Zuk Smartphones launches maiden device in Middle East
Cyanogen-powered Z1 smartphone available exclusively on Souq.com
Zuk Smartphones, an independent brand backed by the Lenovo Group, has launched its maiden device, the Z1, in the Middle East.
Zuk said that, a week after globally launching the Z1 in August, it received over 3m pre-orders in China, the brand's largest market. However, the company said that it was looking to expand to the Middle East, as well as key European and South East Asia markets in the coming weeks.
The Z1 comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display with a pixel density of 401 ppi. Underneath, it's powered by a Qualcomm 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM. The device also makes use of USB 3.0 and USB Type-C. The Z1 is dual-SIM, and comes with a large 4,100 mAh battery and 4G connectivity.
There's also a home button featuring a fingerprint sensor, as well as a 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel wide angle front camera.
Interestingly, this isn't simply another cheap Android smartphone with impressive specs - instead, the device runs on the Cyanogen OS, a customised version of the Android operating system built and supported by global power users. Said to be more open than Android, the operating system has garnered praise from technically proficient users.
"We promise high performance smartphone devices that offer a unique experience with features which set apart from the rest of the devices available in the market. Powered by the Cyanogen OS, ZUK devices will offer a customer experience which incorporates some of the most advanced customization, performance and security technology available," said Leo Lee, head of devices at Zuk.
Distributed by Comtel, the device will be available exclusively on Souq.com in the Middle East.