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

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.


source: Zopo via Engadget

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28 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

"Zopo is a smartphone manufacturer that you've surely never heard of." Yeah, I've heard it before! :)

10. Evil.Bunny

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

or is it "Oppo"

2. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

i wonder what the connectivity will be like

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

19. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

do i suppose to laugh ? ok HA HA

20. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

*Please laugh along with proper grammar.*

5. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 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

6. torr310

Posts: 1676; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

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

7. MachDaddy

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 06, 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

8. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

More iphone lookalikes - without home button

9. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

11. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

GTFO come on China

13. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

opoopo

16. Techboi

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Nice looking phone

17. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

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

18. papss unregistered

shocked that a chinese company would copy anything...

22. siluro

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

23. Astro551

Posts: 46; Member since: Dec 18, 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 :(

24. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

it is Foxconns secret company to sell androids.

25. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 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

26. andrews317

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Will it run Android apps (apk)?

27. TheBitterTruth unregistered

They should improve their marketing

28. sbone

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 06, 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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