Zopo ZP960 rumored to come soon with ultra-thin body, Full HD screen and $285 price tag

March 4, 2013
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The name of Zopo probably didn’t ring any bells with even the most fanatic Western-based tech aficionados a month or two back, but in just a couple of weeks the Chinese have managed to get themselves on the map big time.

And they didn’t even need to release a gadget. Instead, they teased a wacky 5.7-incher with a 32 MP camera a couple of weeks ago and then let some details slip on a 5-inch Full HD beast.

The latter, known as the ZP960, sounds almost as exciting as the ZTE U935 that leaked a few hours ago. The new guy will be a tad pricier, but at 1,799-1,999 Yuan ($285-$318), it’s far from expensive. In fact, it’s still half of what top-tier 1,080p phones go for in the West.

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Like ZTE’s newest 5-incher, Zopo’s finest will be powered by Mediatek’s low-cost quad-core MT6589 processor. That’s not exactly on the bleeding edge when it comes to raw speed, but it’s slightly snappier than Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon S4 and we have fond memories of that particular SoC.

The MT6589 chip is also going to be paired with 2 GB of RAM, so multitasking is definitely not to be an issue. We’re hearing pretty great things about the rest of the specs, which include 32 GB of on-board storage, a 13 MP rear-facing snapper and a 5 MP (sic) front-facing cam.

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There’s also going to be dual-SIM support on the thing, while the only question regarding software is whether there’ll be Android 4.1 or 4.2 to butter up the interface. As for design, the images you can see around are apparently not real snapshots of the phone, but still faithful renders of how the big guy will end up looking. And it is quite splendid, no doubt about that.

Unfortunately, Zopo might have needed to cut a major corner to end up with such a slim device – battery. Rumor has it the “ticker” will be a meager 2,000 mAh unit. And to think the ZP960 will be made available globally via Zopo’s official website. So close to a home run…

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