So we have yet another Chinese mobile company that thinks it is capable enough to survive in our small but highly competitive mobile market here in Nepal. Deals and Discount Nepal, the authorized distributor of Elephone for Nepal has launched two mid-range Android smartphones: Elephone P8000 and Elephone M2. And today I’ll share my experience with Elephone P8000 after using it for nearly 2 weeks. But before jumping into the review let’s see the specifications of Elephone P8000.
Elephone P8000 Specifications:
Display: 5.5inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels (401ppi)
Memory: 3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with microSD card slot (supports up to 64GB)
OS: Android v5.1 Lollipop
Camera: 13MP Samsung 3L2 image sensor on the rear with aperture f2.0, autofocus and LED Flashlight, 5MP front-facing camera
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, No OTG support, 3G, 4G LTE, Dual-SIM
Other: Fingerprint sensor
Battery: 4165mAh non-removable battery
Design And Build Quality:
Elephone P8000 comes with metal frame body design which looks and feels premium on hand. For those who think heavy smartphones are well built then you might love this device as it weighs 203g. It feels like a solid tank on hand when you carry because of its weight and 9.2mm thickness. Back cover is made from plastic and has a carbon fiber-like pattern which you can remove to get access to the dual-sim card slot and microSD card slot. I don’t have any complaint with the build quality of this device but I wish it had come with a thin bezel screen on the front.
Elephone P8000 sports 5.5inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Again this is the place where I don’t have any complaints as the display looks beautiful, text looks sharps and screen brightness is good enough to read text messages on a bright sunny day. But it doesn’t come with any glass protection like Gorilla glass or dragontrail glass to protect the display from minor scratches. However, it does comes with a screen guard right out of the box which I suggest you use it.
Below the display, you will find three capacitive buttons. Two blue dots are Menu and Back whereas blue circle is for Home or Recent apps. The home button also works as an LED notifications light.
Call Quality And connectivity:
These days almost every smartphone is capable enough to deliver good call quality and with Elephone P8000 I didn’t notice any issue which making calls. The earpiece is loud enough to hear the voice while making calls. There is no secondary mic for noise cancellation which is a little disappointing. Also, I found a loud-speaker is not loud enough and on top of that loud-speaker will be easily covered when you lay down the phone on your bed or if you put it inside a skinny jeans front pocket. I missed many calls because of that during my review period.
As I was using Ncell SIM on Elephone P8000, It wasn’t able to get a 3G network all the time. As Ncell has good 3G coverage inside Kathmandu valley, Elephone was constantly moving back and front from 3G to 2G all the time. It wasn’t a big issue when making voice calls but while browsing the internet it was a little annoying. The Wi-Fi signal on this device was excellent.
Elephone P8000 comes with vanilla Android v5.1 Lollipop skin with no bloatware apps. The stock version of Android, capable processor and 3GB RAM made whole UI experience smooth with no lags. Now there is no news of getting Marshmallow update for this device but I did get a small update during my first boot which was for security patches and performance improvement.
Elephone P8000 is powered by Mediatek MT6753 1.3GHz Octa-core CPU with Mali-T720 MP3 GPU. Also, it comes 3GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage and support microSD card slot up to 64GB. I didn’t notice any lags on general day-to-day tasks like browsing the web, navigating through home pages, using Facebook and Twitter. But I did notice frame drop-down and lags while playing games like sky force, DEAD TRIGGER 2 and subway surf. However, I didn’t notice any lags while playing Clash Of Clans on this device. Also, I did notice the heat on the back of the device while playing games continuously for a certain time. Here are some benchmark results:
Elephone P8000 comes with a 13MP Samsung 3L2 image sensor with aperture f2.0, autofocus and LED Flashlight on rear and on the front there is a 5MP camera. Regarding camera quality, I have some mix of bag feelings. Sometimes it performs well and sometimes not. I noticed that Elephone P8000 increases shutter speed time in low light situations to keep ISO as low as possible for noise-free photos. This helps to take some good images if you don’t shake your phone while taking pictures.
Now talking about video recording capability, it can record Full HD video at 30fps. But because it records video on 3gp format, you will not find a lot of details in the video. Overall I think it’s a good camera in its price range. Here are some sample images.
Battery life on Elephone P8000 is excellent as it comes with a 4165mAh non-removable battery. What I can say from my experience is you can get two days of battery life easily on light usage. If you play lots of games then you have to charge it by the end of the day. I managed to get a screen on time up to 7hrs 44min on this excellent device. I experienced how fast the battery died on this device when the device battery was on 15% with 3G data connection ON. Also, it took me around 3 and a half hours to fully charge this device.
Elephone P8000 is the only smartphone in the market as of now that comes with a fingerprint sensor at its price range. The fingerprint sensor is located on the back of the device. I had some good and bad experiences with the fingerprint sensor. In the beginning, I was only able to unlock the device on 3-4 times of attempts using a fingerprint sensor but after 4-5 days of getting used to the fingerprint sensor, my fingerprint accuracy rate increased and I was able to unlock on first attempt almost all the time. Another big issue with the fingerprint sensor is you have a press power button first and then place your finger on the fingerprint sensor on the back to unlock the device. You simply cannot place your finger on the sensor to unlock the device just like on the other devices we have on the market these days.
Final thoughts and Pricing:
Since Elephone is a new brand in Nepal there is only one service center as on now which is located in Tamrakar Complex Pako New Road. Also, Deals and Discount Nepal (authorized distributor) is selling Elephone smartphones only in Kathmandu valley on a limited mobile retailer store. You can also buy Elephone Smartphone from Deals And Discount Nepal office directly.
So, the limited number of service centers and mobile retailer stores for Elephone smartphones can a big deal-breaker for most people. I enjoyed using the Elephone P8000 during my review period. With good build quality, good display, average camera performance, excellent battery life, and fingerprint sensor, Elephone P8000 can be a good choice at its price range. But I’ll not suggest this device to those people who want to buy a smartphone specifically for gaming purposes. However average consumers will be happy with the performance of this device.
Elephone P8000 comes in two color options: Gray and Golden.
Big thanks to Deals And Discount Nepal for giving me the device for reviewing it. You can visit their website HERE.