The Lenovo Z1 is now official in India for ₹13,499. The ZUK-powered phone made its debut last August, but an exclusivity arrangement between Micromax's Yu Televentures and Cyanogen OS prevented Lenovo from launching the phone in India. The exclusivity deal is no longer valid, which means that we're going to see international vendors launching phones running Cyanogen OS in the country, starting with the Z1.
The Z1 is sold directly by ZUK in China and global markets, but Lenovo will handle sales, distribution, and service of the phone in India. That's the main reason for the Lenovo Z1 branding. The phone offers a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, and is powered by a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 SoC with Adreno 330 GPU. There's also 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 13MP camera (IMX214) with OIS, 8MP front camera, LTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.1, USB Type-C, and a massive 4100mAh battery on offer.
The phone itself comes with a metal body, and there's fingerprint sensor tucked away in the home button at the front. The Z1 will run Cyanogen OS 12.1 at launch, and if you're interested in flashing the latest CyanogenMod nightlies to get Marshmallow on your phone, you're free to do so. Lenovo will not void the warranty on the handset if you flash nightlies.
The Lenovo Z1 will be available in India starting May 19 for just ₹13,499, which is a great price considering the hardware on offer. The phone will be sold exclusively on Amazon India. Registrations for the sale are now live.