Welcome to our new feature - 'Chinese Import Device of the Week'. Here at MoDaCo we've developed something of an obsession with scouring the likes of AliExpress for interesting (and super cheap) devices, so we want to help you find the interesting ones!
We'll be covering generic brand devices as well as the better known brands like Xiaomi, ZTE and Huawei, with highlights and lowlights together with reviews of some of them both from the team and from MoDaCo members. This week... the Zopo ZP900.
What is it and what makes it worth of CIDotW?
The Zopo ZP900 Leader, also known as the H9500, is a Dual Core, Dual SIM Android device with a whopping 5.3" qHD screen. It comes in Blue or White, looks a lot like a Samsung device and runs Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Galaxy Note is pretty interesting, but for a lot of people it's too pricey. This phone gives you a similar size screen at a much, MUCH cheaper price. In common with a lot of the Chinese devices it's dual SIM (both active simultaneously), which is pretty neat. I'm kinda sold on the concept since I reviewed the Acer Gallant Duo, which is based on the single core version of the chipset in this device.
The ZP900 / H9500 is the 'higher end' device of a two model range, the ZP900S / H9300i has an inferior camera and half the RAM. Order with care!
What's the specs?
The device features (according to the listing)...
- Dual SIM
- 5.3" qHD screen
- Android 4.0.4
- MTK6577 Dual Core CPU
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB ROM
- microSD expansion
- 2 Megapixel front camera
- 8 Megapixel rear camera
- 2800mAh battery
- 149.6 x 78 x 10.2 mm
- Free case included
How much, from where?
The ZP900 best price at the time of writing is $235 from this seller with free (slow) delivery, which works out at £146.15. You may be charged import duty on the phone and express delivery is also available at additional cost.
Pros and cons?
Bear in mind that a lot of the pros and cons apply to pretty much any device you buy from the 'no-name' companies!
- Good dual SIM functionality
- Decent performance
- Big screen
[*]Warranty claims may well be troublesome if required
[*]Build quality is an unknown
[*]Be sure to buy the 1GB RAM version not the reduced spec 512MB RAM version
[*]Google Play Store may / may not come pre-installed
[*]Free slow delivery is slow
[*]Upgradeability to future OS releases is very much unknown
[*]Battery size quoted depends on who you ask
Do you have an Zopo ZP900 Leader?
Do you agree / disagree with my thoughts? Post below!