Unlike most Chinese manufacturer, Elephone, despite not being a very well known brand, manages to offer more than decent handset for very competitive prices, leading to an advantage over similar models from its category. Today we’re focusing on one of their most powerful models, Elephone P8000, the upgraded variant of the P7000, released just a few months ago.
At a first look, you just can’t ignore the premium design of this device. With a metallic frame, a carbon fiber texture covering the back and a relatively thing bezel, we must admit that the manufacturer did a great job.
Still, the black border surrounding the display can be a minus for some users, but overall, it has a nice design. On the bottom, we can spot three capacitive keys, with an illuminated home button, also working as a notification LED.
The Elephone P8000 features a 5.5″ IPS LCD display, with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, resulting a density of 401. There’s no need to say that the color reproduction is great, while the fact that it’s an IPS panel offers the user great viewing angles, allowing the phone to be used in various lighting conditions.
Moving on to what’s under the hood, the phone is relying on a 64-bit MediaTeck MT6753 octa-core chip, running at 1.3 GHz. It’s aided by a Mali-T720 GPU and 3 GB of RAM, resulting in a configuration seen pretty often at low-cost Chinese smartphones. Still, the performance is relatively good, considering the price of the phone, so you can use it as your daily driver with no issues at all.
In terms of Storage, the Elephone P8000 comes with 16 GB of on-board space, which can be a bit too low for most users, but there’s no need to worry. Thanks to the microSD card slot, you can add up to 64 more, resulting a more than decent total storage capacity. The phone also comes with 4G LTE support, depending on your carrier.
On the back, we can spot a couple of very interesting elements, as a speaker unit, a fingerprint scanner (very popular feature, lately) and a camera setup. The latter consists in a 13 MP snapper, alongside a LED flash. There’s also a front-facing camera, but just with a 5 MP sensor, good enough for selfies or video chatting over dedicated apps.
The battery has a capacity of 4000 mAh and it should be enough for powering this 5.5″ handset for a full day of intensive use.
Finally, the Elephone P8000 is powered by Google’s Android 5.1 Lollipop, but with the manufacturer’s custom Elephone user interface on top. Like most Chinese smartphones, it doesn’t have an app drawer, so your apps are organized in folders.
The phone has a price of $149.99, which, for a metallic phone and such spec sheet, is more a great offer. If you’re looking for a new one, and budget is an issue, this one can be a great choice!