Zopo ZP100 review
Sure, it’s a high-end smartphone. As you hanker after those, Zopo is on the skulk, progressively toting up to and improving upon its horde of low-cost offerings. It may not be a formidable force as the HTC EVO, Samsung, Motorolas and the LGs of this world; however the outfit is at last starting to leave a mark thanks to glasses-free 3D experience the Chinese phone maker has embraced. Of course unknown outside Asia, the smartphone manufacturer has itself very busy heading on the shores of Pacific, cranking out low-cost devices to be ultimately embraced by major carriers.
Considering Meri’s asking price of $239.99, it would be too early to let that bargain-basement price tag put you off, though – Zopo got a lot of mojo to back that up. But what should we expect from this budget-friendly phone? Is Zopo finally shoving out a handset that will assist it earn a new height of respect from our patient, reliable consumers? We’re out for what we’re known to do best – take the handset for some vigorous spin (see slide pics above).
As of its exterior, there’s utterly nothing that would make the ZP100 cut above the pack. In reality, you could argue this device as the most “typical-looking” Android smartphone Zopo’s produced –it’s a slab on a 4.3-inch display, the usual plastic construct with all of the customary ports. Luckily the phone tries to break the ennui by adding a few tiny design tweaks (look at the physical touch keys). But as we’re about to discover, good looks isn’t just skin deep; it goes beneath, inside the circuitry, boards including other things concealed beneath the exterior.
To spell out, let’s fluster off a few specs Zopo’s ZP100 features: a 1GHz MT6575 GPU with SGX531T power, a 512MB RAM+ 4G ROM, 4.3-inch Sharp ASV QHD display, TF-Card internal storage (expandable up to 64GB), 5MP rear camera and a VGA 3.0MP front-facing camera for those video chat moments. It also adds quadband 2G network (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900) GSM / EDGE and triband 3G network (850 / 1900 / 2100). With only a few exceptions, we see its list of specs enticing a large potion of the crowd.
Flanking the handset’s display from the top to bottom are the capacitive navigation buttons – configured in the usual formation (menu, home, back and search respectively). While to the right side of the phone will earn you a closer personal glance volume rocker keys and the shinny power button at the micro-USB charging port. The top of the ZP100 is home to 3.5mm headphone jack. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s the prettiest smartphone we’ve ever touched, but at least we’re pleased about Zopo’s dedication to taking design risks just to get noticed.
We’re prepared to take the risk and crown Zopo’s ZP100 as the latest king of low costs handsets. And truly this is the first time we’ve felt proud to whisk out a Zopo phone, and we’re optimistic this is a herald great stuff to come. We’d love to see Zopo’s handsets emerging as the poster kid for entry-level smartphones moving forward – after all, if the tiny Chinese manufacture can do it, so is everyone else.
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