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Lenovo ZUK Z2 5.0 inch 4GB RAM 64GB ROM Snapdragon 820 2.15GHz Quad-core 4G Smartphone £136.88 @ Banggood

£136.88 @ BangGood
Lenovo ZUK Z2 5.0 inch 4GB RAM 64GB ROM Snapdragon 820 2.15GHz Quad-core 4G Smartphone USE CODE : zukz2new 6.9℅ topcashback makes the price £127.59 review http://www.gizbeat.com/review/zuk… Read More
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Lenovo ZUK Z2 5.0 inch 4GB RAM 64GB ROM Snapdragon 820 2.15GHz Quad-core 4G Smartphone

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http://www.gizbeat.com/review/zuk-z2-plus-is-the-most-affordable-snapdragon-820-phone-with-usa-and-global-lte/

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This is a nice phone for the money. My opinion after comparing it to a Xiaomi mi5:

Worse camera than a mi5 (but better than a Redmi note 3)
slightly faster than a mi5 when opening apps
even though the battery is 500mah bigger I found battery life to be almost identical.
Screen is on the warm side and not quite as nice as the mi5. Perfectly fine though
zui is a lighter skin than miui, it multi tasks better, it has fewer options and unlike miui I didn't find any bugs. I tried the international, indian and Chinese rom. I found the indian rom to be the best, there's no Chinese language or bloatware and it gets more regular ota updates than the international.
I thought I wouldn't like the unusual single button layout but it works really nicely and it's quick to get used to. Apple could definitely learn from this.

My only real problem with it is finger sensitivity, even running nova launcher on the most relaxed setting the screen flicks and scrolls away very quickly, if you are used to apple style finger sensitivity you are in for a shock. You could probably get used to it but the mi5 was way better for me in this regard. This and the camera/screen swung it for me and I chose the mi5.

Edited By: fras23 on Jan 10, 2017 22:01
8 Likes
elTuco
fs39
I got this phone from banggood (same link as above) and it arrived last week (about 2.5 weeks delivery time) with no customs charges to pay.
I got it in white and I was a bit concerned before it got here that I'd hate the black line around the screen but honestly it's so thin that it doesn't bother me in the slightest. Check out the white mi5 to see monstruous black bezel around the screen.
It came sealed in the box (though likely sealed by the banggood people because all the videos I've seen online the box didn't have the specific seal that was on my box) with the indian 2.0.093 ST firmware with the Play Store sideloaded and also multiple languages.
This was definitely not factory firmware and the OTA Updater was broken, though I did root it and look around through it and couldn't find anything that looked or behaved like malware/spyware/adware.
Bloatware was minimum and the software was snappy and stable, pretty stock looking at first glance, but quick settings, notifications, and menus were unpleasantly apple-like. I love the home button gestures, took about half a day to get used to them but they're now second nature.
All in all, one could use the software as a daily driver with no issues whatsoever, pretty well put together actually. Google Play and everything else worked perfectly.
But I personally didn't, I unlocked the bootloader (painless, thank you ZUK) and flashed the Resurrection Remix ROM available on XDA + root + Magisk + xposed + Nova Launcher, I'm too accustomed to this particular setup and I love the level of access I have over my phone now.
It takes everything I throw at it without even flinching. I got a ~130k Antutu score, not shabby at all for a ~£140 phone.
Another thing I like is how sturdy it feels. It's heavy but in a good way and it's great for one hand usability.
Is Resurrection better than the Indian ROM?
Do you have the links for:
Your Rooting method +
The ROM you flashed?
Thanks.

I loaded a custom ROM in my phone just last week and here's the steps and the pitfalls you need to avoid:

This is the guide I used: http://zukfans.eu/community/threads/zuk-z2-bootloader-unlock.62/

So grab your phone S/N, install ADB and Fastboot on your PC, and install the Google and ZUK drivers.

Things to note:
If you're on Windows 8/10, you might have issues with driver signing enforcement. Bizzarely the drivers from Lenovo for the ZUK are unsigned and Windows does not like that. So you might need to disable this function. Thankfully, it's rather painless. http://www.howtogeek.com/167723/how-to-disable-driver-signature-verification-on-64-bit-windows-8.1-so-that-you-can-install-unsigned-drivers/

Now to unlock the bootloader. You'll need to go to http://developer.zuk.com/bootloader but first you'll need to register to the site. I'm assuming that you're not in China or have a chinese SIM lying around so you'll need to register using email, which can be done here: https://passport.zuk.com/wauthen3/wauth/jsp/register.jsp?lenovoid.action=uilogin&lenovoid.realm=www.zuk.com&lenovoid.ctx=JTJGc3RvcmUlMkZ6Y29kZSUyRmluZGV4LmpodG1sJTNGbnVsbA&lenovoid.lang=null&lenovoid.uinfo=null&lenovoid.cb=http://www.zuk.com/login/logincallback.jhtml&lenovoid.vb=null&lenovoid.display=null&lenovoid.idp=null&lenovoid.source=browser:m.zuk.com?lenovoid.action=uilogin&lenovoid.realm=www.zuk.com&lenovoid.ctx=JTJGc3RvcmUlMkZ6Y29kZSUyRmluZGV4LmpodG1sJTNGbnVsbA&lenovoid.lang=null&lenovoid.uinfo=null&lenovoid.cb=http://www.zuk.com/login/logincallback.jhtml&lenovoid.vp=&lenovoid.display=null&lenovoid_idp=null&lenovoid.source=browser:m.zuk.com&lenovoid.thirdname=null&lenovoid.qrstate=null

Once you register, fill in the bootloader unlock form and you'll get an email with some Chinese writing, this is unimportant. Look at the attachment to that email and you'll find a unlock_bootloader.img file. Download it and you're in business.

Now I ran into trouble sending fastboot commands to my phone, just wouldn't be detected for some reason, no clue why. But I found this tool by mauronofrio: https://forum.xda-developers.com/zuk-z2-pro/development/tool-tool-one-driversunlocktwrpfactory-t3432782 - works like a charm, you can use it to unlock the bootloader and then install TWRP on your phone.

Once you have TWRP then you can install whatever ROM that tickles your fancy, no problem. Personally I'm running Resurrection Remix by fedor917 https://forum.xda-developers.com/zuk-z2-pro/development/6-0-1-unofficial-resurrection-remix-t3504145 I tried CM14.1 but it's not stable enough for me and I much prefer RR. Plus it's Marshmallow so xposed works fine on it and plenty other stuff that hasn't reached Nougat yet. I really want Nougat-based Resurrection Remix on this phone and I've been working at porting it, but it's the first time I do this so it's quite a steep learning curve.

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2 Likes #1
White only at this price, black is £144 with code, but good value. Its a china only phone , and no updates.

http://www.trustedreviews.com/lenovo-zuk-z2-review


Edited By: krizw on Jan 10, 2017 19:34
#2
Here's my post on this phone last time with some information about the phone in there:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/lenovo-zuk-z2-5-0-fullhd-1080p-snapdragon-820-4gb-ram-64gb-storage-4g-lte-white-2503278

Gave it to my sister straight away however when it arrived and didn't really play with it so unfortunately I didn't really get back to the thread to post a review. I can say say that it was pretty nippy and was almost as fast as my OnePlus 3 when I ran some app tests side by side with her.

Edited By: Ulti on Jan 10, 2017 19:57
#3
Assuming this is the 'Pro' version it has an xda forum: https://forum.xda-developers.com/zuk-z2-pro

(and therefore plenty of dev interest, incl custom roms)

Edited By: dt_matthews on Jan 10, 2017 20:01
2 Likes #4
dt_matthews
Assuming this is the 'Pro' version it has an xda forum: https://forum.xda-developers.com/zuk-z2-pro
(and therefore plenty of dev interest, incl custom roms)


This is *not* the pro version....
#5
bradford_dr
dt_matthews
Assuming this is the 'Pro' version it has an xda forum: https://forum.xda-developers.com/zuk-z2-pro
(and therefore plenty of dev interest, incl custom roms)
This is *not* the pro version....
Fair enough
#6
this would be great but from what I believe you have to flash a rom to get google play store to work & it cant just be used out the box
#7
Will get it over now no band 20, so will not always get 4g on o2 or Vodafone or any mvno's that use these networks

Edited By: malky39 on Jan 10, 2017 20:35: change
#8
krizw
White only at this price, black is £144 with code, but good value. Its a china only phone , and no updates.http://www.trustedreviews.com/lenovo-zuk-z2-review
Actually, both the indian and chinese official roms support OTA. I know cos, upon installing the indian rom, it pushed an update to my phone.
#9
dt_matthews
Assuming this is the 'Pro' version it has an xda forum: https://forum.xda-developers.com/zuk-z2-pro

(and therefore plenty of dev interest, incl custom roms)

Actually this version has more dev support than the z2 pro. already has cm14.1 which is almost working
2 Likes #10
this is where most of the discussion related to the phone happens:

http://zukfans.eu/community/forums/zuk-z2.5/
#11
little_green
this would be great but from what I believe you have to flash a rom to get google play store to work & it cant just be used out the box
The one I bought in December has a newer ROM version which installs apps without any problems!
1 Like #12
little_green
this would be great but from what I believe you have to flash a rom to get google play store to work & it cant just be used out the box


Head over to the Zuk Fans forum for info and clear tutorials for flashing roms. I flashed my Z2 at the weekend and couldn't be happier with this phone.
#13
hambutty
little_green
this would be great but from what I believe you have to flash a rom to get google play store to work & it cant just be used out the box
Head over to the Zuk Fans forum for info and clear tutorials for flashing roms. I flashed my Z2 at the weekend and couldn't be happier with this phone.
i'd prpbably brick it tbh :(

escortboy
little_green
this would be great but from what I believe you have to flash a rom to get google play store to work & it cant just be used out the box
The one I bought in December has a newer ROM version which installs apps without any problems!
so it came with the playstore & play services fully functional?
is there a way to tell which rom it'll ship with
#14
little_green
hambutty
little_green
this would be great but from what I believe you have to flash a rom to get google play store to work & it cant just be used out the box
Head over to the Zuk Fans forum for info and clear tutorials for flashing roms. I flashed my Z2 at the weekend and couldn't be happier with this phone.
i'd prpbably brick it tbh :(
escortboy
little_green
this would be great but from what I believe you have to flash a rom to get google play store to work & it cant just be used out the box
The one I bought in December has a newer ROM version which installs apps without any problems!
so it came with the playstore & play services fully functional?
is there a way to tell which rom it'll ship with
I'm not sure unless you just message them to ask?
I would've thought it would have the new software on it as they are selling newer phones than what I originally bought but don't hold me to it!
You can always install the Indian ROM if you're confident enough anyway right?
#15
Have got this at 157 and installed Indian ROM. Works perfectly from my experience
2 Likes #16
would have been all over this if it came with microsd slot
#17
do you pay vat?
1 Like #18
escortboy
little_green
hambutty
little_green
this would be great but from what I believe you have to flash a rom to get google play store to work & it cant just be used out the box
Head over to the Zuk Fans forum for info and clear tutorials for flashing roms. I flashed my Z2 at the weekend and couldn't be happier with this phone.
i'd prpbably brick it tbh :(
escortboy
little_green
this would be great but from what I believe you have to flash a rom to get google play store to work & it cant just be used out the box
The one I bought in December has a newer ROM version which installs apps without any problems!
so it came with the playstore & play services fully functional?
is there a way to tell which rom it'll ship with
I'm not sure unless you just message them to ask?
I would've thought it would have the new software on it as they are selling newer phones than what I originally bought but don't hold me to it!
You can always install the Indian ROM if you're confident enough anyway right?
haha not confident enough unfortunately
#19
What is an Indian ROM?
20 Likes #20
This is a nice phone for the money. My opinion after comparing it to a Xiaomi mi5:

Worse camera than a mi5 (but better than a Redmi note 3)
slightly faster than a mi5 when opening apps
even though the battery is 500mah bigger I found battery life to be almost identical.
Screen is on the warm side and not quite as nice as the mi5. Perfectly fine though
zui is a lighter skin than miui, it multi tasks better, it has fewer options and unlike miui I didn't find any bugs. I tried the international, indian and Chinese rom. I found the indian rom to be the best, there's no Chinese language or bloatware and it gets more regular ota updates than the international.
I thought I wouldn't like the unusual single button layout but it works really nicely and it's quick to get used to. Apple could definitely learn from this.

My only real problem with it is finger sensitivity, even running nova launcher on the most relaxed setting the screen flicks and scrolls away very quickly, if you are used to apple style finger sensitivity you are in for a shock. You could probably get used to it but the mi5 was way better for me in this regard. This and the camera/screen swung it for me and I chose the mi5.

Edited By: fras23 on Jan 10, 2017 22:01
2 Likes #21
I can't find anything that has micro SD, band 20 and everything this phone has!
1 Like #22
craigstephens
I can't find anything that has micro SD, band 20 and everything this phone has!
Are these any use
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/umi-z-5-5-inch-dual-3d-edge-4gb-ram-32gb-rom-mediatek-helio-x27-deca-core-2-6ghz-2592863

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/doogee-y6-piano-black-5-5-inch-fingerprint-4gb-ram-64gb-rom-mtk6750-octa-core-4g-2588056


Edited By: colgrigson on Jan 11, 2017 07:16: Add option
#23
fras23
This is a nice phone for the money. My opinion after comparing it to a Xiaomi mi5:

Worse camera than a mi5 (but better than a Redmi note 3)
slightly faster than a mi5 when opening apps
even though the battery is 500mah bigger I found battery life to be almost identical.
Screen is on the warm side and not quite as nice as the mi5. Perfectly fine though
zui is a lighter skin than miui, it multi tasks better, it has fewer options and unlike miui I didn't find any bugs. I tried the international, indian and Chinese rom. I found the indian rom to be the best, there's no Chinese language or bloatware and it gets more regular ota updates than the international.
I thought I wouldn't like the unusual single button layout but it works really nicely and it's quick to get used to. Apple could definitely learn from this.

My only real problem with it is finger sensitivity, even running nova launcher on the most relaxed setting the screen flicks and scrolls away very quickly, if you are used to apple style finger sensitivity you are in for a shock. You could probably get used to it but the mi5 was way better for me in this regard. This and the camera/screen swung it for me and I chose the mi5.


this is much more cheaper not fair comparison I think
#24
Do i need pay import duties or taxes for it?
1 Like #25
linlimeip
Do i need pay import duties or taxes for it?


yes if your package is picked by customs.... however opting for slow post mostly escapes it
#26
How do Lenovo phones differ from Motorola?
#27
qwerta369
How do Lenovo phones differ from Motorola?


i think this is a ZUK wholly owned subsidiary of lenovo.....
#28
The black one is more suitable for me with different price. Thanks.
#29
went for the black one for 8 quid more
2 Likes #30
craigstephens
I can't find anything that has micro SD, band 20 and everything this phone has!

Got this for my daughter and really flies. Fits and SD card in the second SIM slot and has band 20. Probably find it cheaper elsewhere as this is stock from Spain and has VAT included.
http://www.geekbuying.com/item/International-Version-Xiaomi-Redmi-3S-3GB-32GB-Smartphone---Dark-Gray-372278.html

Unfortunately, shipping costs from Spain is not included!!

Amazingly, Debenhams is selling the 2Gb/16Gb international version
https://www.debenhamsplus.com/mc/phones-and-pdas/pt/smartphones/brd/xiaomi




Edited By: wpj on Jan 11, 2017 10:50
2 Likes #31
64GB of Read Only Memory sounds very unuseful.

What are they storing on it if it's read only?
4 Likes #32
If you like big screen phones
The best phone Now is Samsung Note 4 you can get up to £300 for new / nearly new or used less 200
This my opinion Why get cheap chines phones with no updates etc
Get 2 Years old phone with all best hardware at this time It is still going strong and will be for another couple years
Got everything what other phones now do not have

I have dropped accidentally from 2 Meter high on tiles and I have marks on frame the screen is top quality very hard to break compare to new phones likes S7 or S6 or note 5 Anyway you can buy frame for £10 and double side tape and replace the frame and will be like new again

Now do same thing with new glass phones you drop game over shattered Battery can not replace the screen curved and so easy to crack
1 Like #33
Ordered thanks
#34
Incognitoso
If you like big screen phones
The best phone Now is Samsung Note 4 you can get up to £300 for new / nearly new or used less 200
This my opinion Why get cheap chines phones with no updates etc
Get 2 Years old phone with all best hardware at this time It is still going strong and will be for another couple years
Got everything what other phones now do not have
I have dropped accidentally from 2 Meter high on tiles and I have marks on frame the screen is top quality very hard to break compare to new phones likes S7 or S6 or note 5 Anyway you can buy frame for £10 and double side tape and replace the frame and will be like new again
Now do same thing with new glass phones you drop game over shattered Battery can not replace the screen curved and so easy to crack

Samsung Note 4 with 50k antutu? This will hardly be enough for tetris nowadays...
1 Like #35
Thanks
#36
I bought this,
* Pros
- amazing speed.
- 64gb I download many apps no problem.
- Fingerprint fast.
* cons
- I use lycamobile; I got no 4g network
- It took 40 days to be delivered.

I want to sell my, Zuk Z2, White
#37
CantGetNoSleep
Ordered thanks

that's why you buy a case mate :)
2 Likes #38
Making the transition from my last Android, Motorola, was a nightmare. This phone comes with its own App Centre and did not allow Play Store to download apps, the message was "pending download". I could not transfer my Google contacts or calendar. With the help of a geeky friend the phone was wiped clean - the term is flashing, not to be confused with pervert activity - and reloaded. Not for the faint hearted. It was an absolute nightmare.

Buyer beware.
#39
inoxx
would have been all over this if it came with microsd slot
Doubt it, you'd probably just find another reason not to buy it - somebody posts a similar excuse in every tech thread.

64gb is plenty, though personally I won't buy these iffy phones designed for other markets.
#40
GeordieTariq
Making the transition from my last Android, Motorola, was a nightmare. This phone comes with its own App Centre and did not allow Play Store to download apps, the message was "pending download". I could not transfer my Google contacts or calendar. With the help of a geeky friend the phone was wiped clean - the term is flashing, not to be confused with pervert activity - and reloaded. Not for the faint hearted. It was an absolute nightmare.
Buyer beware.

Cheers. Think I'll stick with my 2 year old Motorola for a little while longer then. I must be a UK market phone man too.

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