ZUK Z2 Rio Edition announced making it the cheapest 820 phone on...

ZUK Z2 Rio Edition announced making it the cheapest 820 phone on the market

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Just as Xiaomi was wowing fans with their new Redmi Pro and Notebook, newcomers ZUK were also hosting a surprise launch of their own.

The Lenovo backed smartphone maker today announced a new ZUK Z2 model named the ZUK Z2 Rio Edition. The device has been launched to celebrate this years Olympics and does so by becoming the most affordable Snapdragon 820 powered phone on the market.

Chinese shoppers will be able to buy the ZUK Z2 Rio at a normal retail price of 1599 Yuan however if customers choose to order through selected online stores they will receive a 100 Yuan price cut making the phone just 1499 Yuan ($224), the same as the entry-level Redmi Pro.

While the ZUK Z2 Rio doesn’t have the dual camera design of the new Xiaomi, the device does boast a powerful Snapdragon 820 chipset, 5-inch FHD display, 8 mega-pixel front camera, fast charging, and a 3500mAh battery plus fingerprint scanner.

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The base version of the phone will give users 3GB RAM and 32GB memory to play with while the higher end version of the phone will get 4GB RAM and 64GB memory.

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  • mf1gt3r

    Good price.

  • mf1gt3r

    Good price.

  • realjjj

    The 4GB+64GB is the default Z2 that launched a while ago.
    Only the cheap one should be new.

    • Trayanee

      This one is only 5incher, not 5.2 so its probably completely new phone, looks even made of plastic so chances are its comming in two versions which are both new.

      • SnowyCat

        no, the 5″ z2 (not pro) launched a long time ago, available for like 270€-280€

        its made out of glass front and back and side is some weird glass fibre thing

        but the downside from the pro version is worse camera, thicker, no health scanning thing like the hearth monitor and not all bands like band 20

        • Trayanee

          Ah, my bad, thanks for clarification

  • vijay sud

    This might be the ZUK Z2 India might get. Lenovo weapon against Xiaomi in India. But Lenovo be quick.

    • Muhammad Yasir

      ur so lucky you have literally EVERY chinese brand in your local market ?

      • vijay sud

        These guys are’nt in love with India, it is the mighty India Rupee and market size which brings these brands to us. India’s attraction will only go up as market is HUGE. and growing.

        • Muhammad Yasir

          im just pointing out ur luck :p , what can u say … as a tech nerd im envious.
          i just want to have the same easiness and market diversity w.r.t brands as you people have…
          no hate man 🙂

          i just hope they realise the Pakistani market too , its also massive in its own and people here are becoming more and more brand-aware and tech-aware. this is the PERFECT moment to seize the local markets , early bird advantage i’d say.

  • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun

    Oh boy. Lenovo Hardware + Lenovo Software = Nightmare

    • SnowyCat

      i find the software to look pretty good, why?

    • balcobomber25

      The software on Zuk’s is a lot better and different than the software found on Lenovo phones. And the hardware is the same that is used by most other flagships including Xiaomi. Lenovo doesn’t manufacture many components.

    • Muhammad Yasir

      oh boy … earning good money is a nightmare :p

  • Varun Varma

    As long as software is good, SD820 + 5″ FHD + 3500mah should equal very good battery life

  • balcobomber25

    Not sure I would want anything associated with the Olympics at this point, what a mess that is turning out to be. Does this phone come up with free sewage like the housing for Olympic athletes?

    • Muhammad Yasir

      whats wrong with the Olympics 😀 ??

      • balcobomber25

        Turn on the news lol.

        • Muhammad Yasir

          been living in a cave i gess 😀

          jk , uni times are draining… spent most time sleeping or waiting for Redmi Pro release or PoGO release in Asia

          • Riccardo Benzoni

            forget redmi pro, it won’t be 99$ 😀

            • Muhammad Yasir

              but im happy with the price 😀

            • Riccardo Benzoni

              we will believe you only when we will se you with one in your hands! 😀

    • Alex

      Or maybe as soon as you buy this phone you will get mugged.

  • Ray Bel

    Looks like a toy phone

    • Airyl

      Not sure what toys you got as a kid.

  • Muhammad Yasir

    looks like SD 820 is either getting cheaper … or someone at Lenovo has a very good understanding with dudes at Qualcomm…

    • MattD

      Sure sd820 is getting cheaper as time passes by, but it wasn’t that expensive to begin with: I’ve read some reports (don’t know how much reliable, but somewhat reliable nonetheless) which said that every sd top chip launches for around 40$… Soc is hardly the reason why samsung ask you 800$ for its phone at launch ?

      • Hakim Farouk

        Actually, most of the mainstream brands like Samsung, LG and etc are expensive because they include marketing cost and stuff into their retail price. Xiaomi, Oneplus spend much less in physical marketing and more towards online advertising outside of China and plus other factors that allows them to lower the price of their retail. Unlike Samsung being on billboards, Television and so on.

        You can refer here for some of the explanation.
        http://www.gsmarena.com/galaxy_s6_edge_is_samsungs_most_expensive_phone_to_build-news-11898.php

      • Muhammad Yasir

        all the more reason to hate samsung then …

        btw , why do they ask u that absurd $800 for ?

        • Hakim Farouk

          I actually understand why they charge so high though. that’s why i never complain on those mainstream players costing. Just the R&D alone is crazy. These mainstream guys are the ones who push smartphone technology forward and it is all thanks to that high R&D cost alone. Other smaller players don’t really spend as much on R&D as these guys. They use technology that was founded by the mainstream players.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            agreed. the smaller guys just rip off the BEST parts that the big guys spent billions researching on..

            wow. this actually makes sense. could be used for world peace 😀

            • Hakim Farouk

              Haha. Yeah. Check this out, cost to build an S7. and this is not inclusive of R&D, Logistic, marketing, human resouce and etc

              http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s7_bill_of_materials_is_255-news-17222.php

            • Sansa

              Don’t forget the support and infrastucture. Which in case of the chinese brands is almost non existent.

            • SnowyCat

              same can be said for samsung in my country, like 2 repair centers outsourced obv. i mean looka t apple even in my country in big cities is an apple store but the money you pay for samsung is all marketing

              they have the same underpayed employees to build the devices in the same place

              they do have a lot going on like maybe developing new technology to use but lets be hoenst..most of what you pay for the samsung phone is for the big guys in the company and marketing

            • Hakim Farouk

              The cost for R&D is high as well or even higher perhaps. A lot of the technologies that are being used in our phones now are thanks to that high cost of R&D itself that big companies like Samsung, LG, Motorola and etc pumped in. Companies like Xiaomi, OnePlus and etc just buy the technology, really. Most of the R&D on the smaller companies are on getting the technology together into a phone rather than technological breakthroughs that you get from the big guys.

            • Hakim Farouk

              I wouldn’t say almost non existent tho. Companies like Xiaomi is pretty reliable if it comes to your country officially, ofcourse. Constant bug fixes and MIUI updates. They have service centres in my country too. Im sure the other bigger chinese brands like Lenovo, Meizu, Zte are pretty reliable too. But I know the small ones like Elephone are not. All from my own experience

            • Hakim Farouk
    • Muhammad Haris

      Bhai uthaa ley uthaa ley ye set 😀 SD 820 😀

      • Muhammad Yasir

        let me guess , you have seen me at propk 😀 ?

        • Muhammad Haris

          I have seen you here first , then on propak …. and seeing you comments for quite some time I can say you are COMPLAN BOY 😀
          My suggestion for you is to go for used sets and don’t spend more than $200 on phone because the speed at which new smartphones are releasing you phone will be outdated in no time

          • Muhammad Yasir

            COMPLAINING*

            hehe .. i want something that can last me quite sometime and still not be all outdated come the new bunch (which happens every quarter)

  • zeca_BR

    Andi, we wait you in Rio de Janeiro.
    When do you arrive?
    You can stay here in my house.
    Welcome to Brazil!!

  • Ivo001

    What has changed? Only a smaller rom option?