Zopo Speed 8 review: Doesn’t justify the price tag

The highlight of Zopo Speed 8 is its deca-core processor, which the company claims is the first in any smartphone.

Written by Hansa Verma | Published:November 13, 2016 1:36 pm
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Zopo is another Chinese handset maker competing for its space in the Indian smartphone market. Zopo announced Speed 7 last August and the company is back with its successor – the Speed 8. The highlight of Zopo Speed 8 is its deca-core processor, which the company claims is the first in any smartphone. Zopo Speed 8 improves on the shortcomings of Speed 7 and packs a better processor as well as camera.

Zopo Speed 8

One look at the Speed 8 and I already had serious doubts over the price tag of Rs 29,999 that it bears. The design looks very plasticky and not what you would expect of a high-end smartphone. Nevertheless, I decided to let go my prejudices based on its form factor decided to put it to an overall test. The smartphone boasts of a 5.5-inch full HD display, 21MP rear camera, 8MP front shooter and a deca-core processor. We used the Speed 8 for more than a week and here’s how it performed:

Specs: 5.5-inch full HD display | Deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 (MT6797) processor | 4GB RAM | 32GB storage (expandable up to 32GB) | 21MP rear camera + 8MP front | Li-Ion 3,600 mAh battery | Android 6.0 Marshmallow

What’s good?

Zopo Speed 8 has a full HD display, which looks crisp and vivid. With brightness levels set at maximum, I did not face issues looking at it in bright sunlight. The larger display makes playing games and watching videos on the smartphone a delightful experience. The viewing angles are great as well.

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The Speed 8 is great with multi-tasking. Watching videos and browsing multiple tabs is smooth on this one. The smartphone does not lag or stutter while switching between tabs or during other regular functioning. However, during the review period, it started to get warm within the first three minutes of playing Asphalt-8 on it. And after a point, it got so hot it left me wondering if I should really be worried about it.

The front camera in Zopo Speed 8 performs fairly well, giving you very real pictures. I’m glad this one doesn’t come with one of those Beautification modes which make pictures look all brushed up, warm and rosy (in other words – surreal).

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Zopo Speed 8 charges very quickly, which I found pretty convenient. And the 3,600 mAh battery will easily last for a day on moderate usage. However, you’ll have to charge the smartphone daily if your daily tasks include watching a lot of videos or playing graphics-heavy game.

The UI is close to stock Android and this one comes with Marshmallow, which I liked.

What’s not good?

Zopo Speed 8 looks like a big, bulky piece of plastic, which I didn’t like. And silver metal frames along the edges don’t help with the look either. The plastic back comes with a brushed metal finish, which looks decent. But the rear looks particularly ugly with a big circular camera lens on top and a metallic silver fingerprint sensor (equally big) just beneath it. Placed between the two is a dual flash. While the design in itself is not bad for a Rs 12,000 phone, we expected Zopo to do better considering the phone costs Rs 30,000.

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The Speed 8 has rounded edges and the USB type-C slot at the bottom is a bit towards the right, making it look like a manufacturing defect. The slot would have looked better if it was simply placed in the center.

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The fingerprint scanner is not the fastest I have seen in a smartphone. In fact, cheaper smartphones have managed to pack more responsive fingerprint sensors than this one.

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I didn’t like the camera in the Zopo Speed 8. Given the smartphone costs a bomb, we definitely expected a better rear camera. The first time I picked up the Speed 8 to click pictures, I was under the impression the phone costs Rs 10,000 and by that standards the camera did pretty good. However, later when I realised the price of the device, I was utterly disappointed — remember, this is way costlier than the OnePlus 3. The pictures clicked in sunlight tend to look a bit over saturated, noisy and miss details. The colour reproduction is quite decent but not up to the mark.

Verdict

Zopo Speed 8 doesn’t offer value for money. In our Antutu benchmark test results, the phone was ranked below OnePlus 3 and Xiaomi Mi 5 which are cheaper than the Speed 8. Buy Zopo Speed 8 if you really have to or go for OnePlus 3 which has a superior camera and a great design and costs at least Rs 2,000 less.