Zopo release the Zopo Hero 1, looks underwhelming


zopo hero 1

Zopo were once a giant in the Chinese phone world, but for the past few years they have hardly made a peep, however they are still alive and kicking (if a little misguided) as can be seen from the launch of the Zopo Hero 1.

Zopo are known for being a phone maker, but their main business is actually as an OEM factory for other phone brands which explains how they can seemingly do nothing for months but still be in business, and in fact as big as ever (if you ever have a chance to be driven to the Zopo office in their Tesla it is quite an experience).

The latest Zopo Hero 1 phone shows us that 1) Zopo are still interested in being active in the international phone market, and 2) they have no idea of the direction the market is heading in.

zopo hero 1

Zopo will sell the Hero 1 for $119.99 through resellers, which is the same pricing that UMi, Elephone, Oukitek, Doogee and Homtom compete in, yet Zopo don’t manage to offer 1 decent selling point for the new phone.

zopo hero 1

The design is all plastic with a ‘brushed metal look’, the chipset is a quad-core Mediatek with 2GB RAM. The display is a 5-inch HD panel and the battery a small 2500mAh model. Brands with phones at a similar price are offering octacore processors, larger battery, more RAM and higher resolution displays, with similar displays and similar levels of support for updates and customer service, so where is the benefit of buying the Zopo?

zopo hero 1

We think Zopo still have a place in the Chinese phone market but they really need to start offering something that other brands cannot. If they can’t compete on hardware then why not build quality and user experience? Zopo will also be launching more models next year including wood backed models, do you think Zopo can still compete in 2016?

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12 Comments

  1. Nolan
    December 14, 2015

    6735 CPU – Lol, in this day and age when people are looking forward to the SD 820 and Exynos 88xx, and 6753 is pretty much the norm from the MTK front.

    This device will sell less than 5000 units (if I’m being optimistic).

  2. ksuuk
    December 14, 2015
    • December 14, 2015

      will double check, but either way would you buy it? I wouldn’t

      • December 14, 2015

        HD

        • ksuuk
          December 14, 2015

          Hmm, but can You suggest a 5″ phone, with notification led, 1920×1080 resolution, gorilla glass, dual sim card + sd card slot, at least 2 GB ram, 16GB rom, lollipop 5.1, atleast 2500mAh battery, european bands (2G, GSM – 900/1800MHz, 3G,HSDPA – 900/2100MHz, 4G, LTE – 800/1800/2600MHz), on screen software buttons (and not the wrong way physical buttons layout), removable battery, community supported OS (Cyanogen), Qualcomm CPU, dual microphone, phone jack on top and usb jack on bottom and all that max 130.- EUR? BTW, this the wrong way and wrong icons used physical buttons is the most common issue with chinese phones:(

          • December 14, 2015

            nope, closest that comes to mind is the OPX but the price is higher

            • ksuuk
              December 14, 2015

              Hmm, if Cyanogenmod or similar else bloatware free, community supported Android is available, maybe also something MTK based is an option? Can You suggest some? I think OPX is overpriced and too fragile. Also bad support is one thing what bothers me, seems all chinese phone factories have similar problems – as local market is big, they just don’t care about others. Warranty is pointless, most users won’t send phone to repair, pay postal charges and wait for months. So I’d say that about 100.- is the max price for chinese phone, if it get’s broken, then just buy a new one.

          • Ivan
            December 14, 2015

            To me having physical buttons is a feature, not an issue.
            So..everyone want a different thing.

            • ksuuk
              December 16, 2015

              Physical buttons may be as optional, but with so called Nexus layout.

          • Dante
            December 14, 2015

            youre pretty reluctant eh for 130 euros uhmmm…

  3. Adam Irvine
    December 14, 2015

    Zopo… Haven’t you gone away yet?

  4. Dante
    December 14, 2015

    appparently i can play destiny on this judging by the screens , lol