Review: Zopo Speed 7

New entrant impresses in a crowded segment

There was a time, when there were only a handful of companies in the mobile phone market, and they manufactured only a handful of models. But now, there are more mobile phone models in the market than you and I can probably count; and those are manufactured by companies whose number is a large multiple of what we had in the past.

In addition to the companies that we have already heard about, a lot of new companies are also entering the Indian mobile phone market. We have been hearing, very frequently, about the new models introduced by such new entrants.

Zopo is one such company from China, who has recently introduced a new model called the 'Speed 7'. Here is a quick look at this feature rich 4G phone, exclusively available on SnapDeal.
Placed in the 10k+ segment, this particular phone is surely competing with big names!

Speed 7 is a dual SIM phone that comes with a Cortex 1.5 GHz Octa-core Processor, 5 inch full HD screen, 3GB RAM and 16 GB storage. OTG works, and you can also add in a micro SD card to enhance storage upto 64 GB. Equipped with a 13 MP primary camera, 5 MP selfie shooter and a 2500 mAh battery, this phone is preloaded with Android 5.1 and customized with Zopo's own 'Z-UI'.

Inside the box, a charger and a USB cable accompany the phone. Unlike many new entrants, Speed 7 also comes with earphones. The battery is removable, and at 2500 mAh, its performance is average.

The display of the phone is brilliant. HD videos come up nicely, and viewing large images on a pen drive via OTG is also smooth. There's nothing much to say about 'Z-UI', but Zopo has definitely scored a point by keeping bloatware to a minimum. Features such as gesture sensing (wave your hand over the front camera to get things done) and Smart Wake (tap or draw on the screen to perform predefined tasks) work reasonably well.

Camera is another plus point in this phone. In addition to capturing good photos, the camera also has some neat features like capturing images in multi-angle (stores as a multi picture object - or .mpo - file), motion track, live photo and PIP modes. Gesture control works here too - you can set the camera to click automatically by showing the 'V'[ictory] sign. Voice control (click when you say 'Capture') is also available.

In a phone with so many features, the absence of NFC gives an odd feel. In place of NFC, Zopo has decided to go with a technology called 'HotKnot' (Chinese competitor to NFC) and that is pretty much useless if you do not have another device that supports it. The phone's finish, too, could have been better. For a phone with a price tag greater than 10k, this one looks quite ordinary. Heating is another problem that I noticed. Upon using the phone continuously for a few minutes, the area around the primary camera gets unusually hot.

Zopo is offering after sales services for Speed 7 from 200 centers across the country through ADCOM, somewhat a known name from the IT & technology products space.

Check out Zopo Speed 7 on SnapDeal

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