Zopo C2 Platinum (MT6589T) Review

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Hands on, in-depth review of the Zopo C2 Platinum Chinese Android smartphone with quad-core MT6589T processor.

Zopo now have quite the range of quad-core, 5-inch 1080 phones which sport the new 1.5Ghz MT689T processor. Originally the Zopo C2 shipped with the 1.2Ghz MT6589 quad-core chip, but a processor upgrade isn’t the only must have feature of the new phone.

Zopo C2 Platium: Great updates to an already fantastic phone

When browsing the specifications of the new Zopo C2 Platinum the faster 1.5Ghz MT6589T chipset is the first obvious upgrade. The sought after new processor not only brings up bump in CPU speed but also an increase in GPU speed.

The chipset isn’t the only upgrade to the new variant of the Zopo C2 though. The C2 Platinum also packs a much tougher Gorilla Glass 2 5-inch display, 16GB of built-memory (the original had only 4GB) and a redesigned battery bay.

All in all these updates make an already powerful phone faster still while also allowing it to be more flexible (in more ways than one) and offer better durability.

Zopo C2 Platinum Review

Zopo C2 Platinum Video Review

Design: Great looking, well built but not perfect.

Zopo sent us a white version of the Zopo C2 Platinum, this isn’t really my favourite colour choice for a phone and I much prefer the black option when offered. Still the white body does look good and from our experience in the past with the UMi X2, a white body allows us a better look at the phone and easily highlight any manufacturing issues.

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Thankfully the Zopo C2 is a well made device with no notable gaps and a nice fitting body.

Speaking of fit, the C2 has narrower bezel edges when compared to some other phones on the market, so although it has a 5-inch display it feels much smaller in your hand. The overall thickness of the phone also helps it to feel comfortable and allows easy one handed operation.

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Looking around the phone we have a 5 mega-pixel front camera located to the right of the ear-piece, the 5-inch 1920 x 1080 display and 3 traditional capacative navigation buttons on the chin. For those of you who prefer backlit buttons you will be happy to know the Zopo C2 Platinum has them.

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Along the right hand side is the power button, which also locks the screen. The position is perfect and can easily be pressed with the thumb of your right hand or the index finger on your left.

A volume rocker sits at the top of the left hand side, 3.5mm headphone jack on the top and micro USB in the bottom.

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Turning the Zopo C2 over to the back we can see the 13.1 mega-pixel rear camea with LED flash located in the top left hand corner and an average size speaker grill on the bottom.

The overall design is very nice, looks classy, and feels great. But it would be that bit nicer if the silver band which runs around the phone was really alloy rather than plastic.

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Removing the rear panel we can gain access to the 2000mAh battery, dual SIM slots and micro SD card expansion bay. It’s nice to see that Zopo have also labeled the different antennas to. We can see the GPS is located at the top, WIFI and Bluetooth to the left and the WCDMA/GSM radio safely tucked away in the base.

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So it’s all great and as you can see we have no major complaints, well except the fact the phone is very easy to bend! Holding the phone like a hamburger with your thumbs along the bottom, you can easily flex the Zopo C2 with very little effort! In normal use this is never really going to be an issue, however we can see that placing it in the back pocket of a pair of tight jeans might crack the display or even break the phone in two when sitting down!

Screen: Beautifully clear and bright!

When we have reviewed Zopo phones in the past we generally loved their design and performance but were never really over the moon by the displays. Yes, they offer great viewing angles and lovely colours, but take an older Zopo phone to a sunny beach (where I happen to be writing this) and you wouldn’t be able to seen the screen.

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The Zopo C2 Platinum is unlike previous Zopo models as it not only 1080 resolution for awesome HD video and gaming, but it is also bright enough to be seen in direct sunlight. In fact comparing the C2 to my personal Xiaomi Mi2 the Zopo is easier to see.

Viewing angles are superb and I have to say that using the Zopo C2 Platinum is really the first time I have really appreciated a 1080 panel. It just seems to be much better than the FHD display on the UMi X2

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As for the tech specs the display is a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection.

Are there any issues? Well I have noticed some ghost touches now and then. For example an app will launch when you attempt to swipe the screen, or a menu will think it has been chosen when scrolling. The issue isn’t always present and seems to just kick in now and again then disappear for a while. Hopefully Zopo will address this in a software update.

Performance: Excellent, more than enough for on tap for today’s uses

The C2 Platinum has a 1.5Ghz quad-core MT6589T processor which features a faster GPU and 1GB RAM. Some would have you believe that even with a Turbo MT6589T processor, 1GB RAM is just not enough to run a 1080 display. To these people I would have to ask if they had honestly used one of the current generation Mediatek phones, as I have not had any issues yet.

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With a 1080 display the quad-core Turbo SOC still manages to score a very respectable 14,097 even with ‘just’ 1GB RAM.

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The Zopo C2 Platinum manages 51.0 FPS in Nenamark1 Version 1.8 test.

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Quadrant results are equally impressive with the C2 managing to get a very respectable 4646!

And while we were at it we also ran Vellamo. Zopo C2 Vellamo benchmarks below. For those of you who read our UMi X2 review you will have seen that Vellamo actually ran quite slowly on the 1.2Ghz MT6589 1080 X2, however the Zopo C2 Platinum coped fine with no notable lag or slowing down.

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As you can imagine with the above benchmark results (and even just looking at the hardware) the Zopo C2 Platinum handles games very well and we had no issues when playing Nova 3 and Modern Combat 4.

Zopo C2 Platinum gaming test video

Camera

Not bad, but not quite a point and shoot replacement.

The rear camera on the Zopo C2 Platinum is a 13 mega-pixel unit, and when lighting is just right the photo’s it produces are actually quite good.

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Unfortunately we live in a world where the lighting is very rarely perfect and we rely on our phones to make up for this with their sensors , lens and overall image capturing abilities. The C2’s rear camera is fine for use when a ‘proper’ camera isn’t at hand, but I wouldn’t want to rely on it as my only camera.

I am always amazed by the quality of photo I can capture with the 8 mega-pixel rear sensor on my Xiaomi Mi2, I never really felt the same ‘wow’ moment from the Zopo’s camera.

Zopo C2 Platinum photo samples

Video capture on the Zopo C2 is the best of any current MTK phone we have reviewed this year so far! The camera does a good job of keeping the subject in focus and we never had the focus ‘hunting’ issue which plagued the UMi X2 and JiaYu G4. That said the video isn’t all that great and again the Xiaomi Mi2 produces much better footage.

Zopo C2 Platinum video sample

Zopo C2 Platinum review: Conclusion

As you can see above we haven’t mentioned call quality and the speaker and that is simply because we didn’t have an issue. Similary GPS is good to, but like most Mediatek powered phones it can take sometime for the C2 to actually find a signal and lock on.

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Also not mentioned above is support for OTG, again that’s because it works and does exactly what it should and how it should.

So what are our impressions of this 1080p Turbo phone? Very good! The design is comfortable, the display is really outstanding and performance is better than most people will ever need. If you are a heavy gamer the 2GB RAM model might be the way to go (either of the C2 or ZP980), but for regular use 1GB has been fine.

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There are areas where the phone does need some improvement. The camera could well be optimised better in further updates, and the ghost touch issue needs to be resolved, but our main complaint is the flexy body.

We’re guessing that Zopo haven’t gone for a metal chassis which has helped to keep the weight and cost of the phone down, however it also puts the phone at risk of bending and an easily cracked screen (regardless of the Corning Gorilla Glass update).

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So the big questions is this, would we recommend buying the Zopo C2 Platinum? The answer is yes, even with the rather flexy chassis, we have been suitably impressed with the Zopo C2 Platinum and have enjoyed our time testing the phone. However, if you really don’t need to have a Turbo 1080 phone this second we wouldn’t say ‘rush out and buy this phone’, instead wait and see what updates come over the months and what rival companies have to offer.

For those of you wanting to buy a Zopo C2 Platinum head over to the Zopomobileshop where they are selling the phone for $279.99 and have warehouses in Europe and India.

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  • kolyamba

    2000 mah batter for 5″ 1080p is really bad result…

    • Mr.BlackWolff

      yes, really and also overclocked cpu too

  • deogan

    Andi what about the battery life?

    • LacusClyne

      Battery life is pretty good cause of the a7 achitecture. though the battery is relatively small for its screen size, the removable battery allows me to swap it out and i can easily get about a day of usage starting from around 7 am till 10-11 pm before having to charge it again.Note : this is with dual sim,(one with 3g) and moderate usage, whatsapp, internet browsing etc

      • deogan

        Okay, thanks for the info i guess i will have to get it with two batteries because i am quite a heavy user

  • Mr.BlackWolff

    Andi, Sir..

    To be honest Camera looks very good and which phone is good, Iocean x7 turbo with 3000mah battery or this one ???

  • Tim

    I’ve had this phone for about 2 weeks now and all I can say it’s amazing.
    I have no flex like mentioned here in the review to, I can put down alot of pressure and there will be no flex whatsoever.
    About the battery: It’s great, simply amazing. I can easily do 2 days with this phone, that’s with GPS + navigation on for about 4 hour (This eats around 20% of my battery), 3-4 hour browsing, 30 minutes of gaming and around 15 calls with +- 50 whatsapp messages. Most of this is with 75% brightnress, turned down to 15 when using it as gps. Lock here in the netherlands is really fast, takes about 1:30 for first fix, around 10 sec afterwards. However, EPO does not work with this phone at all. Download always fails.

    • http://yash3339.wordpress.com yash3339

      You kidding me?

      • Tim

        Uhhh?

    • http://www.itsbert.net Roberto

      Sorry dude, but calling BS on pretty much everything you said. Whats the point of lying?

      • Tim

        Exactly, what’s the point of lying? Why would I lie? I’m just sharing my experience. Guess that’s the last time i’ll share an experience. Bit sad to get called a lier by sharing an experience.

        • andres

          i agree with Tim, I have the zopo C2 phone too (not platinum) and it run almost 2 days with the 2000mha battery using wifi and 3g all the time.
          if you have a doubt i can share picture on facebook :)

  • Janys

    Nice review, what about comparsion Zopo C2 vs C3?

    • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

      I’ll make a video later this week. There really isn’t much in it though just the design.

      • Boki

        As soon as it goes under 250$ I will buy it, so could be nice some discount code :)))

  • jordy

    I’m loving my c2 platinum too ! Like Tim , i’ve had it for about 2 weeks.

    GPS : enable EPO in settings and it works perfect.
    Battery : Very good , when i use the phone a lot , I’ll still have about 50%(at least !) left when i go to bed.
    Camera : Good , Pics and video : http://www.flickr.com/photos/98573128@N05/sets/72157634541136373/

    Screen : Very Good, Bright , Great colours , no ghost touches!
    Body : Not bending , maybe with a bit more pressure .. but it’s a phone so what can you expect..
    Wifi / HSDPA / .. : Always fast , no disconnects.
    Performance : Very good , fast but low power consumption. Also no problems/bugs with the standard ROM.

    If you want to root ,download this : http://bbs.mgyun.com/thread-17159-1-1.html
    If you have problems installing drivers on your pc for the mtk cpu search and install PDAnet.

    • deogan

      Any ghost touches

  • akash

    nice review..;)

  • Harald

    Xiaomi camera better

  • martin

    Whats the speakers like andi? The last 2 smartphones I have had, I had to go into the engineers mode to turn them up.

    • Rafal

      Speaker’s are great. The loud speaker is very loud and clear. Comparable to the sound of my laptop’s Bang & Olufsen ICEpower, which is IMO top quality when it comes to built-in speakers :)
      I bet first thing you’d do is silence them, as you could go deaf, it’s so loud (and still clear!)
      I recommend playing Minion Rush :D

      • martin

        thanks for your reply, would you give this phone the thumbs up?

        • martin

          sorry missed post below, before posting

  • Oli

    The only thing that stops me from buying it immediately is the lack of MHL support. I am a fan of zopo, my current phone is a zopo and I like it.

  • Dean

    Andi, it would be interesting to make a “rear pocket” crash test of two phones, one firm and one flexible. Could it be possible that bending to some extent makes the phone more resistant to instant crack?

  • http://yash3339.wordpress.com yash3339

    Andi, if the techdy guys turn out to be a bunch of cons, I’ll be torn between this phone and the Jiayu G4. Help me decide!

  • Rafal

    Hey ppl,
    I’ve bought a Zopo C2 Platinium for my fiancee and she’s been using it for 5 days now. What can I say about the phone?
    Performance is on TOP level. There’s this little ghost touches issue, but nothing else. Call quality is very good, sound is clear – both from speakers and microphone.
    After a day in work from 8am to 4pm, when the phone is used rarely – just some talk and web browsing, the phone has still 60% of battery left. Then hardcore gaming for 2-3 hours brings the phone down. It’s ok, but kinda misses the 3000 mha. All that on brightness 100% – as my girl just loves the bright and crispy display. The colors are too brilliant to be true, but she didn’t allow me to set auto-brightness mode :P

    I strongly recommend for most of you! Still I am waiting for Neo N003 Adv for me, or Jiayu G4 Advanced – haven’t decided yet.

    Btw we didn’t try to bend the phone – fiancee could get a heart attack, but it’s worn in a pink silicone case and feels kinda solid. If not the review I wouldn’t know it’s so easy to bend and crack. Still it’s worn in purse, not back pocket.

    Last thing – we’re often connecting it with Jabra bluetooth headset. The Bluetooth 4.0 here works extremly fast in connection with Jabra Clear or similar models – ultra swift pairing and no lag during chat. That’s nice!

  • kotsoss

    I think you better test it with nenamark2.

  • http://thebestlaptops.net Luke

    This phone looks good. Not to mention its also performance wise.Truly there are other smartphone brands that offers the same mobile experience but cheaper compared to the giant brands. But im not so convinced with its camera Andi. I’ve seen better. Hope you can do comparison as well.

  • Dan

    Andi, have you tried sitting on the phone for the benefit of our readers after review?! lol :-)

    Also Does it support wcdma 900mhz/3G spectrum as used in most of non-urbanised European areas RE: 3G rollout? (check engineering menu)

    • ludovic

      No it does not support 3G at 900MHz :( Got the C2 Platinum 16GB, and it stays in 2G outside of big towns :’(

  • Alex

    Can anyone compare the screen brightness to the Jiayu g4?

  • Sam

    I’ve had this phone for about 5 days. I live in Australia. Works okay on Optus network. So far I like it.
    The battery is about the same as my iPhone 4. Have to charge every night. Or if using heavily I’ll also charge a bit through the day while using USB tethering. To be honest, the battery is doing what I expected for what it has to power, not great but not bad either.
    The screen is great. Really really impressed.
    Cameras are quite a disappointment. But usable.
    Performance is pretty impressive. Speakers are quite good too.
    Ghost touches are there and do get a bit irritating.
    Web browser did crash the phone a couple times but now using app.
    GPS is not too shabby.
    There are a few bad points there, but I like the phone. Definitely very happy. Especially for the money. These phones are never perfect. But it’s worth it. And it looks good.

  • martin

    Which of the MTK 6589T Phones have the best camera with backlight?

  • Joe

    Does anyone know of trustworthy shops in Beijing selling this phone?

  • Andrew

    Agreed, it’s a great phone but it’s not perfect. In my experience, performance with this device can be really choppy on some games. I’m thinking of trying to bust it down to 720p but I’ve already bricked it once and I’d rather not have to flash it again.

  • carlo

    Got the phone yesterday however i cant figure out why multitasking is not enabled in this device by long pressing the home button. Anyone who experienced the same?

    • Sam

      Mine can’t either. Is it supposed to have this ability? I was unaware.

  • tweetycontrabajo

    I have it, since this week, i am kind of dissapointed.
    I was playing Asphalt 7, and the performance was not good as my Motorola Atrix 4G, a dual core phone.
    Why is that?
    Is this because i installed a lot of apps?
    i mean, you expect a quad core 1.5 and FHD phone be great at 3D games.
    It wasn’t really in my case =(

    • tweetycontrabajo

      oh, and also, when i connect charger, SIM 1 looses signal! =O

  • cr0n05

    Dear all, i had buy Zopo ZP980 16G version
    After 3 days of use, i believe i can comment one or two here:
    1. Well build, really well build, nice display, i will said it match Sxmsxng, HXC if using metal frame for more premium look.
    2. 1G ram with MTK6589T handle 1080p well, no significant lag been notice.
    3. No ghost touch as mention by Andi.
    4. Not as easy bend as mention by Andi as well, need apply a lot force to make it bend.
    5. Try Asphalt7, MC 4 and NOVA 3, well loading speed not as fast as Note II, but performance vice nice.
    6. Battery capacity is ok, medium use can easy last for 1 day plus. ( Gaming for about 2hrs, just ~ 30% of battery consume). Heat emiiting is better than Note II
    7. The capacitive is barely to see, but once used to the position is ok.
    8. LED flash is not bright enough.
    9. Not sure it is gorilla glass (not dare to try)
    10. I don’t like the free leather casing from seller, plan to get a silicon casing.(If any :P)
    11. I cannot believe that the battery size is almost as big as Note II battery, but the capacity is pathetic 2000mAh (although it is quite sufficient, well it come with 2)
    12. Pricy for a MTK phone :P
    13. Photo is only average quality.

    that’s all, will add on if i found anything else.

    Conclusion, although it price is high among white box China MTK phone, but compare to Snapdragon 200, it still cheaper and perform better. Try my friend HTC Desire 200, totally no match to my ZP980, we bought phone at same time, i beat he is quite regret for now. So it still a good buy and really value for money.

    That’s my 2 cents

  • Felipe Fajardo

    I bought a Newman N2. I loved it very good in all aspects but I had problems gorilla glass is great but broke down a glass Gorilla and stabilization of camera shaking too easy.

  • YOLO

    What’s the difference for the screen between the ZOPO C2 (standard) & the ZOPO C2 Platinum? The screen is the same?

    • http://www.zopo-mobile-shop.com/zopo-c2-platinum-android-4-2-mtk6589t-1-5ghz-smartphone-5-0-inch-fhd-screen-16g-13-0mp-camera.html Deyan

      ZOPO C2 does not have Gorilla glass; ZOPO C2 Platinum is gorilass glass.

  • Roko

    You say: “Looking around the phone we have a 5 mega-pixel front camera located…” Isn`t it supposed to be 8 MP ?

    Cheers

    • http://www.zopo-mobile-shop.com/zopo-c2-platinum-android-4-2-mtk6589t-1-5ghz-smartphone-5-0-inch-fhd-screen-16g-13-0mp-camera.html Deyan

      front camera 5.0MP, back camera 13.0MP, isn’t supposed 8MP.

  • Verno

    OMG dude thank you so much for such great work thorough work on a phone that is not as popular as the smartphone game leaders. You have certainly made it clear for me that I want this phone. great work on the review thank you so much

  • http://www.bicgate.com/china-brands-plaza/zopo.html Buehler

    It looks good, is fast enough (for most mortals) and it’s definitely cheap. Only con is that it just has 1 GB of RAM. I’d gladly pay $50 extra if they’d put 2GB RAM in it. The small storage of 4GB is no problem to me since it can be upgraded by an memory card.

  • tweetycontrabajo

    They Stopped using Gorilla glass, even in the White Platinum =(

  • Joe

    I’ve had the phone for about a month now.
    At first it went great (display, audio, bluetooth, gps, camera, wifi).
    After about a week, for no apparent reason, the touchscreen stopped reacting to the lower part of the touch screen (display worked but no touch).
    I installed a launcher to get over this problem since it blocked me from using the menu of the stock rom.
    Today the phone fell a relatively minor fall and the display has gone bad. No cracks or scratches, just lighting fucked.
    It appears that the touch screen is an issue with this phone. I found complaints regarding the screen in the forums of their website. A replacement screen costs about 100 USD and is always out of stock.
    This is not a very cheap phone and although it seems well built it is very fragile. I expected more for this price.
    Zopo has shipped the phone quite fast but once I got the phone I am on my own.

  • Oli

    The “Ghost Touch” issue appears to be fixed with the latest official update 20130818. I installed it on my C2 2GB/32GB , over a 100% untouched, stock 20130610 and it works fine. On my C2 the 0818 OTA update only goes through if you perform it on a clean, 100% stock, untouched 20130610.

  • Storage speed benchmark?

    How is the flash drive on this phone? REVIEWERS SHOULD BENCHMARK THE STORAGE SPEED

    CPU is not the only thing to look at, for example, you may have a i7 4770k & a R7970 but if you are using a 5400rpm hard drive instead of an SSD, everything is going to be sluggish