The Zopo Flash X Plus mobile features a 5.5″ (13.97 cm) display and runs on Android v6.0 (Marshmallow) operating system. The device is powered by a Octa core, 1.3 GHz, Cortex A53 processor paired with 3 GB of RAM. As far as the battery is concerned it has 3100 mAh. Over that, as far as the rear camera is concerned this mobile has a 13 MP camera and the front snapper is powered by a Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor.
It’s been a while since Zopo, another one of the many Chinese smartphone companies, entered India. Since then, it’s been trying to get a foothold in the in the Indian smartphone market, especially in the budget segment. The company launched quite a few affordable smartphones in the market but they failed to create any buzz.
This time, Zopo has launched the selfie-focused Flash X Plus. Bearing a price tag of Rs 13,999, the Flash X Plus scores well in the design department. But does it perform well too?
We try to find out in our review.
Performance and camera
Zopo Flash X Plus is powered by an octa-core MediaTek processor paired with 3GB of RAM. There’s 32GB of internal storage, with support for microSD cards of up to 128GB in size. These are basic hardware specifications that are found in almost every budget smartphone available in the market today.
During our testing, the Flash X Plus handled multitasking and app-switching really well. We also played games such as Asphalt 8: Airborne and Temple Run 2, and the smartphone handled them decently. However, the phone did heat up and slow down a little after playing games continuously for about 45 minutes.
In all, we don’t think that the Zopo Flash X Plus is the best-performing smartphone in this segment as we’ve seen devices that offer better hardware at a lower price.
We ran AnTuTu and GeekBench 4 tests on the smartphone. While the Flash X Plus scored 34,672 in AnTuTu, single-core and multi-core scores on GeekBench 4 were 582 and 2,410 respectively.
Zopo Flash X Plus is backed by a 3,350mAh battery, which gave up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge. Having hybrid dual-SIM support, call quality (on both 3G and 4G VoLTE networks) on the Flash X Plus was satisfactory.
The smartphone’s mono speaker performs well and the audio output is lout enough.
Zopo Flash X Plus runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with Zopo’s ColorOS UI layer running on top. The UI is clean and there’s an app drawer as well. The smartphone comes preloaded with a few basic apps, in addition to three of its own apps — Zopo World, Zopo website and Zopo care – to make the user experience better. A multi-lingual keyboard app is also there.
The smartphone supports gesture-control features that enable the users to perform various tasks like taking pictures, answering phone calls and others. Along with that, features like double tap to unlock are included.
Zopo Flash X Plus features a 13MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, as well as an 8MP front facing camera with ‘Moonlight Flash’. The rear camera has a Sony IMX135 sensor with f/2.2 aperture, which resulted in brighter images in well-lit conditions during our testing. However, low-light images failed to impress us.
The 8MP selfie camera isn’t really that good either, and we noticed it to be slow when clicking selfies. Even the ‘Moonlight Flash’ failed to make selfies better.
Design and display
We were quite impressed with the design of Zopo Flash X Plus. It’s one of the best-looking devices designed by Zopo. In our opinion, the budget Flash X Plus looks even better than the company’s flagship – Speed 8. The phone flaunts a metal body design with rounded edges that give it a premium look. Our review unit was a Black-coloured one, with a matte-finish back that attracted fingerprints.
The volume and power buttons are placed on the right, while the SIM card tray is on the left. The rear has a 13MP rear camera with dual LED flash and the company logo. As for the front, it has a 5.5-inch FullHD display and an 8MP selfie camera. Below the display is the Home button with integrated fingerprint sensor. There are two capacitive keys (Back and Options) below the display as well. The bottom of the smartphone has a usual speaker grille, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microUSB charging port.
Overall, we think that the Zopo Flash X Plus is a well-built smartphone.
Talking about the display, the Flash X Plus has a 5.5-inch Full HD display of 1080×1920 pixel resolution. The company has incorporated GFF technology in the display, which not only minimizes reflection but is also claimed to make the display thinner and lighter. The large display makes it easier to enjoy movies and games. We found it to have decent visibility under direct sunlight. Vowing angles and colour reproduction were also fine.
Zopo Flash X Plus comes with a price tag of Rs 13,999. On paper, it has everything that you’d expect from a budget smartphone. However, it’s not a good performer overall and there are better options available in the market. For example, you can go for the recently-launched Moto G5, which has a price tag of Rs 11,999, and offers better specifications and design.