Elephone U Review: Don’t you wish that phones are just a bit bigger? Don’t you wish tablets are just big enough to fit in a pocket? If you said yes, to any of the questions then a Phablet is for you.
The Elephone U 4G Phablet is a new entry in the Smartphone market. It’s being positioned in the empty segment between Large screen phones and pocket tablets.
Processor and RAM
The Elephone U is powered by MediaTek MTK6763 Octa-core 2.0 GHz. That is not bad for its price range. Having 8 cores at 2.0 GHz. should be sufficient for all applications.
RAM/ROM comes in two flavors. 4GB RAM at 64GB ROM and 6GB RAM with 128 GB ROM. The price difference is not too large, so its best to go with the 6GB version to run multiple apps.
The Mali-G71 MP2 GPU is also on the low end. There will fps delay rendering 3D graphics on this phablet. It is to be expected as a “tablet”.
It looks like the Samsung S8 Edge, full touchscreen buttons with an “Edge” screen. The Corning Glass 5 should be tempered and it gives a sleek and sexy feel.
Android 7.1 (Nougat). For a new phone, people would expect that it already runs on 8.0 (Oreo). But the Nougat is stable, and after updates, it should perform just as well.
5.99 inches AMOLED 10-point screen is a great selling point of the Elephone U. It is rare to find AMOLED screens at this price range. AMOLED is rare outside of Samsung phones and getting one at this size and price is a good deal.
The resolution is a bit lower than expected. It should still be good enough due to the vibrant display of the AMOLED technology.
How’s the Cameras?
The Elephant U have three cameras. Yes, three. Dual 13 MP back camera and 8.0 front camera. There is not much use for dual cameras on the back, It would have been better if they installed the standard front and back cameras with higher resolution. As it stands the Elephant U comes in below standard in the Camera department.
It comes with a non-removable 3620mah Battery. That is the average battery size for phones at this price range. It should be sufficient to last the entire day with normal use.
2G, 3G, 4G-LTE, CDMA BC0
Wireless Connectivity: 2.4GHz/5GHz
Dual Nano Sim
No complaints here. It is industry standard and should work in all networks in all countries.
What are the Dimensions?
Size: 15.40 x 7.25 x 0.8cm
Weight: 0.1600 kg
It is bigger than the most smartphones in the market but way smaller than tablets. But it is a “Phablet.” People looking into this product are after the sweet spot of a tablet-sized screen that fits in a pocket.
The Elephant U is a great deal for its target segment. People looking for a large screen phone, but handy enough to fit in their pocket. The resolution is low and the GPU is weak. It is the norm for most tablets, but the AMOLED screen more than makes up for it.
The OS, drive space, battery life, and other features are very good. It should have no problems running commercial applications and most games. It is not a recommended item if you plan to play graphics-intensive 3D games.
The Cameras are the biggest disappointment for this model. If only they removed the “dual” back camera and replaced all three with two high-resolution hardware, it would have been perfect.