Zopo Leader Max (ZP950): Hands On

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While in Shenzhen’s Huaqiang Lu today, we had a chance to check out the Zopo factory store,  and we actually touched and used the new Leader Max ZP950 phone.

The phone’s large 5.7″ screen is bright and vibrant, and overall, the build quality seems very good. The Leader Max (ZP950) is avaible now, and was in stock for 1,999RMB in the Zopo store.

Z950 2 Zopo Leader Max (ZP950): Hands On

If the name of this phone sounds familiar, it’s because we covered rumors about Zopo’s Leader Max “superphone” back in November. At the time, we were told that the device would have a 5.7″ 1080p screen, a quad-core MT6589 processor, and a release date in January. Sadly, only the release date was accurate, and the aging MT6577 (clocked at 1GHz) performs poorly relative to newer processors. The screen is quite good, but is 720p, not the 1080p we expected, and the memory is limited to 1GB (due to limitations of the MT6577 processor).

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Overall, while the ZP950 feels and looks like a well built product, and it’s use of the MT6577 got it to market a few weeks quicker than if they would have waited for MediaTek’s quad-core processer.  But with MT6589 based products a few weeks away from delivery,  the sacrifice seems to much, and left us feeling that it would be better to wait and get the quad-core update.

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Dave Weinstein is a former Silicon Valley Entrepreneur now living in Hong Kong. Dave splits his time between working at a new HK based startup, speaking at technology events, and writing for Gizchina.com. Previously, Dave with the US editor for Gizmag.com in addition to a several year stint as Senior Partner managing the Beijing office of a technology focused Australian investment bank. Dave has founded 3 startup companies and been a senior executive for several other throughout his career in Silicon Valley and Asia.

  • Vlastimil

    This phone is good. But i have better. Hi why tegra 3 doesnt support Glonass? And could you write something about these phone..? http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z10.1.7245023-1993313664.6.kl5HGk&id=18329567995 Aliexperss sell for very good price..

  • Luke

    I think 720p is just fine, no need for 1080p. But I don’t like that big screens, i have a Neo N02-M now and that’s the limit for me. What I would rather have for a next phone is a 4,3 inch screen, that seems just perfect.

  • Filipe Soares

    after so wait for 5.7 …. 1080p quad core … I was saddened by the news of yet another dual core.
    my question was since this was in store zopo this model will have quad core yes or no? and when soon?
    wanted to buy a dual sim this brand is preferably quad core opetarei take long for another brand.