Lenovo Zuk Z1 Honest Review : Old is Gold

 Lenovo is one of the best budget smartphone company in India now. One year ago in China Lenovo launched a Cyanogenmod based smartphone, Zuk Z1. This time Lenovo launched it in India. It is a very good smartphone in a nice budget. Here’s our full depth review of Lenovo Zuk Z1.

Design and Build.
Designwise the phone looks very good. Though it is a plastic smartphone but the phone has a metal frame which looks pretty cool in our opinion. The phone feel solid in the hand. There is no bulkiness in this phone, though every people may not like the design but overall it is a good looking smartphone.

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It has a 5.5 inch full-HD IPS display with nice viewing angles. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Everything look natural on the display though in our opinion we are not happy with this display. We are not say it is a bad display but it could have been better.

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Zuk Z1 has a older chipset. It has a 2.5Ghz Snapdragon 801 chipset (Like HTC One M8, OnePlus One and many more) with 3Gigs of RAM. We already saw in past Snapdragon 801 is a very good performer. Zuk Z1 can handle general tasks without any hiccup. Even in gaming the phone performes very well. It also has a Fingerprint scanner in front. Fingerprint scanner is very fast and accurate .Overall Zuk Z1 is a good performer.

Software and User interface.
Zuk Z1 is running CM 12.1 based on Android Lollipop 5.1.1. It is also upgradable to Marshmallow (Cyanogenmod 13). The UI is very smooth and responsive. We didn’t feel any lag through navigating the UI. Cyanogenmod has a lots of customization. You can always root your device, install custom Roms and many more. Those who are power users out there it is a very good option for them.

Zuk Z1 has a 13MP rear camera and a 8MP front facing camera. It is also the first phone in this price segment(13.5k), that has Optical Image Stabilization. The Back camera performs very well in good lighting conditions, even in low light it performs very good. Here are some camera samples-

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The phones come with 64GB internal memory and there is no SDcard support. But in our opinion 64GB is pretty enough for a regular user.

Saying is, “Old is Gold”. And the same case happens here. With a older generation chipset the phone performs very well. But one bad thing is that every game isn’t available in play store due to old gen chipset. And yes there is also over heating issues.

Battery life.
The phone has a mammoth 4100mAh battery. Which is excellent. And this phone also has a USB type-C cable for data transfer and charging. The battery lasts a full day long with moderate to heavy use.

Our thoughts and Final verdict.


  • Pros- Lenovo Zuk Z1 is a very good smartphone under 15K. The camera performance is very good, UI is very customizable and battery life is Excellent. The Fingerprint scanner is also very responsive. Even gaming performance is also very Good.
  • Cons- And here comes the cons. The phone has a overheating issue when gaming. Even while you charge it with its charger the metal frame of the device gets very hot which is kind of annoying.
    We think this is a good value for money phone. If your budget is under 14k then you should go for it.