As smartphone users We love beautiful design but it comes with fragile nature and we compromise on design and choose rugged smartphones. Most of smartphones are wrapped in a rubber body which makes then bulky but this is not a case anymore. Zoji a sister concern company of HOMTOM have launched 3 rugged phone till now Z6, Z7 and recently Z8. Many of us consider S8 active as a most beautiful rugged smartphone but not a case any more. Zoji Z8 a recent addition in Zoji family got all beauty we may expect from modern design and offers ruggedness we need with durability to resist drops from 1.5 meters.
Display is so good, it does not feel as 720P and very bright, colors are vibrant.
Design is inspired by Black Knight “Darth Vader” from star war, display of phone resembles with his helmet. Shiny cuts around gives it perfect feeling of how Darth Vader looks.
REAR is engraved with detailed design resembling futuristic spaceship.
Inside protective (waterproof) caps on different port body cutouts are done very poorly leaving some serious drawback. Sim tray ejection port is too big make is to put extra effort to eject tray.
On front it houses selfie camera, notification light, earpiece, soft navigation keys, On fingerprint sensor, dual LED flash light and speaker grill. At bottom of Z8 we have MicroUSB port, On right we have Hybrid sim card tray on left we have volume keys and power button. On top we have 3.5mm headphone jack.
MicroUSB port is quite deep and the included cable have longer port so it makes phone incompatible with other cables in market.
As for as power it contains is very good as for as a smartphone with good performance is concern. It is powered by Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750 clocked at 1.5GHz coupled with 4GB RAM ends up having a great performance. It is ok to play graphics intensive games but not specifically built for it.
Headphone jack is bit deep but it works with normal 3.5mm headphones but sometimes it so sometime it might gets loose.
Display of Z8 comes with dual Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection which makes it tougher but there is no protecting wall that may reduce direct impact on it alike CAT S41. Port are covered by caps which is really really tight and sometimes require to use some small metallic things like keys to open them, thanks to tip to pull them out.
Zoji Z8 runs nearly stock Android 7.0 Nougat with icon themed matching phone design, This is usual practice of HOMTOM/ZOJI, which you may like or no.
Changing a launcher will let you experience Pure Android, it is smooth without any lags. It offers floating navigation, gestures including off screen gestures to open apps.
Camera performance of this phone is not great and result contains white grains which we could not refine by using any existing app, this could be optimized at OS level if it s not sensor issue. Day light and under good light it performs good enough to use but it is not for picture junkies.
Charging a battery takes about about 2 and half hour while provide 14 hours on-screen time while playing online videos. Low to mid usage provides 2 days, which is great and heavy usage offers little more than a day of usage.
Zoji Z8 vs CAT S41
|ZOJI Z8||CAT S41|
|Dimension||147.3 x 75.2 x 12.5mm||152 x 75 x 12.9mm|
|Build||Full Metal body||Rubber body on Metal frame|
|Resolution & Protection ||720 x 1280, Dual Corning Gorila Glass 4||1920 x 1080, Corning Gorila Glass 5|
|Rugged Features||– IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 1.5 meters and 60 minutes |
– Drop-to-concrete resistance from up to 1.5 m
– wet finger/glove-on working technology
|– IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 2.0 meters and 60 minutes |
– Drop-to-concrete resistance from up to 1.8 m
– Military Standard 810G (MIL-STD-810G) compliant – salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistant
– wet finger/glove-on working technology
|Processor||MediaTek MT6750 1.5GHz Octa-Core||Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 2.3GHz GHz Octa-Core|
|GPU||Mali-T860 MP2||Mali-T880 MP2|
|Internal Memory||64 GB ROM, 4 GB RAM||32 GB ROM, 3 GB RAM|
|Memory Card Slot||up to 128 GB||up to 256 GB|
|Camera||Rear: 16 MP f/2.0 |
Front: 13MP F/2.2
|Rear: 13MP |
|Communication||Bluetooth 4.0 |
GPS with A-GPS
|Bluetooth 4.1 |
GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS (market dependant)
|Battery||4250 mAh||5000 mAh|
Beautiful design, Battery life, IP68 certification, Gorilla Glass protection
USB port is very deep needs special cable that comes with phone so we can not use normal MicroUSB cable. Only 720P