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ElePhone S7 Smartphone Review

Marcus Herbrich, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 12/24/2016

Samsung Galaxy S7 replica. The current premium model of the Chinese manufacturer ElePhone S7 has been put through our test course. Its outer resemblance to Samsung's counterpart is striking. The technical specifications of ElePhone's S7 are very promising and the first impression is also positive.

For the original German review, see here.

The latest model of the Chinese smartphone brand ElePhone was officially introduced in November of this year and is available in three versions. The models differ in storage capacity: they start with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of flash memory followed by a model with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage and finally the premium model with 4 GB of working memory and 64 GB of internal storage. The devices look alike - all have the unique selling point of Samsung's Galaxy Edge models, namely the lateral screen. However, a "standard model" without a curved screen is also available (model name: R9).

As well as the laterally curved, 5.5-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1080p, ElePhone's S7 offers a good technical configuration for a device of this price range. MediaTek's Helio X20 processor provides the needed power inside the smartphone. A 13-MP rear-facing camera and a 5-MP front-facing module are installed. Furthermore, the dual-SIM smartphone has a fingerprint scanner that is hidden in the physical home button. Furthermore, a 3000 mAh battery is incorporated.

The base configuration of the S7 starts at 140 US dollars without shipping, tax, and customs. Roughly 170 Euros (~$178) including shipping is due for the entry-level model in Germany. The models with more memory cost approximately 210 Euros (~$220/3 GB/32 GB) and 220 Euros (~$230/4 GB/64 GB) respectively.

Potential rivals of the mid-range smartphone that we also use for comparison in the test are ZTE's Blade V7Huawei's 5C, Vernee's MarsUMi's Super, and Blackview's R7. We will also compare the handset with Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge due to the undeniable resemblance.

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Elephone S7 (S Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio X20 MT6797, MediaTek Helio X20
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 401 PPI, JDI LTPS capacitve touchscreen OGS, LCD, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 54.1 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5-millimeter audio jack, Card Reader: micro-SD (max. 128 GB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: gravity sensor, light sensor, gyro proximity sensor, compass sensor, OTG, Miracast, status LED
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM:B2/B3/B5/B8 (1900/1800/850/900 MHz) WCDMA:B1/B8 (2100/900 MHz) FDD-LTE:B1/B3/B7/B20 (2100/1800/2600/800 MHz) TDD-LTE:B38/B40(2600/2300 MHz), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.6 x 150.4 x 73.2 ( = 0.3 x 5.92 x 2.88 in)
Battery
3000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix (f/2.2 rear camera with AF & LED flash)
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: mono, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, USB cable, modular power supply, silicon cover, E-touch 2.0, 12 Months Warranty, SAR rate (head): 0.265 W/kg, SAR rate (body): 0.507 W/kg, fanless
Weight
148 g ( = 5.22 oz / 0.33 pounds), Power Supply: 35 g ( = 1.23 oz / 0.08 pounds)
Price
220 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The casing of the mid-range smartphone is made largely of plastic and glass and presents a good build. Unlike Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge with a glass back, the (thin) plastic rear does not feel as high-quality, although it does not feel cheap. The metal bezel is also rather sharper than its look-alike by Samsung. On the other hand, its rigidity and stability are very good.

With 75.7%, ElePhone's S7 has a somewhat lower screen-surface ratio than Samsung's counterpart (76.1%). Compared with the rivals, this is still a very good rate. By comparison: The screen in Honor's 5C screen only makes up just less than 68.7% of the front. The spacing between the screen and casing is a little too wide, and the glass can be pressed down noticeably. The power and volume button on the casing's right are easy to access. Like the physical home button, they hardly wobble and have a pleasant pressure point.

Similar to Honor's 8, the S7's rear produces striking light patterns that are very nice to look at. It is available in the color options gold, blue, black and green.

Green
Blue
Gold
Black

Size Comparison

152 mm / 5.98 inch 78 mm / 3.07 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 197 g0.4343 lbs151 mm / 5.94 inch 77 mm / 3.03 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 202 g0.4453 lbs151 mm / 5.94 inch 73 mm / 2.87 inch 7.6 mm / 0.2992 inch 162 g0.3571 lbs150.9 mm / 5.94 inch 72.6 mm / 2.86 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 157 g0.3461 lbs150.4 mm / 5.92 inch 73.2 mm / 2.88 inch 7.6 mm / 0.2992 inch 148 g0.3263 lbs147.1 mm / 5.79 inch 73.8 mm / 2.91 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 156 g0.3439 lbs146 mm / 5.75 inch 72.5 mm / 2.85 inch 7.95 mm / 0.313 inch 136 g0.2998 lbs

Connectivity

The internal eMMC memory in our review sample has a capacity of 64 GB. The user has only 54.1 GB available for personal use in the state of delivery. It is possible to expand the dual-SIM smartphone's storage by up to 128 GB with a microSD card. It can be incorporated into the internal storage via formatting or alternatively compatible apps can be moved to the external memory via App2SD.

The 3000 mAh battery is recharged via the micro-USB 2.0 port on the handset's lower edge. Peripherals such as external keyboards or USB flash drives can be connected via an OTG adapter. Transmitting display content wirelessly to an external monitor via Miracast is also supported and functioned well in the test with a Sony Android TV.

Like Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge, ElePhone's S7 has a fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button. An LED for incoming notifications is also present.

Casing's right
Casing's left
Casing's lower edge
Casing's upper edge

Software

The manufacturer covers the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with its own E-touch user interface in version 2.0. At the time of testing, the system had the security patch level from August 2016. According to the manufacturer, all ElePhone smartphones will be provided with updates for at least one year. Thus, it is very possible that the S7 model will also be updated to Android Nougat.

The manufacturer's user interface is very similar to that of Google's stock Android and has been modified only slightly. Unnecessary bloatware is not preloaded. Special software features for the lateral edge screen, such as those in Samsung's Galaxy S7, are not provided.

Communication and GPS

The Wi-Fi module integrated into ElePhone's S7 supports the IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n standard. Thus, not only does it transmit in the 2.4-GHz, but also in the 5-GHz frequency range. We could not connect to the 5.0-GHz Wi-Fi even though it was displayed on ElePhone's handset in the test. It does not support the ac Wi-Fi standard. The Wi-Fi module's reception performance was good and the signal was stable in everyday use. We measured an attenuation of -35 dBm directly beside the router (Telekom Speedport, W921V). The Wi-Fi transmission rate between the smartphone and our Linksys EA 8500 reference router can be called poor with only 58 Mbit/s (iPerf server) and especially 20 Mbit/s (iPerf client). Bluetooth 4.0 is present for wireless communication between mobile end devices – however, an NFC chip for near-field communication is not present.

A nano-SIM and micro-SIM card can be inserted into the dual-SIM smartphone's hybrid slot as long as a memory card is not used. The hybrid slot is not limited to GSM speeds. Overall, the number of supported frequencies is low compared with Samsung's Galaxy S7. The mid-range smartphone uses only LTE Cat.4 (150 Mbit/s downstream, 50 Mbit/s upstream) for connecting to mobile Internet on the go. Honor's 5C offers LTE Cat.6 (300 Mbit/s downstream) here. All frequencies needed in Germany are supported, even the LTE 20 band important for rural areas.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
281 MBit/s ∼100% +1319%
Elephone S7
Mali-T880 MP4, Helio X20 MT6797, 64 GB eMMC Flash
19.8 MBit/s ∼7%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
335 MBit/s ∼100% +475%
Elephone S7
Mali-T880 MP4, Helio X20 MT6797, 64 GB eMMC Flash
58.3 MBit/s ∼17%
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
303 MBit/s ∼100%
UMI Super Euro Edition
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
109 MBit/s ∼36%
Blackview R7
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
102 MBit/s ∼34%
Vernee Mars
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
81.1 MBit/s ∼27%
Honor 5C
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 650, 16 GB eMMC Flash
49.8 MBit/s ∼16%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
290 MBit/s ∼100%
UMI Super Euro Edition
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
108 MBit/s ∼37%
Blackview R7
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
79.4 MBit/s ∼27%
Honor 5C
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 650, 16 GB eMMC Flash
58.3 MBit/s ∼20%
Vernee Mars
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
38.9 MBit/s ∼13%
GPS Test, indoors
GPS Test, outdoors

Mobile localization is realized via GPS and the Russian GLONASS satellite system. The S7 by ElePhone found the current location reliably with an accuracy of approximately 4 meters (~13 ft). A strong enough satellite signal was produced indoors during the test. To test the tracking accuracy of our review sample in practice, we recorded a route using Garmin's Edge 500 GPS bike computer and the smartphone simultaneously for comparison. The S7 presented a lapse in tracking in our GPS test and Runtastic repeatedly stopped recording, although it was relaunched several times. Based on the gathered data, the position detection is mediocre.

ElePhone S7
ElePhone S7
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500

Telephone and Call Quality

Phone app
Keypad

The call quality of the affordable mid-range handset is very good. Annoying interruptions or reception issues did not occur during test calls in the German Vodafone network. Voices were transmitted clearly and our contact also described our voice as very clear. However, the caller's voice was rather distorted when using the speaker.

The phone app of ElePhone's S7 offers standard Android features such as favorites, calls list, and integrated phone book. A keypad can also be opened for entering phone numbers manually.

Cameras

Front camera
Primary camera

The Chinese manufacturer does not give much information about the installed camera modules. A 13-MP camera (4160x3120 pixels) with autofocus and single-colored LED flash is incorporated into the rear. The aperture of f/2.2, i.e. the ratio of focal width to diameter, allows capturing quite a lot of light on the CMOS image sensor.

The camera scores with good sharpness and details in daylight, although the pictures have low dynamic, and the objects are darkened significantly. Decent close-up photos can also be taken in good light conditions. The colors look pale and faded. The image noise increases significantly in low-light conditions, and therefore photos present a visible graininess. Details of dark objects are completely lost when using the 13-MP camera.

The lens on the casing's front is not quite as fast with an aperture of f/2.4, and has a resolution of only 5 MP (2592x1944) pixels. As with the primary camera, the photo quality decreases clearly as the light is reduced. Nevertheless, the photos are sufficient for selfie snapshots.

Videos can be recorded at a maximum of 1080p at a frame rate of 30 FPS with ElePhone's smartphone. The video resolution decreases to 720p at 30 FPS when using the front-facing 5-MP camera. The quality is satisfactory, but recordings blur very quickly due to the absence of an image stabilizer.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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The color tones are quite accurate compared to the factual reference colors under controlled light conditions. However, brown has too high a red pigment content. The photos with X-Rite ColorChecker Passport (not edited afterward, e.g. manual white balance) taken with the 13-MP camera also exhibit a satisfactory white balance, although it is a bit too cool. To evaluate image sharpness, we photograph our test chart under defined artificial light condition. The image sharpness is good, but the photos blur visibly toward the lateral areas.

Accessories and Warranty

In addition to the modular 10-watt power supply (5 V, 2 A), the S7 comes with a USB cable, a small metal tool for opening the SIM card slot, and the usual brochures. The manufacturer also offers a screen protector and a leather and silicon case for the smartphone as optional accessories.

The S7 comes with a 12-month warranty period. Dos and don'ts concerning purchasing devices from China via import companies can be found here.

Please see our Guarantees, Return Policies & Warranties FAQ too for country-specific information.

Optional ...
... accessories ...
... for the ElePhone S7

Input Devices and Handling

The capacitive touchscreen responds accurately to inputs using up to 5 fingers. We could not observe any accuracy deficiencies even in the lateral areas. However, commands are often implemented with some delay. The smartphone is controlled via the physical/capacitive home button. A short tap prompts the "back" command, and when the home button is pressed down the home screen is opened. Holding down the physical button for a longer moment opens the multitasking view. Alternatively, the typical Android onscreen keys for system navigation can be faded in.

The virtual keyboard convinces with pleasantly large keys; the layout corresponds to Google's standard Android. Furthermore, the Corning Gorilla Glass surface presents agreeable typing and gliding properties.

It is possible to unlock ElePhone's S7 via biometric identification using a fingerprint. The active fingerprint sensor is on the casing's front and is integrated into the home button. The detection rate is very good and clearly adds value in everyday use - unlike other handsets in this price range such as Vernee's Mars. Overall, the vibration mechanism is very strong and distinctive.

Onscreen keyboard, landscape mode
Onscreen keyboard, portrait mode
Onscreen keyboard, portrait mode

Display

Subpixel grid

The IPS LCD screen by JDI (Japan Display Inc.) has a diagonal of almost 14 centimeters (5.5 inches). This, in conjunction with the resolution of 1920x1080 pixels results in a pixel density of 401 PPI. Although Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge offers a much higher pixel per inch count (577 PPI), subjectively the mid-range smartphone displays text content crisply even when using small fonts. No pixel structures are visible during normal use and viewing distances.

The LCD achieves a brightness of 391 cd/m² in the center when displaying a pure white screen. Thus, the S7 is not quite as bright as its rivals. The LED backlight reached a maximum rate of 389 cd/m² in our brightness test using the ambient light sensor. The very high minimum brightness of over 204 cd/m² is not typical for a smartphone.

376
cd/m²
381
cd/m²
374
cd/m²
379
cd/m²
391
cd/m²
374
cd/m²
384
cd/m²
378
cd/m²
371
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LCD
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 391 cd/m² Average: 378.7 cd/m² Minimum: 204 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 391 cd/m²
Contrast: 954:1 (Black: 0.41 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 8.2 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 9.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.27
Elephone S7
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
ZTE Blade V7
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
Honor 5C
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
UMI Super Euro Edition
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Vernee Mars
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Blackview R7
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Super AMOLED, 2560x1440, 5.5
Screen
-2%
15%
29%
30%
-14%
55%
Brightness middle
391
409
5%
515
32%
418
7%
345
-12%
552
41%
554
42%
Brightness
379
411
8%
498
31%
410
8%
339
-11%
526
39%
552
46%
Brightness Distribution
95
96
1%
93
-2%
85
-11%
85
-11%
91
-4%
96
1%
Black Level *
0.41
0.38
7%
0.49
-20%
0.31
24%
0.14
66%
0.64
-56%
Contrast
954
1076
13%
1051
10%
1348
41%
2464
158%
863
-10%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
8.2
9.4
-15%
6.2
24%
4.4
46%
7.1
13%
11
-34%
1.59
81%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
14.7
17.6
-20%
11.4
22%
6.5
56%
13.9
5%
20.8
-41%
2.56
83%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
9.8
11.6
-18%
7.4
24%
3.6
63%
6.7
32%
14.3
-46%
2.01
79%
Gamma
2.27 97%
2.25 98%
2.28 96%
2.36 93%
2.47 89%
2.21 100%
2.01 109%
CCT
10108 64%
9597 68%
8664 75%
6993 93%
7711 84%
12996 50%
6321 103%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
82.12
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.98

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9361 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Alongside a black level of 0.41 cd/m², the S7 manages a contrast ratio of 954:1. We recorded the same rate of 391 cd/m² in the realistic display brightness measurement with equally distributed bright and dark areas (APL50 test). The black level remained stable at 0.41 cd/m² and consequently the contrast ratio did not vary.

The color reproduction of the screen in ElePhone's S7 is examined using X-Rite's photospectrometer (i1pro 2) and CalMAN's analysis software. The IPS panel almost completely covers the sRGB color space. The average DeltaE deviation in the grayscales of 9.8 and mixed colors of 8.2 are well above the ideal range of <3. The S7 also clearly surpass the ideal color temperature of 6500 K and the grayscales present a visible bluish tint in bright areas - thus, the image looks a bit too cool.

The average DeltaE deviation in both the grayscale and mixed colors are slightly higher in the vivid display mode.

CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space: sRGB), display mode standard
CalMAN Colorspace (target color space: sRGB), display mode standard
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (target color space: sRGB), display mode standard
CalMAN Grayscale (target color space: sRGB), display mode standard
CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space: sRGB), display mode vivid
CalMAN Grayscale (target color space: sRGB), display mode vivid

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
23 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 30 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
47 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10 ms rise
↘ 37 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 76 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.7 ms).

The IPS panel does a good job outdoors. The displayed content remains sufficiently legible even in bright ambient light outdoors.

Outdoors
Outdoors

The viewing angle stability of the installed liquid crystal display is very good. Colors did not invert, and the brightness loss from a lateral view on the screen is minimal. As with Samsung's Galaxy S7, the screen's edges shine much brighter than the rest of the panel from flat viewing angles. Furthermore, some bright spots (clouding) are visible.

Viewing angles

Performance

The MediaTek SoC (System on a Chip) inside ElePhone's S7 fits in the upper mid-range. The Helio X20 MT6797 is built in 20 nm, and has 10 CPU cores. Both Cortex A72 cores clock at up to 2.3 GHz in ElePhone's handset and the Cortex A53 cores at a maximum of 1.83 GHz. The integrated Mali T880 (MP4) graphics unit offers 4 clusters of the Midgard architecture. Not very common in this price range, the SoC can fall back on a generous 4 GB of RAM.

Subjectively, the system performance is not on par with that of the rivals despite the very strong Helio X20 SoC. The system mostly runs smoothly in everyday use, but delays and stutters are often the case, particularly during multitasking. Opening and closing applications are also somewhat slow.

The Helio X20 SoC shows its potential in the benchmarks and is on par with Honor's 5C and somewhat better than the Helio P10 rivals. ElePhone's S7 convinces especially in the graphics driven GFX Bench benchmark. However, ElePhone's handset does not come close to the benchmark results of Huawei's P9 Plus with a Mali T880 (MP4). It presents a much weaker graphics performance despite the same GPU.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Elephone S7
69122 Points ∼24%
ZTE Blade V7
37070 Points ∼13% -46%
Honor 5C
53143 Points ∼18% -23%
UMI Super Euro Edition
50072 Points ∼17% -28%
Vernee Mars
51008 Points ∼17% -26%
Blackview R7
50572 Points ∼17% -27%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
128749 Points ∼44% +86%
Huawei P9 Plus
98413 Points ∼34% +42%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Elephone S7
3827 Points ∼13%
UMI Super Euro Edition
2818 Points ∼9% -26%
Vernee Mars
2903 Points ∼10% -24%
Blackview R7
2851 Points ∼9% -26%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
5503 Points ∼18% +44%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Elephone S7
1545 Points ∼26%
UMI Super Euro Edition
727 Points ∼12% -53%
Vernee Mars
729 Points ∼12% -53%
Blackview R7
728 Points ∼12% -53%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
1840 Points ∼31% +19%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Elephone S7
975 Points ∼22%
ZTE Blade V7
914 Points ∼20% -6%
Honor 5C
1418 Points ∼32% +45%
UMI Super Euro Edition
1117 Points ∼25% +15%
Vernee Mars
1338 Points ∼30% +37%
Blackview R7
1242 Points ∼28% +27%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2121 (min: 1594) Points ∼47% +118%
Huawei P9 Plus
2547 Points ∼57% +161%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Elephone S7
493 Points ∼7%
ZTE Blade V7
159 Points ∼2% -68%
Honor 5C
317 Points ∼4% -36%
UMI Super Euro Edition
350 Points ∼5% -29%
Vernee Mars
356 Points ∼5% -28%
Blackview R7
352 Points ∼5% -29%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2229 (min: 2043) Points ∼31% +352%
Huawei P9 Plus
807 Points ∼11% +64%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Elephone S7
554 Points ∼9%
ZTE Blade V7
195 Points ∼3% -65%
Honor 5C
383 Points ∼6% -31%
UMI Super Euro Edition
413 Points ∼7% -25%
Vernee Mars
425 Points ∼7% -23%
Blackview R7
419 Points ∼7% -24%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2204 (min: 1923) Points ∼35% +298%
Huawei P9 Plus
952 Points ∼15% +72%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Elephone S7
757 Points ∼17%
ZTE Blade V7
944 Points ∼21% +25%
Honor 5C
1418 Points ∼32% +87%
UMI Super Euro Edition
1144 Points ∼26% +51%
Vernee Mars
1100 Points ∼25% +45%
Blackview R7
1155 Points ∼26% +53%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2002 (min: 1539) Points ∼45% +164%
Huawei P9 Plus
2336 Points ∼52% +209%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Elephone S7
614 Points ∼5%
ZTE Blade V7
245 Points ∼2% -60%
Honor 5C
480 Points ∼4% -22%
UMI Super Euro Edition
523 Points ∼5% -15%
Vernee Mars
523 Points ∼5% -15%
Blackview R7
518 Points ∼5% -16%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
3015 (min: 2895) Points ∼27% +391%
Huawei P9 Plus
1042 Points ∼9% +70%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Elephone S7
641 Points ∼8%
ZTE Blade V7
293 Points ∼4% -54%
Honor 5C
563 Points ∼7% -12%
UMI Super Euro Edition
595 Points ∼7% -7%
Vernee Mars
602 Points ∼7% -6%
Blackview R7
590 Points ∼7% -8%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2710 (min: 2421) Points ∼33% +323%
Huawei P9 Plus
1188 Points ∼15% +85%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Elephone S7
9718 Points ∼11%
ZTE Blade V7
10430 Points ∼12% +7%
Honor 5C
13588 Points ∼16% +40%
UMI Super Euro Edition
11654 Points ∼13% +20%
Vernee Mars
10762 Points ∼12% +11%
Blackview R7
12585 Points ∼15% +30%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
19610 Points ∼23% +102%
Huawei P9 Plus
15331 Points ∼18% +58%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Elephone S7
12649 Points ∼2%
ZTE Blade V7
6170 Points ∼1% -51%
Honor 5C
11319 Points ∼2% -11%
UMI Super Euro Edition
10567 Points ∼2% -16%
Vernee Mars
10685 Points ∼2% -16%
Blackview R7
10334 Points ∼2% -18%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
33031 Points ∼6% +161%
Huawei P9 Plus
21807 Points ∼4% +72%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Elephone S7
11854 Points ∼5%
ZTE Blade V7
6786 Points ∼3% -43%
Honor 5C
11755 Points ∼5% -1%
UMI Super Euro Edition
10791 Points ∼5% -9%
Vernee Mars
10702 Points ∼4% -10%
Blackview R7
10762 Points ∼5% -9%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
28671 Points ∼12% +142%
Huawei P9 Plus
19936 Points ∼8% +68%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Elephone S7
13 fps ∼0%
ZTE Blade V7
12 fps ∼0% -8%
Honor 5C
19 fps ∼0% +46%
UMI Super Euro Edition
17 fps ∼0% +31%
Vernee Mars
17 fps ∼0% +31%
Blackview R7
17 fps ∼0% +31%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
81 fps ∼1% +523%
Huawei P9 Plus
41 fps ∼0% +215%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Elephone S7
14 fps ∼0%
ZTE Blade V7
12 fps ∼0% -14%
Honor 5C
20 fps ∼1% +43%
UMI Super Euro Edition
18 fps ∼1% +29%
Vernee Mars
18 fps ∼1% +29%
Blackview R7
17 fps ∼1% +21%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
51 fps ∼2% +264%
Huawei P9 Plus
43 fps ∼1% +207%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Elephone S7
5.9 fps ∼1%
ZTE Blade V7
4.5 fps ∼1% -24%
Honor 5C
7.9 fps ∼1% +34%
UMI Super Euro Edition
7.1 fps ∼1% +20%
Vernee Mars
7.1 fps ∼1% +20%
Blackview R7
4.7 fps ∼1% -20%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
38 fps ∼7% +544%
Huawei P9 Plus
18 fps ∼3% +205%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Elephone S7
6.5 fps ∼2%
ZTE Blade V7
4.5 fps ∼1% -31%
Honor 5C
8.4 fps ∼2% +29%
UMI Super Euro Edition
7.5 fps ∼2% +15%
Vernee Mars
7.6 fps ∼2% +17%
Blackview R7
4.7 fps ∼1% -28%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
27 fps ∼7% +315%
Huawei P9 Plus
19 fps ∼5% +192%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Elephone S7
6.1 fps ∼0%
ZTE Blade V7
2.9 fps ∼0% -52%
Honor 5C
4.5 fps ∼0% -26%
UMI Super Euro Edition
4.7 fps ∼0% -23%
Vernee Mars
4.8 fps ∼0% -21%
Blackview R7
2.5 fps ∼0% -59%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
28 fps ∼1% +359%
Huawei P9 Plus
10 fps ∼0% +64%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Elephone S7
5.7 fps ∼0%
ZTE Blade V7
2.9 fps ∼0% -49%
Honor 5C
4.9 fps ∼0% -14%
UMI Super Euro Edition
5.1 fps ∼0% -11%
Vernee Mars
5.1 fps ∼0% -11%
Blackview R7
2.5 fps ∼0% -56%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
15 fps ∼0% +163%
Huawei P9 Plus
11 fps ∼0% +93%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Elephone S7
4433 Points ∼23%
ZTE Blade V7
3947 Points ∼20% -11%
Honor 5C
5120 Points ∼26% +15%
UMI Super Euro Edition
4596 Points ∼23% +4%
Vernee Mars
4554 Points ∼23% +3%
Blackview R7
4364 Points ∼22% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
4660 Points ∼24% +5%
Huawei P9 Plus
7159 Points ∼37% +61%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Elephone S7
888 Points ∼44%
ZTE Blade V7
10 Points ∼0% -99%
Honor 5C
707 Points ∼35% -20%
UMI Super Euro Edition
771 Points ∼38% -13%
Vernee Mars
10 Points ∼0% -99%
Blackview R7
10 Points ∼0% -99%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
994 Points ∼49% +12%
Huawei P9 Plus
1049 Points ∼52% +18%
Graphics (sort by value)
Elephone S7
1517 Points ∼5%
ZTE Blade V7
430 Points ∼1% -72%
Honor 5C
814 Points ∼3% -46%
UMI Super Euro Edition
666 Points ∼2% -56%
Vernee Mars
665 Points ∼2% -56%
Blackview R7
655 Points ∼2% -57%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2203 Points ∼8% +45%
Huawei P9 Plus
1512 Points ∼5% 0%
Memory (sort by value)
Elephone S7
1265 Points ∼17%
ZTE Blade V7
790 Points ∼11% -38%
Honor 5C
1504 Points ∼20% +19%
UMI Super Euro Edition
1052 Points ∼14% -17%
Vernee Mars
1005 Points ∼13% -21%
Blackview R7
1030 Points ∼14% -19%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2072 Points ∼28% +64%
Huawei P9 Plus
2667 Points ∼36% +111%
System (sort by value)
Elephone S7
3252 Points ∼20%
ZTE Blade V7
1188 Points ∼7% -63%
Honor 5C
2600 Points ∼16% -20%
UMI Super Euro Edition
2187 Points ∼13% -33%
Vernee Mars
2291 Points ∼14% -30%
Blackview R7
1971 Points ∼12% -39%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
4080 Points ∼25% +25%
Huawei P9 Plus
3932 Points ∼24% +21%
Overall (sort by value)
Elephone S7
1534 Points ∼18%
ZTE Blade V7
249 Points ∼3% -84%
Honor 5C
1225 Points ∼14% -20%
UMI Super Euro Edition
1043 Points ∼12% -32%
Vernee Mars
348 Points ∼4% -77%
Blackview R7
338 Points ∼4% -78%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2074 Points ∼25% +35%
Huawei P9 Plus
2019 Points ∼24% +32%

Legend

 
Elephone S7 Mediatek Helio X20 MT6797, ARM Mali-T880 MP4, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
ZTE Blade V7 Mediatek MT6753, ARM Mali-T720 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Honor 5C HiSilicon Kirin 650, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
UMI Super Euro Edition Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Vernee Mars Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Blackview R7 Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa, ARM Mali-T880 MP12, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Huawei P9 Plus HiSilicon Kirin 955, ARM Mali-T880 MP4, 64 GB eMMC Flash

The browser speed using the preloaded Chrome browser is very decent both subjectively and objectively (benchmarks). The evident performance differences between the Mozilla Kraken 1.1 and Octane V2 benchmark is striking.

Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
ZTE Blade V7
13761.1 ms * ∼100% -328%
Blackview R7
9748.3 ms * ∼71% -203%
UMI Super Euro Edition
9410.2 ms * ∼68% -192%
Vernee Mars
9376.1 ms * ∼68% -191%
Honor 5C
9111.2 ms * ∼66% -183%
Elephone S7
3217.8 ms * ∼23%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2564.1 ms * ∼19% +20%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
13191 Points ∼100% +249%
Honor 5C
4188 Points ∼32% +11%
UMI Super Euro Edition
4117 Points ∼31% +9%
Vernee Mars
4073 Points ∼31% +8%
Blackview R7
3885 Points ∼29% +3%
Elephone S7
3780 Points ∼29%
ZTE Blade V7
2689 Points ∼20% -29%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
75.12 Points ∼100% +67%
Elephone S7
45.033 Points ∼60%
Honor 5C
27.934 Points ∼37% -38%
Vernee Mars
27.099 Points ∼36% -40%
UMI Super Euro Edition
26.211 Points ∼35% -42%
Blackview R7
25.349 Points ∼34% -44%
ZTE Blade V7
18.19 Points ∼24% -60%

* ... smaller is better

The speed of the internal eMMC storage is not particularly convincing for the price range. Apart from sequential write, the achieved access times are below average. The integrated microSD card slot is also relatively slow. We tested its speed with our Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 (max. read: 95 MB/s, write 80 MB/s) reference card. The slot's performance is at most satisfactory for a mid-range handset with 16 MB/s (read) and 12 MB/s (write).

Elephone S7
Mali-T880 MP4, Helio X20 MT6797, 64 GB eMMC Flash
ZTE Blade V7
Mali-T720 MP4, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Honor 5C
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 650, 16 GB eMMC Flash
UMI Super Euro Edition
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Vernee Mars
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Blackview R7
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
AndroBench 3-5
-2%
56%
14%
21%
-5%
136%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
18.57
20.89
12%
24.21
30%
17.88
-4%
24
29%
11.87
-36%
50.36
171%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
32.86
43.67
33%
51.93
58%
36.22
10%
44.5
35%
15.56
-53%
76.43
133%
Random Write 4KB
7.89
7.58
-4%
15.7
99%
11.88
51%
15.77
100%
11.4
44%
15.79
100%
Random Read 4KB
21.8
28.07
29%
61.7
183%
28.17
29%
21.66
-1%
28.02
29%
86.71
298%
Sequential Write 256KB
167.07
39.45
-76%
75.5
-55%
126.95
-24%
71.58
-57%
122.67
-27%
145.11
-13%
Sequential Read 256KB
213.8
196.76
-8%
263
23%
257.8
21%
255.87
20%
247.58
16%
487.34
128%

Games

The Mali T880 (MP4) graphics unit integrated into the high-performance MediaTek SoC allows playing even more sophisticated 3D games from the Android Play Store smoothly to a large degree. Up-to-date games such as the racing game "Asphalt 8: Airborne" and the first-person shooter "Dead Trigger 2" are rendered at relatively stable 27 FPS and 34 FPS using high graphic settings. As in the benchmarks, Huawei P9 Plus achieves high FPS rates also in the gaming test.

Handling is no problem thanks to the well-functioning sensors and the screen's satisfactory input accuracy.

"Asphalt 8: Airborne"
"Dead Trigger 2"
Dead Trigger 2
 SettingsValue
 high34 fps
Asphalt 8: Airborne
 SettingsValue
 high27 fps
 very low30 fps

Emissions

GFXBench Battery Test

Temperature

The surface temperatures of ElePhone's S7 remain at a moderate level while idling. With an average of 29.6 °C (~85 °F) on the back, it is situated in the lower midfield among its rivals. This is also true for its waste heat during load. We measured an average temperature of 36 °C (~97 °F) on the back, which is comparable with Honor's 5C (34.9 °C/~95 °F) or Vernee's Mars (35.1 °C/~95 °F). The rear upper area of ElePhone's S7 heats up noticeably, but it never gets unpleasantly hot.

Based on the battery test using the GFXBench app, it becomes obvious that both the battery state as well as the frame rates drop very quickly - the Helio X20 SoC's performance is more than halved after performing the Manhattan 3.1 test thirty times in succession.

Max. Load
 37.5 °C
100 F
37.1 °C
99 F
35.6 °C
96 F
 
 37.4 °C
99 F
37.3 °C
99 F
36.5 °C
98 F
 
 36 °C
97 F
34.8 °C
95 F
36.2 °C
97 F
 
Maximum: 37.5 °C = 100 F
Average: 36.5 °C = 98 F
33 °C
91 F
33.9 °C
93 F
42.4 °C
108 F
32.5 °C
91 F
34.5 °C
94 F
42.2 °C
108 F
32.7 °C
91 F
33.7 °C
93 F
39.4 °C
103 F
Maximum: 42.4 °C = 108 F
Average: 36 °C = 97 F
Power Supply (max.)  35.7 °C = 96 F | Room Temperature 21.4 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.5 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 37.5 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.4 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.5 °C / 87 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speaker

Pink Noise speaker test

Generally, the mono speaker's maximum volume of almost 91 dB(A) is very loud. The produced sound quality, however, has to be classified as not so good. The diagram of our Pink Noise measurement illustrates that a very low volume is achieved, especially in the bass range. Furthermore, the entire audible range is not very linear. A tinny, extremely low-bass sound has to be accepted, particularly at high volumes in everyday use. Music fans should preferably opt for another smartphone such as Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S.

It is recommended to use headphones via the 3.5-millimeter audio jack for a higher-quality music experience with less noise.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.637.82525.434.73125.333.74032.934.15033.641.26331.636.28028.424.81002725.212520.822.91602227.920021.327.525020.833.131521.240.940019.446.850019.553.163017.760.380017.967.6100017.874.5125017.378.1160017.476.9200016.777.1250017.277.3315018.281.4400017.984.9500017.680.1630017.774.7800017.873.51000017.974.11250018.172.41600018.261.6SPL3090.5N1.374median 17.9median 72.4Delta1.316.140.632.932.440.641.629.831.341.634.532.131.734.538.140.92638.134.437.839.434.425.627.836.225.629.727.928.629.733.127.525.433.134.924.821.334.941.320.623.341.34526.122.54552.531.322.452.557.837.821.357.859.639.918.459.663.445.417.563.469.950.817.569.971.553.117.271.572.255.216.872.274.757.817.374.774.957.717.474.977.959.416.677.980.361.817.380.380.760.817.680.776.154.717.676.175.954.617.775.979.760.517.479.773.354.317.773.367.849.717.967.866.847.718.166.858.133.518.158.188.769.729.888.773.823.11.373.8median 69.9median 50.8median 17.7median 69.99.911.71.69.932.537.232.432.532.733.631.332.723.531.231.723.530.833.52630.841.139.139.441.132.933.436.232.928.930.728.628.926.425.825.426.427.324.821.327.328.325.823.328.332.62422.532.638.624.722.438.646.432.421.346.454.537.518.454.55942.917.55959.549.517.559.562.750.117.262.766.952.516.866.971.155.517.371.175.358.217.475.379.162.916.679.180.463.817.380.479.162.217.679.177.660.117.677.675.357.417.775.374.657.417.474.674.356.517.774.372.354.517.972.364.145.818.164.146.227.918.146.287.971.229.887.964.123.81.364.1median 64.1median 50.1median 17.7median 64.114.612.21.614.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseElephone S7Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeHonor 5C
Elephone S7 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.54 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 42.8% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 9.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (30.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 85% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 9% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 89% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 7% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.66 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.9% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 24% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 51% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 40% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Honor 5C audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 12.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (2.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (32.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 90% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 6% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 93% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 5% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes above can be turned on/off!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption of ElePhone's S7 does not seem to have been optimized much, especially during load. Except for Blackview's R7, the rivals are considerably more efficient in our measurements - particularly, ZTE's Blade V7.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.18 / 0.37 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.42 / 1.87 / 2.11 Watt
Load midlight 6.16 / 10.67 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Elephone S7
3000 mAh
ZTE Blade V7
2540 mAh
Honor 5C
3000 mAh
UMI Super Euro Edition
4000 mAh
Vernee Mars
3000 mAh
Blackview R7
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
3600 mAh
Power Consumption
45%
24%
14%
23%
-29%
33%
Idle Minimum *
1.42
0.73
49%
0.89
37%
0.84
41%
1.02
28%
1.83
-29%
0.63
56%
Idle Average *
1.87
0.92
51%
2.07
-11%
1.94
-4%
1.69
10%
3.21
-72%
1.1
41%
Idle Maximum *
2.11
0.93
56%
2.15
-2%
2.07
2%
1.82
14%
3.45
-64%
1.56
26%
Load Average *
6.16
4.47
27%
3.46
44%
5.88
5%
4.39
29%
5.67
8%
5.95
3%
Load Maximum *
10.67
5.96
44%
5.18
51%
7.67
28%
6.79
36%
9.16
14%
6.7
37%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The non-removable lithium ion polymer battery has a nominal output of 3000 mAh. The mid-range handset places itself far behind its rivals with 3 hours and 43 minutes in our Wi-Fi test. However, these rates are only conditionally comparable due to ElePhone's S7 minimum brightness of 204 cd/m² since the standard screen brightness of 150 cd/m² for this test is clearly surpassed. We measured a relatively decent runtime of 2 hours and 48 minutes during load. On the other hand, the short runtimes during permanent video playback and while idling reflect the inefficient energy management in the partial load range.

The included power supply can provide up to 10 watts (5 V, 2 A), and recharges the battery in ElePhone's S7 fully within almost 1.5 hours. Compared with the rivals, the charging time is relatively short.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 03min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
3h 43min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 34min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 48min
Elephone S7
3000 mAh
ZTE Blade V7
2540 mAh
Honor 5C
3000 mAh
UMI Super Euro Edition
4000 mAh
Vernee Mars
3000 mAh
Blackview R7
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
3600 mAh
Battery Runtime
133%
85%
173%
91%
85%
195%
Reader / Idle
483
997
106%
1254
160%
1663
244%
H.264
334
602
80%
914
174%
WiFi v1.3
223
519
133%
584
162%
638
186%
427
91%
412
85%
732
228%
Load
168
156
-7%
392
133%

Pros

+ IPS Full HD panel
+ 4 GB RAM
+ 64 GB storage
+ dual-SIM
+ design & looks
+ build
+ fingerprint scanner

Cons

- WiFi module
- shortcomings in performance
- speaker
- camera
- slow eMMC storage
- minimal brightness

Verdict

In review: ElePhone S7. Test model courtesy of ElePhone.
In review: ElePhone S7. Test model courtesy of ElePhone.

If we had to summarize ElePhone's S7 in one sentence, our exaggerated verdict would be: Nice to look at, but not much substance underneath.

The casing's looks and build are very good for the price range. The IPS panel is sharp enough and sufficiently bright for everyday use. We also quite liked the call quality and the well-functioning fingerprint sensor.

The short battery life, caused by the inefficient energy management on the one hand and the screen's very high minimum brightness on the other, do not speak for ElePhone's smartphone. Furthermore, the performance is not on par with the direct rivals, despite the high-performance MediaTek's SoCs. Other points of criticism, such as the slow system memory, the mediocre camera and speaker quality, and the Wi-Fi module's low transmission rates, do not result in a rounded total concept. In our opinion, the Honor 5C or Vernee Mars (both available in Germany via import companies) are better alternatives.

The original will be needed for a Galaxy S7 feel - at least ElePhone's S7 is not really an alternative. Even compared with direct competitors, the mid-range smartphone did not entirely convince us.

Elephone S7 - 12/22/2016 v6(old)
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
41 / 60 → 68%
Weight
93%
Battery
78%
Display
80%
Games Performance
26 / 63 → 41%
Application Performance
51 / 70 → 72%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
59 / 91 → 65%
Camera
60%
Average
70%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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