HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Review: Rugged Smartphone for Good Price 2017

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Review: Rugged Smartphone for Good Price 2017

The almost $190 expensive HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 in our review is supposed to be an alternative for people who are looking for the rugged smartphone. Technically, one has to cut back on this genre.

With its 5-inch HD display, an MTK6750 Octa Core 1.5GHz processor and 4 GB of RAM and 64GB memory storage.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 4G Smartphone

Price: $168.99 / 16 - 23 OCT /

5.0 inch with 1280 x 720 pixels, RAM: 4GB , ROM: 64GB, Battery: 4250mAh, Android 7.0, MTK6750 Octa Core 1.5GHz

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 4G Smartphone

Price: $168.99 / 16 - 23 OCT /

5.0 inch with 1280 x 720 pixels, RAM: 4GB , ROM: 64GB, Battery: 4250mAh, Android 7.0, MTK6750 Octa Core 1.5GHz

The HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 is certified according to IP68, makes a good impression. But let’s just look at it under the magnifying glass.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8: Packaging

In the HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 pack, you will find the EU charger (5V / 2A), a special USB cable with a longer socket, an OTG adapter, headphones with microphone, an opening tool for the SIM- As well as an additional screen protector and instructions.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Review: Rugged Smartphone for Good Price 2017

One should neither lose the cable, nor the adapter ever because the sockets of the HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 lie deep in the housing. There are no standard cables.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8: Design and Appearance

These are the two concepts that first come to mind. With dimensions of 147.3 x 75.2 x 12.5mm and a weight of around 250 grams, one thing is clear: it’s hard, it’s powerful.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Review: Rugged Smartphone for Good Price 2017

The orange color of the frosted metal frame of in my test device (army green and black are also available) conceals nothing as well. The HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 in the test is simply “too much” and reminds me strongly of the CAT S40 or the Uhans U300.

The CAT could be dropped, the HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 does not make a statement. It speaks only of IP68 and “Submersible”.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Review: Rugged Smartphone for Good Price 2017

I dropped it nevertheless from 1.80 meters and it has survived the impact. Just like a bath in the bathtub.

However HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 at an unfavorable angle on the display, then it could already look different. At least 50 cm high, it did not damage anyway, a high on the screen protector.

The HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 in analisis is visually rather the “lobster” among the smartphones. Everywhere you see metal, almost the entire housing is dipped in rubber/plastic and everywhere you can see small aluminum screws.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Review: Rugged Smartphone for Good Price 2017

This is probably the robustness underline. The “elegance” of a Nomu S20 is painfully missed by me here. But well, we want to climb the mountains with the outdoor smartphone, move stones and in an emergency a nail can hammer into the wall, right?

However, the HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 is not likely to do well. Otherwise, it is very robust and the IP68 certification carries it right.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Review: Rugged Smartphone for Good Price 2017

Unfortunately, the connections are protected not only by plastic closures against the penetration of water and dust but also very deeply into the housing. Without the supplied USB type C cable or headset, nothing goes.

Oh, the operation is done via the touchscreen as well as via the three sensor sockets below. Underwater does not work then.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8: Display

The 5-inch IPS display is almost lost on the front because the edges above and below are centimeters thick.

The resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels is fine, is in this price class but nothing special. The color rendering my eyes as pleasant and also the viewing angle stability no cause for complaint.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Review: Rugged Smartphone for Good Price 2017

The often used Miravision for the adjustment of the display characteristics is here surprisingly not.

At the lower edge of the display, you can see “lighthouses” in light or dark backgrounds due to uneven illumination.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Review: Rugged Smartphone for Good Price 2017

The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, at least the manufacturer says.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8: Hardware and Performance

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 in the review have the MTK6750 Octa Core 1.5GHz clocks its eight cores with a maximum of 1.5 GHz (4 x 1.5 GHz / 4 x 1.0 GHz) and comes with its 4GB of RAM (on average are 2 GB free) in the current AnTuTu benchmark to 45000 points.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Review: Rugged Smartphone for Good Price 2017

In the Geekbench 4, it is enough for the 600 single-core and 2500 points in the multi-core.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8: Software

The Android 7.0, as well as the simple user interface, run smoothly, but for more complex games like Asphalt 8 or Modern Combat 5 but the detail steps have to be reduced.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Review: Rugged Smartphone for Good Price 2017

But I hardly believe that one is the HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 to gamble.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8: Battery

The firmly installed battery with its 4250mAh held in the PC Mark Akkutest nearly 7 and half hours.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Review: Rugged Smartphone for Good Price 2017

This means that you can get about one and a half days in normal use. Overnight the power cell loses up to 20% capacity. It is fully recharged in just 2.5 hours, but I am not convinced!

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8: Camera

The camera on the back makes recordings with a maximum of 16 megapixels. The recordings are only acceptable if sufficient light is available.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Review: Rugged Smartphone for Good Price 2017

Videos are also recorded only in moderate Full-HD. The front camera with its 13 megapixels also makes the impression. The interface is well-known, at least if you had another “no name smartphone” in your fingers.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8: Connectivity & Sound

The transmission and reception performance of the HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 in analisis is surprisingly good, besides GSM and HSPA is offered also LTE and of course also in volume 20.

The reception in the WLAN is ok, but the 5 GHz band is not supported. The internal loudspeaker on the back is too quiet, the conversation partners sound somewhat dull on the auricle.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Review: Rugged Smartphone for Good Price 2017

Through headphones, you can hear the “usual” sound with the Google equalizer presets. Unfortunately hardly one fits without an additional adapter in the very low lying 3.5 mm jack socket. This is absolute cheese!

GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB OTG (only with attached adapter) worked without problems or failures. So you can expand the internal memory (64 GB, of which 52 GB free) or also times fast on the move without a microSD to have.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8: Conclusions and Reviews

In my opinion, as honest and hard as the HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 on our review there is display is nice, the performance is nice, the camera is nice. But nice is the sister of dull.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Review: Rugged Smartphone for Good Price 2017

The visual appearance is too strong for me personally, although it is very robust. The fixed battery (4250 mAh) should actually last longer.

This may be the firmware is pretty good. If you do not want to hit the nails with your smartphone or drop it permanently on the floor, you will find less “fierce” alternatives.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8: Price and Where to buy cheaper?

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Review: Rugged Smartphone for Good Price 2017

Now you can purchase a phone for $168.99 from 16 to 23 OCT  with free shipping. So we advise it to buy or it will be an excellent gift to your loved one or relative.

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 4G Smartphone

Price: $168.99 / 16 - 23 OCT /

5.0 inch with 1280 x 720 pixels, RAM: 4GB , ROM: 64GB, Battery: 4250mAh, Android 7.0, MTK6750 Octa Core 1.5GHz

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 4G Smartphone

Price: $168.99 / 16 - 23 OCT /

5.0 inch with 1280 x 720 pixels, RAM: 4GB , ROM: 64GB, Battery: 4250mAh, Android 7.0, MTK6750 Octa Core 1.5GHz

HOMTOM ZOJI Z8 Review: Rugged Smartphone for Good Price 2017 was last modified: October 16th, 2017 by Boby Sanburn
  • Bigdaddyhaze

    Poorly written article. The writer disliked the phone from the onset and it tainted his every thought and was very obvious that even any good features of the phone over looked and described with rambling.

  • anita

    When I first saw Jesy j9s phone, it’s really huge, bigger than all normal phones I have ever used.
    Also, there is a super-fast fingerprint sensor as well as an IR blaster on top and NFC sensor under the back. i like this phone.

  • Mike

    This phone does not work in united states. Just received one & while the phone itself seems to work fine it will not connect to any cdma or gsm network. According to the specs its capable of operating on both but after takeing it directly to Verizon & At&t neither company can get it to connect to their service.