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The local smartphone scene is about to get a little bit hotter thanks to the arrival of the fresh new ZUK Z1 smartphone with Cyanogen OS. It’s a smartphone with the world-famous custom OS based on Android, and it stands to make many a prospective smartphone buyer an offer that they will simply find quite hard to refuse.

To start with, ZUK (read: Z. U. K.) is “a Lenovo company” that aims to change the way you look at flagship smartphones with its first and so far only phone model to date. It’s called the ZUK Z1, and it blends some of tomorrow’s most hotly anticipated features with today’s most necessary hardware and software bits on an Android phone.

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The ZUK Z1 boasts the following highlight features:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS touchscreen with 401 PPI
  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 3GB RAM + 64GB internal storage
  • 13-megapixel rear auto-focus camera with Optical Image Stabilization and dual-LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • 1080p video recording at 30 FPS or 60 FPS
  • 4100mAh Li-ion battery with quick charging support
  • 360-degree fingerprint sensor
  • USB 3.0 Type-C
  • Cyanogen OS 12.1
  • Dual nano SIM
  • 4G LTE support

And if you’re curious exactly how much this kind of a phone will set you back, here’s the best bit of info we got: the ZUK Z1 retails for only Php 15,299 a piece. Remember when we said it’s going to be an offer that’s quite hard to refuse? We weren’t kidding.

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The ZUK Z1 is the first model in possibly a long line of phones that may arrive in the Philippines in the next 12 months. For now, we’ve been told that it’s going to be sold in brick and mortar stores across the country. If you already frequent cyber malls and the like, don’t be surprised when you find a ZUK Z1 on display and for sale at these very locations.

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According to Jerry Samson, Product Manager at Iridium Technologies, the exclusive local distributor of ZUK smartphones, there are plans to unveil experiential tables in certain places where the ZUK Z1 may be sold. However, there are no certainties about that for now. The ZUK Z1 might also be sold online, at a slightly lower price, but again, none of these plans have been finalized as of yet.

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What we can definitely say for sure right now is that, even though the ZUK Z1 might not be entirely new, at least it’s different from the plethora of boring old Android phones that we’ve been seeing come out in the local market for the past few months. We’re itching to get some more hands-on time on it, and we’ll be giving you our thoughts on the ZUK Z1 as soon as we wrap them up.

Do you have any thoughts about the ZUK Z1? Is this the flagship killer that you’ve been waiting for? Post your ideas below in the comments!

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David Gonzales is a geek, writer, and athlete all rolled into one. He specializes in articulating about novel and often shiny things that tend to make whirring noises. He also writes at SemiCurrent.com.

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