HOMTOM is back again with yet another Rugged-themed smartphone. The Chinese smartphone company seem to be getting it right and right with rugged smartphones as every single day passes by. We have seen what they did with the HOMTOM HT20, right? The device was so good it made our list of Top Rugged Smartphone to buy in 2017.
To step up its rugged smartphone game, HOMTOM released a Pro version of the device; the HOMTOM HT20 Pro. The device was more “wowing” and came with even better specs. You should check it out.
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The HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 has been released by the China based firm, and the major features of the device will be highlighted under the headers below
DESIGN AND DISPLAY
The appearance of the HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 in itself reeks strength! The device body is made with Plastic Mix Polycarbonate Body and with some screws visible at the end and edges of the device. To further add to the beauty of the device is the different colour options that the ZOJI Z8 comes in. Users can either buy an Orange coloured HOMTOM ZOJI Z8, Black or Army Green.
As is it with almost all rugged smartphones, the ZOJI Z8 also comes with its own shares of weight and bulkiness. The device is very heavy (weighs 250 grams) and has dimension 147.3 mm by 75.2 cm by 12.5 mm (length, width and thickness respectively).
Per visuals output, an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 pixels by 720 pixels is put in charge. The screen a 2.5D curved glass screen, sized at 5.0 inches and comes with an impressive pixel density (293.72 ppi). The HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 comes with the Corning Gorilla Glass version 4 to protect against easy shattering and breakage, and likewise, an IP68 waterproof and dustproof certification. This is ruggedness in its full fledge.
PROCESSOR, OS AND STORAGE
The ZOJI Z8 uses a MediaTek MT6750 64 bit Octa core processor which runs at a speed of 1.5 GHz. Coming out of the box with the Android v7.0 Nougat operating system and huge 4 GB of RAM, the HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 should launch apps and run them in multiple with no glitch.
The built-in storage capacity of 64 GB seem like enough memory to handle as many files you wish to keep. If not, the dedicated micro SD card slot allows expansion to the tune of 128 GB.
CAMERA AND BATTERY
The HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 comes with a Dual camera system (one camera on the rear, and one on the front). The primary camera on the rear is a 16 megapixels sensor and comes with a LED flash while that on the front is an impressive 13 megapixels sensor but lacks an LED flash light for image brightening when taking selfies.
As regards power, the HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 uses a Lithium Ion battery with a huge capacity of 4250 mAh. The device comes with the Quick Charge technology and was designed in such a way that the battery cannot be removed or replaced.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 has been released and is available globally at a price ranging between $170 to $180. However, GearBest is currently selling the device at a 21% discount, beating down the price of the ZOJI Z8 to $158.99.
Converting this to local currency, the device costs a little above N57,000. Going back to look at the specifications of this rugged waterproof device and the specs it carries, the price tag is a reasonable one.
HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Summary Specifications
|Device / Specifications||HOMTOM ZOJI Z8|
|Device type||Android 4G Smartphone|
|Release date||October 22, 2017.|
|Screen size||5.0 inches|
|Screen type||IPS LCD HAD capacitive touchscreen|
|Screen protection||Yes, available|
|Display resolution||1280 x 720 pixels|
|Pixel density||293 pixels per inch|
|Available colours||Orange, Army Green, Black|
|Weight||250 grams (with battery)|
|Internal storage (ROM)||64GB|
|Primary/ Rear camera||16 Megapixels with LED flash|
|Secondary/ Front facing camera||13 Megapixels|
|Processor (CPU)||1.5GHz Cortex-A53 Octa core processor|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes (rear mounted)|
|Chipset||MediaTek MT6750, 64-bit Processor|
|SD card support||Yes, up to 128GB|
|SIM support||Hybrid Dual SIM|
|SIM type||Nano + Nano|
|Operating system (OS)||Android Nougat v7.0|
|Battery type||Non-removable Lithium Ion battery|
|Fast/ Quick charge||Yes, supported|