Android Marshmallow hype is seemingly hitting the smartphone manufacturers worldwide ever since Google released their factory images for the Nexus range of devices.
Recently Samsung, LG and HTC announced their plans of updating their existing range of flagship smartphones to Android Marshmallow. In fact the companies have also come out with a list of devices that will getting the Marshmallow treatment.
Nevertheless a ‘small' manufacturer based in China today announced their plans of updating their existing device to Marshmallow. It's none other than the ZUK, with the device referred to being ZUK Z1.
However it isn't just to call them ‘small' considering the fact that they are owned by Lenovo and their intent of upgrading the Z1 to Marshmallow can help us gauge their grand plans.
ZUK hasn't given any time frame for the Android Marshmallow update. They have simply stated that the update will be rolled onto the device rather soon. However the Chinese edition of the ZUK Z1 running the ZUI will be the first to receive the Android M update.
In case you were unaware the Lenovo owned company is tipped to bring their device to India too by year end. However the International edition of the ZUK Z1 that will be shipped to India runs on CyanogenMod 12.1, unlike the ZUI Chinese version.
Sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with 3GB of RAM, 13MP IMX214 rear camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and a huge 4100mAh comes rather cheap at 1899 Yuan (Rs 18,999 approx.) in China. Hence you can expect the device to priced around Rs 20,000 when it enters India at the end of this year.
You can also buy the ZUK Z1 right now at promotional price of $299.89 (Rs 18,500) from Everbuying using the coupon code ZUKZ1. The main advantage of importing the ZUK from China lies in the fact that it will run on the company's own ZUI. As mentioned above, the ZUI run ZUK Z1 will be first to receive the Android Marshmallow update!