There are a lot of Asian companies that produce smartphones with good specifications and acceptable price tags. However, not everyone is earning popularity. So, some not very well-known companies are helped by market leaders, which allows them to stay afloat. It is the brand ZUK, behind which stands such a giant as Lenovo.
For two years in a row, ZUK has been producing very delicious smartphones, or rather flagships, which cost ridiculous money. ZUK Z1 and ZUK Z2 ware good smartphones, so this year the Chinese manufacturer plans to release a third version of the top-end smartphone ZUK Z3.
It is worth noting that until now ZUK Z2 on Snapdragon 820 processor is the cheapest phone with such a chipset. In China it costs only $175. As for ZUK Z3, at the moment all the information about it is rumors, and no one has yet been officially confirmed. Nevertheless, we are confident that another inexpensive flagship from ZUK will appear, and very soon. Since the predecessor was announced in May last year, then ZUK 3 is worth waiting for around the same time.
ZUK Z3: specifications
The network has repeatedly flashed leaks about specifications and design of ZUK Z3. So it became known that new smartphone will receive a glass compact body with a diagonal of display 5.2 inches. It should be noted that in the upcoming device we expect from 6 to 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of internal memory.
Moreover, the Chinese are not greedy about a good camera – judging by the forecasts, ZUK Z3 will be equipped with Sony IMX398 module. Other features of the smartphone are given below.
ZUK Z3: features
- Case: metal frame + tempered glass 2.5D;
- Display: diagonal of 5.2 inches, matrix Super AMOLED, resolution Full HD 1080p, density 424 ppi, multitouch;
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4 Kryo 280 cores with a frequency of up to 2.45 GHz + 4 Kryo 280 cores with a frequency of up to 1.9 GHz, 64-bit, a process technology of 10 nm;
- The video core: Adreno 540 with a frequency of up to 650 MHz;
- RAM: 6 to 8 GB of the standard LPDDR4X, the frequency of 1866 MHz, two-channel;
- Flash drive: from 128 GB to 256 GB standard UFS 2.1;
- Camera: 16MP resolution, Sony IMX398 module, aperture f / 1.7, optical stabilization, autofocus, 4K video recording;
- Self-camera: 8 megapixel resolution, aperture f / 2.0;
- Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ad and Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack;
- Qualcomm X16 modem with support for LTE Cat.16 / LTE Cat.13 – download up to 980 Mbps, return up to 150 Mbps;
- Fingerprint scanner;
- Battery: 3300 mAh + fast charging QC 4.0;
- OS: Android 7.1 + shell ZIU;
- Dimensions: 139.1х71.9х8.4 mm;
- Antutu: about 180,000 points;
- Price: $ 261 for the base version.
Lenovo ZUK Z3: design
If you believe rumors and leaked from the network, it becomes clear that ZUK Z3 will be similar to its predecessor ZUK Z2. The smartphone will also receive a completely glass case, which is framed by a metal frame. Here, by the way, an important difference, since in the second beetle the edging was a composite part made of metal and fiberglass (stronger than plastic by 25%).
The camera’s eye will be located in the center of the rear panel with a shift to the top edge, while the predecessor camera is in the left-right corner. As for the Home button and fingerprint sensor, it will remain at the same place. ZUK Z2 is a cute smartphone with a minimum of details, and hence the ZUK Z3 will prove to be no less attractive device.
ZUK Z3: performance
Probably it is not necessary to explain that Snapdragon 835 is the most powerful mobile processor in the world. At the moment only three flagship equipped with processor: Galaxy S8 (S8 Plus), Xiaomi Mi6 and Xperia XZ Premium. The processor works at frequencies up to 2.45 GHz, while it is based on the cores of Kryo 280’s own development.
As the graphics accelerator, Adreno 540 is used, which can draw absolutely any games on the maximum with the highest fps. In general, the synthetic benchmark sows about 180000 scores – a crazy performance for many years to come.
It is also important that we are promised 6 to 8 GB of RAM. Galaxy S8 has only 4 GB, but Xiaomi Mi6 also offers 6 GB of RAM. The question is, why ZUK Z3 need so much as 8 GB, if they do not have anything to score? Although, on the other hand – the operative does not ask for food, so let them put it.
Lenovo ZUK Z3: camera
So far we only know the camera module, namely Sony IMX398. What is known about the sensor? The resolution of the camera is 16MP. The maximum light intensity can reach f/1.7. It is known that the sensor will receive Samsung Dual Pixel technology, which allows you to instantly focus on the object. It is important for recording video. No more details are known.
ZUK Z3 vs ZUK Z2: comparison
By tradition, let’s compare the technical specifications of the not yet released flagship ZUK Z3 with the current top-end smartphone ZUK Z2.
Based on technical specifications, it can be concluded that ZUK Z3 has grown a little in size. It is due to the slightly enlarged display of 0.2 inches. The screen matrix also changed from IPS to Super Amoled. Is it good or bad, you should decide for yourself, but note that AMOLED matrix is more energy efficient + gives a natural black color.
As for processor, it is not necessary to say anything special, here everything is clear. ZUK Z3 will prove to be more powerful, faster and more energy efficient due to the advanced process technology 10nm. Memory has become more, and RAM in 1.5 and 2 times.
The changes also touched the cameras, and the main camera improved significantly. Resolution has increased to 16 MP, but it is not the most important. The manufacturer has changed not only the camera module to the top IMX398 sensor, but also the lens from dark f/2.2 to a very light f/1.7. Now night photos will please and high detail with a minimum of noise, and color rendition.
ZUK Z3: release date, price
Initially, it was reported that flagship ZUK Z3 will receive a price tag around $330. But now we know the official price of Xiaomi Mi6, so ZUK decided to go for a trick, dropping the price ZUK Z3 to $261. While we do not know whether it is true or not, in any situation the price is very attractive.
The release date ZUK Z3 is scheduled for the middle-end of May this year.