India is one of the biggest growing smartphone markets, which is attracting several international manufacturers to bring their devices to the country, especially Chinese vendors. Several smartphone makers from China had entered the Indian market in the past couple of years. Last year, another notable manufacturer that goes by the name ZOPO entered India with the feature-loaded 4G-enabled Speed 7 smartphone. Ever since its debut, the vendor has launched several devices at different price points in the country. The company is now all set to launch the Zopo Speed 8, which the brand unveiled at this year’s MWC as the world’s first smartphone to come equipped with a deca-core processor.
In addition to bringing the latest MediaTek Helio X20 10 core processor, the Zopo Speed 8 also sports top-notch specifications. If you are looking forward to buy this powerful Android beast, then let’s take a look on the detailed features of the Speed 8.
Zopo Speed 8: features of the world’s first deca-core smartphone
Talking about the design first, the Zopo Speed 8 sports plastic body with metal finished edges to give it an appealing design. The back panel of the handset sports a smooth finish and is made out of plastic. The phone has metallic grilles on the top and bottom – first acts as an earpiece and the second is a speaker. The device is a tad thick at 9.8mm around the waist and tips the scale at 136 grams. For enhanced security, the phone is also equipped with a fingerprint sensor as well, which is located at the back below the camera. Overall, design-wise, the Zopo Speed 8 appears premium even with its plastic body.
Display and OS
The Zopo Speed 8 flaunts a phablet-grade 5.5-inch full HD display that delivers crisp text and impressive media details. The IPS LCD screen of the device boasts a pixel density of 401 pixels per inch, and offers a screen to body ratio of 71.5 percent. Software-wise, the phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, which runs in its stock form. The device comes with the Google’s Material design-based UI and Google launcher. Since it runs in the stock version, there isn’t much bloatware on the phone.
As mentioned above, the Zopo Speed 8 is the world’s first smartphone to be powered by a deca-core processor. The phone utilises the latest MediaTek Helio X20 processor, which is a combination of 2.5GHz dual-core Cortex-A72 processor. The SoC utilises the tri-cluster architecture, which means it offers three set of cores – allowing the SoC to use lowest set of cores to offer better battery life and high-end cores to offer smooth gaming experience. The processor is further supported by 4-gigs of RAM and a Mali T880 MP4 graphics processing unit. The phone comes with 32GB of internal memory, which can be further increased up to 64GB by inserting a microSD card.
Moving on to the camera department, the Zopo Speed 8 boasts a 21MP Sony IMX230 camera sensor on the back, aided by a dual-LED flash, phase detection autofocus, f/2.2 aperture, ISO control, Continuous Shooting, HDR, full HD video recording support at 30 frames per second and other imaging tweaks. For selfies and video calling purposes, there’s a handsome 8-megapixel secondary snapper on board, assisted by an LED flash to capture quality self-portraits under low light conditions.
Connectivity and battery
In terms of connectivity, the Zopo Speed 8 gets a reversible USB Type-C port that eliminates the hassle while plugging in your phone for charging or data transfer. The phone offers dual-SIM slots, 4G LTE support for Indian 4G networks, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS and GLONASS. The handset is fuelled by a beefy 3,600mAh battery that should manage to survive a day of heavy usage. It also sports MediaTek’s Pump Express Plus charging technology, which allows the battery to charge quickly via a bundled adapter.
Zopo is new to the Indian market, but the company is trying to impress the consumers by launching feature-loaded smartphones at budget-friendly price tags, and now the company is all set to launch the Speed 8 flagship. The Zopo Speed 8 Price in India is expected to be Rs 20,990, for which the phone offers an excellent phablet-grade display, one of the most powerful mobile processors on the planet, generous amount of RAM and internal memory, excellent camera features, and a long-lasting battery with fast charging technology. It will be competing against the likes of the OnePlus 2 when the phone lands in the country. With such specifications at this price point, the Zopo Speed 8 is certainly a value for money smartphone.