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Better Than One Plus One?

The best, cheap flagship we've seen in a while

Nicole Billitz
Better Than One Plus One? © 2018 ZUK

ZUK, a Lenovo-backed company just launched their first smartphone, the ZUK Z1. First launched on Amazon in Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the UK, it is currently priced at €299.99.

The Z1 is a 5.5-inch screen with a 1,080 x 1,920 resolution (401 ppi) and runs a quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip (which is a bit old, but it is what powers many an older flagship) with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage

It has a 13 megapixel rear camera, with an excellent 8 megapixel selfie snapper.

Adding to the bells and whistles, it comes with LTE connectivity, a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button, USB Type-C port, and most importantly of all, a very impressive 4,100 mAh battery that will last all day and all night.

Sadly, it will run out of the box Android 5.1, but ZUK is already working on an upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. As the handset runs its own ZUI on top of the Android in China, ZUK co-founder Chen Yu is already assuring everyone they are working on the new Marshmallow-based ZUI, which will be released by the Chinese New Year (Feburary 8, 2016).

However, the international version will come with a Cyanogen OS 12.1 which is based on Android 5.1. But this will also get an upgrade; Cyanogen OS 13 (which will be based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow) is already in this works, but we probably won’t see it until 2016.

All things considered, this is a very powerful phone, with all the things we love from our flagships, at a very reasonable price (it's priced at $285 in China). Is this better than the One Plus One when it first came out? 

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