Zopo officially announced the launch of its flagship smartphone, the Zopo Speed 8, at MWC 2016, in Barcelona. The biggest highlight of this smartphone is that it is the first device in the world (officially launched), to run on Mediatek's latest Helio X20 deca-core processor.
Along with the Helio X20, the Zopo Speed 8 packs in some great specs like 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a big 3,600 mAh battery and a 5.5-inch Full HD display. The smartphone also has a 21MP camera with flagship-level performance.
Here are 10 features of the Zopo Speed 8 that you should know about!
Becoming the first smartphone in the world to be powered by the Mediatek Helio X20 processor, the Zopo Speed 8 promises a powerful show when it comes to overall performance and multitasking capabilities. This new mammoth chipset has 2 Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.5GHz, 4 Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz and 4 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4 GHz, promising PC level processing and console-level graphics. Phew!
This 5.5-inch phablet has a lot of space underneath that display and Zopo has made sure that it's been put to good use. Powered by a massive 3,600 mAh battery, the Speed 8 will easily last you a full day - with the Full HD display taking up only a decent amount of battery life - compared to a Quad-HD display. The 3,600 mAh battery is a Li-Po unit which is non-removable.
In the camera department, Zopo has gone ahead with the industry leader, Sony IMX230 sensor on the Speed 8. The camera has a 21MP sensor and features like Auto Focus, dual-tone LED flash as well as 4K video recording. The camera is capable of recording slo-mo video up to 120 FPS. The front camera also has a decent 8MP sensor for selfies and video calling.
With all major OEMs moving towards this new technology for charging and data syncing, it was but natural for Zopo to incorporate the USB Type-C port on to their flagship smartphone, the Speed 8. With a reversible connector and fast charging support, the port will help offer better battery performance during regular daily usage.
Quite like most smartphones launched in 2015 and 2016, the Zopo Speed 8 also has a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device, just below the camera sensor. The fingerprint sensor is a security tool that read the unique pattern on your fingers and lets you control who has access to your smartphone. The company claims that this fingerprint reader can detect your print and unlock the phone in just 0.3 seconds.
Finally one of the few smartphones - by Chinese OEMS - that run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box! The Zopo Speed 8 gets rid of bloatware and runs on a fairly stock version of the latest Android version. It is good to see a rather untouched version of the software on a Chinese-developed smartphone.
Great news for multitaskers, the Zopo Speed 8 supports dual-SIM cards, with complete 4G LTE support on both of them. This means that you can use 4G-compatible SIM cards in both the slots and get speeds up to 200 MBps, on each of them. The smartphone accepts two Nano SIMs (GSM+GSM) and the slot is a pure SIM slot, not a Hybrid one.
The Zopo Speed 8 is no stranger when it comes to extreme levels of mobile multitasking. Depending on 4 gigabytes of LPDDR4 RAM, the Speed 8 will supposedly run most of your resource-intensive apps smoothly, provided the software integration has been done right. The smartphone also has 32GB of internal data storage, expandable up to 64GB via external MicroSD card support.
The Zopo Speed 8 will be available in the usual Black and White color variants, starting April 12th in China. A big highlight of this device is the pricing. Priced at $299, the Speed 8 is a highly value for money smartphone in the mid-range price segment. It takes on the Xiaomi Mi 5 and OnePlus 2, directly, with the company's aggressive pricing strategy.
The dark horse of the big Zopo product announcement was the Zopo Speed 7c. Launched simultaneously with the Speed 8, the Zopo Speed 7c is a budget smartphone that comes with swappable back panels for a refreshing new design anytime you want. With color options like Bamboo, Ebony, Black Apricot and Phoenix Leather, this is one exotic smartphone! Pricing and availability aren't official yet.