ZUK launches 5.5-inch Z1 with USB 3.0 Type-C port

ZUK has launched the Z1, a 5.5" phone with an impressive array of specs and for the first time in the history of smartphones, a USB 3.0 Type-C port. It also has a 4,100 mAh battery and 8MP front camera for just £259.99

Also launched in Germany, France, Spain and Italy, Z1 brings in Cyanogen OS in the phablet space at a low price along with impressive storage, cameras, battery and other features.

Display on the ZUK Z1

Z1 features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a density of 401ppi. While it isn't like a premium AMOLED display, your HD viewing won't lose out. There's a 450nit BrightView technology at work as well if you're used to browsing under sunlight.

If you're still not sure, the resolution and pixel density are the same as in the iPhone 6s Plus, which is actually better than in the iPhone 6s.

Look and feel of the ZUK Z1

Z1 incorporates everything that modern smartphones possess- a metal and glass body, a slim figure, rounded edges and a curved back cover.

The metal is aircraft aluminium and features nanofilm in-mold injection for increased durability. Despite the thin appearance, there's space for a USB Type-C port, power and volume buttons and speakers at the bottom.

The frame can hold two Nano-SIM cards one- one being your pet 4G and the other supporting GSM.

While being of the same size as the iPhone 6s Plus, Z1 is fairly lighter at 175g even though its thicker than the former by around 1.5mm.

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ZUK Z1 battery life

If you're worried about owning a new phone with a large display but a weak battery, the Z1's nothing like it. The 4,100 mAh battery is among the biggest among smartphones, offering you 48 hours on 4G, 526 hours (22 days) on standby and 120 hours of continuous music play.

USB Type-C port on the ZUK Z1

The USB Type-C port is a great addition, not only because it can be plugged in both ways but also because it is ten times faster than a USB 2.0. However, the best part is that you'll be able to transfer data at 5 Gbps. Isn’t that cool?

The phone also supports an audio jack at the top.

Z1 processor

For a display that's 5.5" tall and runs Full HD, the Z1 rocks a Snapdragon 801 Soc with a power of  2.5 GHz. While 801 isn't very common among new smartphones, giving way to the 808 and the 810, it's presence here may have something to do with a less heavy Cyanogen OS.

The phone also features an impressive 3GB RAM and an internal storage of 64GB.

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Camera specs on ZUK Z1

The main camera is a 13MP one featuring an f/2.2 aperture, face detection, panorama capability, continuous shoot options a double LED flash and a 73.6 degrees coverage. The front camera is an impressive 8MP one and features OmniBSI-2™ technology. This technology brings in world’s first 1.1-micron BSI pixel offering "industry-leading low-light sensitivity as well as significantly improved dark current and full-well capacity."

However, ZUK seem to have given 4K video shooting capability a miss here.

ZUK Z1 Pricing and availability

For all its features, ZUK is charging you a tiny £259.99 for the Z1 on Amazon. However, we haven't heard from any of the network operators as yet.

The phone is available for purchase as we speak.

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