Lenovo’s Zuk line of phones has just received another entry. The Zuk Edge was just announced by the Chinese smartphone maker.
The Edge acronym is being used by a lot of smartphone manufacturers nowadays. It all started with Samsung’s Galaxy line of phones which featured a display that bent around the left and right edge of the phone. With Lenovo’s Zuk Edge the screen does not bend on the sides though.
The phone will be released in China at new year on January 1st. Lenovo hasn’t announced a release date for this phone for other countries. It will be available in two variants, the 4 GB RAM version will cost RMB 2,299 (~Rs. 35,000) while the 6 GB RAM version will cost RMB 2,499 (~Rs. 38,000).
Display and Design
As evident from the name and the image above, Zuk Edge features a massive display with an 86.4% screen to body ratio. It has a 5.5 inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) TDDI In-Cell screen. The screen technology is similar to the older TFT panel LCD displays used in phones but is newer and better.
Overall the design is similar to the previous Zuk phones with a home button at the bottom of the screen. It doubles up as a fingerprint sensor as well. The fingerprint sensor is under the glass and can unlock the phone in as low as 0.09 seconds according to Lenovo.
It features a heart rate monitor at the back and Dirac HD Sound as well for better audio quality. It also contains a UV light sensor with a pneumatic altimeter as well.
Internals and Storage
Lenovo Zuk Edge features a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor @2.35 GHz. The RAM is available in 2 different flavors with a 4 GB and a 6 GB version. The internal storage is locked at 64 GB with no memory card slot available.
This is also one of the few phones to feature Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. It will feature Lenovo’s “ZUI 2.5” UI skin on top of Android Nougat.
Camera and Battery
The back camera houses a 13 MP, f/2.2, Samsung ISOCELL sensor with PDAF+CAF hybrid autofocus. The video recording capabilities were not detailed but it is safe to assume that it will be able to record video at 4k (3840 x 2160).
The front camera uses an 8 MP, f/2.2 sensor.
Lenovo has been cutting down on the battery since it released the Lenovo Zuk Z1 with a 4,100 mAh battery. The Zuk Z2 came with a 3,500 mAh battery and now the Zuk Edge features a 3,100 mAh battery. The decision does not make sense on Lenovo’s part as the Zuk Z1 was well received due to its long-lasting battery.
That said, the phone does come with Quick Charge 3.0 so you will not have trouble charging up the phone at a moment’s notice.
Lenovo Zuk Edge Specifications
- CPU: 64-bit 2.35 Ghz dual-core Kryo + 1.6 Ghz dual-core Kryo
- GPU: Adreno 530
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
- OS: Android Nougat 7.0 with ZUI
- Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, Dual SIM
- Display: 5.5-inch TDDI In-Cell screen with 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution
- 2.5D Screen
- Fingerprint sensor
- Heart rate monitor
- Dirac HD Sound
- RAM: 4/6 GB
- Internal: 64 GB
- Card slot: no
- Primary: 13 MP f/2.2, Samsung ISOCELL sensor, PDAF+CAF hybrid autofocus, LED flash
- Secondary: 8 MP f/2.2
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS
- Battery: 3100 mAh, USB type-C v3.1 with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
- Price: RMB 2,299 (~Rs. 35,000), RMB 2,499 (~Rs. 38,000)