Build92%
Screen95%
Performance90%
User Support78%
Camera86%
Positives
  • Crystal clear screen.
  • Nice performance.
Negetives
  • Worst customer support.
  • Average camera.
88%Overall Score
Reader Rating: (3 Votes)
94%
The flagship mobile of Zen mobiles, the Zen Ultrafone 701 HD was launched sometime back. The Zen Ultrafone 701 HD features 5 inch HD touch screen, and quad-core processor. The  Zen Ultrafone 701 HD is a truly great device, and with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, it is even better than the all famous Micromax Canvas HD. Zen Ultrafone 701 HD really performs up to the expectations. In our Zen Ultrafone 701 HD review, we have covered every aspect of the device.
The Zen Ultrafone 701 HD has been priced in India at Rs. 11999. This device has similar specifications as the Micromax Canvas HD, and it comes for Rs. 2000 less than it, so it is truly a good device.

Box Pack

The Zen Ultrafone 701 HD comes in a colourful box, that gives you a premium look. It comes with all the standard accessories. The box pack includes handset, back cover, flip cover, microUSB, adapter, manual, service center list and 2000 mAh battery.

Build Quality

If there is one aspect of Zen Ultrafone 701 HD that has impressed me the most, it will be the build quality. The Zen Ultrafone 701 HD has great build quality, and it gives you an experience of a premium handset. It has standard buttons on the sides. One one side it has volume buttons, and the other side is has sleep button.
On the front side of the Zen Ultrafone 701 HD, there are three soft buttons, namely menu, home and back buttons. There is a front camera on the top. On the back side, there is a clean logo, and back camera, with LED.

Display

The display of the Zen Ultrafone 701 HD is pretty good. It has 5 inch screen with 1280×720 pixels. The display is vibrant, and the colours are sharp. The screen looks very good, and the brightness is also quite good. In bright sunlight there are problems with the display, but indoors, it is perfect.
Zen Ultrafone 701 HD side view

Memory and Storage

The Zen Ultrafone 701 HD has 1GB RAM and 4GB internal memory. In the 1GB RAM, around 640MB is free for the user. The RAM is quite enough and multi-tasking was a breeze in the device.
There was almost no lags in the software whatsoever, and all the games ran smoothly. In memory, the Zen Ultrafone 701 HD has 4GB, in which around 1.65GB is free for the user. The device also supports installing apps on the SD card, which is a big plus point, as it allows users to install as many big games, and apps they want in the 32GB microSD card.

Processor and Performance

In our Zen Ultrafone 701 HD review, we found that the performance of the device was really good. Zen Ultrafone 701 HD runs on 1.2GHz MediaTek quad-core processor, the same that powers the Micromax Canvas HD. The device runs quite good, and it ran all the HD games easily without any lag.
The Zen Ultrafone 701 HD was compatible with almost all the applications, and games on the Google Play. We tested games like Need For Speed Most Wanted, NOVA, and Where’s My Water ?, and they all ran quite smoothly.

Benchmarking

Zen Ultrafone 701 HD Benchmarking
  • AnTuTu Benchmarking – 12719
  • Quadrant Benchmarking – 4100
  • Nenamark2 – 45fps
  • Multi touch – 5 point

Camera

The camera of the Zen Ultrafone 701 HD performs fairly well. The back camera is 8MP with LED flash and BSI sensor. The camera captures still images in good quality, and the video recording too is pretty good. The front camera of 3.2MP too performs well.
The rear camera of 8MP was capable of recording videos at 1080p with 30fps.

Entertainment

The Zen Ultrafone 701 HD was capable of playing 1080p videos smoothly. The sound quality of the device too was really good, and the headset provided too were good.
Zen Ultrafone 701 HD bottom view

Battery Life

In battery, the Zen Ultrafone 701 HD has 2000 mAh battery, that gives it over 1 and a half day of normal usage. I tested it with Wi-Fi and 3G on and the batter lasted for 1 day, that is pretty good for a smartphone. In heavy usage, the device lasted for 6 hours.

Final Take

In this price range, there is really tough competition. There is Xolo Q800, and then there is the Micromax Canvas HD. But overall, the Zen Ultrafone 701 HD is one of the best device in this price range. Every other device in this range, has one problem or the other, but the Zen Ultrafone 701 HD is a really good device, with almost no problem. Everything from GPS to Wi-Fi in the device runs really well. To sum all up : It is truly a paisa vasool !
Disclaimer: Although Zen Mobiles had sent us the device for review, but the review was conducted within 5 days, and after that we had to return the device. The complete review is based on the experience of the device in these days. Thus, we can’t comment about the durability of the device, and about its long term usage.

97 Responses

  1. Atul

    What the f*** ??? Couldn’t Zen share the device with u forever when Sony shares their devices with u. No way, I won’t buy any mobile with such a cheap company.

    Reply
  2. Vinay

    My friend told me that it takes 6 hours for the battery to charge from 0 to 100%…is it true for your device also…

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  3. avinash

    i am confused b/w iris 504q,canvas hd,spice pinnacle fhd525 / 535,celkon a119q. an i agree with other’s no zen 701 hd fr me, what a cheap cmp if thy can’t give 1 mobile fr review !
    please help me and also tell me if you would recommend any other option.
    i want a phone with good performance,screen resolution and most for hd games

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  4. Ankit

    Hi ! Which one would you recommend Zen Ultrafone 701 HD or Lava Iris 504q?
    I like Lava Iris more than Ultrafone .. because it’s slim and light weight and has magnetic sensor. but the thing bothers me about it is the Benchmark scores.
    It has low Quadrant Benchmark,Antutu Benchmark scores than Ultrafone. Should I be worrying about it or its okay, it would perform same as like Ultrafone on daily tasks & which one is best in playing asphalt 7, nova 3, & nfs most wanted. also what do you say abt zen not giving handset fr review ?? i mean tech junction is one of the most famous sites right ??? then why dont they give you it forever ?? it seems that they are broke.

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    • Brahmnoor Singh Chawla

      Hi Ankit !

      Thanks for your comment.

      I suggest you to go for the Lava Iris 504Q if you like a slim body, and good design. There is not much difference in the performance of both the devices.

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  5. Ankit

    Hi, When i minimize any app using home button & then I close app I.e. ‘temple run, opera mini’ using swipe to close & when I reopen the app, the app is steal open why these happens.

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  6. Sanjay

    Hi,,,

    I wanted to buy this so i went to look in the market in Mumbai.. But surprisingly i didn’t found it in any stores.. I called customer care and found that there is no distributor for ZEN in Mumbai… I was shocked and now i am thinking to buy something else…also ZEN didn’t give you the mobile for checking properly, while big companies like bose, samsung, and sony do…so it’s certain that they are a cheap company….
    This i s very very good handset but the things are not in it’s favor after knowing these facts.

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  7. Fyaz

    Hey…..!!!!
    Its okay…no probs ….I can understand u must be a very busy person….
    Thanks for taking out time and replying… Plz do lemme knw if u get thru dis problem…..
    Take care………

    Reply
  8. Fyaz

    Hi,
    Thanks for your valueable review. It was very helpful for me to decide and I bought zen 701 HD.I’m quite happy with the device. Only issue is the speaker volume is very very low.Not able to hear in noisy environment.Plz help me out with the connectivity of the OTG cable.when I insert the OTG cable it doesn’t shows any notification and doesn’t read OTG. But it has the option in the Settings/Storage/mount USB storage. Or is there any other way to make the OTG work on this device.Plz resolve this issue.Thanks in advance.

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    • Brahmnoor Singh Chawla

      Hi Fyaz !

      Can you please forgive me for the delay in reply, because I was very busy these days.

      Anyway, yes I agree with you that the speaker volume is low. But I must admit that the Zen Ultrafone 701 HD doesn’t support OTG cable.

      There must be a way out by some development, but by default the OTG cable just doesn’t seem to work.

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  9. Subodh

    Zen Ultrafone 701hd doesn’t support OTG cable. What to do? But lava iris 504q supports it. imho zen sucks fr not giving the handset for proper testing, do they have something to hide ??
    Please suggest me the best phone between them and why?

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    • Brahmnoor Singh Chawla

      Hi Subodh !

      It is nice to know that you know so much about mobiles.

      I suggest can’t suggest a device as such without knowing your requirements. So can you please tell me what exactly will be your usage ?

      Reply
  10. Gopinath

    i am a big fan of this website.

    i want to knw the meaning of internal memory 4gb in zen 501 mobile. and can u tell me abt zen, i mean y didnt thy give the device for testing,seems their build quality is bad.
    can i use that memory for “application installation ,music and videos”?
    i hope u wil reply
    thank u

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  11. krish

    Sir I m looking for zenultrafon 701 hd mobile.but Zen is not famous company so can U please tell me is it good or not .is it good one considering it features and its boady

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    • Brahmnoor Singh Chawla

      Hi Krish !

      Hope you are doing well.

      Yes, Zen is not a famous company, but the build of the Zen Ultrafone 701 HD is really good, even better than Canvas HD.

      The features are body are good and the device is amazing. But the only problem is that the after sales service is not really good.

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  12. utsav

    hey can you ples tell me the original manufacturing company of zen ultrafone 701hd

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    • Brahmnoor Singh Chawla

      Hi,

      Lava Iris 504Q is a decent mobile, but its “do not touch” features are just a waste. They don’t work as expected. You are better off disabling them.

      As for Zen Ultrafone 701HD, it comes cheaper, and also has the same performance as that of Iris 504Q, so buying it would be better.

      Reply
  13. Anonymous

    hi i have install the asphalt 7 in my karbonn titanium s 5 but it’s not working ….suggest me how should run….thank you.

    Reply
  14. Kshitij sinha

    Hey Brahmnoor
    I have an issue with my 701 hd apps does not go to sd card instead it goes inside the internal storage or the phone itself…plz help how can i make that work

    Reply
  15. narendhren

    hi
    can we play games for 6 hours continuously in it,
    i need a good battery back up with similar configaration and under 15000
    can i go for it or any other good suggestion please…….

    Reply
  16. avinash mehra

    hello sir plz. adv me that the Zen Ultrafone 701 HD data speed is of HSDPA: 21 Mbps; HSUPA: 11 Mbps or 7.2 mbps because is have to lot of suffing in internet and watch youtube .

    Reply
  17. Anonymous

    Hi Brahmnoor!
    I am Sanjay.I just need a small help.

    Which phone is a good buy among Karbonn Titanium S5 and Zen Ultrafone HD 701?Both these phones are in the same price range. But i quite havn’t heard of a company like Zen.So I’m a little hesitant on which phone to buy.Could you please help me out?

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  18. Bivas Saha

    After useing Zen Ultrafone 501 for one week I have sortlisted some of its pros and cons . hare it is
    Pros:
    1.IPS DISPLAY – AT THIS PRICE RANGE ITS AWASOME,
    2.BUILD QUALITY – VERY GOOD,BACK PANEL MATT FINISH
    3.TOUCH SMOOTH
    4.INTERNET FAST BOTH 2G AND 3G
    5.BATTERY- 1800Mah-STANDBY TIME VERY GOOD ,TALK TIME OK.
    6.CAMERA- DAY LIGHT PHOTO VERY GOOD.IN GOOD LIGHT ITS AWASOME.
    7.VIDEO- 720P VIDEO SMOOTHLY RUN ON MX PLAYER.
    8.APPS TO SD CARD SUPPORT
    9.IN CALL SOUND VERY GOOD.SUPPLIED HEADPHONE ALSO VERY GOOD.
    10.NETWORK SIGNAL -NO PROBLEM AT ALL.GOOD RECEPTION.
    CONS:
    1.PINCH TO ZOOM IS NOT VERY GOOD
    2.LOW NIGHT PHOTO VERY BAD.THOUGH IT HAS AUTOFOCUS BUT CAN’T FOCUS ON CLOSE SUBJECT
    3.INTERNAL MEMORY FOR APPS IS ONLY 500MB .THIS WAS VERY BAD.AFTER UPDATING GAPPS AND FB IT WILL REMAIN ONLY 80-90MB.
    4.LOUD SPEAKER IS NOT SO LOUD.U CAN NOT HEAR RINGTONE ON BUSY ENVIROMENT.
    5.RAM 512MB-BUT U GET ONLY 85-95MB FREE.OTHER CONSUMED ALL TIME.
    6.GPS NOT FAST .ITS TAKE TIME TO LOCATE.

    ITS PRICE NEAR ABOUT Rs.6500/-. I THINK IN THIS PRICE RANGE WITH DUAL SIM DUAL STANDBY THIS WAS VALUE FOR MONEY HANDSET.ZEN ALSO GIVE A FLIP COVER IN BOX. SO ITS NICE PHONE FOR AVERAGE USER.THOSE WHO WANT RAW POWER I WILL SAY GO FOR ZEN ULTRAFONE 701HD OR MMX A116HD .

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  19. NANDA KISHORE

    1)How is the Music Quality in loud speaker and headphones?
    Is it a good phone for Audiophiles?
    How is the loudspeaker’s volume?
    2)How about the video recording format, is it 3gp or mp4? Could u please post some camera samples and video samples?
    3)How are the aftersales services?

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    • Brahmnoor Singh Chawla

      Hi Subodh !

      Zen Ultrafone 701 HD is better, because of its lower price. Other than that there is no difference between the two.

      The camera in one is 12MP v/s 8MP in other, but the quality is almost same. Performance is same in both.

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  20. rocky

    thanks sir for ur review. Sir could u please update a detailed review about ZEN ULTRAFONE 501 as u like above mention abt 701.

    Reply
  21. sunil kumar

    bro, could u tell me the ppi of the images clicked by this nd looks of the phone and bettery back up is relly that g8t u mentioned?i am waiting 4 ur ans.

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    • Brahmnoor Singh Chawla

      Hi Sunil !

      It can capture HD photos, and they have very high quality.

      Battery backup is 1.5 days in normal usage, and around 6 hours in continuous usage, for eg. while gaming continuously.

      Reply
  22. Alok

    I Never see it in real..But I think it will be Nice and high featured. Would you explain me 2,3 best features..?

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  23. Tashreef

    The price of the device is Ok, but still the question rises on its Build quality.

    Better not to buy any Rebranded chinese products. Looking for the review

    Reply

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