Video: Zopo ZP990 Captain S, 2GB RAM 32GB ROM unboxing and hands-on!


Another long-term test device has landed at the GizChina office. Unboxing and hands on video of the Zopo ZP990 Captain S, 6-inch 1080 phablet here!

Yesterday evening we received to more packages containing great new Chinese phones to review over the coming weeks. As would luck would have it I opened up the packaging containing Zopo’s latest 1080 phablet first!

zopo zp990 captain s rear
Before we get in to things I would like to say thanks to Zopomobileshop.com for sending us this review phone along with all the Zopo phones we have reviewed to date! Thank you very much!

[templatic_contentbox type=”info” title=”Editors note”] This is not the full review of the Zopo ZP990. This is just our first impressions and unboxing of the phablet. A full review will be published with benchmarks, photos, video etc in the coming weeks. [/templatic_contentbox]

Zopo ZP990 Captain S Specifications

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The Zopo ZP990 Captain S is the first 6-inch phablet with a FHD 1080 display from Zopo and it’s the first we have ever had on a long-term test, so I was pretty excited even before opening the box, but even more so when I actually got a look at the model we have been sent.

zopo ZP990 captain s features

We have the top of the range Captain S on review which comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB memory! Combine that with the huge 1920 x 1080 display and 1.5Ghz quad-core MT6589T processor and you have got pretty much all the bases covered.

Zopo ZP990 first impressions

zopo zp990 captain s size comparision

After opening the excellent packaging the first thing which grabs you is the sheer size of the ZPP990. My daily driver is a 4.3-inch Xiaomi Mi2, and we test and use 5-inch 1080 phones all the time, but getting this 6-inched in your hand and it really does feel impressively large.

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zopo zp990 captain s rear

Despite the large size it feels very comfortable when held single-handed. This is partially due to the rounded rear case and slightly rubberized finish, but mainly (I believe) due to the narrow bezels which help keep the overall size down even with the large screen.

After testing plenty of Zopo phones over the past few months I was eager to see if the this big phablet shared it’s smaller brother tendency to bend. As you can see in the video there is a bit of flex, but it is much sturdier than the ZP980 and Zopo C2, and with the battery in the body is stiffer still. It seems Zopo have addressed this issue and I don’t think I would worry too much about it with the Captain S.

zopo zp990 captain s one handed

With the phablet being brand new and straight out of the box I haven’t yet really tested performance, but I can tell you that it is just as nippy and responsive as you would expect for a phone with 2GB RAM. The display is much more responsive than the C2 also and I haven’t had any ‘ghost touches’.

zopo zp990 captain s antutu

I was able to install Antutu just after recording the video and run it. A benchmark score of 14,642 isn’t bad at all, but we have seen better.

Zopo ZP990 Captain S unboxing and hand on video

Zopo ZP990 Captain S full review coming soon

That’s all for this brief hand on and unboxing. The new Zopo phablet will be passed around the office over the next week or so while I finish the Neo N003 review, so you can expect the full Zopo ZP990 Captain S review in the coming weeks.

For those of you interested in learning more about Zopo phones or those who are looking to buy one, head over to Zopomobileshop.com.

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71 Comments

  1. August 27, 2013

    its a nice phone!!! i found panda and zopomoblieshop, and 1949deal,were sold in same price?

  2. DINO
    August 27, 2013

    did it come with Gorilla Glass???
    if yes then why the screen guard?
    and while bending the phone do you feel it can break ?

    • August 27, 2013

      yeah!its Corning Gorilla Glass 2! so thats why you should the “screen guard”!!

      • DINO
        August 27, 2013

        dsnt make sense it Scatch resistant ..
        .
        reminds me of Dumb and dumber

        • Airyl
          August 27, 2013

          Gorilla Glass get’s scratched too you know. Just not as easily as normal glass. Saying that you don’t need a screen protector on gorilla glass is like saying that you don’t need to put a leash on your pet dog. Of course it’s tame, but things can still happen.

          • anony
            August 27, 2013

            Only against beach sand, what’s the point of getting phone with gorilla glass if you end up using screen protector on it?

            • August 28, 2013

              True that, but I seriously sometimes doubt the claims companies like Zopo make about Gorilla Glass.

            • Airyl
              August 28, 2013

              To protect the screen? Why would you NOT put a screen protector on a phone if they’ve already gave you one for free? Even if it has Gorilla Glass, it’s just stupid to say that it won’t and will never scratch. Think about how silly it is if you unboxed you’re new gorilla glass equipped phone, take out the screen protectors and toss them into the trash? Think about how infinitely sillier it would be if you eventually did scratch your phone on beach sand because you refused to use a screen protector. Since when had extra protection been a bad thing? Just my long 2cents though. Not intended to make anyone angry. 🙂

  3. DINO
    August 27, 2013

    also if you can get huwaei mate,samsung mega 6,orient 6.2 and Zopo side by side for compare will be great.
    hope u do gaming/camera(indepth) review soon

  4. August 27, 2013

    i have this phone ,it is a outstanding brand in china.The malleshop.com is very cheap;

    • Keon
      September 17, 2013

      Have you tried taking pictures in low light situations or at night? If so, did you get good results? I have an android phone and it’s picture quality is poor in low light or at night.

  5. hamsteyr
    August 27, 2013

    I like it how they made the backlight a bit better, but I still find the styling too similar to an S4 :\

  6. August 27, 2013

    How much the battery last at this big screen?

  7. August 27, 2013

    For me, Chinese (Zopo, UMi, etc) smartphones make sense till the 5″ mark – bigger phones simply don’t offer the value for money you’d expect off one. It makes more sense to go for an international manufacturer like Huawei or Samsung when devices like the one in the video are concerned. The Ascend Mate is a great device too.

  8. Simon
    August 27, 2013

    That is just too big to be used as an everyday smartphone.

  9. Guest
    August 27, 2013

    its a nice phone!!! i found panda and zopomoblieshop, and 1949deal,were sold in same price?

    • Guest
      August 29, 2013

      really

  10. Guest
    August 27, 2013

    did it come with Gorilla Glass???
    if yes then why the screen guard?
    and while bending the phone do you feel it can break ?

    • Guest
      August 27, 2013

      yeah!its Corning Gorilla Glass 2! so thats why you should the “screen guard”!!

    • Guest
      August 27, 2013

      dsnt make sense it Scatch resistant ..
      .
      reminds me of Dumb and dumber

    • Guest
      August 27, 2013

      Gorilla Glass get’s scratched too you know. Just not as easily as normal glass. Saying that you don’t need a screen protector on gorilla glass is like saying that you don’t need to put a leash on your pet dog. Of course it’s tame, but things can still happen.

    • Guest
      August 28, 2013

      Only against beach sand, what’s the point of getting phone with gorilla glass if you end up using screen protector on it?

    • Yash Garg
      August 28, 2013

      True that, but I seriously sometimes doubt the claims companies like Zopo make about Gorilla Glass.

    • Guest
      August 29, 2013

      To protect the screen? Why would you NOT put a screen protector on a phone if they’ve already gave you one for free? Even if it has Gorilla Glass, it’s just stupid to say that it won’t and will never scratch. Think about how silly it is if you unboxed you’re new gorilla glass equipped phone, take out the screen protectors and toss them into the trash? Think about how infinitely sillier it would be if you eventually did scratch your phone on beach sand because you refused to use a screen protector. Since when had extra protection been a bad thing? Just my long 2cents though. Not intended to make anyone angry. 🙂

  11. Guest
    August 27, 2013

    also if you can get huwaei mate,samsung mega 6,orient 6.2 and Zopo side by side for compare will be great.
    hope u do gaming/camera(indepth) review soon

  12. Guest
    August 27, 2013

    i have this phone ,it is a outstanding brand in china.The malleshop.com is very cheap;

    • Guest
      September 17, 2013

      Have you tried taking pictures in low light situations or at night? If so, did you get good results? I have an android phone and it’s picture quality is poor in low light or at night.

  13. hamsteyr
    August 27, 2013

    I like it how they made the backlight a bit better, but I still find the styling too similar to an S4 :

  14. hamsteyr
    August 27, 2013

    I like it how they made the backlight a bit better, but I still find the styling too similar to an S4 :

  15. Guest
    August 27, 2013

    How much the battery last at this big screen?

  16. Yash Garg
    August 27, 2013

    For me, Chinese (Zopo, UMi, etc) smartphones make sense till the 5″ mark – bigger phones simply don’t offer the value for money you’d expect off one. It makes more sense to go for an international manufacturer like Huawei or Samsung when devices like the one in the video are concerned. The Ascend Mate is a great device too.

  17. Guest
    August 27, 2013

    That is just too big to be used as an everyday smartphone.

  18. Massoo
    August 30, 2013

    Does it have a notification led?

  19. Guest
    August 30, 2013

    Does it have a notification led?

  20. Tran Nautilus
    September 2, 2013

    That’s so stunning. Which manufacturer is ZP990 lcd screen produced by?

  21. Guest
    September 2, 2013

    That’s so stunning. Which manufacturer is ZP990 lcd screen produced by?

  22. Martin
    September 4, 2013

    Does it have nfc?

    • September 4, 2013

      No it doesn’t

  23. Martin
    September 4, 2013

    Who has tested GPS? How fast is it?

    • September 4, 2013

      Super slow without the GPS fix

      • Miguel Stevens
        September 30, 2013

        What’s the GPS fix? I’m planning of buying the phone tonight.. But GPS would be nice! thanks

  24. Guest
    September 4, 2013

    Does it have nfc?

    • Guest
      September 4, 2013

      No it doesn’t

  25. Guest
    September 4, 2013

    Who has tested GPS? How fast is it?

    • Guest
      September 4, 2013

      Super slow without the GPS fix

    • Guest
      September 30, 2013

      What’s the GPS fix? I’m planning of buying the phone tonight.. But GPS would be nice! thanks

  26. Prem
    September 10, 2013

    hi andi, waiting for your full review about the zopo zp990. when you going to post it and please provide me the clear cut on the zopo zp990.

    • September 11, 2013

      the review is actually being carried out by another writer to help spread the load, I’ll see when it will be ready

      • Prem
        September 11, 2013

        Thanks Andi

      • John G
        September 19, 2013

        Hi. I’m also looking forward to this review being posted – is there any update on when you expect it to be ready? I need a new phone and, from your site, I’ve decided that either the Neo N003 or the Zopo ZP990 sound likely candidates so any comparison regarding quality of the hardware, especially the screen, would be helpful. They are about the same price for me and a larger screen would suit my use well, but does the Zopo cut any corners compared to the Neo which seems to be very highly regarded?

        Thanks!

        • Prem
          September 19, 2013

          Hi I am also waiting for the hands on review on ZOPO ZP990.

          • Rui
            September 20, 2013

            Hi. Can you tell me when do you expect to release the review. I need a new dual sim phone and I’m waiting for an comparison with the Neo N003 Premium and the Jiayu G4 Advanced regarding their quality. Thanks.

            • premz
              September 24, 2013

              Hello Andi…. any updates on the zopo zp990 reviews????

  27. Guest
    September 11, 2013

    hi andi, waiting for your full review about the zopo zp990. when you going to post it and please provide me the clear cut on the zopo zp990.

    • Guest
      September 11, 2013

      the review is actually being carried out by another writer to help spread the load, I’ll see when it will be ready

    • Guest
      September 11, 2013

      Thanks Andi

    • Guest
      September 20, 2013

      Hi. I’m also looking forward to this review being posted – is there any update on when you expect it to be ready? I need a new phone and, from your site, I’ve decided that either the Neo N003 or the Zopo ZP990 sound likely candidates so any comparison regarding quality of the hardware, especially the screen, would be helpful. They are about the same price for me and a larger screen would suit my use well, but does the Zopo cut any corners compared to the Neo which seems to be very highly regarded?

      Thanks!

    • Guest
      September 20, 2013

      Hi I am also waiting for the hands on review on ZOPO ZP990.

    • Guest
      September 21, 2013

      Hi. Can you tell me when do you expect to release the review. I need a new dual sim phone and I’m waiting for an comparison with the Neo N003 Premium and the Jiayu G4 Advanced regarding their quality. Thanks.

    • Guest
      September 25, 2013

      Hello Andi…. any updates on the zopo zp990 reviews????

  28. September 14, 2013

    I have contacted zopomobileshop.com several times but they never replied. I even registered to their forum but they never confirmed me.
    Do they really exist?

  29. Guest
    September 15, 2013

    I have contacted zopomobileshop.com several times but they never replied. I even registered to their forum but they never confirmed me.
    Do they really exist?

  30. Jeremy
    September 25, 2013

    I’ve using this phone for a week and I loved it! Yes there’s notification light. My only complain is the gps lockon is super slow without gps fix but that’s not what I’m using the phone for anyway. Screen is great and battery life is acceptable for moderate daily texting n Web surfing, lasted me 1 whole day till I get home n plug in to charge when I go to bed.

    • Keon
      September 28, 2013

      Have you tried taking any pictures at night on in low light situations? If yes, does it produce good pictures with the flash?

  31. Guest
    September 25, 2013

    I’ve using this phone for a week and I loved it! Yes there’s notification light. My only complain is the gps lockon is super slow without gps fix but that’s not what I’m using the phone for anyway. Screen is great and battery life is acceptable for moderate daily texting n Web surfing, lasted me 1 whole day till I get home n plug in to charge when I go to bed.

    • Guest
      September 29, 2013

      Have you tried taking any pictures at night on in low light situations? If yes, does it produce good pictures with the flash?

  32. September 28, 2013

    Andi still think is a good shop fastcardtech, there are Zopo 990 for 330usd

    • September 28, 2013

      I have never used them

  33. Guest
    September 28, 2013

    Andi still think is a good shop fastcardtech, there are Zopo 990 for 330usd

    • Guest
      September 29, 2013

      I have never used them