Zen Ultrafone 701 HD review and Unboxing – A good alternative to MMX A116

Zen Ultrafone 701 HD is a good alternative to Micromax A116. It is powered by quad core processor and sports a 5 inch HD screen with 8MP rear camera and a 3.2MP front camera. The handset is priced at Rs. 11,999.

Ultrafone 701 HD Box pack
Inside the unique box pack you will find the handset, power adapter, earphone, 2000 mAh battery, USB data cable, user manual, warranty card / service center list, an extra back cover and a free flip cover.

Design, Display and OS
The design looks identical to the MMX A116 but A116 is slimmer towards the edges. The 701HD I think weighs around 156 grams and thickness is 11mm. There is an extra back cover, in all you get black and off-white color option and a flip cover that makes it a little more attractive.

The IPS screen is 5 inches with resolution (HD) 1280×720 pixels (293.72 ppi). The viewing angle is good. There are light, proximity and accelerometer sensors. There is no magnetic sensor. Colour reproduction is better on Ultrafone 701 as compared with A116. There is LED notification.

This 701 HD handset runs on the Android 4.2 OS.

Zen Ultrafone 701 HD box pack

Memory and Storage
This dual SIM / Dual standby handset comes with 1GB RAM of which 633MB is free. Of 4GB internal storage 0.98 is allocated for apps (free = 780MB) and phone storage is 1.74GB (free = 1.65GB). You can install / move apps to external storage (max 32GB microSD card) which is a plus point as this option was not available on the MMX A116.

Ultrafone 701 HD review

Performance and Benchmark
Zen Ultrafone is powered by MT6589 MediaTek processor clocked at 1.2GHz with PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU. The benchmark scores are as follows.

Benchmark scores

  • Quadrant Benchmark : 4120.
  • Anututu Benchmark : 13202
  • Nenamark2 : 44.9fps.
  • Linpack : single 36, multi 107.
  • Multi Touch : 5 point.

8MP AF Camera with BSI sensor
The still capture and the video output is good. You can check the sample images / videos. It is auto focus camera with BSI Sensor and with LED flash support. Front camera is of 3.2 MP resolutions. The 701 HD can record 1080p videos at 30fps.

8MP camera on Ultrafone 701 HD

The handset can play 1080p and can also record 1080p videos. The sound is loud and clear.

I got the GPS lock in less than 10 seconds. For first time make sure to enable 3G, go to GPS settings and enable EPO / enable EPO Auto download and also enable A-GPS. You can use this process on any android handset that supports A-GPS; this will ensure a faster lock within seconds.

The incall sound is good and clear. I did not face any issues. I tried Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth all of which worked without any problems.

The 2000 mAh battery lasted for over a day as per my usage.

Zen Ultrafone 701 HD review
This is a very good option to the Micromax A116 which is selling for approx Rs. 14,000. The 701 HD also beats the Xolo Q800 that now comes with MT6589M processor (downgraded). For Rs. 11,999 this is best quad core option, for now, that comes with extra cover and a free flip cover.

Image Gallery

Sample images

Zen Ultrafone 701 HD unboxing and review video

1080p video shot using the Zen 701 HD handset

Nova 3 on Zen 701 HD handset


{ 294 Responses }

  1. amalesh says

    hai gogi

    People said different comments on the current mobiles, even for big company products.
    I am going to buy a mobile which is below 9k. options in front of me are lava X1, Zen 701 and xolo q700s.

    My preferences are on
    clarity of camera and display,
    good range capturing capacity and
    battery back up
    (i am not expecting miracles in my small range)
    Please do replay fast.

  2. Hemant Saxena says

    Excellent Phone but some areas of concern.
    My Ultrafone 701HD is working perfectly. There are two areas of concern:

    A. Phone has three memory locations:
    1. Internal memory 1GB
    2. Phone memory, 1.7 GB
    3. Micro SD card memory.

    I have installed just basic Apps and some games with most of them moved to Micro SD card.
    However, I am getting Memory full error with only 50 MB remaining in Internal memory. I tried to install some games, move some application to SD card but still Internal memory is running low.
    Phone memory is 1.3 GB free.
    Is there any way to move application from Internal memory to Phone memory.
    Due to low Internal memory, I am not able to install any new apps.
    B. I am randomly getting error message: “SD card removed unexpectedly”
    I have to re-start the phone to get back the SD card. I changed SD card but the error come up randomly.

    Kindly help on above two issues.

  3. pks says

    which is best?— xolo q700s (or) zen ultraphone 701Hd—-.. Is zen 701 hd good for graphic gaming.?.. I confused.. or suggest any other mobiles in this range..

    • amalesh says

      i am in same confusion to go for Xolo q700s which has high bench marks and less resolution and Zen HD701

      please someone reply with good suggestion

  4. Srinivas says

    Hi Gogi,

    Does ZEN Ultrafone 701HD support 32GB class 10 memory cards like “Sandisk Mobile Ultra 32 GB Class 10”, “Strontium 32 GB 70 MB/S (Class10) Nitro MicroSDHC Card UHS-1”.

  5. julious says

    does this phone heat up or not because mine heats up to much and battery is not working well pls help

  6. AJAY N.BHOY says

    Dinesh have you read reveiews in flipcart indiatimes and snapdeal lot of happy customer In indiatimes price slashed at 7644 Rs.and now out of stock I recently purchased wt SAHOLIC price at 8300 Rs. Very good phone at a Very best price including flip cover and off wight back cover.No issue wt screen and memory card GO FOR IT :) BETTER THEN MICROMAX XOLO AND KARBONS OVERPRICED PHONE.

  7. Nilesh says

    light sensor doesent work properly in my lava iris 501 it does not dim when there is no light and I can’t set into lowest brightness level as when set to auto brightness it increases even in low light and when I install app for solving issue screen remains dim even in good light condition speaker also distorted and a smell of shorcircuit came from speaker and voice was very low since then its speaker always get distorted I don’t understand why indian companies compromise on speaker light sensor of no use its better to have a 4 .5 inch phone with everything of good quality camera was good good screen good battery stable os average build but acceptable but what about speaker call quality wortless lightsensor digging hole in heart for budget phone

  8. Dinesh says

    Hey friends really need your suggestions…Am about to buy Zen 701HD but worried about its mix reviews and many complaining about faulty handsets…My main concern is about its lasting…Is the quality worth that can last for few years…I recently gave my Spice 535 to my cousin & need to switch…About Spice 535 quality its damm good handset and I assure its one of the best quality I have ever seen in budget smartfones…It would easily last for years…Just for a change wanted to switch to HD resolution so friends please help & post your suggestions

    • yashraj singh says

      hi,friends ,i want to know that as zen ultrafone 701hd is giving every thing in cheaper rate,does the company internal hardwares and time period is really good. what about the company .please….please send me suggestions about it…..

  9. vbb says

    Hi Gogi,
    The price of this phone has dropped considerably and I am going to buy this phone.I just want to know the SAR value of the phone.It seems that nobody has specified SAR value in specifications online. It is available for as low as 9K.
    please let me know that SAR of the phone.

  10. Divyesh says

    heyy friends go for lemon aspire a2 i had just order it as zen 701hd comes with lot of issues means company sell defective piece see the reviews on snapdeal..also lemon aspire is rebranded zopo 810 bt i need to ask gogi abt zen has rebranded which mobile??

    • amit says

      Hi Divyesh,

      Please share the review for lemon aspire a2 hd.
      How is battery back up (also battery size 2000 mah or 1850 mah)
      any heating or lagging issues.
      Any lags in gaming?
      Screen resolution etc.
      Please share it ASAP. I’m looking to buy either this phone or zen 701 hd.
      Your review will be helpful.

      • Divyesh says

        hie amit,
        i bought lemon aspire a2 from indiatimes.com. It has 2000mah battery and for me it goes more dan a day..n didn’t install any high end game so can’t tell u and the screen resolution is 720p nice n good for this price bt u have to compromise on cam quality btw that is obvious seeing the price….datz enough frnd

  11. AJAY says

    Amit Search google not a singel reveiew of lemon asphire A2 hd nor its Accessories like flip cover found.Price is very tempting avilable at snapdeal at a price of 6989 Rs. Thats why i order ZEN ULTRAPHONE 701 HD at a price of 8199 WT FLIP COVER BACK WHITE COVER AND AIRTEL 3G DETA CODE THEY SHIPPED BY BLUEDART WAITING FOR DELIVERY :-)

    • amit says

      Yes Ajay,

      You are correct. I have searched everywhere but not even a single review of Lemon Aspire A2 HD, that why i wanted Mr GOGI to review it.
      We would be able to know beeter about the phone after his review. May be we find an alternate choice for less price.
      Otherwise i’m considering Zen Ultraphone 701 HD. Please share your experience with Zen ultraphone. Also if any issues faced.
      This will help me buying this phone.
      Thanks a lot dear :)

      • Divyesh says

        hey amit lemon a2 is rebranded zopo 810 do watch out gogi’s review for zp810 will clear all your doubts about lemon aspire a2, i personally ordered lemon after watching the review…

        • amit says

          hi divyesh,

          From where you have purchased Lemon A2. and on what price.
          Also share your review after a day of usage.
          Thanks a lot in advance.

          • soubhik mitra says

            hi all lemon a2 hd review coming soon within 4 days on my channel for more info visit my YouTube channel for all review of low end local manufactures phones with lava iris 458q to spice coolpad 2

            • amit says

              Hi SOubhik,

              You said within 4 days your review will come for lemon aspire a2.
              It’s already 6 days. waiting for the review. Please let us know.

              • soubhik mitra says

                sorry bro i orderd via infibean but they faild to delivrd and says out of stock now just recived today via homeshop 18 fast delivery in 3days price little xrta than other website @6999
                so video comming in sunday for sure @soubhikmitra channel

  12. amit says

    Hi Mr Gogi,

    Kindly review the Lemon 3G Super Smartphone Aspire A2 Hd Phone also ASAP.
    I need to buy this as soon as possible.
    Kindly let me know whether i should purchase Lemon 3G Super Smartphone Aspire A2 Hd Phone (Price 7000 flipkart) or Zen Ultraphone 701 HD (Price 8700 flipkart).
    I’m waiting for your reply ASAP. Please do let me know.
    I’ll be really thanksful to you in helping me out.

  13. ndnusha says

    hello gogi ji I m nd and want to purchase a cell which has more than 8 megapixel camera with quadcore processor and a good battery backup as well with good speakers suggest me mobiles

  14. Ankit Jain says

    Which is the original manufacturer of this phone??? Please Gogi ji help me…
    Zen has rebranded which mobile???

    • Chottu says

      zen ultra fone HD701, is very very Good mobile than Mircomax HD, A117 Canvas Magnus,samsung grand & S4 MINI. I used both phone & also HD701. don’t things, what I say? plz see below & take a decision. what u doing?
      1. Brand Name-
      SAMSUNG [Korean] – is king of Android phones likes( Galaxy) & TOp in market.
      MIRCOMAX [Indian]- now it growning in market for canvas.
      ZEN [Indian] – it is not a good popular company in market.
      Now, you are thinking, already u know this.[ but someone]
      2. DESIGN – Both phone are looking good (different from man to man)
      3. DISPLAY – display makes most important role in smart phone [ for Videos,Browser,games,etc]
      I have test & compare but
      mmx HD & Magnus 720 x 1280 pixels, 5.0 inches (~294 ppi pixel density) ,
      Zen-HD701- 720 x 1280 pixels, 5.0 inches (~320 ppi pixel density)
      samsung s4-540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches (~256 ppi pixel density) Grand – 480 x 800 pixels, 5.0 inches (~187 ppi pixel density)
      both have a little pixels in text [but human eyes not so easy to find] but colour reproduction is best in zen
      4. HARDWARE – Mircomax & Zen are full in mediatek cortex processor Quad-core 1.2 GHz (1.5Ghz Magnus)Cortex-A7 .
      samsung grand -Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9
      Samsung S4 Mini-Chipset Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400
      CPU Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait
      but you don’t feel any any different both those phone ( differ sometimes heavy games)
      5.CAMERA – Mircomax Magnus Primary 12 MP, 4000 x 3000 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
      Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection
      Video Yes, 720p@30fps
      Secondary Yes, 2 Mp
      Zen & canvas HD, S4 Mini, Grand- Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
      Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection
      Video Yes, 720p@30fps [ Zen 701HD & S4 mini Video record 1080p]
      Secondary Yes, 2 MP ( zen 3.2mp)
      I compared both phones & Zen is best (Captured images highest 5.4mb) but low light is not captured very good image. samsung & mmx is also good. samsung & Zen Record 1080p full HD.
      6.PROBLEM- Mircomax heat up shortly & battery is bad
      Samsung sometimes slow down & apps open late.
      Zen all over good no problem.
      Last Price.
      ZEN ultra 701HD Rs.8300 (online & offline)
      Mircomax magnus a117 & HD Rs. 13500 & 12700
      Samsung Grand & S4 Mini Rs.16600 & 22400
      what do u think?
      if you are Brand concern go for s4 mini
      But one think technology is always changes.
      Zen service centre all over india see website. http://www.zenmoblies.com for service centre address
      & tollfree number.
      Mircomax service all over india see website http://www.mircomax.com

  15. AJAY says

    It is sale on INDIA TIMES SHOPPING At a price of 8265 can any one purchase from this side Can flip cover and back white cover get free or not b’cause there side not give us details abt accessory Answer ASAP B’cause I am interested to purchase :)

    • Husain Shaikh says

      I am already purchased from INDIA TIMES SHOPPING price of 8265 and flip cover and back
      white cover free in the box.

  16. lok says


    SD card unexpectly removed mesage comes regularly and sd card gets unmounted automatically in zen ultrafone hd.

    what is the problem??

    pl help

  17. yatin pathak says

    I cannot install apps directly to SD card on zen 701 HD. I have to move it from internal memory to SD card. How can I do?

    • AJAY says

      Yatin, First go to setting>storage>click 2nd option>preffered install location>check 2nd option SDCARD.NOW ENJOY YOUR ALL APP.AND GAMES INSTALL ON YOUR MEMORY CARD and Manjunath your phone is faulty go to nearest ZEN SERVICE CENTER So many online customer crying abt this memory card problem :)

  18. manjunatha says

    maine aaj he mobile Liya hu isme memory card read nahi ho ra ha hi pls sujest me. dusra dalna hi kya. our ek bath hi ki Maine dusra mmc badal ke dekha hu

    • Husain Shaikh says

      I think its mobile problem because I have no issue this mobile even 16 gb memory card inserted Sandisc.