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ZOPO ZP998 Unleashes the Octo-Core

Just like razor blades with their infinitely increasing cutting clusters, the field of smartphones is constantly expanding and evolving, becoming faster, slicker and – yes you saw it coming – even more cutting edge. That makes the ZOPO ZP998 eight-core phone, in this admittedly clumsy comparison, the Wilkinson Sword of smartphones.Behold: the Octo-Core!

Roughly following Moore’s Law, the smartphone processor’s progress has successively doubled from single to dual to quad and now onto octo as ZOPO’s latest slice of smart rolls out of Shenzhen, complete with a 5.5-inch IPS full HD display (1920×1080 pixels), a Mali-450MP4 (700 MHz) GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable to 64GB via microSD slot), a backside that boasts a 13-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture, and a 5-megapixel snapper round the front.

The Zopo’s centre of attention is the 1.7GHz MT6592 Octo-Core Cortex A-7 processor – the product of a sweet, sweet union between MediaTek and AMD. If nothing else, it promises to force other smart-mobile manufacturers (including those you’ve actually heard of) to up their efforts.

A game-changer for mobile gaming?

The ZP998’s battery impresses too, improving on most others around it with a 2,400mAh cell claimed to allow the ZOPO to cling to useful existence for some 270 hours of standby time and recharge at speeds that would make Usain Bolt do a double-take.

The Zopo is currently available for US $300 (about £185) on pre-order over at the ZOPO online store in a dazzlingly decision-dividing range of black or white finishes.

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