Zopo Color M4 is a budget phone priced at Rs. 4999. It aims first-time smartphone buyers and offers basic specifications. The company has also taken care of Nation’s major interest i.e. Reliance Jio and packed the phone with 4G VoLTE connectivity. I tested the phone for few days and here is my Zopo Color M4 Review.
Zopo Color M4 Review
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The phone has small form factor because of the 4-inch display. So, people who need smaller phone will only take interest in this phone. The phone has a solid build and easy to hold and carry.
Below the display, it has three capacitive non-backlit keys. The power button and volume rockers are on right side. At the top, it has 3.5mm audio port and microUSB port. The base side has the primary mic.
The back panel has a rear camera and LED flash at top left side. It has Zopo branding at center top and the speaker is located in the lower part of the back panel. The back panel has texture patterns to give it a different look and to offer better grip.
The back panel is removable that houses two SIM card (micro SIM) slots and microSD card slot.
Build quality is fine. The only issue could be the size for many. So, it is only considerable if you are comfortable with small screen-size.
The phone has a 4-inch display with 480×800 pixels resolution. It boasts of having MiraVision display for better picture quality but I was not impressed with it. The reading experience is good in both indoor and outdoor, but video viewing experience is pretty bad. It shows reflection in dark scenes and makes it hard to understand what is going on there. Viewing angles are bad as well.
At this price, we have many phones with better resolution and pixel density. So, the phone lacks charm here.
The phone has Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. The performance of the phone is fine. It also has few bloatware apps including World Racing Challenge, Xploree Keyboard, Perry and few Zopo specific apps.
Performance and storage
The phone has 1.3 GHz Quad Core MediaTek MT6737M with 1 GB RAM. For this price, the performance is fine. If you are the first time smartphone user, you will be happy with its performance. It has Mali-T720 GPU. Graphics performance is fine. It can play various low-end games fine. I tested Temple Run, Traffic Rider, Subway surfers and few others. All these games were fine.
But, this does not seem to be value for money. If you look at the list of other phones of same price segment, we have 2GB RAM in many phones.
The phone has 16 GB storage with the option to expand storage up to 32GB. So, internal storage is large enough to try a number of apps on the phone. If you need more, add a microSD card on the phone.
The phone has 5 megapixels rear camera and 2 megapixels front camera. The camera app offers gesture capture, smile shot, auto scene detection and face detection.
With this camera setup, we can just expect average performance. In proper light, this camera captures fine photos. The front camera also offers beauty mode that works average and you can see slight beautification on your face.
See these camera samples.
It can also record up to HD videos. For improved video recording, it also has EIS that you can enable from the camera.
Most of the devices around Rs. 5000 now come with 8 megapixels rear camera and few are even offering 13 megapixels rear camera. Not just on paper, those phones even offer better camera performance.
Multimedia and network
As I already said, the display disappoints. It can play 1080p videos, but the experience is not good due to reflection. The loudspeaker is low and the in-call sound is low. So, talking to someone in outdoor will be a pain.
It has Dual SIM connectivity with support for 4G and VoLTE in the one SIM. It also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and microUSB.
The phone has just 1450 mAh battery. As the battery is small, it drains too fast even in normal usage. Getting a full day life is hard until you have very limited phone usage.
For around Rs. 5000, you have several other phones with the larger battery. So, this phone looks weaker in this segment as well.
After Sales Service
Here, I want to note after sales service in a different segment because it offers 365 days replacement warranty. In case any issue within a year, you will get the phone’s replacement from any Zopo authorized dealer.
To locate Zopo service centers, the company has also given a Zopo Care app in the phone. If you need any assistance, you can open the app and locate the nearest Zopo service center.
The phone justifies its specifications. Except for display, all things on the phone are same as per claims. But, I believe the phone is overpriced. It could have been priced less than Rs. 4000. You have numbers of phones with much better hardware specifications and even performance. This is the summary of Zopo Color M4 Review.
I see no reason to recommend this budget phone for the price it comes. I see it as a good phone with higher price tag.
Zopo Color M4
"Zopo color M4 is a budget phone that has very basic specifications. While the phone does the same job it claims to offer, it is bit overpriced. "
- Good build
- Poor display
- Average configuration
Value for Money 60%