Elephone P8000 Review - The Affordable Midrange Tank To Get?
|Elephone P8000 review|
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Elephone P8000 Specs
Unboxing / Accessories
|Elephone P8000 box|
|The inclusions inside|
Build Quality / Design
|View at the back|
|Back cover opened showing a dedicated micro SD card slot, dual SIM slots and non removable batteries|
|Top showing the 3.5 mm audio slot|
|Below showing mic and micro USB port|
|Power button and volume rocker on the left|
|The display quality of P8000 in person|
Audio QualitySpeaker-wise, this handset performed ordinarily. It's sounds decent overall, but I find that it lacking in mids details and a bit too peaky in treble happy songs. The loudness is also fine, tough I would like it to be a little bit more louder. Anyway, most will like that it produce unexpected bass slams and airy wide soundstage. As I said earlier, it's acceptably decent as whole.
In terms of audio out thru headphones, I expected this to sound as clean as most MT6753 powered handsets. However, it produced darker than expected sound signature, a little bit detailed bass response and a bit grainy mids. Fortunately, it's highs sounds decent, still has good instrumental separation and average soundstage.
Having said that, even if it has above average driving power and can play 24 bit lossless files, it's not audiophile tuned smartphone, but has a more consumer friendly sound. At least it doesn't sound distorted even on max volume.
In terms of microphone used, this only features a single microphone hole. It performed nicely in quiet enviroment, but it has a lot of noise in not that quiet environment. That's why we would always like a phone better if it has at least dual mic setup w/ noise cancelling.
|Work battery life test|
Under heavy usage and battery test it has a mileage of 8 hours and 22 mins. Under looping video playback, it managed to survive for 6 hours and 5 mins which is impressive as I was also using max loudness there.
Charging time appears to be fine as well even with the use of a 2 A wall charger at less than 3 hours given its large battery capacity. However, avoid using chargers with 1 A rating as it will take you like forever in charging this device. Trust me.
|Main camera located at the back|
In terms of quality, it performed averagely in my opinion. It has neutral colors that's not saturated, has average sharpness and not that grainy results. There are just times where it tends to overexpose subjects when focused incorrectly. Fortunately, it has other good traits as you can rely on this with some close-up shots which can even produce good background blur. Just make sure that, you're in well lit conditions or you'll see its glaring weaknesses in the challenging areas.
While it doesn't have newer tech like PDAF or Laser AF, the focus speed is pretty fast. Don't expect it to be super fast, but at least it isn't slow. However, it's shutter speed sing a different tune, it's slower than expected especially when at HDR mode that takes 5 seconds to capture a subject.
In front, the colors are slightly yellowish, but pretty acceptable in details considering the price point.
We also found out that its camera software is too plain and doesn't have the features we normally like to see with other handsets.
Speaking of video quality, it's decent in daylight but expect a lot of shakiness, occasional lags and misfocus as it lacks OIS. Anyway, at least, you can record 1080p FHD videos at the back and 720p HD videos in front in .3gp format.
Rear Camera Samples
|Normal daylight shot|
|Outdoor shot around 6 pm|
|Normal vs HDR shot|
|Dim light shot|
|Photo at night|
Selfie Camera Samples
|Selfie dim light|
|Antutu and geekbench scores|
Featuring a usual configuration of MT6753 SoC, Mali T720 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. We got the expected performance with this phone. Hiccups is almost non-existent when moving from an light app to another, can run any task I throw at it and doesn't heat up that much even when on LTE and gaming.
Speaking of gaming performance, it was very acceptable for a light and casual gamer like me. It's Mali T720 did enough to run any light and casual game available in the app store today smoothly. Even some heavy games such as Asphalt 8 are smooth enough, but we observed noticeable frame drops with NBA 2K16. It's playable, but don't expect it to be buttery smooth.
|Stock UI of this phone|
For a phone manufacturer that's very well known to put custom UI's we're surprised that the P8000 that reach our shores was on stock vanilla Android. As a result, it gives faster performance even if it has limited features. Anyway, you can always install the apps and look that you want here.
Donning a fingerprint scanner at the back, we have high hopes that its ergonomic placement would have the same performance like what we've seen the Elephone S1. However, it didn't live up to the hype. It was very inaccurate and it usually takes me at least 5 tries to get my finger recognizes making almost unusable for me.
While, the overall performance of the phone is very smooth for its specs, we wanted its fingerprint sensor to be better.
VerdictElephone managed to impress us with a solid midrange phone with great specs to price ratio. Why? This Elephone P8000 is a highly recommended handset for everyone who wanted more than decent performance with long battery life. It maybe thick, heavy and a bit too flashy for some, but this phone get's the job done most of the time.
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