ZUK, the Lenovo-backed startup had introduced their first smartphone dubbed the ZUK Z1 in Chinese market last week. Boasting impeccable specs at a budget price, the device will give fair competition to its rivals from firms like Xiaomi, Meizu etc. Nevertheless ZUK is actively working on bringing the phone to international markets.
Despite launching with a ZUI running on top of Android Lollipop 5.1.1 in China, it apparently seems that the international variant will come in a different flavor.
Today, the company announced on their partnership with custom ROM giant CyanogenMod for developing the software for the international variant of their device. In fact a number of pervious rumours dating back to June, suggested that the ZUK Z1 might indeed ship with Cyanogen 12.1.
This Chinese OEM partnership is not the first for Cyanogen though -having previously tied up with OnePlus for their legendary device dubbed the OnePlus One. Things didn't go as expected though, as the company ended in a dispute with OnePlus and Micromax, thereby terminating their contract with OnePlus.
Hope the same incident won't get repeated here. Nevertheless, the international launch of the the ZUK Z1 is scheduled on the 21st of August in Shenzhen. According to company statement, Vikram Natarajan, Senior Vice President of Global Partnershps and Distribution for Cyanogen will attend the conference to further strengthen the cooperation between Cyanogen and ZUK.
Just to recall the ZUK Z1 comes with a 5.5 inch Full HD display running on 2.5GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC alongside 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. There is 64GB of storage on the inside. On the other hand the optics are handled by the 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 8MP front snapper.
ZUK has further boosted the built of the device by using aluminum grade metal frame. The device boasting of a USB Type C port also comes with 4G LTE support.