Elephone P9000, the full review of GizChina-it

Elephone is a company that in recent years has tried to impose itself on international markets by proposing devices with a good quality / price compromise, which, unfortunately, have not always been free from software problems and minor assembly defects.

The Chinese manufacturer seems to want to make the leap in quality thanks toElephone P9000, a new high-end device that is preparing to reach the market on a large scale.

We have tested the device in depth to evaluate the performance of the new chipset octa-core medium-high range Mediatek Helio P10.

Will the device meet expectations? Let's find out in our full review!

Elephone P9000, the full review of GizChina-it

Elephone P9000 - Sales package

The Elephone P9000 sales package is made of white plastic. Inside we find:

  • Elephone P9000;
  • USB cable - 2.0 USB Type-C;
  • protective silicone cover;
  • User Manual;
  • extraction pin of the SIM / micro SD trolley.

The wall charger is not present.

Elephone P9000 - Design and materials

L'Elephone P9000 is characterized by a back-cover that is very reminiscent of the Sandstone Black adopted by OnePlus on OnePlus One and on OnePlus 2, a solution that guarantees excellent grip, but which retains fingerprints a little during use. The perimeter frame, on the other hand, is made of metal.

The dimensions of the device are of 148.4 x 73.2 x 7.3 mm thick, for a weight, battery from 3000 mAh included, of approximately 149 grams.

Let's see the arrangement of keys and inputs:

On the right profile we find the on / off button and the volume rocker.

On the left profile, instead, there is the tray that contains the two SIM / micro SD slots and a quick access key to an app that can be selected via software.

The central physical button works very similar to themBack di Meizu:

  • With a touch you return to the previous screen;
  • with two touches you return to the Home;
  • with a long press the multitasking panel opens.

It is possible to activate the on-screen navigation key bar using the physical key only to return to the Home.

At the bottom there is the connector USB Type-C and the main system microphone. At the top, however, there is the 3.5 mm jack for the earphones and the second microphone for the reduction of ambient noise.

Finally, on the back-cover there is the rear camera from 13 mega-pixels with sensor Sony IMX258, double Flash LED e autofocus laser as well as the fingerprint reader that really turns out very quick and precise in the detection of the impression.

Elephone P9000 - Display

The device is equipped with a  made by LG, an LTPS and OGS panel with diagonal from 5.5 inches, resolution Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel it's a pixel density of 401 PPI. On the P9000 display the color reproduction is faithful, the maximum brightness is very good (quite accurate sensor, but a bit 'tending downward in the adjustments) and the viewing angles are average.

Elephone P9000 - Hardware and performance

L'Elephone P9000 It is moved by a processor true octa-core Mediatek Helio P10 a 28 nm Cortex-A53 with clock a 2.0 GHz accompanied by 4 GB of LPDDR3 single channel RAM to 933Mhz, From one GPU Mali-T860 MP2 with clock a 700 MHz and 32 GB of internal memory Expandable through micro SD (alternatively to the second SIM).

Data in hand, the processor is certainly promoted "on paper", but it is also in the daily use of the device, thanks to excellent performance that ensure fluency and speed of application execution, without lag and / or impositions.

It should be noted that we have encountered sporadic application crashes and some incompatibilities that affect the use of apps like Real Racing 3.

These are obviously software issues that denoted an inadequate optimization of the latest release of Android. With future updates that will fix these issues, general stability and performance can reach a really good level.

The management of the RAM allows you to use on 4 GB only 3 GB also with heavy tak and a very tight multitasking.

Elephone P9000 - Antutu Benchmark

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Elephone P9000 - Cameras

The rear camera of the device is characterized by a sensor from XMUMX mega-pixel Sony IMX13 with aperture f / 2.0, dual Flash LED e Laser Autofocus.

The front camera, on the other hand, consists of a sensor OmniVision OV8858 da 8 mega-pixels with wide angle a 84°.

The rear cam allows you to take mediocre shots, thus not making the most of the available hardware. Both in the shots in good light conditions and in macro we are faced with a yield that is not particularly convincing, especially when compared to older devices characterized by a smaller hardware sector.

Focusing is not as fast as it should be, as is shooting slightly slow (especially in night shots). Even double Flash LED does not meet at night and in low light conditions as the shots have chromatic aberrations.

The front room, however, returns good shots ensuring pretty definite selfies.

Videos, recorded at the maximum resolution Full HD, they do not stand out for their quality, guaranteeing only a discrete performance.

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Elephone P9000 - Audio

The device is equipped with a single system speaker that guarantees a very high listening sound that, however, fails in quality, especially in the bass, almost completely absent.

No problem, however, with regard to the audio in the headphones, which has full-bodied bass and optimal sound equalization.

The audio in call is of a good level in the headset capsule and also in the voice in conversation captured by the main microphone.

Elephone P9000 - Connectivity

The device is characterized by a double SIM slot with connectivity LTE hot switchable via software. Interesting news fromHelio P10 it is the presence of a modem LTE Cat.6.

No problem with regards to the WiFi, Bluetooth in the protocol 4.0 and with GPS very quick and precise in the fix. Finally there is the FM radio and connectivity NFC for exchanging files and for payments via Android Pay.

Elephone P9000 - Battery

The battery is a unit from 3000 mAh non removable which guarantees approx 3 hours and 40 of screen lit. with a medium-intense use e two SIMs enter with a 20% of remaining charge. The last 20% of autonomy turns out to be less performing and in fact tends to run out in a very short time.

The device is equipped with fast charging Pump Express Plus (PE +) di Mediatek, but in practice both with the supplied power supply and with a charger Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 we did not find any divergences with devices without such technology. In addition, support for the wireless charging (base included in a bundle sold separately).

Improved software optimization could further improve autonomy, especially by virtue of the presence of doze, advanced energy saving feature in the background, offered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Elephone P9000 - Software

The terminal is moved by the operating system Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a stock interface that, as already underlined, while demonstrating an excellent fluidity and speed of execution of the applications did not fully convince us as the company could have better optimized the ROM. Software updates to this effect are desirable.

We point out that some Google applications are not updated to the latest version (for example the calendar), but it will still be possible to download the latest release from Play Store.

The only news worthy of note is the Download Booster, software feature that allows you to download files at high speed using the WiFi and connectivity Mobile simultaneously.

Elephone P9000 - Conclusions

Lights and shadows on this P9000, a bit like what happened in the tests of previous Elephone devices. This time, however, there is something that convinces and that, despite the bugs detected and the aspects to be filed, does not "displease" this device.

The design is nice, the performance is good and the price of 250 euro, especially if compared to the specifications, could make it a very attractive smartphone.

It would certainly have been more interesting at around 200 euros and it will be for those who participated in the Elephone crowd funding campaign, through which, with a contribution of 5 dollars, they could get the right to buy the Elephone P9000 at around 219. dollars.


UPDATE: The Elephone P9000 is pre-orderable on on offer at 198 € thanks to the voucher P9000SAM. Here more details.

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