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Well, the ZOPO Speed 8 finally made it to the office. Not ringing a bell? Well, we can’t really blame you, but if you have heard of the first officially launched 10-core CPU device, this is the one.
Naturally, the first thing we did was put all 10 of them through our benchmark routine and while the results were impressive, the numbers weren’t really as spectacular as we had expected even in multi-core scenarios.
The appearance of the Meizu Pro 6 also didn’t help the general excitement levels about the Speed 8 and its Helio X20, since we saw the overclocked MT6797T Helio X25 inside the Meizu that finally managed to close in on the synthetic performance of rival chip offers like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or the Samsung Exynos 8890.
This, however, might provide us with the perfect opportunity to look a little bit more objectively at the ZOPO Speed 8 and evaluate its other qualities as a $300 mid-ranger. Let’s start with the exterior.
The ZOPO Speed 8 measures exactly 152.5×76.24×9.8mm and weighs in at 150 grams, which is fair enough for a 5.5-inch device. It is offered in classic black or white (well, more like silver actually) and its looks pretty good in terms of design with its rounded edges and metal-like finish on the frame. However metal-like is is about as far as the phone gets in terms of premium materials.
What ZOPO describes as a “Brushed metal look” is really plastic all around. We can’t really be sure what the “nano injection molding and spray coating technology is”, but the materials and build quality on the Speed 8 are not quite perfect. It’s not too bad for mid-ranger, but it doesn’t exceed any expectations either. Main issues we saw were the back that scratches easily and there are the visible mold points on all four corners of the frame.
Even the factory pre-applied screen protector seems to have a badly cut excess piece near one end, so corners were definitely cut. Other than that, the device does arguably look elegant with a clean front with no controls and nicely tucked-away speaker and microphone grills and an equally nice back with a slight sloping effect.
And while we are on the topic of hardware, some aspects of the 5.5-inc display are worth a mention. The FullHD resolution and IPS technology make for a clear and sharp picture. Brightness is around 460 nits. As for sunlight legibility, even at maximum brightness, glares and reflections are a bit too much for our taste. Our test rated it at 2.264.
The display may not be perfect, but there are still a lot of other details to like about the Speed 8. For one, you have a USB Type-C port, which can constitute as futureproofing. There is also a front-facing flash for low-light selfies and lets not forget the rear-mounted fingerprint reader.
It deserves a shout-out as it is not only always-on, but also very accurate. Speed-wise, we have seen better, but with an unlock delay of about a second, it is definitely no slowpoke.
The battery performance was quite disappointing. With a capacity of 3600 mAh, one would expect decent endurance but, the Zopo clocked in only 41 hours of total endurance rating in our tests. Both web browsing and video playback took a huge toll on the battery, hinting at some major software imperfections.
On a positive note, there is Mediatek’s own Pump Express Plus fast charging solution added to the mix for a quicker top-off. And if Zopo addresses the efficiency with a firmware update things might even look pretty decent. For now though you have to be ready for daily charging.