elePhone s8 was the first of the clones of the Xiaomi Mi MIX to be announced, but one of the last to officially arrive on the market. Despite this, this device seems the most promising among its competitors, in fact, elePhone S8 owns a tri-bezelles display da 6 inches with resolution 2K. In short, there is a lot of meat to the fire, we proceed calmly and we go to discover together if it will be him king of the Mi MIX clones!
ElePhone S8 review!
The packaging is very simple and inside we find the following equipment:
- elePhone S8;
- USB Type-C / mini-jack adapter;
- USB Type-C data cable;
- wall power supply with European socket and 5V 2A outlet;
- silicone cover;
- pin for the SIM slot;
- manual for instructions.
Design and construction
Regarding the construction nothing to say, theelePhone S8 it's a smartphone a lot solid e robust. The perimeter frame is made of the aluminum, while the back cover is made of glass, or better "3D Lumia Glass", which gives the splendid play of light. However, the latter returns a slightly plasticy feeling but, apart from this, the build quality of the smartphone is not discussed, indeed, it is the best of all its competitors.
NB: we point out that our sample has a small construction defect under the glass layer, where it is possible to notice a small chipping.
On the right side we find the volume rocker and the power button with a nice knurled texture and a nice red detail, while on the opposite side there is only the slot for the insertion of two Nano SIMs.
On the lower profile it houses the USB Type-C input flanked by the system speaker and the main microphone, unlike the upper part there is only the microphone for the reduction of environmental noise. Absent the mini-jack input.
Space also to the back cover where he master the main camera with a projection of about 1.5 mm and the dual LED flash.
Frontally we find the sensor of brightness and proximity in the upper part, while going down we can see the LED flash with the front camera and the home button that integrates the fingerprint reader. The latter is quite accurate with an unlock of the80% even if it's not really a splinter.
Finally, theelePhone S8 has the dimensions of 80.7 x 152 x 8.6 mm thick for a weight of 195 grams. The phone in hand is felt and is not easy to use in one hand, in fact, we are helped by a function of the software that allows us to reduce the screens in a smaller window, but we'll talk about this later.
The device is equipped with a IPS tri-bezelless display da 6 inches diagonal with resolution 2K (2560 x 1440 px) with density of 490 ppiProtection Corning Gorilla Glass 4 e curved glass of type 2.5D.
Il is definitely the best aspect of this smartphone, which allows us to fully enjoy the multimedia contents without any compromise. The definition and the colors are excellent, even if the latter at extreme angles tend to change slightly.
Il touch screen it is not one of the most sensitive, you can easily perform daily operations, but in the long run you have the feeling that it is slightly slowed down, especially when we write messages quickly.
Hardware and Performance
L'elePhone S8 is equipped with a CPU MediaTek Helio X25 including a processor deca-core with a maximum clock frequency of 2.5 GHz, a GPU Mali T880, 4 GB di RAM e 64 GB di internal memory not expandable via microSD!
Le performance are pretty good and I have not encountered any particular problems during use, if not some lag e forced closure of some app but, most likely, this problem is attributable to software.
La GPU he does his job well enough, but in the use of the heaviest titles like Asphalt 8 it is possible to notice some decline of fps. It is not fluid at 100% with certain games, but for those more casual, the terminal behaves very well. The only flaw concerns the more intense gaming sessions in which the GPU is strained, in which case the smartphone tends to heat on top, at the height of the camera.
As previously mentioned, more than a few times some Apps have suddenly stopped. Despite the software is almost stock we do not have a level optimization, a feature that unfortunately unites most of this kind of smartphone.
However, the situation is certainly better than that of its competitors, but with a much more powerful hardware we expected a more optimized software able to make the most of all its potential.
On board we find Android 7.1.1 Nougat with security patches of 5 August and some customization within the settings. Furthermore, we can choose whether to use i on-screen keys or only the central button. However, I found its use a little intricate for my habits, as with a single tap you return back, with two back to the Home and with three tap opens the menu of the multitasking.
A definitely useful function is that which allows us to reduce the window of the Apps, which replaces the function of "One-handed use". In fact, it will be possible to move it to your liking inside the home and decide its size.
Photo and video quality
Posteriorly we find a sensor Sony IMX220 da 21 mega-pixels with opening f / 2.0 e double LED flash.
The photos are under the sufficiency and unfortunately we have made it a habit with devices like these. By day and in excellent light conditions we manage to get some shots sufficient, but already in an area of penumbra the results begin to be mediocre. In the evening and in the absence of optimal light, the performance drops a lot.
The same goes for the front camera that has a sensor from 8 mega-pixels with LED flash, who has three: different tone and manages to improve the situation at night.
L'interface it's the classic stock and viewfinder è jerky e slow.
Also on this elePhone S8Like all the other clones, the auricular capsule was inserted on the upper edge. The audio in capsule is good and also the one coming out from the system speaker, even if the high frequencies are privileged more than the low ones. Also good maximum and minimum volume.
As usual by the brand, theelePhone S8 can count on the support of the 20 band. We also find support for the Dual SIM Dual Standby with the possibility of inserting two Nano SIM, WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band, Bluetooth 4.1, OTG e GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS with good good accuracy.
We did not find any big problems during the reception phase. The only one is about it Switch from data network to wifi that is not very fast.
Here we are at one critical point, autonomy. The smartphone is equipped with a battery from 4000 mah and it can not guarantee a sufficient duration. Surely the display 2K and software they go to influence, but with a average use (Social, Clash Royale, YouTube, Web browsing) I managed to reach maximum 3 45 hours minutes di active screen. The medium it stands around the 3h30 - 4h.
Also, maybe it will be a defect of our sample, but the smartphone has problems in charging, in fact several times I happened to leave him in charge all night long (about 7 hours) and upon awakening the smartphone was still at 65%. This unfortunately is totally unacceptable, but again, most likely it is a problem of our sample. The test was also done with different power supplies and different cables.
Updated: After restoring the factory data, the problem is no longer presented. However, several other users have found this "bug".
ElePhone S8 review: conclusions
In conclusion theelePhone S8 certainly wins the title of best clone of the Xiaomi Mi MIX (at least among those we've tried until now) but unfortunately also him it is not free from defects. The beautiful display and the excellent construction are not enough to guarantee full marks if we then have a lack of autonomy and a software that is always a bit unripe. However, the device costs 221 €, a figure however not exaggerated by the hardware it offers.
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