Elephone P8000 review
One of the most affordable smartphones with an MT6753 processor and a capacious battery
- Interface and software platform
- Benchmark performance testing
- Testing built-in sensors and GPS
- Camera testing
- Battery test
- Video review
We learned about the Elephone P8000 smartphone almost immediately after the premiere of the P7000 model, although this device went on sale only in the middle of summer. The novelty immediately attracted us with its battery, the declared capacity of which was 4165 mAh. And the second attractive point in this device should have been its lower cost compared to its predecessor, the P7000 Pioneer model. This should have been provided by the weaker hardware of the P8000 model, since it received an 8-core 64-bit MT6753 processor with a core clock speed of 1.3 GHz. The same processor is installed in the Meizu M2 Note smartphone, which went on sale a little earlier.
Despite the lower performance of the MT6753 processor compared to the MT6752 chip that took the lead in its segment, the former began to appear more and more often in many models from various manufacturers, including as an upgrade instead of the 4-core MT6732. But against the background of its competitors, the Elephone P8000 smartphone stands out with the presence of a fingerprint scanner on the back of the case and an outstanding design that gave it a pattern that resembles the texture of carbon fiber.
Also, you should not discount the equipment of the Elephone P8000 smartphone with good built-in cameras, which, taking into account the above features and discounts offered by the manufacturer for the purchase of this model, made the P8000 one of the most attractive purchases in the middle price segment.
How successful the Elephone P8000 smartphone turned out to be, whether the declared capacity of its large battery turned out to be real, and whether it really turned out to be the most affordable device with such hardware stuffing, we have to find out in the process of testing this device in our studio.
And we will start, as usual, with our first impression of the Elephone P8000 - with a description of the packaging, delivery set and appearance of the smartphone.
Smartphone Elephone P8000 comes in a rectangular cardboard box with a memorable design. On all sides, the same pattern is applied to the box, which we could observe in real photos of this device. Remotely, this pattern resembles the texture of carbon fiber.
On the cover of the box, we see an image of the device itself from the front panel, as well as the manufacturer's logo and the name of the device model under it, made in golden embossing. In this case, the cover has a beveled shape at the ends.
The inside of the package is completely white. In the upper removable tray you will find the smartphone itself, on the display of which a protective film is already pasted, and under it there is another protective film for the display and instructions for quick setup of the smartphone in English. Also in the box there is another removable compartment, in which the manufacturer placed a charger with a current of 2A and with a connector for our type of sockets, as well as a branded USB cable - both of these accessories are white.
So, the delivery set of Elephone P8000 is as follows:
- Smartphone Elephone P8000 with a protective film pasted on the display.
- Charger with a socket for our sockets and a current capacity of 2.0A.
- Proprietary USB cable.
- Spare screen protector.
- Instructions for setting up a smartphone in English.
As you have already understood, the delivery set of the Elephone P8000 smartphone turned out to be standard, as well as its packaging. And if it were not for the presence of a spare protective film, the scope of delivery of this model could be called minimalistic. For comparison, in the package of the previous model, P7000, the manufacturer spoiled us with a cover-book and a protective glass.
The front panel of the Elephone P8000 smartphone is covered with glass, the type and properties of which the manufacturer is silent about. It is also difficult for us to judge the presence of an oleophobic coating on the glass, since the protective film is already pasted on it at the factory.
At the bottom of the front panel there are 3 touch buttons with a non-standard design - the "Menu" and "Back" buttons are made in the form of dots, and the "Home" button is made in the form of a ring. It is worth noting that only the Home button has a backlight. During the day, the backlight is not very noticeable, but at dusk or in the dark, a luminous blue ring can be seen perfectly.
At the top of the front panel, you will find the front camera eye, the light and proximity sensor window, as well as the speaker slot, and in that order from left to right. There is no event indicator in the Elephone P8000 smartphone.
The frame of the device is made of metal. The left side of the case is empty, and on the right, the manufacturer has placed the volume control button and the power button.
At the bottom end of the smartphone case there is a Micro-USB connector and a hole for a spoken microphone, and at the top end you will find only a standard 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones or a headset.
The back cover of the Elephone P8000 smartphone is made of plastic. As we said earlier, a pattern imitating the texture of carbon is applied to it. The similarity is achieved very remotely, but this pattern still looks pretty nice.
The main camera was installed at the top of the back panel of the smartphone case. The module of this camera is shifted as much as possible to the upper edge of the case and is recessed, and on top it is covered with a protective plate with a square window. A single-section LED flash is mounted in the same plate under the camera window.
Below on the back panel you will find a square fingerprint scanner, which is unusually compact in size.
And finally, at the very bottom of the rear panel of the Elephone P8000 case, you will find the manufacturer's logo and slots for an external speaker.
Under the back cover, which is removable in this smartphone, you will find trays for two Micro-SIM cards and a slot for Micro-SD memory cards. The manufacturer claims support for memory cards up to 128 GB.
Also under the back cover you will see a massive battery of the Elephone P8000 smartphone, the declared capacity of which is 4165 mAh. The possibility of self-replacement of the battery in the device is not provided, since it is non-removable here.
I was pleasantly pleased with the build quality of the Elephone P8000 smartphone case. No matter how hard you try, you will not be able to detect squeaks or backlashes. The case of the device is very rigid and cannot be bent or twisted. No wonder the manufacturer showed us a video in which he subjected the case of the Elephone P8000 smartphone to various tests, from which he came out with honor and dignity.
The case of this device sits comfortably in the hand thanks to thinner edges with rounded edges. Subjectively, it is more convenient to hold it in your hand than the case of Elephone P7000. Although the dimensions of the smartphone are still felt, and its decent weight can cause fatigue during prolonged use of the device with one hand. The dimensions of the Elephone P8000 were 76.6 x 155.2 x 9.2 mm and the weight was 203 grams.
Here is a photo where I compare the dimensions of LeTV One and the gadget in question:
Let's move on to the technical part of the device, starting, as usual, with the display.
Diagonal display Elephone P8000 is 5.5 inches, and its resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD, 401 ppi). When creating the screen, OGS technology was used. And in the test of the Multitouch program, the display of this smartphone showed support for up to 5 simultaneous touches.
We have to admit that the manufacturer installed a very good display in the Elephone P8000 smartphone. Its viewing angles are excellent, and at different angles the display does not fade or acquire any yellow or blue tints. We also noted excellent color reproduction, a clear picture and the absence of any artifacts on it. The maximum brightness level of the display is sufficient to work in direct sunlight, but the minimum level is too high, which is not very pleasant for those who like to read before going to bed.
What we didn’t like about the display of the Elephone P8000 smartphone is that the frames around the edges are quite wide. Moreover, there is a black border around the perimeter of the display, which is about 3 times wider at the top and bottom than on the sides. This edging looks completely unaesthetic, and sometimes just annoying. Although, perhaps, for some, this feature will seem insignificant.
Interface and software platform
The Elephone P8000 smartphone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. The shell interface has been somewhat modified compared to the standard one. The company's engineers added a theme engine, and they also slightly redrawn the desktop settings menu and some shortcuts, although there are no global changes in the interface.
The sensitivity of the screen sensor does not raise questions, as well as the smoothness of the interface and flipping desktops. The operating system works quickly and stably, and no failures were noticed during our testing.
The functions of the touch buttons are close to standard. The left touch button brings up a tab at the bottom of the screen, from which you can customize the desktop (wallpaper, widgets, etc.), as well as go to the settings menu. You can call the same tab with a long press on an empty spot on the desktop. With the center button you will go to the desktop, and with a long press of this button you will bring up the tabs of running applications. The right touch button performs the "Back" action, returning you to the previous menu.
Swiping down from the status bar will open the notifications panel, and swiping again will open a menu for quickly activating the main functions of the smartphone, among which you will find display brightness adjustment, wireless connections (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth), flight mode, flashlight, location transfer, profile selection sound and others.
In the "About phone" item of the settings menu, you will find the over the air software update (FOTA) function. We tested this feature by getting and installing several recent firmware updates with it.
In the menu item "About Security" you will find the option to configure the fingerprint scanner. Saving a fingerprint to the phone's memory is pretty fast. Given the small physical size of the scanner window, working with it takes some getting used to. However, after that, you will not have problems with it. The scanner works in about 1 second or even a little faster, it can recognize a fingerprint from any angle of applying a finger, and the accuracy of operation is not less than 95%. It is worth noting that the fingerprint scanner installed in the Elephone P8000 smartphone cannot unlock the device from the sleep screen. Therefore, for it to work, you must first wake up the smartphone using the power button.
We did not find anything else interesting in the settings of the Elephone P8000 smartphone. There are not even the smart functions we are used to, even such as waking up with a double tap.
Therefore, we will immediately move on to testing the smartphone in various benchmarks.
Benchmark performance testing
As we said earlier, the Elephone P8000 smartphone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. The device is powered by an 8-core 64-bit MT6753 processor with a clock speed of 1.3 GHz for each core. The 3-core video accelerator Mali-T720 MP3 is responsible for processing graphics in this chipset.
The amount of RAM in the smartphone Elephone P8000 is 3 GB, and the built-in memory is 16 GB, of which about 11.5 GB is available to the user.
As for the display, as you already know, in this device its diagonal is 5.5 inches, and the resolution is Full HD.
In the test of the AnTuTu v5.7.1 program, the Elephone P8000 smartphone scored 29573 points, which is quite consistent with the capabilities of this processor, although it is almost 2 thousand points lower than the Meizu M2 Note smartphone with the same processor showed.
When testing graphics in Epic Citadel in ultra-high quality for Full HD resolution, the Elephone P8000 showed a result of 20.2 frames per second, and in 3DMark at the highest possible graphics settings, our test sample also showed a result of 3134 points. Compared to the same Meizu M2 Note , the results in these benchmarks turned out to be 20-25% worse.
Let's check how the Elephone P8000 smartphone will behave when tested in mobile games and what will be the heating of its case. By tradition, we will test the tested device in the Asphalt-8 game. As expected, at medium graphics settings at Full HD resolution, the smartphone coped with the game without any problems, but at maximum settings there were very noticeable lags and slowdowns.
But most of all we were interested in the heating of the body of the device after 10 minutes of play. Using a pyrometer, we measured the case temperature, which turned out to be almost 51°C at its hottest point (the upper part of the rear panel). We characterize such heating as “above average”, although in fact the heating of the Elephone P8000 case did not cause any discomfort for the hands.
Next, we will get acquainted with the built-in sensors in the Elephone P8000 smartphone and check the operation of GPS navigation in it.
Testing built-in sensors and GPS
The Sensor List program showed the presence of the following sensors on board the Elephone P8000 smartphone: an accelerometer, an ambient light sensor, a proximity sensor and a Hall sensor. The set of sensors rather corresponds to the level of a budget smartphone. There is also no digital compass in the device, and this should be taken into account when using GPS navigation.
And now let's check the operation of GPS navigation in the Elephone P8000 smartphone. It turned out that without a WiFi connection and after a cold start, the device connected to the satellites almost instantly. The positioning accuracy was high. The smartphone found GLONASS satellites and connected to them. In other words, you will not have problems with GPS navigation with this device. Although the lack of a digital compass is still worth considering.
Let's move on to testing the built-in cameras.
The manufacturer claims that the Elephone P8000 smartphone has a rear camera with an S5K3L2 sensor from Samsung and a resolution of 13 megapixels. The aperture value of this camera is F/2.0. At the same time, the manufacturer promises good image quality in low light, and we will definitely check this fact.
As for the front camera, the manufacturer only tells us its resolution, which is 5 megapixels. The type of sensor used in this camera is unknown, although it is most likely a sensor from OmniVision, which we are used to seeing in many devices in this price segment.
Consider the interface of the Camera application installed in the Elephone P8000 smartphone. Here you will also not find anything new for yourself, since the manufacturer has left it almost standard. There are HDR modes, "Panorama", "Live Photo", slow motion mode, burst mode and others. In the settings, you can independently choose the exposure, set the white balance, select the ISO value, enable face detection, automatic scene detection, etc. There is also the possibility of applying various effects (monochrome, sepia, etc.).
The maximum photo resolution is 13 MP, and the maximum video resolution is 1080p at 30 frames per second. There is also the possibility of activating electronic focus stabilization in the menu.
Sample shots from the rear camera showed pretty good image quality taken in daylight. The pictures are well-colored, although in automatic mode the white balance goes a bit warm. Detail in the center of the frame and sharpness are also quite decent, but they noticeably decrease towards the edges of the frame. This camera is also good at macro photography.
However, with the deterioration of lighting conditions, clearly visible noise appears in the pictures, and the detail of objects decreases. To get good shots in such conditions, it is better to use manual settings and hold the smartphone firmly in your hand when activating the electronic shutter release to avoid blurring. When shooting with the flash, the camera may not always be able to select the correct exposure and flash duration. As a result, frames often turn out to be overexposed.
As for shooting video using the rear camera, the situation here is more deplorable. Detailing of objects is noticeably lost, and the picture seems slightly blurry. And since the smartphone does not have a noise-canceling microphone, it is not possible to record video with stereo sound.
As for the front camera, we have no particular complaints about the quality of photos from it. It shoots no better and no worse than the cameras of the main competitors with the same sensor resolution.
Lots of sources here.
In general, we can say that the cameras in the Elephone P8000 smartphone shoot at an average level. For example, the cameras in the Meizu M2 Note smartphone with the same sensor resolution do their job much better. At the same time, a sensor from Samsung is also used as a sensor for the main camera in the M2 Note.
The battery capacity of the Elephone P8000 smartphone is one of its main advantages. The manufacturer claims that the battery capacity in this device is 4165 mAh.
In the battery test in the AnTuTu Battery Test program, the device scored 8741 points. The result was high, but not as high as we expected. And bearing in mind that synthetic tests cannot be 100% trustworthy, we checked the autonomy of the Elephone P8000 smartphone using more traditional methods in real use.
So, the battery charge was enough for us to watch online videos on Youtube for 7 hours and 42 minutes. And this result satisfied us much more.
We also checked the real battery capacity of the Elephone P8000 smartphone using a special USB tester. This device showed that after a complete discharge, the battery of our Elephone P8000 took 4213 mAh to a 100% charge level, which, taking into account the possible error, leaves the manufacturer's statement about the battery capacity very plausible.
Thus, we can conclude that the capacity of the battery in the Elephone P8000 smartphone will give you the opportunity to use this device for three days until it is completely discharged with an average usage mode.
It should also be noted that despite the presence of a charger that can deliver a current of 2A, in fact, the Elephone P8000 battery is charged at a current of no more than 1A. And this means that the manufacturer's statements about the presence of a fast charging function in this device are still untenable. The battery charge time from zero to 100% was about 3 hours.
Let's move on to checking the sound from the external speaker of the Elephone P8000 smartphone, as well as the sound when listening to music in headphones.
In terms of the maximum volume level of the external speaker, Elephone P8000 proved to be about the same as Elephone P7000. The volume level turned out to be above average, while a special sound level meter showed about 94 dB. For comparison, the volume of the external speaker of the Blackview Alife P1 Pro we recently tested was 1 dB higher.
As for the sound quality from the external speaker of the Elephone P8000 smartphone, high and medium frequencies prevail here, and low frequencies are practically absent. The sound isn't great, but it's enough to grab your attention when you receive a call.
To check the sound quality in the headphones, we downloaded an audio file in FLAC format to the device’s memory, which we listened to in Xiaomi Mi Headphones HiFi Edition headphones. The sound quality of your favorite composition in the Elephone P8000 smartphone turned out to be quite good, but in comparison with LeTV One , the difference turned out to be significant in favor of the latter. Thus, for music lovers, the Elephone P8000 smartphone is far from the best choice.
So, we have reviewed the main points in the process of testing Elephone P8000, and it's time to highlight the advantages and disadvantages of this smartphone.
Let's start with the advantages of the device:
1) Autonomy of work. The manufacturer equipped the Elephone P8000 with such a large and heavy battery not in vain, since the autonomy of this device turned out to be a serious trump card compared to its competitors.
2) Fingerprint scanner work.
3) The presence of a really working software update function "over the air" (FOTA).
4) Very good build quality of the device, which was a pleasant surprise for us after the P7000 model.
Let's move on to the disadvantages :
1) Lack of an event indicator and backlighting of the Home button in the first 5000 instances of the device. The sample that we showed in the video review just got into this batch. Although many have already received copies in which the backlight of the central touch button is present. It should also serve as an indicator of events. We believe that the presence of two different versions of the Elephone P8000 smartphone is unacceptable for such a respected manufacturer.
2) Lack of smart functions in the device menu. Perhaps this problem will be fixed in future software updates.
3) The work of the rear camera in low light conditions. We believe that this sensor from Samsung is capable of more.
It is also necessary to improve the performance of the flash, which strongly illuminates the frame.
The list of shortcomings could go on and on, including the non-removable battery and poor benchmark results compared to competitors with the same processor. However, it should be borne in mind that now you can buy an Elephone P8000 smartphone for only $170, since even the manufacturer itself offers discount coupons for the purchase of this device. Therefore, you can ignore the declared cost of $210. And therefore, for the money, the Elephone P8000 smartphone turned out to be one of the best options.
You can buy Elephone P8000 on Aliexpress - here
Price - 159$
Coupon - GK159P8000B (enter in the chat to the seller)
- Device type: smartphone/phablet.
- Available colors: white, golden, gray.
- Housing materials: polycarbonate, metal and glass.
- Operating system: Android 5.1 Lollipop.
- Networks: GSM 850/900/1800 (band5, band8, band3)
WCDMA 900/2100 (band8, band1)
FDD-LTE 800/1800/2600 (band20, band3, band7)
- SIM-cards: 2xMicro-SIM, Dual Standby
- Processor: 64 bit, 8 cores Cortex A53 x 1.3 GHz, MT6753
- Video accelerator: Mali-T720 MP3, 450 MHz
- RAM: 3 GB LPDDR3, 800 MHz
- Storage: 16GB + Micro-SD card slot up to 128GB
- Fingerprint scanner: on the back panel, 360°
- Interfaces: WiFi 802.11 (b/g/n), Hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, Micro-USB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio, FOTA
- Applications: FM radio
- Screen: IPS 5.5'' with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, OGS, 401 ppi
- Cameras: rear 13 MP (4160x3120), Samsung S5K3L2 sensor, f/2.0, autofocus, electronic stabilization, LED flash (continuous shooting, digital zoom, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama, ISO setting, exposure compensation, white balance, delayed shooting, scene selection), video 1080p@30fps + front 5 MP (2560x1920)
- Navigation: GPS, A-GPS
- Battery: non-removable, capacity 4165 mAh, fast charging (5V, 2A)
- Dimensions: 155.2 x 76.6 x 9.2mm
- Weight: 203 grams