Acquiring Motorola Mobility from Google in 2014 has helped Lenovo to strong its foothold in the smartphone business in both its home market of China and emerging markets like India. In its recent report this month, IDC revealed that both Motorola and Lenovo combined emerged as the number two player in India in quarter two this year. Lenovo also sells devices in China under another brand dubbed ZUK. The company brought the ZUK brand in India in May this year with the launch of the ZUK Z1. The vendor is exploring ways to grab as much as market share it can in the country. Now it is all set to launch the ZUK Z2 in India later this month as the Lenovo Z2 Plus.
Originally unveiled in China recently, the ZUK Z2 is a flagship offering with a premium design. With the ZUK lineup, Lenovo aims to compete against the other Chinese manufacturers in India like Xiaomi, OPPO and OnePlus. As for the direct competition, the OnePlus 3 appears to be one of the ZUK Z2’s closest rival in the country. If you are planning to buy any of these phones, then let’s compare their features and find out how they stand out against each other.
Lenovo ZUK Z2 vs OnePlus 3 – flagship phablets from China
Talking about the ZUK Z2 first, it is one of the best looking smartphones from the company in the ZUK range. The phone boasts a durable frame, which the brand claims to be stronger than metal. It measures 8.5mm around the waist, and tips the scale at 149 grams, which is tad high for a phone in its category. The phone also gets a U-Touch 2.0 fingerprint sensor embedded into the home key, which apart from unlocking the device in 0.1 seconds, can also be configured to trigger different tasks on your phone.
The OnePlus 3 on the other hand is the brand’s first all-metal phone, which is crafted out of a single slab of space-grade aluminium alloy. The phone is simmer than the ZUK Z2 with a thickness of 7.3mm, but is slightly heavier at 158 grams, but its negligible considering its size. Similar to the ZUK Z2, the OnePlus 3 also gets its fingerprint sensor integrated into the home button. So, design-wise, the ZUK Z2 and OnePlus 3 both offer premium designs.
Display and OS
The Lenovo ZUK Z2 falls into the compact phablet category with its 5-inch IPS LTPS LCD curved display. Its screen offers a full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) and a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch. It will attract those who like high-resolution compact smartphones. The OnePlus 3 sports a bigger 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED screen with a pixel density of 401ppi. It is suitable for the users who like large devices. As for the software, the Lenovo ZUK Z2 and OnePlus 3, both run Android 6;0 Marshmallow with their respective brand’s custom UI on top.
Coming to the performance, the Lenovo ZUK Z2 utilises a 2.15GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. It is one of the high-end mobile processors from Qualcomm in the flagship segment. Its performance is further enhanced by meaty 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 530 GPU. The OnePlus 3 is also powered by the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, but boasts an industry-leading 6GB of RAM. So, as far as the performance is concerned, the OnePlus 3 clearly wins over the ZUK Z2 with two extra gigs of RAM. As for the storage, both smartphones come with 64GB of internal memory, which users can’t further increase as there’s no microSD card slot on board.
Moving on to the camera, the Lenovo ZUK Z2 sports a 13-megapixel primary shooter with phase detection autofocus for faster focusing on subjects, f/2.2 aperture, 5P lens, an ISOCELL sensor, CAF dual-mode focus and EIS. For selfies, it gets an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter with 78.9-degree wide viewing angle lens. The OnePlus 3 on the hand gets much better camera specs than the ZUK Z2, at least on the paper. The phone features a 16-meg primary shooter with a Sony sensor, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, optical image stabilisation, electronic image stabilisation, and 4K recording. As for the selfies, it gets the same 8-meg front shooter as the ZUK Z2.
Connectivity and battery
In terms of connectivity, the Lenovo ZUK Z2 and OnePlus 3 offer quite familiar features including dual-SIM slots, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, USB Type-C ports, Bluetooth, and A-GPS with GLONASS. The OnePlus 3 also features NFC connectivity that is missing on the ZUK Z2. As for the battery, the Lenovo ZUK Z2 is fuelled by a beefy 3,500mAh battery, while the OnePlus 3 gets a smaller 3,000mAh unit. Both the phones support fast charging as well.
Coming to the verdict, the Lenovo ZUK Z2 sounds like a promising device with a high-def display, a top-of-the-notch Snapdragon SoC, meaty amount of RAM and storage, decent camera specs, and a huge battery with fast charging. The phone will impress those who like a power-packed smartphone with a compact display. It has been priced around Rs 18,000 in China, and if priced competitively in India, it will be one of the best choices in its segment. The OnePlus 3 is more of a perfectly designed flagship killer smartphone. Priced at Rs 27,999, the phone gets a bigger display, impressive performance with 6GB of RAM, impressive camera specs, and an appealing design. The ZUK Z2 will be launched in India as the Lenovo Z2 Plus on September 22nd, while the OnePlus 3 is already available in the country. So, are you waiting for the ZUK Z2 or going for the OnePlus 3? Share your choice in the comments.