Lenovo ZUK Z1  Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  
Lenovo ZUK Z1Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (3GB RAM, 32GB)
magic score90.490.3
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Launch Date (India)May, 2016Mar, 2016
Smartphone OSAndroid 5.1, Expected upgrade to 6.0Android 5.1, Expected upgrade to 7.0
Display FeaturesIPS LCDIPS LCD, Sunlight Display, Reading Mode, Night Mode
Processor2.5 GHz1.8 GHz
Processor TypeQuad CoreHexa Core
Processor NameQualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801Qualcomm Snapdragon 650
GPUAdreno 330Adreno 510
Camera13.0 MP16.0 MP
Secondary Camera8.0 MP5.0 MP
Internal Memory64 GB32 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 32 GB
FM RadioYes
Dual SIMGSM+GSMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness8.9 mm8.65 mm
Weight175 gm164 gm
Battery Capacity4100 mAh4050 mAh
Battery Standby (3G)526 hrs264 hrs
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 hrsMusic Playback Time: 60 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
  • Premium metal design, with amazing attention to detail
  • Top-notch build quality
  • Brilliant in-hand feel, with edges that curve perfectly
  • Good display with vivid colors, wide viewing angles, and good sunlight visibility
  • MIUI is one of the better interfaces built over Android, and has a lot of useful functionality, but is still simple to use
  • Top-level, power packed performance with best-in-class hardware - and 3GB of RAM results in very good multi-tasking performance too
  • Excellent battery life - this phone is an absolute road-runner
  • Excellent, responsive fingerprint scanner
  • Good call 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 pretty decent, but could have been better
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