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Zopo Speed 7 Plus Hands On: A specs-heavy smartphone priced high!
Zopo is a relatively new name for Indian consumers and burgeoning smartphone market in the country. The company debuted in India with the launch of its flagship smartphone, the Speed 7 back in August.
Ever since its launch, Zopo managed to sell about 5000 units of the phone, as per company claims. A couple of months later, the Chinese smartphone company has now unveiled the successor of the Speed 7 - the Speed 7 Plus in India in hope that the specs-heavy smartphone will help it escalate its business in the country.
- 3GB of RAM
- Full HD 1080p display
- Lag in camera
- Boring design
The Zopo Speed 7 Plus has been promoted as mid-range offering, with high-end specifications, priced at Rs 14,999. At this price point, the phone does carry good hardware specifications underneath, however nothing that we have not seen before.
We went hands on with the device and here is our take on this yet another Chinese smartphone.
Design and display
Zopo Speed 7 Plus is a successor of the Speed 7, but both phones look identical. They are different, but mainly in terms of specs. The design and form factor of the phone is almost the same - Boring! We are not complaining here, because that's the case with most smartphones placed in this price range.
It dons plastic chassis with removable back panel. The front has front-facing camera with earpiece, a 5.5-inch screen, and Zopo branding. The phone lacks backlit capacitive keys as these are a part of the screen. Good about the front is that it has narrow bezels around the display, which makes it look good and the phone compact. So despite a 5.5-inch display, this phone sits comfortably in hand and works well for one-handed usage. It is not even heavy in weight. As for display quality, the 1080p display offers good visuals and reproduces colors well. It offers good viewing angles, and works pretty smooth.
The sides of the phone are slightly rounded from corners, and have chrome rings running across it. Rounded corners do help in a better grip on hand. The left hand side is free from keys, while the right has a power on off keys place alongside volume rocker. On top, there is a 3.5mm Audio Jack and bottom has microUSB slot.
The rear is where you get a 13MP primary camera with LED flash light, Zopo moniker and a speaker. In order to slide in SIMs and microSD card, you can remove the back panel. You can also remove its battery.
Processor and memory:
Zopo Speed 7 Plus ensures speedy performance - thanks to the 64-bit MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor that powers it under the hood. The chipset is clubbed with Mali T720 GPU to take care of heavy graphics, and a massive 3GB of RAM with 16GB native storage to handle most of the apps for glitch free operations. The storage space can be expanded using a microSD card.
The phone features a 13.2MP primary camera with flash and a 5MP front facing snapper. The problem lies in shutter speed, and the lag while clicking pictures is the most irritating part. Every time we clicked on the shutter, we kept the phone steady and waited for almost 2 seconds for the shot to be captured.
The phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Zopo's native Z UI. The software interface is good, and smooth. More can be said only when we test the device for longer.
The phone is powered by a 2,500mAh battery and offers connectivity options such as Dual SIM slots, 4G network, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS/AGPS.
We know that the smartphone market in India is highly competitive, especially in the mid and low range segments. Even while there already are several OEMs operating in the market, there is scope for new players to encash on the demand in the country. In such a case, only new innovation in terms of design and features can set brand Zopo apart from the rest. The phone seems nice, but is priced on the higher side.