64bit battle: JiaYu S3 vs Elephone P7000 vs Zopo Zp920 vs Meizu m1 note


elephone p7000

4 phones from 4 top Chinese phone makers, but which of these 64bit Mediatek flagships will go home in your pocket?

These past few weeks have seen some top looking smartphones from China, all rocking the latest in 64bit processors from Taiwan chip maker Mediatek. The introduction of these new chipsets also comes at a time where component cost is at its lowest, and when Chinese phone makers have decided to experiment with new materials, construction methods and features.

For this comparison we have looking at 4 of the latest 64bit phones to be announced which we know will get an international release date and support FDD LTE. The phones we are looking at are the JiaYu S3, Elephone P7000, Zopo ZP920 and Meizu m1 note. Take a look at the specs and details and let us know which of these Mediatek flagships you are likely to take home with you.

JiaYu S3

jiayu s3 spy photo

JiaYu are hoping to launch the S3 early Q1 of 2015. The S3 is the companies flagship device for the new year and features some amazing hardware features in a new alloy body. This is the first time JiaYu have make an all alloy phone (previous models were either plastic or stainless steel) and images show a sleek narrow phone that looks more upmarket than it’s modest price tag would suggest.

JiaYu S3 Gallery

JiaYu S3 Specification Highlights

  • Alloy body
  • Removable battery
  • NFC
  • Great design
  • Low Price
  • Proven quality
  • ejiayu.com

Elephone P7000

elephone p7000

The Elephone P7000 is quite a departure from previous Elephone phones. The device appears to have an all original body, and is the only phone on the list to have a finger print scanner. It is also the only phone on the list which has a retail price confirmed to us from Elephone.

Elephone p7000 Gallery

Elephone P7000 Specification Highlights

  • Alloy front panel
  • Finger Print security
  • 16 mega-pixel rear camera
  • Great looking design
  • Lowest international price (so far)
  • Elephone.hk

Zopo ZP920

zopo leak

Officially released on Christmas Day, the Zopo ZP920 is the only phone on this list which can actually be pre-ordered right now, that early launch does mean you are looking at a premium of near $300 for the phone! It also has the smallest battery of the 4 phones (by a large margin), but it is also the most compact and does feature OIS (optical image stabilisation).

Zopo ZP920 Gallery

Zopo ZP920 Specification Highlights

  • Compact 5.2-inch display
  • OIS (opitical image stabilisation)
  • Available to order now
  • Zoposhop.com
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Meizu m1 note

meizu-m1-note-sim-tray

The Meizu m1 note was one of the first phones to be officially launched with the new 64bit MT6752 chipset, and follows Meizu’s recent focus on affordable phones with high specifications. The m1 note costs 999 Yuan in China (international price not announced) and boasts a large display, large battery, and comes in a range of bright colours.

Meizu m1 note Gallery

Meizu m1 note Specification Highlights

  • Big name brand at a low price
  • Dual tone dual LED flash
  • Flyme OS
  • Proven build quality
  • Meizu.com/en

JiaYu S3 vs Elephone P7000 vs Zopo Zp920 vs Meizu m1 note

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Which phone is coming home with you?

Going over the specifications in more detail each phone has its advantage, but of the 4 the Zopo ZP920 is the phone which seems to make the largest sacrifice. Packing OIS is surely going to improve photo quality, the small display will also ensure easy one handed grip too, but with a single LED flash and just a 2300mAh battery Zopo have really missed the mark with this phone! Not to mention the high price ($299 through the official store, $270 through other resellers), so the Zopo isn’t coming home with me.

The Meizu has proven Meizu quality and build, a great feature packed specification, large display and large battery. I also quite like Flyme OS too, but as current Meizu phones have quite a high international price compared to the Chinese RRP, I will hold of from this phone until we get final pricing.

That leaves just the Elephone P7000 and JiaYu S3. Both phones have alloy bodies, 3GB RAM, and great looking, high-end designs. The P7000 trumps the JiaYu with a fingerprint scanner and a confirmed retail price of $199, however I am concerned about the build quality of the Elephone and really want to get my hands on one before making the decision to buy.

So for me it’s the JiaYu S3. From previous experience with JiaYu phones, the quality should be top notch, and the design is the most appealing to me of all 4 phones (it reminds me of a more refined Oppo Find 7). A Sony rear camera with Dual LED flash appeal to me, while a large removable battery should make it a good choice for those who need stellar battery life.

Now it’s your turn. Which of these 64bit Mediatek phones do you plan to take home with you once launched? Let us know your choice and why in the comments below!

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95 Comments

  1. Andrew P
    December 27, 2014

    I seriously miss times, when 5″ was standard phone size..

    • kot
      December 27, 2014

      I own a jiayu g4c. It is a very good phone. 4.7 inch is normal. 5.5 inch, you will need a bag to carry it with you.

      • Andrew P
        December 27, 2014

        Yeah, that’s what I mean. ~4.7-5″ is perfect. Anything bigger is good for reading, but not that compact.

        • trapchan
          December 30, 2014

          you know what, few years ago, people said 4″ was perfect. and the 4.3″ Droid X was considered gigantic, let alone 5″ Dell Venue …

      • Tnerb
        December 30, 2014

        I have an Elephone P8 with a 5.7 inch screen in my pocket. Obviously it’s not going to fit if you have pockets of 2-3 centimeters.

      • balcobomber25
        April 26, 2015

        I don’t like larger screen phones, but how small are your pockets? I can fit my Nexus 7 (2012) in my pockets.

    • thesniper321
      December 28, 2014

      I am actually curious, what’s the goal behind your behavior?? Why post on a new about 5’2 5’5 phone that you like 5′ phone better??

      • Andrew P
        December 29, 2014

        There is a quote behind text;
        “Now it’s your turn. Which of these 64bit Mediatek phones do you plan to
        take home with you once launched? Let us know your choice and why in the
        comments below!”
        My goal is to say that I don’t see any ~4.7-5.0″ phones here, what means I am not happy with new 64bit phones.

        • waterphone
          December 31, 2014

          I agree with u…

      • balcobomber25
        April 26, 2015

        What is the goal behind your behavior? Why do you so deeply care about this viewpoint? And in turn why do I care about yours?

        Personally I agree with him, I too miss the days when 5″ was standard. There are some larger phones that I do like but overall 5 is the perfect size IMO. Which is why I hope that the Mi5 stays 5″ and it probably will given the Mi Note.

  2. Isandro
    December 27, 2014

    If there won’t be any 4.7-5″ phone under 240$ then jiayu s3

  3. Simon
    December 27, 2014

    Will the Jiayu S3 be getting Lollipop update ?

    • Manos
      December 28, 2014

      Yes it will get it later!
      There is all the information you need at the official Jiayu web page…

      • Simon
        December 28, 2014

        Do you have a link to the official webpage Manos ?

  4. December 27, 2014

    Can’t go without the B20 band (elephone), therefore Jiayu

  5. Manu
    December 27, 2014

    its still between elephone and jiayu but i tend to the jiayu :-/

  6. Rob
    December 27, 2014

    Jiayu s3 for me, also like fact that it has stereo speakers so hopefully might have decent sound quality. Just hurry up and release it already!!!

    • Simon
      December 27, 2014

      Have you owned a Jiayu before (people say they are well made) ?

      • David
        December 27, 2014

        Jiayu software is sh*t

        • Simon
          December 27, 2014

          Really. Are you talking about the Lewa OS Rom or ?

          • Manos
            December 28, 2014

            It’s just the stock Android nothing special you can install anything you like.

            • Simon
              December 28, 2014

              Oh right. Which phone are you thinking of getting ?

            • Manos
              December 28, 2014

              I will wait to see what MTK is for this year 2015 because is not clear yet.
              The S3 is good but this GPU is not the proper setup. It should be 8core at least. But again play with people! and they will make better later other phones.
              I think they made them to last 1.5years max. if you keep it this time you will jump 2 gen the new phone it will be far better.

            • Simon
              December 28, 2014

              Are there any particular ones to watch out for ?

            • Manos
              December 28, 2014

              Jiayu S4 and xiaomi new redmi, meizu the small screen phones and last thl -elephone if they manage to use something new CPU/GPU combo…

            • Simon
              December 28, 2014

              Ah do you think Jiayu S4 is better than S3 ?

            • Manos
              December 30, 2014

              It could be better because its going to be out later and we don’t know anything yet. I hope they will use other setup than the S3, there is other Mediatek options out there if they really like to make a powerfull phone they can. Andy please tell that to Jiayu to know!

            • Simon
              December 30, 2014

              I’m also interested in Huawei Ascend P8, I think that should a good phone albeit not Mediatek.

              If you find out more about Jiayu S4 please let me know.

      • Rob
        December 27, 2014

        No, just going by what everyone who has owned one has said. Also the fact the my missus broke my phone a few weeks back and I DESPERATELY need a new phone asap as it’s horrible not having one and the Jiayu was (supposedly) going to be the first to be released and the fact that there is still no news on the Vivo xplay 5s. All these factors has forced my hand and spec wise the Jiayu appears to be the best.

        • Az
          December 27, 2014

          I have a Jiayu G4S. Hardware quality is great. Only downside was the update that dumped chinese apps that I can’t remove (bloody calendar I can’t read with alerts I don’t understand)

          • Rob
            December 27, 2014

            Can’t you root it and delete them??

            • Marco Lancaster
              December 27, 2014

              Yes you can, maybe he don’t know.

        • Simon
          December 27, 2014

          I was thinking maybe Huawei Honor 6 plus as well

          • Rob
            December 27, 2014

            Just been looking at it as that one seems to have passed me by. Very tempting, plus its available now which benefits me, only thing I’m not sure about is if its worth £100+ more than the Jiayu??

            • Simon
              December 27, 2014

              Apparently it will definitely get lollipop update Q1 2015. I definitely want lollipop as soon as possible (so as not to be left behind). From what I can see the 3GB Jiayu S3 Advanced won’t be released at the same time, but a few months later.

              In terms of £100 more, Huawei is definitely a brand that can be trusted (put it like that)

            • Rob
              December 27, 2014

              Maybe so, but I haven’t found one positive comment about their Emotion UI. Since the ROM is fundamental to the phone this is a big deal, it’s one thing taking a chance on a phone with an unknown ROM (Jiayu), but buying a phone that you know has a sh*te ROM is a totally different ball game! If it could be rooted and a decent ROM installed then this phone could work..

            • Simon
              December 28, 2014

              What about installing Nova launcher for example ?

            • Rob
              December 28, 2014

              Don’t know, are you going for this phone?

            • Simon
              December 28, 2014

              I’m strongly thinking about it, around January/February time. If I do I will install Nova launcher (Prime).

              May well keep Jiayu as well as Xiaomi, Oneplus in mind for the future.

            • Rob
              December 28, 2014

              I desperately need a phone to use and don’t have time on my side. The Honor does look interesting, just think its already ‘outdated’ especially with all the 64 bit phones around the corner. I’m so torn about what to do, especially with no reviews as such of the honor 6 plus.

            • Simon
              December 28, 2014

              See first response below this one :
              (continued)Also the battery is excellent at 3600 mah. Unless some can give me a good reason not to, it seems v. reasonable. Lollipop should definitely be coming in Q1 2015 to its newly released EMUI 3.0 rom.

            • Rob
              December 28, 2014

              If someone could tell me what the audio is like it would help. If it was good I think I would go for it as I always use my phones as a media player so its important to me. If you hear anything about the audio please tell me.

            • Simon
              December 28, 2014

              No problem. What is the maximum you can wait and which phones are currently contenders ?

  7. realjjj
    December 27, 2014

    You left out the Orgtec Wa and the price estimate for the S3 is way too high.

    • Rob
      December 27, 2014

      There’s also the Lenovo Note 8 which I believe is already available, the Iocean which is due to release at the end of the month and of course the TCL, this article is only comparing half of the 64 bit phones that are due out in the next few weeks.

      • tess
        December 27, 2014

        He told us that there will be 18 smartphones with 64bit in the next few weak. So be patient! 😉

        • Rob
          December 27, 2014

          I doubt they will all be available in the next few weeks, more like months…

  8. Marius Cirsta
    December 27, 2014

    For me it’s none of them. I just found an older 4.5 inch phone and I absolutely love it. It’s so nice the way it fits in my rather small hands and unlike the 5.5-6 inch ones it really feels like a phone and not a tablet.
    Hopefully Jiayu and other manufacturers will release a model for people wanting smaller phones.

  9. saor
    December 27, 2014

    Until someone has these phones running in there hand to test its all a big ????

  10. Xalis
    December 27, 2014

    I will choose the one with dual sim, and 3G 850, LTE is a gimmick in most parts of the world, and 3G it’s all most of us really need due data caps.

    • thesniper321
      December 29, 2014

      LTE is not a gimmick anymore, that time is over buddy

  11. johnickz
    December 27, 2014

    Any news about graphics cards of these phones?

    • Manu
      December 28, 2014

      has to be the Mali-T760 MP2 which is about 1/4 of the graphic processor of the adreno 330 (snapdragon 801) which is a bit poor considering the time this gpu is being used … but if you want a phone to play with you should consider qualcomm snapdragon phones not mediatek phones 😉

      • Josef
        January 5, 2015

        This has me a bit concerned about the usability of MTK 6752. Is the graphics performance really that bad? I do a fair amount of gaming on my JiaYu 4S / MTK 6592 and it is fairly smooth, no hiccups or overheating etc. Any chance that some manufacturers will use more powerful versions of the Mali-T760?

    • Oscar
      January 22, 2015

      here info the GPUS that this cellphones http://kyokojap.myweb.hinet.net/gpu_gflops/

  12. billybloggs
    December 27, 2014

    Has to be the Jiayu

  13. Mesterio
    December 27, 2014

    Jiayu S3! Shut up and take my money already!

  14. slartiblart
    December 27, 2014

    Gosh, what is it with the 5.5 inch madness. Don’t these phone manufacturers do market research. Or are the Chinese market really going for 5.5 inch phones with their small hands! Seems like they’re over compensating due to their small hands. I’d rather get this 5 inch telephone p6000.
    http://www.elephone.cc/elephone-p6000.html

    • trapchan
      December 30, 2014

      they did, and the results are people do want 5.5″ screen.

      • slartiblart
        December 31, 2014

        Yeah, chinese small hands overcompensating.

  15. Manos
    December 28, 2014

    So the S3 doesn’t have the gorilla for glass?? I really like this gorilla to protect my phone glass… 🙂

    • Rob
      December 28, 2014

      According to the specs it does.

  16. Syd
    December 28, 2014

    And why no the elephone p7000? I mean: 16 and 8 mpx, 3200 battery, 3gb RAM…

  17. makaveli
    December 28, 2014

    Elephone P7000 Ruletz ! For me…and price nice and function…

  18. Muhammad Yasir
    December 28, 2014

    if jiayu s3 advance can cost me BELOW $200 in pakistani currency , i’ll go for it!

    • Ismail
      January 16, 2015

      me too yar

      • Muhammad Yasir
        January 17, 2015

        Just Pakistani problems :p

  19. Manu
    December 28, 2014

    i wonder, do they carry android 4.4 or 5.0 since only 5.0 can use 64bit properly

    • thesniper321
      January 2, 2015

      I wonder why you comment when you don’t know that 5.0 updates are on the way after the launch

  20. ferdi
    December 28, 2014

    must wait to see tests of elephone camera that has left down the elephones in the past. and how good the fingerprint reader is. If they only went with what people want with the sony rx214 sensor and dual LED and add a small $$ to cost and learn from what people want 🙁
    Also this comapny lies in past about the battery so this internal battery needs verafication this time also. the screens has no Gorrilaglass either only an IPS model, testing review needed.

    But its a nice phone and with the fingerreader im very tempted by it if i sell my Umi.

  21. Jay
    December 29, 2014

    Great article, and comparison Andi!

    Thanks.

  22. December 29, 2014

    On paper, its Jiayu s3 for me. But still keeping my eye on the Meizu m1

  23. Pedro Miguel
    December 29, 2014

    Too bad the Elephone is too big…

  24. Mathordas
    December 29, 2014

    ultra big batery this Zopo ZP920 hahahaha 2300mah is patetic

  25. trapchan
    December 30, 2014

    All these fuss and fanfare about 64bit means nothing when the OS doesn’t even run on 64bit.

    • astosenix
      December 30, 2014

      Means that it’s ready for an update to a 64bit Android version….

      • trapchan
        December 30, 2014

        except it was made by Chinese OEM, which means if it doesn’t come in Lollipop, then good chance are you’re not getting it at all.

        • Raul
          December 31, 2014

          with elephone you are guaranteed to get Lollipop when available also Meizu updates their devices so a good chance you will get on that one also

  26. Ruby
    December 31, 2014

    I owned two Elephone P8 phones. When I bought them the specs looked great on paper but both suffered from short battery capacity issues and both phones USB port failed within three months. So, I hear you when you voice your concerns about poor Telephone build quality. The Jaiyu S3 looks promising. Let’s hope that they don’t cut corners with crappy parts to maximize profits.

    • Bruce S
      January 3, 2015

      Ruby; I had similar issues. I bought 2 Elephone P8’s and both lost their sound within weeks of each other due to the USB “board” snapping and breaking the circuit to the phone speaker. All we, as customers, can hope for is that ELEPHONE resellers demand better quality product; after all it’s the resellers (and us) who are left with shocking (zero in my case) support and a badly tainted reputation. I would never buy Elephone again; they don’t look after their resellers or their customers!

    • ostester
      February 2, 2015

      fix the data : jiayu s3 2gb version does not support NFC. Jiayu does not come with google services like market (it is not ready for out of china use) so first thing you have to root and mess with the phone. jiayu 13mp camera huge white balance and color accuracy problem!

  27. thesniper321
    January 2, 2015

    eeeeew zopo with the all time ugliness award,
    Zopo… Make you rugged phone looks like gold
    lmao

  28. AlexanderEliasson
    January 4, 2015

    Hi! Do you know of a legit retailer that will stock the JiaYu S3? I’m located in Sweden.

  29. jasneskis
    January 4, 2015

    I’ve been waiting a long time for Jia Yu to come up with a larger phone and this seems appears to have the specks I want. I’ll go with this phone as soon as it is available. I’ve used Jia Yu in the past and they are great phones. If Elephant were available first I might have tried it, but since both are being introduced a the same time I’ll lean to the Jia Yu.

  30. WearySky
    January 5, 2015

    The JiaYu seems like a no brainer, to me. Especially at $162USD. Was that just the pre-sale price, or will it be available at that price when it launches as well?

  31. January 25, 2015

    Andi, regarding the JiaYu S3 I wonder if we’re looking at the same phone because from the photos you’ve posted it’s the ugliest phone on this page. I find the design generic and boring — nothing really stands out for me. Right now the Elephone P7000 is the most appealing, but like you I’m going to wait and see what people say about the hardware quality. I like the P7000’s brushed steel under glass front, sandstone textured back (from the looks of it), and the bored speaker holes. Even though it’s obvious they borrowed some design cues from Apple, the design is unique enough that it doesn’t shout “CLONE”. As for the other candidates…

    The Zopo ZP920 reminds me of a wanna-be lifestyle product instead of a phone. The Meizu m1 looks too much like a clone of an iPhone 5c + 6 offspring, right down to the color palette:

    http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/09/iphone5c-header.jpg

  32. julian
    January 25, 2015

    Hello all! Andy in particular:) is decided which phone- between jiayu and p7000- should i buy? I need it in romania. Thank you!

  33. Enric
    February 4, 2015

    All them seem to be great, except for one thing.

    Yup. HUGE size!

    If I could I would go with a 4 inches screen like the old iPhone5S.

    I already have a tablet, I don’t want a phablet.

  34. February 8, 2015

    You should add the Dakele 3 to this list.

  35. Ian K.
    February 11, 2015

    Meizu. Already ordered it. To me it’s best looking and the name of Meizu is warranty for durability

  36. jose lopez huertado
    May 19, 2015

    Sin duda y 100×100 el meizu m1 note pero vamos sin dudarlo ni un segundo

  37. European Citizen
    May 25, 2015

    I’ve been wondering about P7000 SD maximum capacity, as on Ele page they say it’s up to 64 GB, but some resellers on Aliexpress give it up to 32 GB.

    See those links for reference:
    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/5-5-Inch-IPS-1920-1080-Elephone-P7000-4G-LTE-FDD-Smartphone-Android-5-0-MTK6752/32306326658.html [Extended Momery Support TF Card extended to 32GB.]
    http://www.elephone.hk/p7000.html [Support micro SD (T-Flash) 64GB]

  38. ทัทเทพ ดุสิตไพศาล
    December 7, 2015

    jiayu s3 advance immediatly