2″ screen.

              BTW sorry for my approximative english.

            • Danny

              Show me the Zuk Z2 Pro mini!!! You can’t just make up shit… 5.2′ is not a small size then the MI5 is a Mini as well?! And many others? What kind of fucked up logic is this? Now size is relative to opinion?

              “So your conception of what ‘mini’ means is solely defined by your knowing of the phone market, which appears to be a bit ‘light’, ” LOL, you make me laugh so hard! Ok then I am going to post every phone that is less than 120′ is mini, micro, nano

            • Alexis T

              I really don’t get whats so funny here (maybe ’cause im not on ‘4:20’ atm ?). We’re just talking about everyone conception of what is called a ‘mini’ screen, and we found it to be relative :

              – to the idea we have of the state of the market at the time we’re using this concept (ex :Since 2014 most flagships are 5.5″ so a 5.2″ phone may be called ‘mini’)

              – to the user habits (ex : someone who used only 5,5″+ phones may call a 5.2″ phone ‘mini’)

              Don’t know how to express this fact any better ^^

    • MattD

      What reseller? I thought they’re selling internationally like oneplus

      • tauerman

        That would be good. But the Zuk Z1 was hard to get. You don’t know if those Amazon.de sellers are the geniun ones or fake ZUK sellers.

        • MattD

          Didn’t zuk had its own shop in europe?

          • Millet Air Purifier

            Yes but it was overpriced here, would never buy EU phones i think ZUK 1 cost more than 300€ with 801 and that in Q1 20’16

            • Victor Jacquemont

              It’s 217E on Ebay with 2 years EU Warranty

            • MattD

              That’s why I’m waiting for a price cut (actually in china the price should be under 200€)

          • Simon

            There are these:

            http://www.zuk-store.com/en/

            http://www.zukmobile.cc/

            Maybe someone can comment on authenticity.

            • MattD

              The first one is supposed to be the official one, while the other is a chinese-based reseller I think (the cc at the end is clearly not european)

            • Simon

              To be honest this phone sounds too good to be true. Might play it safe and just go for Mi 5 Pro ?

            • balcobomber25

              What do you mean sounds too good to be true? It is backed by Lenovo one of the largest brands in the industry.

            • Simon

              In my mind its blows everything else out of the water to date. Hope it doesn’t suffer from “BendGate” like the Xiaomi Mi 5

            • balcobomber25

              The chances of your phone ever being bent in real life are very very slim unless you actually try to.

            • Simon

              Thats what I thought. If you really want to bend it you will, under normal circumstances – no.

            • balcobomber25

              Exactly, the chances of any phone bending under normal usage is slim.

            • tauerman

              the zukmobile.cc one was a fake one with bad reviews

            • Simon

              Thanks for notifying.

            • balcobomber25

              .cc is the domain for the Coco Islands. It is becoming the next .com, a lot of companies are starting to use it.

            • tauerman

              Some years ago it was popular to have http://www….de.vu
              and also http://www….to
              But now you remind me that there is also dict.cc for example.
              You must be right, cc is more and more often used

            • balcobomber25

              Vernee uses .cc for their website.

      • Danny H.

        Have you tried zuk.eu? The price there is reasonable in my opinion.

        • tauerman

          Thx for the tip, looks interesting

    • balcobomber25

      Zuk is one of the easier brands to buy because they are owned by Lenovo who has international distribution. In most countries you can buy it at or very near the actual retail price.

  • Millet Air Purifier

    GODDAMN. This could have been the perfect iPhone Clone, hell, the perfect phone….BUT 5.2 inch WHHYYYY, and please tell me it has some sort of MIUI Clone OS, I cannot stand this cringy stock CM OS.

    • Adam Irvine

      If you’re talking about the Z1 with the ‘cringy stock CM OS’ then surely you have plenty of choice via somewhere like the xda-developer forums? There’s probably even a miui port available for it..?

    • balcobomber25

      The OS is the lest of the concerns for this phone. For the first Zuk there were ports of Lewa, Flyme, MIUI, EMUI, Yun OS, Remix OS and a whole bunch of others.

      • Simon

        How soon will the bootloader be able to be unlocked ?

  • MattD

    Lost me at 5.2″ screen. Killed me at 3000mah battery. Dammit…

    • Millet Air Purifier

      Battery with 5.2 inch and 3100mah can still be good. I cringed yesterday when i saw letv pro with 5.7inch 2K and smae 3100mah… The ZUK has FULL HD so battery will be enough

      • MattD

        Oh yeah, it probably will be good… But i wanted it to be glorious instead xD

        • Millet Air Purifier

          yes but i dont want it to be thick either 8 mm is max for me

          • MattD

            Are you planning to buy every single phone on the market? xD because we’re flooded with slim phones to choose from, but there is none with a big battery xD

      • Also, as it’s amoled, you can save juice by using dark themes and wallpapers

  • Atomicrus

    TAKE MY MONEY! 5.2 NICE!

  • Simion Florin

    They fucked up the battery! 4000mAh and they would had a killer…

  • Adam Irvine

    Oooooo exciting times, could be my next phone if the International side looks good…

    • Simon

      Do you think the software will be good or do you think the Dev community will gets their hands on it and create custom roms and kernels ?

      • balcobomber25

        There’s a huge dev community for Zuk, the last phone had ports of MIUI, Flyme, Remix, Slim, Lewa, YUN and several others.

    • Inti Energia

      What about your UMI Touch? Any word from Tomtop? I haven’t had a response from them.

  • Rob

    Mhm specs look appetising but let down by battery. I wouldn’t mind getting smaller screen maybe, but xiaomi could fit 4000mah into a 5 inch phone

  • Arrhh!! They lost me at 5.2 inch. I wouldnt use any phone smaller than 5.5 inch.

    • Omer

      Same here! I was looking forward to this one.

    • Joel Ebuka

      Using a 5.5 incher right now and it’s not bad but I want try something smaller.

    • VMortens

      And I cannot wait for the moment of changing my phone to something smaller than 5.5in …

    • balcobomber25

      I really don’t notice too much of a difference between 5.5 and 5.2, it takes me less than a day to adjust to it. But I do prefer 5.5 and above.

  • Elfyanlied

    Oh yeah 5.2 is for me the best screen size. Would be mine. Everything is OK for me. Spec, size, price and photo lookf gorgeous.

  • This is looking pretty good!
    Although, 5.2″ and 3100mah battery disappointed me:/

  • Interesting how many OEM’s are coming out with 5.2 inch displays (Meizu Pro 6 recently). I think I might like this size. Big question for me is battery life compared to the Z1 which was excellent.

  • Jakub

    What about audio chip and 3.5 jack?

    • Audio jack is on the bottom left. Chip unknown.

      • Jakub

        It’s kind of deal breaker for me. I need good audio quality in my phone.

        • Cool. Doesn’t mean that the audio quality will be crap, but i guess we’ll have to wait for some reviews.

        • Alexis T

          SD820 has a DSP for audio processing, so it may have hi quality audio

        • Lazar Prodanovic

          Use external DAC over USB then along with AMP.

    • Alexis T

      They probably would have advertised on audio chip, so it seems Z2 audio output relies on SD820 audio lib converter.

      Jack 3.5 is on the bottom of Z2, as you can see in the “Z2 first images” article here on gizchina (15th picture from top, white model).

      • Lazar Prodanovic

        I think that SoC have integrated dedicated audio procesor along with DSP like S810 had but I can bet you it will be disabled.

  • suunnittelija

    It doesn’t have NFC, WTF?!

    • Frozzem

      i dont know a single person using nfc… its a pretty pointless feature i think

      • suunnittelija

        NFC is present almost in all mobile phones now. I am using mobile payment on my phone almost everyday when I’m shopping in a local super markets. In Finland there’s NFC readers in every shop 🙁

        • balcobomber25

          In Asia it is practically unused unless you have a Samsung or Apple phone.

          • tauerman

            Same for Germany, almost useless.

      • tauerman

        NFC in smartphones exists for some time now. But I haven’t found a use case yet.

  • Guaire

    Every time I have to check other sources to see dimensions and the weight. Thanks.

    • Lukas

      where have you found the dimensions?

  • vigorsolair

    It’s dual-sim??

  • Flavi

    Will be waiting for the review of the 13mp Isocell sensor. Would have been perfect really if it had the same sensor as Nexus 6p and HTC 10. But overall, this really is a good buy!

    • Alexis T

      Nexus 6P and HTC M10 use Sony IMX377 sensor.

      This article mention an ISOCELL sensor, which is SAMSUNG property so i don’t think Z2 has the same sensor as 6P/M10.

      • balcobomber25

        He’s saying he wishes it had that sensor.

        • Alexis T

          I’m pretty sure Flavi edited his (or her) first post after my reply, as i may be mistaking but usually understand english ^^

    • balcobomber25

      Just having the same sensor as those two phones wouldn’t guarantee equal pictures to those phones.

  • realjjj

    Comes with a free Barbie lol.

    The extra bad sign is that they have only 1k units for the 6GB version and they aren’t disclosing pricing for the 4GB version.
    Hope they go under, they deserve it.

    • Joel Ebuka

      Wow…… Blew my mind

      • balcobomber25

        Don’t listen to what he says

        • tauerman

          Yeah, that 1000 units also are a special edition for the bbs.zuk.cn community.

          • balcobomber25

            I figured there was a lot more to that than his comment, there usually is.

        • Danny H.

          Yeah, realjjj always smoke some really good stuff before he speak! 😀

  • tauerman

    This seems to be more like a Samsung Galaxy S7 (non-edge) competitor)

    • Joel Ebuka

      Truer word haven’t been spoken

  • Danny

    Specs are nice, Andy review this ASAP, The only thing is I would prefer a sub 300e version with less RAM. In 2020 we will have 32G of RAM from the looks of this

    • elfyanlied

      Hello looks like it is ok for what you want. Look at th french website frandroid yhey say, if it is true lol, that a version with 4GB/64Go will be launch a little after on 10 May which wolud be cheaper…the one i want to because 6Gb are useless

      • tauerman

        I need a smartphone before June. That will be damn close.

      • Danny

        Yeah I agree. I have my LeTV 1 and its quite nice, the only thing i don’t like much is the camera and it takes a long time to charge. Thanks for the Tip ?

        The only unknown now for me is OPO3 but I do not trust them to deliver, they announce and months later deliver.

  • tauerman

    The longer I read about it the more I like it.

    • Joel Ebuka

      True talk

    • balcobomber25

      I can’t find anything I don’t like about it. First time I can say that for any phone launch this year (including those from Samsung, LG, HTC etc)

      • tauerman

        I really want to give this phone a chance. I already owned the Z1 for a few days. I just wasn’t wow-ed and both capacitive buttons weren’t lit with the same brightness. So sent it back.

        • balcobomber25

          Like cars I am usually wary about buying the first model from a brand. There usually is all sorts of issues that get worked out in later models. I would wait for some reviews from the community before deciding.

  • Joel Ebuka

    The phone is actually very okay specs wise and price wise I guess but my main concerns are the battery life and the International coverage for 4g and software updates

    • tauerman

      In the Zuk Z1 the chinese/english ZUI version was better (and had fingerprint gestures) than the Cyanogen version.
      So at the moment I would rather import the Chinese version after all

      • Joel Ebuka

        True tho…

    • balcobomber25

      This will work on most European networks thanks to Band 20, and many US Networks thanks to Bands 2 and 4. Battery life should be about the same as the Mi5 which is good.

  • Assefa Hanson

    looks good

  • Alexis T

    Anyone knows which ISOCELL sensor ZUK used ?

    • balcobomber25

      I have been trying to find out all day, their stated specs doesn’t match any of their existing sensors so maybe it is something new.

      • illystor

        Even still… I’m super excited to see some results. On the face of it, these specs could add up to a really good camera setup. Let’s hope the software doesn’t let it down. f/1.8 and OIS deserve to make a fantastic camera phone, don’t screw this up ZUK!

      • Alexis T

        Yep i tried too. Only thing i found is ZUK CEO talking about a modified Samsung ISOCELL sensor, specific to ZUK Z2.

        But i don’t know which sensor has been modified for (or by) ZUK.

  • tauerman

    From the official page I can see that the device supports FDD-LTE band 20, yeah!!
    “FDD-LTE (频段1, 2, 3,4,5,7,8,20)”

    • korpuskel

      thanks for pointing this out, this is great 🙂

    • balcobomber25

      To expand on this here is the full list:

      FDD-LTE (bands 1, 2, 3,4,5,7,8,20)
      TDD-LTE (bands 38, 39, 40, 41)
      TD-SCDMA (bands 34, 39)
      WCDMA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
      CDMA2000 (800 MHz)
      GSM / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
      CDMA (800MHz)

      • MaxPower

        No band 17?

        • balcobomber25

          No but it’s step in the right direction compared to Xiaomi. 2 and 4 should give me great coverage on Tmobile.

          • MaxPower

            I’m not sure but I think I might need band 17 for AT&T.
            I have to check.
            But yes, I agree, Xiaomi is way behind these people.

            • balcobomber25

              I am pretty sure Band 4 (1700) is the main band for ATT

            • MaxPower

              Oh, I switched the band with the frequency lol.

              How funny is that I know all the Chinese LTE bands included the TD-LTE ones and I don’t know the freaking one I’m supposed to use?

            • balcobomber25

              Well ATT also used band 17 (700) and band 2 (1900) so check your area to see what is used. But I am almost certain that Band 4 is their dominant band.

  • njren

    Not bad at all. Even North America-ready, with the exceptions of the newer FDD 12 & 17. At his point, though, I think only the Huawei P9 features those two bands…at a Huawei P9 price, of course.

    ZUK did a good job crashing the party with this one.

  • HBK

    Wish it woas officially launched in India. This is Xiaomi Mi5 Killer. Waiting to see what Oneplus has up its sleeves this year.

  • JudikJ7

    So basically this phone has a heart rate and blood pressure sensor but no NFC ?! Where is the f**** point ?

  • tauerman

    Hm, the 4GB/64GB is not available in black in the store 🙁 http://www.zuk.com/store/30_60.html

    • balcobomber25

      It’s sounds like that’s going to be launched later as there is no price for that one. Possibly that’s just a normal Zuk Z2.

  • balcobomber25

    So far this has been the best launch of any flagship this year. I can’t find a single thing wrong with this phone. Zuk just moved to the top of my list!

    • Alexis T

      Same thought here, it’s nearly perfect.
      Only 2 thing bothers me a bit : 5.2″ screen and absence of audio chip

      Do you know anything on SD820 audio quality ?

      • balcobomber25

        I would have liked 5.5 but I don’t mind 5.2 that’s the same as every other phone I was looking at.

    • I will wait for reviews (OS – buggy or not so buggy?). If it has removable battery, that would be 100/100 for me. But for that price it doesn’t matter 🙂

      • balcobomber25

        The OS I am not really worried about as I will eventually replace it with MIUI.

        • That’s what I would like to avoid lol 😀

        • Simon

          There will be an MIUI port available, within a short period of time ?

          • balcobomber25

            I’d give it a month.

            • Simon

              Excellent.

            • Lazar Prodanovic

              At least 4 months.

            • balcobomber25

              Didn’t take that long for Z1.

            • Lazar Prodanovic

              Well Z1 came with old & good known S801. This time around its new S820 & we can’t even yet identify a primary camera senzor… Anyhow anything is better than CM.

            • balcobomber25

              It’s a Samsung Isocell camera.

            • Lazar Prodanovic

              You don’t say. Lovely now I know all I need including I’d & driver so that I can easily make it work with buggy new camera3 interface.

            • balcobomber25

              You know where to start or you could continue to attempt to be wise, whatever is easier for you.

            • Simon

              Doesn’t matter I’m not buying until August or September, by then there should be a plethora of roms available.

        • Sere83

          lol enjoy the awful camera optimization on that.

    • SnowyCat

      same..the only thing is that i’m poor and i’ll maybe get the le 2 pro isntead because of the price :p

      • balcobomber25

        The good thing is today there is a great phone for everyones budget.

    • MaxPower

      No NFC, kinda small…
      If they keep that price for the int’l version then I might be sold, buy if it goes higher…. Then you’ll b hear me saying “I told you so!”

      • balcobomber25

        Zuk phones are easy to buy internationally.

        • Simon
          • balcobomber25

            I don’t use covers, one of the reasons design is very important to me.

            • Simon

              Thats true. All those peopl;e who bought a Galaxy S7 Edge and then covered it up …..LOL

        • MaxPower

          I know and the size was one of the reasons that made steer clear of MI5.
          5.5 or even more (5.7-6) would work better for me.

          • balcobomber25

            Ideally I want 5.5 but I can settle for 5.2. I am curious about the Xiaomi Max tho

          • Exactly same for me too. I dont like that they have downgraded the screen size. One thing that has put me off this despite that it ticked every other option.

    • Danny H.

      I’m also agree with you balco, my current daily driver is the ZUK Z1 and I have to say I have no complaint so far. This Z2 is really nice in both specs and price, although the battery has been compromised a little for the sake of thinness and there’s still no NFC but with that price, I think all are just minor problems. Now, if it will be officially support by Cyanogen like the Z1 then it would be great!

      • balcobomber25

        For me I am good with the battery based on the specs it should be about the same as the Mi5 when it comes to battery life and based on GSM’s comprehensive battery tests the Mi5 (92) is just behind the battery life of the Zuk Z1 (97). Given that MIUI is a bit more resource heavy the Z2 might just match the Z1.

    • Muhammad Yasir

      ummm … that EIS/OIS thing has me doing suspicion runs on ZUK. you’re either OIS or you’re OUT !

      also , no microsd and no NFC. pretty sure the more drawbacks will come to light in the times to come.

      altho , with that said. this is an EXCELLENT effort by ZUK. great improvement !

      • balcobomber25

        EIS and OIS are two different types of stabilizing technology. OIS is real time it moves the lens assembly to compensate for any movement. EIS is basically done at the software level after the image is taken. If Zuk is using both of the technologies it could be very good for the end user.

  • korpuskel

    any word about slow motion video recording capabilities? 240fps @ 720p maybe?

    • balcobomber25

      Only thing I see listed on their spec sheet is this:

      960fps high-speed recording mode

  • ombadboy

    Instant buy for me if it has wireless charging. My HTC 10 pre-order is hanging by a thread!

    • Muhammad Yasir

      lol

  • thebadboy

    it’s almost instant buy until i saw there is no NFC 🙁

    • Alexis T

      Can i ask how do you personally use NFC ?

      This phone is so great, i don’t understand why the lack of NFC is a showstopper.

      • thebadboy

        Mostly i use NFC for developing some kind of NFC-based application, and the rest is for checking my contactless card balance. My current phone doesn’t have NFC, and i’m looking for smartphone around $300-$400 that does have NFC. Actually there is the alternative called Xiaomi Mi5, but i don’t know if they will be arrived in my country or not because of goverment rules that several percent of the components must be made in this country

        • Alexis T

          OK thanks !
          Mi5 can be ordered directly on any chinese website like gearbest or geekbuying, bypassing your country regulations.

    • Share ur feelings. In this day and age, NFC should be part of the package.

      • balcobomber25

        Depends where you live, some places it isnt used at all.

        • Muhammad Yasir

          hahah … like Pakistan.
          altho we are going to rapidly edge towards it in the next 6 months !

  • Bibabutzemann

    Hopefully connectivity with 4G LTE 20 Band for Germany is included !

  • Benny

    No protection for the glass?

  • Does it have NFC?

    • VMortens

      No.

  • Simon
  • BHazard

    All that is missing is Band 12 for me on T-Mobile US. That might be the deal breaker. I could live without NFC, but band 12 is nice and would be hard to go without again. I’d cancel my HTC pre-order if it does get an international model with band 12, unlockable bootloader, and rom support.

  • Dodomanhia

    So, no microsd?

    • 128GB isn’t enough? What do you keep in your phones guys? 15gb big 1080p films?

      • Blackbus

        why not for music ,games ,movies,etc

        • Victor Tan

          Why not porn ???

  • Manjurul Islam

    According to zuk video commercial, it looks like the fingerprint scanner is at back, below the flash.

    • No, it’s not. That’s a heart rate sensor.

  • Karly Johnston

    I was thinking about ordering the Mi5 pro if it became available. Not so much now with this supporting Tmob LTE, AMOLED and no bezel bars.

  • VMortens

    If camera performs better in bad lights than Mi5 does, then it’ll become my new phone choice. It’s lovely – so close to perfection.
    I myself would rather wait for the simpleir version tho.

  • Angelscry

    I Just hope the Camera is able to compete with Samsung. Rest of the specs and price are indeed reasonable! And CM on top of everything would be… wow!

  • Joel Ebuka

    Can anyone confirm if it has VoLTE

  • Alexis T

    What would be the better way to buy this phone for an european consumer ? I’m not used to ZUK so i don’t know where/how. Usually i buy on gearbest or geekbuying but this time i think there may be a better way.

    For your information, I sent mails to zuk.eu and zuk-store.com to know when Z2 will be available on their websites but both replied to me they don’t know…

  • The camera might be OK, f1.8 on an Xshot was fine.
    The huge concern is – will it be as uncomfortable as the S7 Edge, talk about flawed ‘best phone’ you can buy. This looks like it has a nice front/rear including no sticking out camera BUT a band in the middle making it potentially ‘horrible’ to hold like S7E?
    Mi5 (not held yet) seems to be about the only phone to get around this?
    No NFC (mobile payments just taking off), and no IR or SD so you will still need a thumb drive.
    Why doesn’t someone put ALL the basic things in an ERGONOMIC phone? i.e. mi5+sdhc-bling home button. And make available on Amazon + Int. shipping or something with all bands? Scared Apple will sue still?

    • This looks definitely more comfortable than sgs7. And the band around the back is the so called rollcage i think.

    • Steven Fox

      The Mi5 has insane value for the money, also is the new Honor V8(although technically inferior, and more expensive)

  • Angelscry

    Is this phone only for the China market? If so, then I’ll wait for Oneplus 3.

    • bojan radovanovic

      This one have support for 23 different LTE banda, so it can work in whole world.
      Problem is it’s availability

  • DC

    No mention of hifi system?

  • Jan ยาน

    5.2″ is waaaaaay too small for me. At least 5.7″

    • It’s still too big for me.

    • bojan radovanovic

      Ok, tnx for bringing your thoughts to us, but why are you here if “it’s too small for you”!?
      Just move on, buy Xiaomi Max, and send your girlfriend to someone with bigger

  • Steven Fox

    This could definitely have the effect that the original OnePlus had. Great specs, known brand, great price. Shame that price will be more like 550$ after resellers.