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

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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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posted on 21 Nov 2013, 03:03 2

1. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 854; Member since: 11 May 2013)

Nice one

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 03:18 4

2. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)

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

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 13:14

14. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 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!!!!!

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 03:29 3

3. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 03:42

4. spectrums (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)

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

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 04:38

5. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)

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

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 05:02 2

8. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 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.

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 08:25 1

13. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

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

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 04:41 1

6. aayupanday (Posts: 580; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 04:42

7. shahrooz (Posts: 785; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


posted on 21 Nov 2013, 05:53

9. taikucing (unregistered)

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

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 06:22

10. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


posted on 21 Nov 2013, 06:35

11. rob5150 (Posts: 175; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 14:38

15. secretsanta (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)

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

posted on 21 Nov 2013, 07:55

12. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

not bad not bad

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 03:06

16. Motion (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)

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

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 18:15

17. tranceazure (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jan 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

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 15:34

18. derektighe (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jan 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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