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In The Box
  • Cell Phone: 1
  • Battery: 1 x 2700mAh Battery
  • Charger: 1
  • USB Cable: 1
  • User Manual: 1
  • Screen Protector: 1

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Key Features: Manufacturer: Elephone
5-inch, 1,280 x 720 IPS screen;
1.5GHz MTK6732,
2GB RAM,
16GB storage;
Two x micro SIM slots,
microSD slot.

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Who is Elephone?

At the end of 2006, ELEPHONE was established in the Asian electronic metropolis-Shenzhen,China.  In the starting period, Elephone placed great emphasis on the R&D and sales & service for mobile communication products. Elephone aims to let the people all over the world have the chances to use Chinese smartphones. It’s been 8 years since the establishment, Elephone kept cultivating and absorbing talents. Now there are more than 1000 employees, among those there are hundreds of talents in R&D and engineering departments. Elephone kept cultivating and absorbing talents. At the present, there are 10 producing lines with powerful capability in producing and researching. Therefore, Elephone’s good quality is the greatest strength. Since Elephone has been maintaining carefully and developing the production, the products have been sold well in the world and the annual sales volume is over 10,000,000 in Europe, North America, South America and Mid-east.
What is the Elephone P6000
In order for one to enjoy Android 5.0 Lollipop right out of the box at the moment, folks would have to pick up the Google Nexus 6, whose manufacturer happens to be Motorola. Well, it seems that such exclusivity has been “broken”, so to speak, by Elephone of China. This cute sounding company is a handset manufacturer that is based in the country that has the largest population count in the world, where the handset itself will be known as the Elephone P6000 – and with it, it arrives with Android 5.0 Lollipop in tow. The Elephone P6000 shipping to the UK now for around the £108.00 mark after conversion but, the price changes with discounts being offered most of the time. We bought ours for £92.68 inc delivery.

So let’s get down to business and look at just what the Elephone P6000 gives you.

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Design & Features

The Elephone P6000 sticks to the standard Android formula: The casing is plastic and come in what is becoming the standard colour of black front and white back cover.
Despite running Android 4.4.4, Elephone had said that Lollipop would be here by mid-February but we’re still waiting. Poor show.

The design is smooth, with a curved shape that is comfortable and the Elephone P6000 has an unfussy quality that instantly endears itself. The volume rocker is at the top with the power/standby button in the middle, both on the right edge. We would have liked to see a camera button to take quick photos but, hayho for the price you can’t have everything….yet

The novelty for UK consumers is the two micro sim slots. Not many phones sold in the UK are dual-simed, due to the networks not liking them. So having a private and public numbers on your phone is a great selling point.
There’s one microSD card slot in there as well, so you can expand the 16GB built-in storage by adding 64GB microSD card but we tried a 128GB microSD and it worked perfectly.

The back cover is removable and the battery is user replaceable,
The Elephone P6000 is not NFC compatible.

Despite this the Elephone P6000 is a feature-packed phone for the price. They’re not all the kind of features you’ll use all the time, if at all if you don’t buy the accessories, but few phones at this price can match it.

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Screen

It’s a 5-inch, IPS screen is covered with Blue light tempered glass which, the film prevents myopic. It filters out 100% of high frequency blue light in range from 380um to 410um and 60% of blue light in the range from 420um to 450um. So it filters out all high frequency blue light and avoids the penetration of blue light. with a 1,280 x 720 resolution and it’s much like most IPS screens you might not have seen, particularly among mid-priced phones. Blacks are completely black, but colours, while rich, are overstated. It come with a screen-protector already on and a spare in the box,

This combination means photos and videos look rich, deep and full of contrast, but also unrealistic. Skins tones have a ruddy, tanned complexion that’s out of character, something we noticed most when viewing photos taken on the phone than in online videos and films. We also found the screen tends to ‘crush’ the dark parts of videos so that, in one example, someone wearing a dark shirt seemed to merge into the dark background.

The other issue is that the Elephone P6000’s screen doesn’t look as sharp as its 1,280 x 720 resolution suggests. Despite squeezing in 316 pixels per inch (ppi), only slightly less than the 326ppi of the new iPhone 6, it has a slightly grainy, pixelated quality. This is down to the way the sub-pixels are arranged (referred to as PenTile), which means the screen falls short of Moto G and Moto G 2 whose 720p LCD screen look sharper.

These issues make the screen sound worse than it really is, though. Yes, colours are too much sometimes, but some people will like the punchy, contrasty look — it certainly works well with Windows Phone’s standard dark and colourful interface. Moreover, the most recent Lumia firmware update lets you tweak the colour settings, so you can tone down the colours somewhat. On balance, it’s a better screen than on the Sony Xperia M2 (960 x 540, 293ppi).

It also works well when outdoors.

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Performance

Mid-range phones seem to have settled on the exact same formula recently as the Elephone P6000 is yet another phone to use the 64bit 1.5GHz MTK6732 chip. It’s backed by the standard 2GB of RAM, which judging by Android phones should be ample to keep things ticking over at a decent speed.

  • Antutu V5.6: 31,753
  • Antutu X: 30,532
  • GPUBench Score: 22,296
  • GPUBench resolution normalized score: 20,548
  • GPUBench Average frame rate: 77.9fps
  • Quadrant: 10,107
  • GFXBench Manhattan: 505.2
  • GFXBench 1080p Manhattan Offscreen: 257.7
  • GFXBench T-Rex: 1,032
  • GFXBench 1080p T-Rex Offscreen: 626.0
  • GFXBench Alu: 1,120
  • GFXBench 1080p Alu Offscreen: 1,009
  • GFXBench 1080p Driver Overhead Offscreen: 1,624
  • GFXBench Alpha Blending: 1.226
  • GFXBench 1080p Alpha Blending: 1.445
  • GFXBench Driver Overhead: 781.0
  • GFXBench Fill: 929.0
  • GFXBench 1080p Fill Offscreen: 923.0
  • GFXBench render quality: 3921
  • GFXBench render quality (high precision) 4038
  • 3D Mark Ice Storm Extreme: 4984
  • 3D Mark Ice Storm Unlimited: 8005
  • 3D Mark Ice Storm: 9130

As you can see from the benchmarks above there are no figures here which are going to set the mobile phone world on fire, but for the cost of the Elephone P6000, and for that matter every phone running the MT6732, there are very solid performances.

Elephone_MainRunning 3Dmark is especially satisfying to watch. Where as previous MT6582 and MT6592 chips would stutter and slow down, the 64bit MT6732 outclasses them in every way with smooth performance.

Overall I am really pleased with the performance of the MT6732 quad-core processor in the Elephone P6000, and in fact with the phone as a whole. There are still many things I need to test (the call quality and camera being the major two) but so far I believe this could be the best Elephone to date.

We found the Elephone P6000 handled downloading – updating apps with ease in the background. even several apps in a queue.

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Camera

Elephone is rightly proud of its pedigree for having  decent cameras front and rear. The main 12-megapixel resolution, rear camera has a relatively reasonable 2-megapixel resolution. That said, the main camera also has an impressive f/1.9 maximum aperture, which should give it an edge in tricky light.

It’s the front-facing camera that is the Elephone P6000’s key selling point, at least in Microsoft’s eyes, as the Elephone P6000 is marketed as the ultimate selfie camera. This is thanks to a new app, Lumia Selfie, and the fact the wide-angle lens is perfect for ‘group selfies’ — also referred to as groupies, though Huawei is trying to trademark this term. Good luck with that Huawei.

Anyway, if you do take lots of selfies or groupies then the Elephone P6000 is a good phone to have. Its wide-angle lens really does help fit people in, as this rather unfortunate office effort attests. Shots in normal light are perhaps a tad noisy, but you’ll only notice this at full resolution — at Facebook friendly resolutions shots look great. It copes well with gloomy lighting, too, which is perfect for nights out.

The Elephone P6000 Selfie gives you lots of ways to tweak and improve your selfies, including a decent selection of filters and some dubious additions such as the ability to make you smile more or appear slimmer. Still, it’s easy to use and quickly compare your embellishments before sharing them.

The main camera is good, too. Its limited 13-megapixel resolution means it captures decent detail, but it’s a good camera if you care more about sharing decent photos with friends than showing off your photography skills.

Battery Life

The Elephone P6000’s 2,200mAh battery is a little disappointing, as we would have liked to see a 2,600mAh. For a normal day’s outing, if you combine music, some light gaming, web browsing and general use, it gave us to around 15 to 20% of spare capacity after a 12-hour day. You’ll get a little more from it if you don’t play games, which left us with 25 to 30%. But not enough to forgo charging it every night.

This is good enough for most people, though the Elephone P6000 isn’t the fastest charger. It typically charges at around 30% per hour, which means it takes a little over three hours to charge fully.

Call and Sound Quality

Call quality is fine. The Elephone P6000 has active noise-cancelling and the earpiece is loud and clear, if a little muddy. We didn’t suffer any dropped calls or poor connections, even when calling from a moving train in an average signal area.

Sound from the built-in speaker is less impressive. It’s at the back and while it reaches reasonable volumes, it tends to distort and reverberate in the case slightly. This is most noticeable when using the phone as a sat-nav, where instructions sometimes sound slightly garbled and clipped. It didn’t cause us to miss any crucial instructions, but you need to pay attention more to hear the instructions.

Unsurprisingly, this means music sounds tinny, muffled and generally unfit for even very casual listening.

Verdict

There are plenty of good reasons to consider it, particularly at its sub-£150 SIM-free price. It has two good cameras, it looks smart and there lots of things to like about Elephone P6000 if you spend a little time with it. We prefer it to its most immediate Android alternatives, such as the Sony Xperia M2.

The Elephone P6000 is a very good buy. It takes great selfies although the camera could be better, good-looking photos and only let’s itself down when playing more demanding games.

A very good phone for sharing photos, but less so for games. But if you don’t play games there are few reasons not to buy one.

if you’re considering buying a Elephone P6000 smartphone.

Brand: ElephoneType: SmartPhone
OS: Android 5 (Lollipop)
CPU: MTK6732
Cores: 64-bit Quad Core, 1.5GHz
RAM: 2GB RAM
ROM: 16GB
External memory: TF card up to 64GB (not included)
Camera type: Dual cameras (one front one back)
Back camera: 13.0MP, with flashlight
Front camera: 2.0MP
Screen type: IPS, Capacitive
Screen size: 5.0 inch
IPS: Yes
Screen resolution: 1280 x 720 (HD 720)
SIM Card Slot: Two x micro SIM slots, Dual SIM, Dual Standby,
TF Card Slot: Yes
Micro USB Slot: Yes
Audio Out Port : Yes (3.5mm audio out port)
Microphone: Supported
Speaker: Supported
Picture format: JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG
Music format: AAC, MP3, WAV
Video format: 3GP, AVI, MP4
MS Office format: Word, Excel, PPT
E-book format: TXT, PDF
Live wallpaper support: Yes
In the box
Cell Phone: 1
Battery: 1 x 2700mAh Battery
Charger: 1
USB Cable: 1
User Manual: 1
Screen Protector: 1

Full specifications can be viewed here

 

 

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini