The Lenovo Z1 has been launched in India today at the price of Rs 13,499 and will be exclusively sold through Amazon.in. Touted as the ‘World’s first ever Crowd Sourced Phone Launch’, the Smartphone was launched via a webcast, not by company representatives but by consumers from across the country.
The Z1 is the first device from Lenovo’s online only sub brand ‘Zuk’, developed by Lenovo to challenge the likes of Xiaomi’s Mi and Huawei’s Honor. The main differentiating feature of the phone is that it runs Cyanogen OS12.1 based on Android Lollipop 5.1.
The design language is remarkably different from that followed by Lenovo’s own smart-phones. It has an all glass front, a non removable plastic back with chamfered edges and a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button. It weighs 175 grams and measures 155.7 x 77.3 x 8.9 mm.
The phone has 5.5-inch full-HD IPS display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels, a contrast ratio of 1500:1 and a 178 degree viewing angle. Lenovo also highlighted the fact that the phone has a 100% NTSE color gamut screen.
Under the hood, it packs a rather dated Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz, integrated Andreno 330 graphics and 3GB of RAM. It also comes with USB type C for charging and data transfer.
The Lenovo Z1 offers extensive customization options through Cyanogens OS. The phone will also be the first Lenovo smartphone to allow users to unlock the bootloader without voiding the warranty. The phone also features a comprehensive theming engine that lets users change wallpapers, fonts and even the boot animations. Lenovo also promised that Android 6.0 was ‘just around the corner’.
What was repeatedly emphasized by Lenovo during the launch event was the hardware and software optimization in the phone. Lenovo promised that phone will not slow down even after a year of use and would maintain the same speed and fluidity as on Day 1.
On the imaging front, the Smartphone has a 13MP rear camera with a Sony IMX214 sensor and an 8MP front camera. The rear camera allows video to be shot at 1080p at 60 fps as well as 30 fps. The rear camera has a f2.0 aperture, 1.12 micron pixels as well as Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), a feature which is extremely rare in this price range.
The phone has 64 GB of internal storage with no options for storage expansion, a decision which could limit the phone’s appeal. On the brighter side, the phone has a massive 4100mAh battery as well as dual-SIM support. The phone also supports 4G using FDD Band 3(1800 MHz) as well as band TDD 40(2300 MHz) which are commonly used in India
The phone, which was launched at a price of CNY 1,799 (approximately Rs. 18,250) in China, has been released in India at a price of Rs 13,499, making it an extremely compelling buy.