Tutorial: new firmware on ZP990 with active Flip Cover, installation with Flash_tool

zopo zP990 flip cover active smart view

The international forum Zopo has published a very interesting guide on how to update the Zopo ZP990 C7 Captain S phablet to the latest firmware version, ie the one that activates and allows the use of the FLIP Cover with phone in standby, Samsung Galaxy S4 style . To understand what we are talking about, we'll see some sample photos:

Zopo ZP990 Active Flip Cover

Zopo ZP990 Active Flip Cover

Zopo ZP990 Active Flip Cover

A feature, therefore, very convenient, which will allow you, for example, to immediately respond to an incoming call without having to reactivate the phone from the stand-by!

Thanks to Zopo Italia, who kindly sent us a sample for a review, we also have the opportunity to try out this new firmware and the Flip Cover Smart View!

But let's move on to how to upgrade the ZP990 C7 Captain S to the latest firmware!

What you need to install the new firmware on ZP990 with Active Flip Cover:

1. A computer with the pre-installed MT6589T drivers: MT6589T universal drivers;

2. Updated ZP990 display for the use of the ACTIVE FLIP COVER;

3. flashtool: Flash_Tool_v3.1316.0.150;

4. Recovery: CWM Recovery v. 5504 for ZOPO ZP990 C7;

5. Latest original firmware lzp990

6. Root for ZP990 with just one click with eRoot (optional);


PART ONE: Installation of the MT6589T driver for ZOPO ZP990

mt6589t driver zp990

The first step to perform, as always, is the installation of the MT6589T Drivers on your computer. Obviously skip this step if you have already installed MT6589T drivers on your PC!

Download the archive with the Universal drivers for MT6589T at (1) and start the "UniversalAdbDriverSetup6" executable:

Installing Mt589T Universal Drivers

NB: the ideal Operating System to run this guide is Windows XP, but it also works on Windows 8 (tested by myself). I recommend you to run the various files always clicking with the right mouse button and choosing "run as administrator".

An alternative way to install MT6589T drivers on your PC is via the SnapPea software, downloadable here.

Installing Mt589T Universal Drivers

If the procedure for installing the universal MT6589T drivers was successful (see image above), you can proceed with the next step!

PART ONE: ZOPO ZP990 touch display update

To allow the "active" use of the Flip Cover on Zopo ZP990 C7 it will be necessary to update the touch. Below are the instructions.

Download the files in the link to the point (2) and copy the file Upgrade.apk and ZP990_V17.bin to the phone's memory. At this point, open "FileManager" and install the Upgrade.apk as you would for any app (warning! You may not have enabled installation from "unknown sources" on your system settings. To enable it, click on "Settings -> Security -> flag on" Unknown sources ").

Once installed Upgrade.apk opening the app you will find a screen like this and you will notice that the value of the "Current FW Ver" will be 0x14:

Touch update zp990

Go to the "FilePath" tab, click on "Open File", select the file, previously placed on the phone's memory, named ZP990_V17 and click on "Start". Never touch the display during the operation! 

Touch update zp990

Once the operation is finished, you should see the 0x17 parameter for “Current FW Ver”, as shown in the following image.

Touch update zp990

At this point the touch update procedure will be completed and you can proceed with the installation (via Flash_tool) of the new firmware updated for Zopo ZP990 C7.

SECOND PART: ZOPO ZP990 C7 Firmware Update with Flash Tool

Once the drivers have been installed and the touch is updated, all you have to do is flash the new firmware with the Flash Tool. Let's see how to do it!

To simplify the operation we have created a Video on how to flash new firmware with Flash Tool on ZOPO ZP990 C7:

First, unpack the Flash_tool archive (3 point) and the new ZOPO ZP990 firmware (5 point) to a folder (for example, on the desktop) and replace the recovery.img file in the firmware folder with the one downloaded, indicated in the point (4).

Go to the "SP_Flash_Tool_v3.1316.0.150" folder and right-click on the "Flash_tool" executable and, if you are using Windows 8, select "run as administrator":


At this point Flash_tool will open:


Load the scatter by clicking on "scatter-loading"And below we select the file" MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc "present in the folder of the new ZOPO ZP990 firmware, previously downloaded and decompatted on the desktop.

Flash_tool_ZopoZP990After selecting the "scatter" we will display this:

Flash_tool_ZopoZP990It is important to underline that the operations described so far are all to be performed with telephone NOT connected to the PC.

At this point it is necessary to click on "Download”(The option between“ Firmware -> Upgrade ”and“ Stop ”) to start the actual“ flash ”operation.

Once you click on the "Download" button, connect the ZP990 without a battery to your computer. If you have performed the above steps correctly, you will see progress bars at the bottom of the Flash Tool window. Do not disconnect the phone from the PC during this operation and wait for it to end, ie until a window with a green circle appears (see photo).


Compliments! You have just installed the new firmware on the Zopo ZP990 C7 Captain S!

If you are not happy yet, and maybe you want to root the phone, I will refer you to the guide on how to get there Root permissions, a new recovery and a new Rom on Zopo C2 Platinum, where you will find directions to perform the operation that interests you.
In fact, the rooting procedure to be performed on the ZOPO ZP990 is exactly the same as in the guide linked to the ZOPO C2 Platinum.
Please note that Zopo Italia offers to all readers of GizChina.it an exclusive discount that can be used through the discount code GIZOPOIT5.

NB: The operations described in this and other pages must be carried out with extreme caution. Therefore, the author declines any responsibility regarding consequences of various kinds.
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