Lenovo-backed smartphone manufacturer ZUK has announced that it will be bringing the Android 7.0 Nougat update to its Z2 and Z2 Pro flagship smartphones next week. The confirmation comes from a Lenovo Group VP, although a specific date hasn’t been revealed yet.
For both the Z2 and Z2 Pro, the Android Nougat update will also bring the new ZUI 2.5 version, the latest iteration of ZUK’s custom Android skin. Currently, both the Z2 and Z2 Pro run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with the ZUI 2.0 skin running on top. Along with the new ZUI 2.5 version, the update is said to bring quite a few other major improvements such as optimized system stability, the latest Android security patch update, split-screen multitasking, and other bug-fixes.
Users of these two smartphones can also look forward to the other features that Android 7.0 Nougat brings to the table. These include a set of new emojis, changes to the notifications system, new improved “Doze” mode for better battery life, Data Saver, and more. The only key feature that will not be made available to the Z2 and Z2 Pro is of course Daydream support. Google’s Daydream platform requires compatible devices to have certain hardware features to enable it to deliver a VR experience. Sadly, the ZUK Z2 and Z2 Pro do not have the required hardware for Daydream, so they will not support it even after getting updated to Android 7.0 Nougat.
The ZUK Z2 and ZUK Z2 Pro were released last year and are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core SoC under the hood. Despite packing a flagship SoC, ZUK had priced the two handsets quite aggressively, which is one of the many reasons why the two have received a good response from consumers in China. The two smartphones offer impressive battery life as well, although it is strangely the regular Z2 that features a bigger battery than the Z2 Pro.