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This Chinese phone has a 1080p screen, quad-core processor, costs $230

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This Chinese phone has a 1080p screen, quad-core processor, costs $230
Zopo is a smartphone manufacturer that you've surely never heard of. That's because its products – Android handsets that have a suspicious resemblance to Samsung, LG, and HTC devices, are tailored for the Asian market. Then why are we even bothering to write about a lesser known company like this? Well, it's because their latest smartphone is a bit different from the rest.

Before we even get to its hardware specs, we have to point out that the Zopo C2 runs Aliyun OS, which is a Linux-based system "inspired" by Android. Well, a little too inspired, maybe, since Google itself blocked the launch of an Aliyun OS smartphone back in 2012. And it had its reasons for the system was built upon key Android components without permission. How the argument between Google and the new platform's creators has been solved isn't quite clear.

What's pretty clear, on the other hand, is that the Zopo C2 boasts some droolworthy specs despite being priced at about $230. There's a 5-inch 1080p screen on its front, made using LTPS technology. Inside it runs a MediaTek MT6589 quad-core chip, clocked at 1.2GHz and paired with 1GB of RAM. A 13-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture rests on the smartphone's back while a 5 (yes, five) megapixel front-facing cam is placed above the screen for fabulous self-shots. Moreover, there are 4GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a removable 2000mAh battery, and a Yamaha audio chip. All of that goodness is packed inside a body that's only 8.5 millimeters thick.

5000 Zopo C2 units are expected to ship in April and pre-orders are currently open. However, getting one might be easier said than done since you'll need a Tmall (China's eBay) account in order to do that.

This Chinese phone has a 1080p screen, quad-core processor, costs $230

source: Zopo via Engadget

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posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:09 8

1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


"Zopo is a smartphone manufacturer that you've surely never heard of."

Yeah, I've heard it before! :)

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 12:03

10. Evil.Bunny (Posts: 41; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


or is it "Oppo"

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:17

2. Lboogey6 (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


i wonder what the connectivity will be like

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:25 6

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Zopo, Oppo...i'm getting very Happo!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 16:21 2

19. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


do i suppose to laugh ? ok HA HA

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 16:26

20. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


*Please laugh along with proper grammar.*

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:37 4

5. Diego! (Posts: 500; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


The baby of Samsung Galaxy S4 and Iphone 4/4s? :P If it comes with wifi (which is banned in China) I'm getting one! :D

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:52

6. torr310 (Posts: 334; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Do you or don't you get what you pay for?

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 11:14

7. MachDaddy (Posts: 33; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


anyone else notice more and more of Phone Arena's stories come straight from GizChina.com?

or, put another way, if you're interested in reading about all the new Chinese phones that are coming with 5" screens and quad-core MTK6589 chips clocked at 1.2GHZ then just check GizChina.com

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 11:25 2

8. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


More iphone lookalikes - without home button

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 11:42 2

9. Topcat488 (Posts: 1110; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


For $230.00 it's not a bad phone at all, in fact I think the Chinese consumers are very lucky that they are the real superpower, in smartphone production. Even if they are copies, it's their customers that are benefitting. So many beautiful "but cheap" phones staying in China, that a lot of westerners would love too own.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 12:45

11. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


GTFO come on China

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 14:03

13. mrblah (Posts: 393; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


opoopo

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 15:25

16. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


Nice looking phone

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 15:50

17. gigaraga (Posts: 480; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Looks kinda cheap, nothing interesting here except the price o.o

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 15:56

18. papss (unregistered)


shocked that a chinese company would copy anything...

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 19:28

22. siluro (Posts: 46; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


So cheap... I would be tempted, but well I worry more about software issues that may come from a lesser known company. Not to mention being a pentaband user there's a very slim chance it could even work for me.

I would like to see a better known brand take on a Mediatek CPU and make a sub $400 1080p similar to this. Unless that is the Mediatek chip is seriously underpowered for a 1080p display.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 21:26

23. Astro551 (Posts: 45; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


I wouldn't mind paying more for for technology these days. I mean for a phone with these specs to cost $230? Think about how much the labourers get... kinda sad :(

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 22:35

24. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


it is Foxconns secret company to sell androids.

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 02:24

25. hipnotika (Posts: 282; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


MT6589 (previously known as MTK6588): Cortex A7 (ARMv7) CPU at 1.2 GHz quad-core / GPU: PowerVR SGX 544 at 300 MHz / 3G, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA compatible

hımm power of powervr 544 ;) maybe it would be good choice.

this is antutu benchmark :www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZheXFJG7fU

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 03:38 1

26. andrews317 (Posts: 15; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Will it run Android apps (apk)?

posted on 18 Apr 2013, 04:20

27. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


They should improve their marketing

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 08:55

28. sbone (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


Let's not forget iPhone & iPod made in China ...iPad made in Korea.
Hmmm labour costs where's the rest of the big $$$ you pay for Apple product going ???
Reckon China in the past yes cheap knock offs catering for their own market.
Now that they have the technology are developing their own competitive Brands.
Interesting but what would you expect from the now 2nd biggest economic superpower.

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