ZOPO Hero 1

Update 5/25/2016: I have been using this phone for over a month, call quality is great, signal strength (reception) is good,  camera takes nice pictures, android os is perfectly stable no problems ever, it is fast and installs apks in seconds,  I listen internet radio and FM radio along with mp3s in my micro sdcard and it has great sound quality, I use Sony MH1 headset and it is just amazing what you get for this price, very balanced sound, without any distortions. Battery life is enough for a day normal use, if you do not use it it will stand by days I can say more than 3 days easily. Web browsing is fast, pages loads fast, no problems with WIFI or 4G/3G. GPS is amazing, locks in seconds, you do not need internet connection to use GPS, it is perfect, never had a problem with GPS, I can tell you it is as accurate as my Garmin Nuvi 1200 if not better, might be even better. It fixed charging issue after a few full charge, and it has probably battery protection circuit on it, perfectly safe.

First look:
The phone came in a tiny box, with charger usb cable earphone, and some manuals, warranty cards etc. Phone has a notification LED, a nice and bright LED for camera flash / flashlight, nice camera with AR coated perfectly clear camera lens protector, amazing GPS, it can get a 3D fix in seconds, catches over 10 sattellites even in a room 3 meters from window and this is only with GPS chip not with WIFI simcard not inserted (device only), by the window it catches more than 15 satellites. I will test outdoor GPS both in car, walking performance and will update here. Another thing is very good (even perfect! for this price) (Better than Samsung S4 one of my friend said.) sound quality with my Sony MH1 headset (I only listen music with headphones), WIFI signal and data speed is also good. Swiping three fingers down takes a screenshot. Touchscreen sensitivity is good.

Some issues for the first day use out of the box:
Volume of rear speaker is low but quality of sound is OK, when you enable BesLoudness volume booster for speaker it's a bit better but still low and quality of sound decreases when you enable it, it won't affect headphone though, and spotted one dead or defective pixel, battery level dropped from 15% to 1% in a minute at the first run of the phone out of the box and when I started to charge at 70% it was showing 4.36V took out the battery my multimeter showed 4.29V then I rebooted it and it started charging from level %98 a few minutes later it said it is charged. Update: It shows the battery level wrong but it will never overcharge battery tested with my multimeter a few times.

Battery & charging:
Tested with my multimeter when phone turned off itself when battery showing 1% it was 3.45V which is good. After battery was charged 100% my multimeter showed 4.35 Volts. When charging the battery level percentage goes slowly and at 75% it completes charge but it still shows 75% but it does not overcharge battery. If you reboot phone it shows correct charge state.

 

Pros:

  • Price quality ratio is 10 out of 10
  • Amazing GPS
  • Sound quality with headphones /headsets
  • Reception / Call quality
  • 2GB of RAM

Cons:

  • Android, battery charge level (percentage) should be fixed.
  • Volume of main speaker is a bit low.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specifications from dealer:

ZOPO Hero 1
Certifications: CE & ROSH
Carrier: Unlocked
Sim card: Dual sim and dual standby

Multi Language: Afrikaans, Bahasa Indonesia, Bhasa Melayu, Catala, Cestina, Dansk, Deutsch, English, Spanish, Filipino, French, Hrvatski, IsiZuzu, Italia, kiswahili, Latviesu, Lietuviu, Magyar, Nederlands, Norsk Bokmal, Polski, Portuguese, Romana, Rumantsch, Slovencina, Slovenscina, Suomi, Svenska, Tieng Viet, Tagalog, Turkish,Greek,Bulgarian,Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Amharic, Hindi,Thailand, Korean,Traditional Chinese, Simple Chinese

OS and CPU
Operating System: Android OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
CPU: MediaTek MT6735 1.3GHz 28nm HPM Quad-Core 64bit processor
GPU: ARM Mali-T720

MEMORY
Internal phone storage: 16GB ROM (11 GB for the user)
RAM: 2GB
Memory card support : MicroSD Card up to 64GB

NETWORKING
FDD-LTE + WCDMA + GSM
Bands:
2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G:WCDMA 900 / 1900 / 2100MHz
4G:FDD-LTE: 800 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600MHz
4G LTE 150Mbps downlink, 50Mbps uplink

CAMERA and VIDEO:
Main Camera: 13.2MP, LED Flash
Resolution: 13.2MP (AF)
Sensor: OV13850
Aperature: f/2.2
Focus range: 0.1 m~infinity
Number of lenses: 5P
Size of sensor: 1/3.06”
Flash support: Yes
Video: 1080P(1920 X 1080, 30FPS)

Front-Facing Camera:
Resolution: 5.0MP (FF)
Sensor: OV5670
Aperature: f/2.8
Number of lenses: 3P

CONNECITIVITY and COMMUNICATION:
USB support: 5pin Micro USB v2.0
WiFi: 802.11ac/a/b/g/n/ac (Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n)
WiFi Hotspot functionality, Tethering & portable hotspot - Synchronization via Exchange ActiveSync
Bluetooth v4.0
GPS satellites: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU (BDS)
Sensor: Gravity Sensor, Compass (MTK magnetometer), proximity sensor, Light sensor
USB OTG
WIFI Display / Cast Screen
Gesture
FM radio

DISPLAY
Screen Size: 5.0-inch
16 Million Colors
Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen, IPS, GFF
1280 x 720 pixels
Touch screen: 5 Point Capacitive

PRE-LOADED APPLICATIONS
Google Maps, Google Talk, Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Play Store, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, No Chinese APP

BATTERY
Battery: 2500mAh, Li-polymer
Talk time: over 10 hours
Standby time: over 120hours

Dimensions: 146.1 x 70.6 x 8.65mm
Weight (with battery) : 150g

PACKAGE details / Accessories:
Travel Charger
Usb Data Cable
Earphone with Mic (headset)
User Manual
Warranty Card

SAR Values
Head: 0.422W/kg (10g)
Body: 0.733W/kg (10g)

Unboxing & some pictures: (I deleted IMEI and some barcodes.)

box

specs

zopo hero 1 out of the box
charger 5v 1A

accessories
zopo hero 1 battery


back cover




close up led flash
close up camera lens protector cover
zopo hero 1



front camera


display, screen





Good viewing angles:

Display screen quality is good and viewing angles are great, minimum brightness is very good for night and bed browsing, at highest it is bright enough to see outside under sun, color production is also good. Will check outdoors later and update here.

viewing angle

back

Some close up details, build quality (very good):





Dead or defective pixel :( lucky me:

dead, defective pixel

 

Phone also has no problems with playing 1080p videos.? (will update later)

 

Main / back / rear camera samples:

Size of each image is 4 MB to 6 MB, 4160 x 3120 pixels resolution. Since I am busy these days I will update here with more photos and video sample later.

Click on images to download untouched full size images from dropbox.

camera test



 

 

You can also check UltraFire F13 for close-up image quality.
Navigation and GPS: (test) (will update later)

The best feature of this phone looks so far (only a day of use) is GPS.

First initial test results: ( These tests right below are 2 meters away from window, and it still gets a 3d fix in seconds)

 

zopo hero 1 gps test
gps review

 

 

Outdoor walking gps performance:

I use OruxMaps mosty, today I tested with its track logging and I must say GPS is amazing with excellent accuracy. This is walking performance, phone was in my jacket's pocket and was not steady. In car, steady, with motion and speed I assume it will be better.

Note: All gps tests done without simcard, without data, without the help of WIFI.

AndroiTS GPS Test v1.46 outdoor with 15-20 meter tall buildings around:

Androits gps zopo hero 1
OruxMaps track logging (Excellent!)

oruxmaps track logging zopo hero 1

Antutu test results: 33212

 

Zopo hero 1 antutu result

 

A1 SD Bench test results of internal memory and RAM:

 

a1sd zopo hero 1

 

CPU-Z info and charging problem I mentioned before:

CPU Z test

 

 

Zopo Hero 1 Android 5.1 Lollipop interface
zopo android lollipop interface