Lenovo ZUK Z1  Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime  
Lenovo ZUK Z1Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
magic score88.791.1
PriceRs. 12,399 onwardsRs. 8,999 onwards
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Launch Date (India)May, 2016Aug, 2016
Smartphone OSAndroid 5.1, Expected upgrade to 6.0Android 6.0, Expected upgrade to 7.0
Screen Size5.5 inches5 inches
Screen Resolution1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)720x1280 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch)
Display FeaturesIPS LCDIPS LCD, Reading Mode
Processor2.5 GHz1.4 GHz
Processor TypeQuad CoreOcta Core
Processor NameQualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430
GPUAdreno 330Adreno 505
Secondary Camera8.0 MP5.0 MP
Internal Memory64 GB32 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 128 GB
FM RadioYes
Dual SIMGSM+GSMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness8.9 mm8.5 mm
Weight175 gm144 gm
Battery Standby (3G)526 hrsN/A
Battery Talktime (3G)38.00 hrsN/A
Other Battery ParametersBattery Standby (4G): 526 hrs, Battery Talktime (4G): 48.00 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 120 hrs, Video Playback Time: 15 hrsGaming: up to 15 hrs, Music Playback Time: up to 121 hrs, Reading Time: up to 39 hrs, Video Playback Time: up to 17 hrs
Editor's Note [Positives]
  • Nice, premium, polished design
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Given its large size, the weight is quite manageable at 175g
  • Excellent display, perhaps the best at this price point, with great colors and vibrance
  • CynogenMod 12 allows deeper control on the display - you can tweak the colour temperature, and choose different temperatures for day and night
  • The CyanogenMod UI allows a bunch of customisations, that will come in handy if you are a power user, but retains a nearly-stock Android interface
  • The UI is smooth and stable too, and performs well
  • Very good, lag-free performance, even given the somewhat old processor, which indicates how well the software has been optimized
  • Good front camera for selfies
  • Good rear camera in well lit conditions
  • Decent fingerprint sensor
  • Very good battery life - can last over a day fairly easily
  • Very good audio quality
  • If you like modding your smartphone, and have been waiting for a CyanogenMod-powered phone worth buying, this is it
  • The Zuk branded phones are also the only Lenovo devices where rooting won't void the warranty
  • 64GB internal memory
  • Compact, smart looking, premium design with a metal build - very similar to the Redmi Note 3, but more easy to handle (because of the smaller size)
  • Excellent ergonomics, with the curves on the back making the phone very comfortable to hold
  • Light-weight with an excellent weight distribution, despite the large battery it holds inside
  • Nice, vibrant, and bright display, with excellent touch-responsiveness, and good viewing angles
  • MIUI is a one of the better Android skins around
  • Very good speed/performance - one of the best in this price range
  • Excellent battery life - easily lasts a day and a half in regular use
  • Fast, accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Good audio quality
Editor's Note [Negatives]
  • This isn't an ergonomic smartphone - it's quite wide, which puts single handed usage out of question
  • Rear camera could have been better under low-light conditions
  • The camera is also just a little slow in focus speed, compared to it's top competitors in this price range such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
  • Camera is decent, and almost at par with the more expensive Redmi Note 3, but still could have been better, especially with low light performance
  • Loudspeaker volume could have been better
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