The Elephone P8000 is one of the budget smartphones you can get on the market. But is it worth your hard earned dollars? Let’s find out!
Design and build
The first impression that I had was the weight of the phone. Weighing at 203g, it definitely feels a little heavy. It could be due to the metal frame surrounding the phone. The phone feels good and has that nice solid feel in the hands
The majority of the weight might come from the huge 4160 mAh battery which you don’t commonly find on other smartphones. Downside is that the phone is a little thicker but on the upside you probably get better battery life.
The back of the phone has a carbon fiber type of texture to it which is made of plastic. It is similar to the skin I have on the OnePlus One case.
The plastic back clips are tight and can be quite difficult to remove as you need abit more force to pry it open.
Powering on the screen I cant help but notice the huge black bezels around the display which was a little distracting and it makes the display look smaller then it actually is.
These days smartphones usually comes with Gorilla glass, its like the staple feature of any smartphone. But the P8000 does not come with it. You might want to apply a tempered glass protector to protect it from scratches. This will come in handy as it is difficult to operate the phone one-handed. I needed to adjust the grip to access the volume rocker.
The P8000 includes a micro SD slot which supports up to 128 GB, 2 sim card slots and a non removable 4160 mAh battery. It also supports WIFI 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.
The sim slots support dual standby and LTE. The phone supports GSM 850, 900, 1800 bands, W-CDMA 900 and 2100 and LTE 800, 1800 and 2600 bands. In Singapore, LTE is compatible. Signal was great and had no dropped calls or any signs of breaking up during calling.
The 5.5 inch IPS 1080p display is vibrant but even at maximum brightness I had problems looking at what was on my phone when there was direct sunlight.
The speakers at the back is loud but it doesn’t have the clarity. It is fine for occasional use, but for media consumption, it’s better to use a earphone instead.
The P8000 also features a fingerprint sensor which works by tapping your finger. The fingerprint sensor is located below the camera module, where the index finger sits nicely on it. The sensor doesn’t really work well all e time, usually at a success rate of 80%. Its still a nice feature to have if you need it.
Software and performance
Powering this device is the MediaTek MT6753 clocked at 1.3Ghz, Mali-T720 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Running Antutu bench results puts the P8000 between HTC one and LG G3.
Playing casual games on the P8000 was smooth with good frame rate and with no noticeable stutters during game play. More graphic demanding games will prove more challenging for the P8000.
For the power users, the 3GB of ram will be more than sufficient for day to day use and multitasking. Browsing the web, checking the mail, playing games, watching YouTube, and taking photos does not pose a problem. I rarely had to clean up the apps in the multitasking window.
It runs on Android 5.1 with Elephone’s own skin on top. The launcher is minimal and is very close to stock android. It comes with some customization like changing the icon size.
What it does not have is an app drawer. All apps downloaded will be placed in the homescreen. The folders has a neat feature. When accessing a folder, you can swipe left or right to access other folders without having to go back to the home screen.
Those who prefer other launchers can easily get 3rd party launchers from the Google App Store.
Battery life was great as expected thanks to the huge battery. I had around 4.5 hrs of screen on time from a full day of use. Be mindful that gaming continuously will drain the battery much faster. Though the charger does not feature fast charge, it has a 2A output which takes around 4 hrs to charge the phone completely.
The 13MP Samsung camera takes decent shots in the day. Low light shots are grainy and the shutter is a little slow to react.
It costs SGD 239 in Singapore and comes in 3 colors gold, black or white. Personally, I feel the phone is fine for its price. The battery life is awesome, has a nice phone design and 3GB of ram is not little by today’s standard. The lack of Gorilla glass, not up to standard camera and speaker quality, can actually be a deal breaker to some.