Elephone started out as a mobile manufacturing-centric company. The company initially started its business 9 years ago with emphasis on R&D and sales&services for mobile communication products.
After its establishment in the year 2006, the company’s main focus was to deliver the world the best China has to offer. They pretty much have set out to prove that Chinese phones aren’t as bad as people think.
The end result today is a constant annual sale volume of their smartphones in Europe, which rings out at over 10,000,000 sales from the year 2013.
Elephone continues to expand to other territories with its range of devices in North America, South America, and the Middle East as well, and the company continues to thrive in the mobile space with its aggressively priced devices with functionalities and features that enable them to compete in the Chinese market and the world as a whole.
Elephone’s high-end P-series has seen the latest update which is the P8000 and the device sits amongst the top tier offerings coming out of China.
Here is an official promo video:
Design and Build quality
Just like most smartphones of 2015, we have a device with a metallic frame that is made of stainless aluminum material. The exterior has some nice touch to it and it’s entirely crafted with a CNC process which leaves the device with a beautiful texture and look.
Just like most metallic phones, the device features a solid build that will give you that premium feel you want, and while the back cover is plastic, it features a nice zigzag pattern and comes in three colors, silver, gold and white.
Down below the curved back (that is ergonomically designed) of the smartphone is the Elephone logo with the speaker grill right under it, and to the top there’s the imaging sensor and the fingerprint scanner.
On the right side of the device, we have the volume rockers and the power button closely placed right below the former.
Opening the back of the phone and we have the removable battery, Miro-SD slot, and dual micro sim tray.
Designing and building a smartphone doesn’t just end at the choice of material for the frame, but the totality of the perfect exterior appeal is inclusive of a screen that is aesthetically pleasing in order to have a good screen-to-body ratio.
Here you have a screen that won’t exactly sit perfectly in a single hand but will give you the perfect gaming and media consumption experience. The P8000 is equipped with a 5.5-inch display with a full high definition resolution of 1920 by 1080P.
The display is glorified with in-plane switching that will give you many vivid colors and a better saturation compared to other FHD screens.
The colors literally light up no matter what brightness level you may set your display to with a great viewing angle that peaks at 178 degrees which is not bad at all.
The Elephone guys have ensured an optimal viewing/visual experience with the P8000 and you will always have the best of your media playback in the highest resolution possible, be it streaming on YouTube or video playback of a local file on your smartphone’s storage.
A high-end smartphone is not so great without a SoC that is a good performer too and the P8000 is fitted with an MT6753 which is a MediaTek Octa-core processor that has it’s eight respective cores based on ARM’s Cortex A-53 low power chip design with each core maxing out at a clock speed of 1.5Ghz.
Together with the MT6753 is an ARM’s Mali T720 GPU which should suffice for most of your gaming needs and is quite future proof too. Backing these chipsets is 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM which will do well with your multitasking and limit the chances of a stutter or lag to little or nothing.
Powering all the internals is a 4165mAh battery that also supports MediaTek’s Quick Charge technology.
If you are like us here at TDR, we appreciate devices with minimalistic interfaces; something that doesn’t stray too far from stock Android. So far so good, most Chinese OEMs have adhered to the idea of what minimalistic should look and feel like, which is appreciable.
However, such isn’t the case with every one of them and there are those that still stray quite far from the original looks of stock android a la Xiaomi’s MIUI.
With the Elephone P8000 you have a smartphone that will offer you a near-to-stock experience. The device runs on Elephone UI based off Android Lollipop 5.1.
There’s an app drawer a custom recent app, some wallpapers and some icon changes here and there with additions like a custom music player app and cloud backup.
Aside that, you’re getting the custom Lollipop 5.1 notifications and every other thing that comes with the OS.
As expected of the biggest of phones out there, Elephone’s P8000 packs an impressive Samsung ISOCELL 3L2 13MP rear shooter with an LED flash.
On the front of the device, there’s a selfie sensor – 5MP, that supports wide angle shots. It is however, unknown if both camera modules support interpolation.
The MT6753 Is not just a performer in terms of games and multitasking but it’s also a processor with integrated 4G-LTE bands support which is one of the main selling points of the chipset as the support for 4G today is crucial and the implementation of this technology goes beyond borders. There is also discrete but not widely acclaimed support for some 4G LTE bands in the US.
Network bands support includes the list below:
- TD-LTE, FDD-LTE cat. 4 (featuring data speeds as high as 150Mbps down and up), FDD-LTE 800/1800/2600MHz
- HSPA+, WCDMA 900/2100MHz
- TD-SCDMA and EDGE. GSM 850/900/1800MHz
This feels like just another good day out of China previewing yet another smartphone from one of the most competitive OEMs from the Asian country.
The Elephone has just as many functionalities and features that make it a good pick for the year 2015 and if the device suits your personal preference, we believe you won’t go wrong with it so you may hit the link below and head on to GearBest to make a purchase.
In the meantime, scroll to the comments section and drop your thoughts, suggestions, and feedback on the phone and whether you think Chinese OEMs are producing good devices with features that rival flagships and prices that are unbeatable.