The Zeeker P10’s main selling point is its 108 megapixel camera sensor. That’s probably the only reason why you will consider this smartphone. Otherwise, it is a decent proposal, only just though, and the below-average performance coupled with a rather high price tag, make it a tough sell.
108 megapixel camera sensor
Competitively priced if you’re after a 108-megapixel camera
Custom UI not to our taste
Performance is very average
Separate power button and fingerprint sensor
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This newcomer to the rugged smartphone market made an entrance with a visual bang, one with the highest pixel count on any camera sensor, 108 million to be exact (12,000 x 9,000) which is more than three times the resolution of an 8K screen (or 13 times that of 4K). That is the headline feature and one that is worthwhile if you are after a rugged smartphone that can take ultra high resolution photos. Another feature that didn’t get that much attention is the 8-megapixel infrared night vision sensor that could be useful for nocturnal journeys.
For the rest though, there’s evidence of some corner cutting. For a start, the 4G-capable Mediatek Helio G85 is slower than the Mediatek Dimensity 700 found in a number of cheaper 5G smartphones like the Doogee V10 or the Ulefone Armor 12 5G. The amount of onboard RAM and system storage is also less than we’d expect on a phone costing $370.
Overall, if you don’t need the high pixel count, there are definitely cheaper rugged options out there. And should you be looking for a more affordable 108-megapixel camera, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G is a more balanced smartphone with a longer warranty and 5G.
Pricing and availability
Zeeker embraces the utilitarian approach of the traditional rugged smartphone design. Plenty of plastic and textured surfaces with a dash of fluorescent colour, wrapping up a metal frame. Going down that route has one big advantage, economies of scale. By adopting a design that’s very close to the competition, you minimize the amount of potential mistakes, cut down on the bill of material and reduce time-to-market. On the other hand, there’s no big differentiators as far as the shape and design are concerned.
The phone’s display is a 6.49-inch FHD+ covered by a layer of Corning Gorilla glass. It is a tad oleophobic, definitely better at avoiding greasy fingerprints compared to say, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Near its top is a status LED and a punch-hole selfie.
On the left edge is a SIM tray and a custom button while the right edge is located a fingerprint reader, the power button and the volume rocker. At the bottom, a flap hides a USB Type-C connector as well as a headphone jack.
At the rear of the device is the crown jewel, a huge 108-megapixel camera sensor courtesy of Samsung. The ISOCELL HM2 has found its way in a wide range of premium smartphones like the Honor 50, the Motorola Edge 20 but no Samsung devices to date. There’s an 8-megapixel night vision camera, an 8-megapixel ultra wide camera and a 2-megapixel camera with an array of infrared LED and LED flash. Further down below is the grill that hides a single speaker.
At 173 x 81 x 15mm for a weight of 317g, it is reasonably light for a rugged smartphone with this screen size. Our current champion is the 6.67-inch Nokia XR20 which weighs just 248g. As expected, the Zeeker P10 is MIL-STD-810G and IP68/IP69K rated.
The Zeeker P10 comes with the following hardware:
CPU: Mediatek Helio G85
GPU: Arm Mali-G52 MC2
Screen size: 6.49-inch
Dimensions: 172.6 x 80.8 x 14.6mm
Rear camera: 108MP, 8MP, 8MP, 2MP
Front camera: 8MP
OS: Android 11
A Mediatek G85 system-on-chip lies at the heart of the P10 and while it is a capable chip, it is still barely mainstream when it comes to sheer performance. Zeeker added 6GB of RAM and 128GB eMMC 5.1 (the faster version).
As far as connectivity is concerned, there’s Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and Wi-Fi 5. A 6000mAh battery powers the smartphone and it is fed by either a 18W fast charging option and 15W wireless charging. In the box was a screen protector, a fast charger, an OTG cable, a USB cable and a pair of earphones.
Performance and in use
This is how the Zeeker P10 performed in our suite of benchmark tests:
PCMark (Work 2.0): 8580
Passmark CPU: 2301
Androbench (sequential): 301 (sequential read); 198(sequential write)
Androbench (random): 92 (random read); 70 (random write)
3DMark Wild Life Vulkan: 724
Zeeker developed its own UI, Zeeker UI, which is an overlay that sits on Android 11. Zeeker says that it is fast, clear and practical. In use, we didn’t see much of a difference although the bundled apps and features seem to be a bit of a deja vu. There’s the outdoor toolbox and the kids/children space as well as Duraspeed; the first one is a collection of apps (compass, barometer, sound meter etc) aimed at field workers, DIYers and outdoor dwellers. The second one allows you to set up a restricted secondary virtual phone and is ideally suited for a guest user (e.g. children) while the third one allows you to freeze apps in the background.
You won’t buy that phone because you are an avid player. The wide range of tests we put the P10 through don’t lie. In the majority of benchmarks, Zeeker’s inaugural rugged smartphone delivers some of the poorest scores in recent memories we’ve seen on 3DMark. Sandwiched between the XR20 and the Ulefone Armor 8 Pro. Not catastrophic but something to be aware of.
Should I buy the Zeeker P10?
Buy it if:
You want a rugged phone with a big camera sensor
That’s the only reason you’d buy this phone. It’s rugged and it has a wonderful 108-megapixel camera sensor plus an underrated IR camera sensor.
Don’t buy it if:
You want 5G connectivity
Despite its relatively high price, the Zeeker P10 doesn’t do 5G.
You want a rugged smartphone with mid-range performance
While we didn’t encounter any significant issues with day to day usage, the Zeeker P10 is simply too slow for this price. We’d rather sacrifice the screen for a 5G capable Dimensity 700 SoC.
Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website builders and web hosting when DHTML and frames were in vogue and started narrating about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium.