The $299 Zopo ZP998 now official, packs MediaTek's new 'true' octa-core chipset, 2GB RAM a 14MP camera and more

The $299 Zopo ZP998 now official, packs MediaTek's new 'true' octa-core chipset, 2GB RAM a 14MP camera and more
Chinese Zopo is one of those smartphone manufacturers from the Middle Kingdom that's trying to get a name for itself, and it's definitely getting some deserved media attention with its just-launched Zopo ZP998 octa-core smartphone. With an incredibly attractive price tag of $299, the value proposition of the phone deserves an honorable mention, even though some of you will struggle trying to find where to obtain one. It's also worth mentioning that while the ZP998 is now officially official (yeah, Chinese phones have their rumor and build-up phases, too), it's currently only available for pre-order and will ship in 30 days. Anyhow...

As you can imagine, the newly-launched 'true' octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor is the highlight of the phone, though Zopo has included quite a bit more in the package. The company has gone for the lower-powered version of it, which has eight ARM Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.7GHz and a Mali 450 GPU, doing its thing at a 700MHz clock. Unlike rival octa-core chipsets, MediaTek's one is actually able to utilize all of its eight cores at once, instead of working in a big.LITTLE configuration.

But the MT6592 isn't the only great thing you wouldn't expect to get in a sub-$300 package. The ZP998 also comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS screen, or about 401 ppi. Zopo also teases that it's display is highly sensitive, so you can use it while wet, but probably not when gloved. There's no word on whether we're also getting Gorilla Glass protection or equal, though Zopo has traditionally employed the protective coating in previous versions. 

Yet, there's more. Loads more, actually. The Zopo ZP998 also comes with a rather non-standard 14-megapixel rear shooter with an f/2.0 aperture that Zopo appears very happy with, though we won't know more until we test it out ourselves. What's great about the ZP998 and its camera, is that it has a dedicated button on the profile of the device. The front shooter, in a typical Chinese fashion, is a 5-megapixel one.

The rest of the specs read as great, since you get 2GB of RAM and 32GB of microSD-expandable storage, a decent 2400mAh cell, USB OTG, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 LE. Other perks include something called BVE Voice technology, which will supposedly tweak the levels of volume for your voice, depending on your surrounding, or your distance from the device. Zopo has also added some perks in its software, including a clone of Samsung's Air Gestures, along with a quick gesture app launcher, available without having to unlock the ZP998.

These all sound great on paper, even a little bit insane, considering the lowly $299 price. In other words, it's not that often that we find ourselves hoping that Zopo (or a Chinese manufacturer as a whole) would send us one of these bad boys for a spin.


source: Zopo via GizChina

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18 Comments

1. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Nice one

2. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

Looking much better than any design Samsung can come up with.

14. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Not trying to be a hater here... But it looks a lot like an iPhone. But, with that price, I might get myself one :D Can't beat it!!!!!

3. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Cool! So many goodies at such a low price to pay.

4. spectrums

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

no true, quallity still under other vendor, example exynos samsung :)

5. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

How do they make money? How can we trust this product? Sure, this is tempting, but the quality is a major concern.

8. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

You can scour the net for Zopo reviews. Build quality isn't among the concerns you'll find with the phone. Not anymore than most other manufactures, anyway. Personal opinion.

13. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

What isn't made in China these days? A lot of what people buy is, and quality is rarely mentioned.

6. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

They got almost everything right except for the battery .....

7. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

dayuuuuuuuuuuum

9. taikucing unregistered

Sorry mediatek. I won't buy you again until you fix the GPS and include the compass

10. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wow...

11. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Click on the zoppo link. Their store doesn't have a domain name. It's a numerical address. Beware? Maybe?

15. secretsanta

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

take a look on proper zopo shop: just type in google zopomobileshop payment by paypal sounds ok to me

12. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

not bad not bad

16. Motion

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

well this phone is cool, really flagship master product, share with you the video review by searching Ql46Mm6vEhM on youtube anyway there is a lot video there , which is more real to feel this phone

17. tranceazure

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I have this phone had it a week.battery life is brilliant.I sold my lg g2 and ordered this phone from CooliCool.paid 220 including custom charge to UK.its lighter and easier to hold than a note 2.faster also and antutu.is 27500.screen is amazing.full had.everything fluid.feels no slower than my g2.I'm very impressed.build quality is really good

18. derektighe

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Purchased 2xZP980 & 1xZP999 ZOPO phones as Christmas presents from ZOPO EU Warehouse, the ZP999 was completely useless,freezing every few minutes/hours, one ZP980 restarts at least once daily, one working OK. Still in correspondence with ZOPO via PayPal, they are insisting that the phones are returned to China for repair at my expense & risk, regardless of the fact that they were purchased in Europe, shipped from EU warehouse and were faulty on arrival.

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