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Elephone P8000 Smartphone Review

Florian Wimmer, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 08/31/2015

The price-performance elephant. A smartphone with Full HD, LTE, fingerprint scanner and metal casing for not quite 200 Euros (~$226)? That sounds too good to be true! But the Elephone P8000 features just that, and we will uncover whether there is a catch somewhere.

For the original German review, see here.

It is easy to make fun of Chinese smartphone builders: Pithy slogans on websites that are often not properly translated to English, poor distribution channels in the West, and brazen iPhone clones dominate the image. However, the makers from the Middle Kingdom are successful, and no one doubts that they can offer premium devices at attractive prices ever since OnePlus' One.

The manufacturer Elephone from the former British colony Hong Kong already lists an impressive portfolio of smartphones on its website. Pithy slogans and the Elephone P8000 that we are testing today are also found here. It is a 5.5-inch phablet with LTE, Full HD screen and good camera equipment for just over 200 Euros (~$226). Our review sample came to us from the shop Pandawill, and thus 18 Euros (~$20) for customs and duty were charged additionally.

The Wiko Ridge FAB 4GHonor 4X and Microsoft Lumia 640 XL are also in this price range, which we will use for comparison.

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Elephone P8000 (P Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 11.3 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo audio jack, Card Reader: micro-SD max. 64 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: gravity, proximity sensor, light sensor
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, GPRS: tri-band (850/900/1800MHz), UMTS: dual-band (900/2100MHz), LTE: tri-band (800/1800/2600MHz); SAR-rate: 0.38 W/kg
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.2 x 155.2 x 76.6 ( = 0.36 x 6.11 x 3.02 in)
Battery
15 Wh, 4165 mAh, non-removable
Operating System
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Camera
Webcam: front: 5 megapixels, rear:13 megapixels Samsung 3L2, LED flash, auto focus
Additional features
Speakers: rear-sided speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, 12 Months Warranty, FM radio, dual-SIM
Weight
203 g ( = 7.16 oz / 0.45 pounds), Power Supply: 81 g ( = 2.86 oz / 0.18 pounds)
Price
209 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Despite the Elephone P8000's low price, it features a metal casing. The rear's shimmering zigzag pattern and speaker's grille that resembles an equalizer display is likely the most striking design detail. In return, the device's front looks quite conventional.

Elephone offers its device in three colors: white, gold, and dark gray. Our review sample was delivered in dark gray. White highlights, such as around the USB port, enliven the design. At first glance, the casing makes a first-rate and nicely designed impression. However, the transition from the metal frame to the display's glass is not as high quality. The back cover can be removed, but the gaps are not absolutely even.

The phone copes with pressure applied to the back quite well, but it quickly becomes visible in the liquid crystals on the front. The P8000 can hardly be warped, and only produces a quiet creaking noise even under high force. The good quality impression is surprising especially for the low price range. However, it is relatively heavy at 203 grams (~7 oz).

157.9 mm / 6.22 inch 81.5 mm / 3.21 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 171 g0.377 lbs156 mm / 6.14 inch 78.2 mm / 3.08 inch 8.6 mm / 0.3386 inch 154 g0.3395 lbs155.2 mm / 6.11 inch 76.6 mm / 3.02 inch 9.2 mm / 0.3622 inch 203 g0.4475 lbs152.9 mm / 6.02 inch 77.2 mm / 3.04 inch 8.65 mm / 0.3406 inch 173 g0.3814 lbs

Connectivity

The 3 GB of working memory in the Elephone P8000 is imposing even if few apps would really need it. The smartphone's 16 GB of storage is not tightfisted either, and it can even be expanded via an SD card. However, the micro-SD card reader in our review sample did not function very reliably, and the inserted card was often not identified correctly. Apps cannot be moved to external storage media.

The device accepts two micro-SIM cards, and LTE can be used with both although only with one at a time. Besides that, an FM radio is installed, and a special feature is the fingerprint scanner on the back.

Software

Elephone relies on an almost unmodified Android 5.1 operating system. Thus, it offers the latest version of Google's operating system with all its new features. Elephone places some folders on the home screen right away where, for example, the settings are found. New apps are also moved to a folder by default, which takes a bit of getting used to.

Not much software is preloaded, and free themes can be downloaded with unusual topics such as "Catholicism" or "Islamism". It is also possible to copy the iOS home screen from the outset. One problem was the bad German translation: "Kein Herunterladungsinhalt vorhanden" (No downloading content available) is still predictable, but "Zyklische Schiebung starten" (Start cyclical pushing) perplexed us.

Communication & GPS 

LTE has become standard in smartphones in the 200 Euro (~$226) price range. The Elephone P8000 provides that and supports three bands for accessing all networks in foreign countries. However, the frequency diversity is limited overall, which should be considered when traveling abroad. The LTE reception in the German D1 networks was good in an urban area. The signal strength of our review sample was lower than that of OnePlus' One.

Connecting with Wi-Fi networks is possible in the 802.11 b/g/n standards, which excludes the 5 GHz network. The reception to the router was still 50% at a distance of 10 meters (~33 feet) and through three walls; it took noticeably longer for websites to open than directly beside the router.

GPS indoors
GPS indoors
GPS outdoors
GPS outdoors

The GPS module could not track us indoors, but it at least found some satellites. A relatively fast GPS localization was set up outdoors, and it traced our position with an accuracy of up to 4 meters (~13 feet).

Telephone & Call Quality

Google's stock version of the phone app that is shipped with Android 5.1 is preloaded. Elephone did not modify anything here.

We very much liked the call quality. We heard our contact very clearly, and it was confirmed that the microphone did not overdrive even when we screamed. We were also intelligible when we spoke quietly. Our only wish for improvement is that the contact would be rendered a bit louder. Otherwise, we were pleasantly surprised with the call quality.

Cameras & Multimedia

13 megapixels on the rear and 5 megapixels on the front are normal resolutions for smartphone cameras in the 200 Euro (~$226) price range today. The rear-facing camera in the Elephone P8000 also features an LED flash and auto focus. Both cameras in the phone come from Samsung.

The Elephone P8000 cannot compete with the image quality of high-end smartphone cams. The rear-facing camera is irritating due to blurriness and overly illuminated edges; it is not noticed as much when the picture is not blown up. The color reproduction is a bit too blue. The colors shot with the front-facing camera are good, but blurriness is also a nuisance here.

Videos can be recorded in 1080p at 30 frames per second. They are quite good, and the focus is also easy to adjust.

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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Input Devices & Handling

Elephone also uses Google's stock version of the virtual keyboard, which is a good choice since the keyboard's design is basic and clearly arranged on the one hand, and many settings can be changed on the other. Users who prefer another keyboard will find a suitable one in Google's Play Store. The touchscreen also functions reliably at the edges and in the corners.

The menu keys are implemented as touch buttons below the screen. They also function reliably. A standby button and volume rocker are on the casing right, and they feature a clear pressure point and are pleasant to use.

Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard landscape mode

Display

The resolution of the 5.5-inch screen is considerably finer with 1920x1080 pixels than that of the comparison devices. The image impression is correspondingly clear and sharp. On the other hand, the P8000's screen brightness lags behind; an average of only 328.7 cd/m² is much lower than in other smartphones. However, the illumination of 95% is very homogeneous, and thus brightness differences are not visible on large colored areas.

325
cd/m²
332
cd/m²
330
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
338
cd/m²
321
cd/m²
329
cd/m²
333
cd/m²
327
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 338 cd/m² Average: 328.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Contrast: 939:1 (Black: 0.36 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.38 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 10.33 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.3
Elephone P8000
Mali-T720 MP4, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Honor 4X
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 620, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Screen
1%
13%
30%
Brightness middle
338
460
36%
522
54%
501
48%
Brightness
329
436
33%
514
56%
492
50%
Brightness Distribution
95
89
-6%
89
-6%
86
-9%
Black Level *
0.36
0.68
-89%
0.62
-72%
0.44
-22%
Contrast
939
676
-28%
842
-10%
1139
21%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
9.38
6.48
31%
6.36
32%
3.89
59%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
10.33
7.59
27%
6.51
37%
3.97
62%
Gamma
2.3 96%
2.26 97%
2.17 101%
2.34 94%
CCT
10118 64%
7676 85%
8044 81%
6657 98%

* ... smaller is better

It then looks better again with the Elephone P8000's black level and contrast. Black areas only radiate a brightness of 0.38 cd/m², leading to a deep, dark impression without a grayish tint. Consequently, the contrast of 939:1 is also quite decent.

The analysis with a spectrophotometer and CalMAN software gives detailed information about color reproduction. An evident bluish tint is already visible to the naked eye. Furthermore, the shift from the ideal rates of the reference color space sRGB is considerably higher than in the comparison devices. The bluish tint results in clearly cooler colors in the image impression, and falsifies the color reproduction.

CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Colorspace
CalMAN Colorspace
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps

The brightness has to be increased considerably to see something on the glossy screen outdoors. However, it is still difficult especially when looking at dark pictures - the maximum brightness would simply have to be higher. It is usually enough in the shade and indoors.

The IPS display allows seeing what is happening on the screen even from very flat angles.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

MediaTek's MT6753 is a quite new SoC in the upper mid-range, and thus the Elephone P8000 surprises with relatively good performance rates that let most comparison devices look weak. One comparably fast SoC is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, which is found in ZTE's Blade S6 and Samsung's Galaxy A7. The SoCs are in fact almost on par in terms of processing speed. The Mali T720-MP4 graphics card installed in the review sample puts it at a disadvantage compared with devices with a Snapdragon 615. However, the other comparison devices cannot compete with the Elephone P8000 here.

Browsing the Internet is slightly faster with the Elephone P8000 than with other devices from this price range. The internal storage is also very swift and sufficiently sized with 16 GB.

Geekbench 3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
2793 Points ∼7%
Honor 4X
2151 Points ∼6% -23%
ZTE Blade S6
2291 Points ∼6% -18%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
626 Points ∼13%
Honor 4X
541 Points ∼11% -14%
ZTE Blade S6
676 Points ∼14% +8%
Linpack Android / IOS
Multi Thread (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
275 MFLOPS ∼9%
Honor 4X
166.01 MFLOPS ∼6% -40%
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
211 MFLOPS ∼7% -23%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
266.456 MFLOPS ∼9% -3%
ZTE Blade S6
0 MFLOPS ∼0% -100%
Samsung Galaxy A7
490 MFLOPS ∼17% +78%
Single Thread (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
113 MFLOPS ∼11%
Honor 4X
52.006 MFLOPS ∼5% -54%
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
52.7 MFLOPS ∼5% -53%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
110.891 MFLOPS ∼11% -2%
ZTE Blade S6
0 MFLOPS ∼0% -100%
Samsung Galaxy A7
420 MFLOPS ∼41% +272%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
593 Points ∼29%
Honor 4X
592 Points ∼29% 0%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
638 Points ∼31% +8%
ZTE Blade S6
707 Points ∼35% +19%
Samsung Galaxy A7
599 Points ∼29% +1%
Graphics (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
425 Points ∼1%
Honor 4X
268 Points ∼1% -37%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
329 Points ∼1% -23%
ZTE Blade S6
800 Points ∼3% +88%
Samsung Galaxy A7
370 Points ∼1% -13%
Memory (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
888 Points ∼12%
Honor 4X
597 Points ∼8% -33%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
577 Points ∼8% -35%
ZTE Blade S6
608 Points ∼8% -32%
Samsung Galaxy A7
770 Points ∼10% -13%
System (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
1706 Points ∼10%
Honor 4X
1355 Points ∼8% -21%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
1055 Points ∼6% -38%
ZTE Blade S6
1084 Points ∼7% -36%
Samsung Galaxy A7
1129 Points ∼7% -34%
Overall (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
784 Points ∼9%
Honor 4X
598 Points ∼7% -24%
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
598 Points ∼7% -24%
ZTE Blade S6
782 Points ∼9% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A7
510 Points ∼6% -35%
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
33205 Points ∼33%
Honor 4X
30558 Points ∼31% -8%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
21222 Points ∼21% -36%
ZTE Blade S6
30329 Points ∼31% -9%
Samsung Galaxy A7
49293 Points ∼50% +48%
Smartbench 2012
Gaming Index (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
3286 points ∼71%
Honor 4X
3670 points ∼80% +12%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
3401 points ∼74% +3%
ZTE Blade S6
3723 points ∼81% +13%
Samsung Galaxy A7
4443 points ∼97% +35%
Productivity Index (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
3999 points ∼21%
Honor 4X
3792 points ∼20% -5%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
6912 points ∼37% +73%
ZTE Blade S6
404 points ∼2% -90%
Samsung Galaxy A7
5734 points ∼30% +43%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
4.2 fps ∼1%
Honor 4X
0 fps ∼0% -100%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
1.8 fps ∼0% -57%
ZTE Blade S6
5.9 fps ∼1% +40%
Samsung Galaxy A7
13 fps ∼2% +210%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
4.2 fps ∼1%
Honor 4X
0 fps ∼0% -100%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
4.2 fps ∼1% 0%
ZTE Blade S6
11 fps ∼3% +162%
Samsung Galaxy A7
14 fps ∼4% +233%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
183 Points ∼3%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
286 Points ∼4%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
6283 Points ∼1%
Honor 4X
4997 Points ∼1% -20%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
3905 Points ∼1% -38%
ZTE Blade S6
8933 Points ∼2% +42%
Samsung Galaxy A7
16545 Points ∼3% +163%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
6892 Points ∼3%
Honor 4X
5318 Points ∼2% -23%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
4482 Points ∼2% -35%
ZTE Blade S6
8577 Points ∼4% +24%
Samsung Galaxy A7
16387 Points ∼7% +138%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
9353 Points ∼11%
Honor 4X
6434 Points ∼8% -31%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
8752 Points ∼10% -6%
ZTE Blade S6
7346 Points ∼9% -21%
Samsung Galaxy A7
5564 Points ∼7% -41%
Samsung Galaxy A7
5564 Points ∼7% -41%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
3835 Points ∼1%
Honor 4X
3411 Points ∼0% -11%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
2234 Points ∼0% -42%
ZTE Blade S6
5272 Points ∼1% +37%
Samsung Galaxy A7
6932 Points ∼1% +81%
Samsung Galaxy A7
6932 Points ∼1% +81%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
4414 Points ∼2%
Honor 4X
3809 Points ∼2% -14%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
2677 Points ∼1% -39%
ZTE Blade S6
5625 Points ∼3% +27%
Samsung Galaxy A7
6573 Points ∼3% +49%
Samsung Galaxy A7
6573 Points ∼3% +49%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Physics (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
9354 Points ∼6%
Honor 4X
6531 Points ∼4% -30%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
8902 Points ∼6% -5%
ZTE Blade S6
7143 Points ∼5% -24%
Samsung Galaxy A7
7364 Points ∼5% -21%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
7292 Points ∼1%
Honor 4X
5562 Points ∼1% -24%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
4808 Points ∼1% -34%
ZTE Blade S6
10819 Points ∼1% +48%
Samsung Galaxy A7
10823 Points ∼1% +48%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
7668 Points ∼1%
Honor 4X
5752 Points ∼1% -25%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
5355 Points ∼0% -30%
ZTE Blade S6
9709 Points ∼1% +27%
Samsung Galaxy A7
9800 Points ∼1% +28%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
49 Points ∼6%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
3256 Points ∼6%
Honor 4X
1857 Points ∼4% -43%
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
1235 Points ∼2% -62%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
2783 Points ∼5% -15%
ZTE Blade S6
3655 Points ∼7% +12%
Samsung Galaxy A7
6999 Points ∼13% +115%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
23047 ms * ∼39%
Honor 4X
18885.1 ms * ∼32% +18%
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
26376 ms * ∼44% -14%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
13047 ms * ∼22% +43%
ZTE Blade S6
11668 ms * ∼20% +49%
Samsung Galaxy A7
5061 ms * ∼9% +78%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
20.7 Points ∼6%
AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
12.6 MB/s ∼5%
Honor 4X
3.83 MB/s ∼2% -70%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
6.79 MB/s ∼3% -46%
ZTE Blade S6
2.85 MB/s ∼1% -77%
Samsung Galaxy A7
3 MB/s ∼1% -76%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
23.5 MB/s ∼12%
Honor 4X
19.47 MB/s ∼10% -17%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
21.14 MB/s ∼11% -10%
ZTE Blade S6
7.85 MB/s ∼4% -67%
Samsung Galaxy A7
19 MB/s ∼10% -19%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
72 MB/s ∼12%
Honor 4X
19.02 MB/s ∼3% -74%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
37.79 MB/s ∼6% -48%
ZTE Blade S6
51 MB/s ∼9% -29%
Samsung Galaxy A7
52 MB/s ∼9% -28%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Elephone P8000
233 MB/s ∼15%
Honor 4X
136.13 MB/s ∼9% -42%
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
138.72 MB/s ∼9% -40%
ZTE Blade S6
128 MB/s ∼9% -45%
Samsung Galaxy A7
200 MB/s ∼13% -14%

Legend

 
Elephone P8000 Mediatek MT6753, ARM Mali-T720 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Honor 4X HiSilicon Kirin 620, ARM Mali-450 MP4, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
ZTE Blade S6 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy A7 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash

* ... smaller is better

Games

We were satisfied with the performance of the Elephone P8000 after our gaming tests. We did not observe any stutters in demanding 3D games, such as "Asphalt: Overdrive" nor in simpler games like "Angry Birds 2". Control via touchscreen and position sensor also functioned very well.

"Asphalt: Overdrive" ran smoothly on the review sample
"Asphalt: Overdrive" ran smoothly on the review sample
There weren't any problems with "Angry Birds 2", either
There weren't any problems with "Angry Birds 2", either

Emissions

Temperature

The Elephone P8000 clearly gets warmer than the comparison devices. The casing temperature reaches up to 46.8 degrees Celsius (~116 °F) on the upper back under load. That is much too warm, and feels unpleasant when touching this area. The device can also get warm during prolonged idle mode with a maximum of 42.2 degrees (~108 °F) on the front. That is also a very palpable temperature increase. Elephone should make improvements here.

Max. Load
 46.1 °C
115 F
44.9 °C
113 F
43.8 °C
111 F
 
 46.5 °C
116 F
44.8 °C
113 F
42.8 °C
109 F
 
 43.8 °C
111 F
42.2 °C
108 F
40.6 °C
105 F
 
Maximum: 46.5 °C = 116 F
Average: 43.9 °C = 111 F
39.2 °C
103 F
45.4 °C
114 F
45.6 °C
114 F
39.3 °C
103 F
45.8 °C
114 F
46.8 °C
116 F
39.5 °C
103 F
45.9 °C
115 F
46.7 °C
116 F
Maximum: 46.8 °C = 116 F
Average: 43.8 °C = 111 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.5 °C = 107 F | Room Temperature 23.8 °C = 75 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 43.9 °C / 111 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 46.5 °C / 116 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 46.8 °C / 116 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(-) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 39.9 °C / 104 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speaker

The rear-sided speaker is nicely designed under a grille that features a subtle wavy pattern that is reminiscent of sound waves. However, its sound is only middling. It very audibly lacks bass, the trebles sound somewhat tinny, and we perceive a slightly overdriven maximum volume. The speaker is at least fairly loud, and its quality is quite acceptable for sampling music pieces.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Elephone advertises a gigantic battery capacity for its device. That is true, as we will see in a moment. However, the power consumption also has to be in line to really achieve a long battery life. The Elephone P8000 unfortunately blunders here. While everything is still okay in a turned off state and in standby, the idle consumption climbs up to 3.9 watts. That is, for example, almost twice the consumption of Honor's 4X.

As much as 7.1 watts can be reached under load. The consumption is also considerably higher than in equally sized devices from this category. Thus, another area where the Elephone needs urgent improvement.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.6 / 3.7 / 3.9 Watt
Load midlight 5.3 / 7.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 870

Battery Runtime

Although the back can be removed and the gigantic 15.4 watt hour battery is visible, it unfortunately cannot be removed. We were not satisfied with the battery life, which results from the high consumption rates. Even if the Internet browsing time of 10:37 hours via Wi-Fi is longer than all comparison devices, the battery's massively higher weight has to be accepted. A smaller battery with better consumption rates would have also done the job here.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
10h 37min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 26min
Elephone P8000
Mali-T720 MP4, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Honor 4X
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 620, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Wiko Ridge Fab 4G
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
36%
-8%
-12%
WiFi v1.3
637
569
-11%
588
-8%
432
-32%
Load
146
267
83%
159
9%

Pros

+ Good price-performance ratio
+ Comparatively high performance
+ Full HD screen
+ IPS display
+ Rigid metal casing
+ Stylish and high-quality design
+ Dual-SIM
+ Decent call quality
+ Sufficient storage device
+ Good GPS signal
+ High-capacity battery

Cons

- Very high temperature development
- High power consumption
- Heavy
- SD card reader unreliable
- Non-removable battery
- Somewhat poor Wi-Fi reception
- Unfocused pictures
- Screen's bluish tint
- Badly translated software
- Dark screen

Verdict

In review: Elephone P8000. Review sample courtesy of Pandawill
In review: Elephone P8000. Review sample courtesy of Pandawill

We would gladly like to give Elephone a list with our wishes for the successor of the P8000 - considerably lower power consumption, much lower waste heat, properly translated software, a somewhat brighter screen, and less weight.

Otherwise, the successor should resemble the P8000 as far as possible. The buyer gets a really jam-packed smartphone package for 200 Euros (~$226): Full HD IPS screen, 3 GB of RAM, dual-SIM, LTE, decent call quality, fingerprint reader and a rigid metal casing. Many things function surprisingly well and surpass the expectations placed on such a low-priced device.

The P8000 will not be a second OnePlus One due to some - largely unnecessary - shortcomings. However, if Elephone continues to develop the numerous qualities and eliminates the flaws, the successor will definitely have to be kept in mind.

Until then, the P8000 can be recommended as a price-performance bargain, but the buyer will have to be indifferent to the casing's waste heat and weight.

Elephone P8000 - 08/25/2015 v4(old)
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
66 / 75 → 88%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
47 / 60 → 78%
Weight
88%
Battery
89%
Display
81%
Games Performance
56 / 63 → 89%
Application Performance
46 / 70 → 66%
Temperature
75%
Noise
100%
Audio
61 / 91 → 67%
Camera
71%
Average
74%
82%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Wimmer, 2015-08-31 (Update: 2018-05-15)