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Elephone Soldier Smartphone Review

Mike Wobker, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Andrea Grueblinger (translated by Alex Alderson), 11/01/2018

Swiss Army knife smartphone The Elephone Solder has a physical compass, an emergency light and is IP68 certified against dust and water; the only thing missing is a pocket knife. Find out in this review how well it functions as a smartphone too.

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Elephone Soldier

We have not reviewed any Elephone smartphones for a while. The Elephone Soldier is a robust Android smartphone that is designed to cope with the stress and strains of being used in places such as construction sites. Our test device not only shines thanks to its sturdy case, but also its physical compass.

The Soldier has solid mid-range hardware specs, which exceed that of its competitors. Our test device is equipped with a MediaTek Helio X25 MTK6797T SoC, an ARM Mali-T880 MP4 GPU, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

We have chosen to compare the Soldier against other smartphones that are designed for regular outdoor use. These include the Blackview BV5800 Pro, the Poptel P9000 Max, the Doogee S55 and the Crosscall Action-X3. The Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 remains a suitable comparison device despite being somewhat older too.

Elephone Soldier
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 2560 x 1440 pixel 534 PPI, Capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
128 GB eMMC Flash, 128 GB 
, 118 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: microSD (FAT, FAT32), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Barometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Thermometer, Humidity sensor, Compass, Accelerometer
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GSM: 850, 900, 1,800, 1,900 MHz. 3G WCDMA: 850, 900, 1,200 MHz. FDD-LTE: B1, B3, B6, B7, B8, B20., Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 13 x 155 x 78 ( = 0.51 x 6.1 x 3.07 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 21 MPix
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Mono speaker, Keyboard: Virtual keyboard, Keyboard Light: yes, USB charger, USB Type-A to Micro USB cable, SIM tool, 12 Months Warranty, fanless, ruggedized
Weight
251 g ( = 8.85 oz / 0.55 pounds), Power Supply: 65 g ( = 2.29 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
250 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Elephone has designed the Soldier to look rugged. The device has red, ribbed plastic grips on either side of its frame, while the camera housing and physical buttons both have brushed metal housings. The Soldier is covered in silver screws too that add to its industrial look.

Elephone advertises the Soldier as being IP68 certified, but our test device has uneven gaps and transitions between materials that make us doubt the validity of that claim. The case design does not fill us with confidence that the internal components would be protected from dust or water after prolonged use.

The Soldier weighs 251 g (8.85 oz), which puts the device in the midfield of our comparison devices. However, the device has a considerably smaller footprint than most of our comparison devices, which makes it less clunky than many other outdoor smartphones.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

Elephone has equipped the Soldier with a MediaTek Helio X25 MTK6797T SoC, which integrates an ARM Mali-T880 MP4 GPU, and 4 GB of RAM. The device also has 128 GB of storage, which is a lot more than many of our comparison devices offer. Elephone has included numerous outdoor-related features too. The pre-installed OutdoorTool app can launch the flashlight located on the right-hand side of the device, while there is also a physical compass and an SOS emergency button below the rear-facing camera, which causes the camera light to flash. Unfortunately, this does not spell SOS in Morse code, which would have been useful. An eyelet for a carrying strap and a 3.5 mm jack round off the Soldier’s outdoor-related connectivity.

The device also has numerous sensors such as a barometer, a humidity meter and a thermometer. Curiously, Elephone has not pre-installed any apps that can access these sensors though, and the OutdoorTool app only has access to the positional sensor, the compass and the camera, the latter of which it can use as a magnifying glass.

The Soldier has a micro USB port for charging and data transfer. Our test device supports USB On-The-Go (OTG) functions, but it only operates at USB 2.0 speeds rather than the faster USB 3.1 standard.

Left-hand side: Card slot, OutdoorTool app button
Left-hand side: Card slot, OutdoorTool app button
Right-hand side: Fingerprint sensor, Power button, Volume rocker, Flashlight
Right-hand side: Fingerprint sensor, Power button, Volume rocker, Flashlight

Software

Our test device is loaded with Android Oreo 8.0 and Android security patches that are dated August 5, 2018. Elephone has left the stock Android experience largely intact, merely adding its own icon pack and the OutdoorTool app. The latter can be disabled within Settings, but not uninstalled. The Soldier also supports multiple user accounts should more than one person need to use the device.

Default home screen
Default home screen
Default app drawer
Default app drawer
Default app drawer
Default app drawer
OutdoorTool app
OutdoorTool app
Quick Settings
Quick Settings
Quick Settings customisation options
Quick Settings customisation options
Storage information
Storage information
Device information
Device information

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Communication & GPS

The Soldier supports GSM, 3G and LTE networks. The device uses LTE Cat. 6, which supports up to 300 MBit/s download and 50 MBit/s upload speeds. Elephone has also included LTE Band 20, which is important for accessing LTE in some parts of Europe such as in rural Germany.

The device also supports Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and all modern Wi-Fi standard including ac Wi-Fi. Our test device can connect to either 2.4 or 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks and achieved comparatively impressive transfer speeds in iperf3 Client Wi-Fi tests. None of our comparison devices were a match for the Elephone Soldier in this respect.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Elephone Soldier
Mali-T880 MP4, Helio X25 MTK6797T, 128 GB eMMC Flash
263 (min: 259, max: 265) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=307)
211 MBit/s ∼80% -20%
Crosscall Action-X3
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
199 MBit/s ∼76% -24%
Doogee S55
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
105 MBit/s ∼40% -60%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
PowerVR GE8100, MT6739, 16 GB eMMC Flash
94 MBit/s ∼36% -64%
Poptel P9000 Max
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 64 GB eMMC Flash
71.6 MBit/s ∼27% -73%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
Mali-T720, 7570 Quad, 16 GB eMMC Flash
49.2 MBit/s ∼19% -81%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Elephone Soldier
Mali-T880 MP4, Helio X25 MTK6797T, 128 GB eMMC Flash
332 (min: 316, max: 340) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=307)
207 MBit/s ∼62% -38%
Crosscall Action-X3
Adreno 505, 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
201 MBit/s ∼61% -39%
Doogee S55
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
107 MBit/s ∼32% -68%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
PowerVR GE8100, MT6739, 16 GB eMMC Flash
92.9 MBit/s ∼28% -72%
Poptel P9000 Max
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 64 GB eMMC Flash
83.2 MBit/s ∼25% -75%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
Mali-T720, 7570 Quad, 16 GB eMMC Flash
37.9 MBit/s ∼11% -89%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø263 (259-265)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø332 (316-340)
GPS test: Outside
GPS test: Outside
GPS test: Indoors
GPS test: Indoors

We also checked with the GPS Test app how accurate the Soldier’s location services are. Our test device has a GPS accuracy of up to five metres (~16 ft) when tested outside, but it cannot establish a satellite connection when tested indoors. However, this is the case with many devices at this price range.

We took the Soldier on our compulsory bike ride to test its location accuracy in a more practical setting. We brought along a Garmin Edge 500 too to compare the Soldier’s location accuracy against a professional navigation device. Our test device deviated by 50 metres (~164 ft) over a 10 km (~6.2 mi) bike ride, which is respectable. However, it often plotted us next to the route on which we were cycling and could not track us through corners as accurately as the Garmin can. In short, the Elephone Soldier is accurate enough for simple navigation tasks, but lacks the accuracy for more precise tasks.

GPS test: Elephone Soldier – Overview
GPS test: Elephone Soldier – Overview
GPS test: Elephone Soldier – Around a lake
GPS test: Elephone Soldier – Around a lake
GPS test: Elephone Soldier – Loop
GPS test: Elephone Soldier – Loop
GPS test: Garmin Edge 500 – Overview
GPS test: Garmin Edge 500 – Overview
GPS test: Garmin Edge 500 – Around a lake
GPS test: Garmin Edge 500 – Around a lake
GPS test: Loop
GPS test: Loop

Telephone Functions & Call Quality

The Elephone Soldier Phone app
The Elephone Soldier Phone app

Elephone has pre-installed the standard Android suite of telephony apps, which should be easy to use for most users. The call volume is rather weak on our test device, but it is loud enough for making calls in quieter environments. 

Moreover, both sides of the call have noticeable background noise. The combination of high background noise and comparatively low call volume made it hard for us to hear our call partner when making calls in louder environments.

Cameras

Photo taken with the front-facing camera
Photo taken with the front-facing camera

The Soldier has a 16-MP front-facing camera and a 21-MP rear-facing sensor. Photos taken with the former are passable, but they often look blurry and too washed out for our liking. The camera captures some details, but background objects look rather muddy. The default camera app supports a picture-in-picture mode too, which displays the view from the rear-facing camera in a small window while taking a selfie. The camera app has no settings to adjust exposure or white balance, but it does have various colour filters.

The rear-facing camera takes better quality photos, although the sensor tends to capture scenes too brightly. Generally, objects are captured well when focussed correctly with good separation, but the background is a blurry mess. The same story is true of macro photos too. Objects in our test photos are reasonably detailed but noticeably overexposed. Unsurprisingly, our test device struggles more in low-light shots, where it can barely capture objects. All details and fine structures are lost in considerable image noise.

The default camera app also supports picture-in-picture mode when shooting with the rear-facing camera. Unfortunately, there are only colour filters and no professional mode, which could potentially improve the quality of photos.

Our experience with video recordings is the same as with photos. Videos suffer from the same shortcomings as photos and there are no manual settings within the default camera app. There is image stabilisation though, which compensates well against minor camera shakes.

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.

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ColorChecker: The lower half of each area of colour displays the reference colour
ColorChecker: The lower half of each area of colour displays the reference colour

We also tested the Elephone Solder with ColorChecker Passport to determine how well it reproduces colours. Our tests reveal that the rear-facing camera reproduces colours too darkly compared to reference colours. While our test device accurately reproduces blue and green tones, dark grey and black tones are noticeably too dark.

Our test device did a much better job at capturing our test chart under controlled lighting conditions though. Details and fine structures are visible even upon looking closely. Unfortunately, the photo is somewhat underexposed and there is a slight paleness in the bottom corners.

A photo of our test chart
A photo of our test chart
Our test chart in detail

Accessories & Warranty

The Soldier comes with a USB charger, a matching USB Type-A to MicroUSB cable and a SIM tool. Elephone does not sell any Soldier-specific accessories on its website, although you can purchase cases and other accessories from third-party suppliers.

The device comes with twelve month’s manufacturer’s warranty. Third-party suppliers will also provide their own warranty that does not affect Elephone’s warranty.

Input Devices & Operation

Our test device has Google GBoard pre-installed as its default keyboard. The keyboard functions just as well as it does on other devices. The touchscreen responded reliably and accurately throughout testing. However, we found it difficult to perform multi-finger gestures because the display is not as smooth as on other devices. However, the positional sensor worked well throughout testing and quickly altered the display’s orientation according to what position we were holding it.

The Soldier has a fingerprint sensor, which Elephone has mounted on the right-hand side of the frame. Oddly, while we could register fingerprints within Settings, the sensor would then always fail to recognise them when we tried to use it to unlock the device or within apps that support biometric authentication.

Using the default keyboard in portrait mode
Using the default keyboard in portrait mode
Using the default keyboard in landscape mode
Using the default keyboard in landscape mode

Display

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

The Soldier has a 5.5-inch IPS panel that runs at a 2,560x1,440 native resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio. X-Rite i1Pro 2 records our test device achieving an average maximum brightness of 531 cd/m², which puts the Soldier in the middle of our comparison table. The display is 88% evenly lit too, which is respectable, but also only average compared to our comparison devices. However, the Soldier has a higher resolution display than all our comparison devices and one which has good colour accuracy.

568
cd/m²
536
cd/m²
500
cd/m²
547
cd/m²
542
cd/m²
506
cd/m²
542
cd/m²
541
cd/m²
497
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 568 cd/m² Average: 531 cd/m² Minimum: 23.96 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 542 cd/m²
Contrast: 797:1 (Black: 0.68 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.8 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 2.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
94% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.16
Elephone Soldier
IPS, 2560x1440, 5.5
Blackview BV5800 Pro
IPS, 1440x720, 5.5
Poptel P9000 Max
LCD IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Doogee S55
IPS, 1440x720, 5.5
Crosscall Action-X3
IPS, 1280x800, 5
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Screen
-57%
-43%
-41%
-19%
-41%
Brightness middle
542
587
8%
406
-25%
573
6%
417
-23%
445
-18%
Brightness
531
571
8%
397
-25%
568
7%
425
-20%
437
-18%
Brightness Distribution
88
90
2%
90
2%
85
-3%
91
3%
88
0%
Black Level *
0.68
0.33
51%
0.38
44%
0.91
-34%
0.29
57%
0.67
1%
Contrast
797
1779
123%
1068
34%
630
-21%
1438
80%
664
-17%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.8
9.3
-145%
6.7
-76%
6.96
-83%
7.12
-87%
6.5
-71%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7
17.9
-156%
13.8
-97%
12.14
-73%
10.19
-46%
10.6
-51%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.8
12.6
-350%
8.5
-204%
6.3
-125%
6.1
-118%
7.2
-157%
Gamma
2.16 102%
2.14 103%
2.21 100%
1.87 118%
2.687 82%
2.53 87%
CCT
6971 93%
11049 59%
8858 73%
7606 85%
7687 85%
8274 79%

* ... 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: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8933 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Our test device has a comparatively high 0.68 cd/m² black value, which is higher than all our comparison devices. This contributes to an overall disappointing 797:1 contrast ratio.

By contrast, CalMAN analysis software certifies that the Soldier’s display has comparatively good colour accuracy. Moreover, we could not detect any pulse-width modulation (PWM) regulating display luminosity, which will help those who have sensitive eyes.

CalMAN: Colour Accuracy
CalMAN: Colour Accuracy
CalMAN: Colour Space
CalMAN: Colour Space
CalMAN: Greyscale
CalMAN: Greyscale
CalMAN: Colour Saturation
CalMAN: Colour Saturation

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
25.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8.8 ms rise
↘ 16.4 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 43 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
54.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 26 ms rise
↘ 28.4 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. » 90 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The Soldier is usable outdoors thanks to its relatively bright maximum display luminosity. However, we would recommend avoiding using the device in direct sunlight where possible as reflections can obstruct what is being displayed on the screen. Even artificial indoor lighting, like strip lighting, can cause severe reflections on our test device’s display.

Using the Elephone Soldier outdoors
Using the Elephone Soldier outdoors
Using the Elephone Soldier outdoors
Using the Elephone Soldier outdoors

The Soldier has strong viewing angles thanks to its IPS display. We noticed no brightness or image distortions even at acute angles. Only reflections will prevent you using the device at odd angles.

Viewing Angles
Viewing Angles
Viewing Angles
Viewing Angles

Performance

The MediaTek Helio X25 MTK6797T SoC powers the Soldier, which integrates an ARM Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. Elephone complements the SoC with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of eMMC flash storage. Overall, the Soldier has mid-range hardware that should be suitable for everyday applications and even simple games.

Our test device finishes well ahead of our comparison devices in some benchmarks. However, the distance in GPU-heavy benchmarks is closer. The Soldier feels snappy in daily use and has comparatively high system performance. Apps also generally loaded quickly and ran smoothly throughout testing.

Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
3449 Points ∼76%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
1449 Points ∼32% -58%
Poptel P9000 Max
1758 Points ∼39% -49%
Doogee S55
1888 Points ∼42% -45%
Crosscall Action-X3
2045 Points ∼45% -41%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
3449 Points ∼76% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (836 - 21070, n=197)
4524 Points ∼100% +31%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
4554 Points ∼100%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
1838 Points ∼40% -60%
Poptel P9000 Max
2628 Points ∼58% -42%
Doogee S55
2765 Points ∼61% -39%
Crosscall Action-X3
2360 Points ∼52% -48%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
1855 Points ∼41% -59%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
4554 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (883 - 11598, n=247)
4308 Points ∼95% -5%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
1791 Points ∼100%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
653 Points ∼36% -64%
Poptel P9000 Max
616 Points ∼34% -66%
Doogee S55
682 Points ∼38% -62%
Crosscall Action-X3
634 Points ∼35% -65%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
629 Points ∼35% -65%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
1791 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (394 - 4824, n=248)
1270 Points ∼71% -29%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
5563 Points ∼100%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
4147 Points ∼75% -25%
Poptel P9000 Max
4609 Points ∼83% -17%
Doogee S55
4190 Points ∼75% -25%
Crosscall Action-X3
4665 Points ∼84% -16%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
4508 Points ∼81% -19%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
5563 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (6412 - 13531, n=423)
4958 Points ∼89% -11%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
1523 Points ∼89%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
Poptel P9000 Max
1205 Points ∼71% -21%
Doogee S55
1037 Points ∼61% -32%
Crosscall Action-X3
1131 Points ∼66% -26%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
944 Points ∼55% -38%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
1523 Points ∼89% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2293 - 4439, n=277)
1709 Points ∼100% +12%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
858 Points ∼59%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
Poptel P9000 Max
321 Points ∼22% -63%
Doogee S55
344 Points ∼23% -60%
Crosscall Action-X3
277 Points ∼19% -68%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
87 Points ∼6% -90%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
858 Points ∼59% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (869 - 8206, n=277)
1465 Points ∼100% +71%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
950 Points ∼70%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
Poptel P9000 Max
384 Points ∼28% -60%
Doogee S55
404 Points ∼30% -57%
Crosscall Action-X3
333 Points ∼24% -65%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
109 Points ∼8% -89%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
950 Points ∼70% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (1010 - 5189, n=280)
1360 Points ∼100% +43%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
1372 Points ∼81%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
530 Points ∼31% -61%
Poptel P9000 Max
1178 Points ∼70% -14%
Doogee S55
1033 Points ∼61% -25%
Crosscall Action-X3
1148 Points ∼68% -16%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
1002 Points ∼59% -27%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
1372 Points ∼81% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (375 - 4493, n=292)
1689 Points ∼100% +23%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
927 Points ∼45%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
184 Points ∼9% -80%
Poptel P9000 Max
477 Points ∼23% -49%
Doogee S55
497 Points ∼24% -46%
Crosscall Action-X3
478 Points ∼23% -48%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
162 Points ∼8% -83%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
927 Points ∼45% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (131 - 14951, n=292)
2068 Points ∼100% +123%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
999 Points ∼58%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
215 Points ∼12% -78%
Poptel P9000 Max
550 Points ∼32% -45%
Doogee S55
562 Points ∼32% -44%
Crosscall Action-X3
549 Points ∼32% -45%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
187 Points ∼11% -81%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
999 Points ∼58% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (159 - 7856, n=293)
1734 Points ∼100% +74%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
1719 Points ∼100%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
Poptel P9000 Max
1118 Points ∼65% -35%
Doogee S55
1124 Points ∼65% -35%
Crosscall Action-X3
1098 Points ∼64% -36%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
952 Points ∼55% -45%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
1719 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2281 - 4216, n=352)
1642 Points ∼96% -4%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
697 Points ∼59%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
Poptel P9000 Max
322 Points ∼27% -54%
Doogee S55
199 Points ∼17% -71%
Crosscall Action-X3
234 Points ∼20% -66%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
85 Points ∼7% -88%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
697 Points ∼59% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (815 - 5241, n=352)
1186 Points ∼100% +70%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
803 Points ∼71%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
Points ∼0% -100%
Poptel P9000 Max
383 Points ∼34% -52%
Doogee S55
244 Points ∼22% -70%
Crosscall Action-X3
284 Points ∼25% -65%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
107 Points ∼9% -87%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
803 Points ∼71% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (951 - 4734, n=360)
1134 Points ∼100% +41%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
1338 Points ∼87%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
445 Points ∼29% -67%
Poptel P9000 Max
1176 Points ∼76% -12%
Doogee S55
1110 Points ∼72% -17%
Crosscall Action-X3
1099 Points ∼71% -18%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
955 Points ∼62% -29%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
1338 Points ∼87% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (532 - 4215, n=384)
1540 Points ∼100% +15%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
929 Points ∼57%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
148 Points ∼9% -84%
Poptel P9000 Max
480 Points ∼29% -48%
Doogee S55
127 Points ∼8% -86%
Crosscall Action-X3
492 Points ∼30% -47%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
157 Points ∼10% -83%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
929 Points ∼57% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (46 - 8312, n=384)
1632 Points ∼100% +76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
997 Points ∼72%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
174 Points ∼13% -83%
Poptel P9000 Max
553 Points ∼40% -45%
Doogee S55
158 Points ∼11% -84%
Crosscall Action-X3
561 Points ∼40% -44%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
193 Points ∼14% -81%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
997 Points ∼72% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (58 - 6454, n=392)
1387 Points ∼100% +39%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
10490 Points ∼81%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
7103 Points ∼55% -32%
Poptel P9000 Max
10560 Points ∼82% +1%
Doogee S55
9934 Points ∼77% -5%
Crosscall Action-X3
8864 Points ∼69% -16%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
11459 Points ∼89% +9%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
10490 Points ∼81% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (3958 - 37475, n=539)
12880 Points ∼100% +23%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
16864 Points ∼94%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
3568 Points ∼20% -79%
Poptel P9000 Max
10012 Points ∼56% -41%
Doogee S55
9476 Points ∼53% -44%
Crosscall Action-X3
9342 Points ∼52% -45%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
3985 Points ∼22% -76%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
16864 Points ∼94% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2465 - 162695, n=539)
17994 Points ∼100% +7%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
14858 Points ∼98%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
4012 Points ∼27% -73%
Poptel P9000 Max
10129 Points ∼67% -32%
Doogee S55
9574 Points ∼63% -36%
Crosscall Action-X3
9231 Points ∼61% -38%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
4661 Points ∼31% -69%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
14858 Points ∼98% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2915 - 77599, n=540)
15114 Points ∼100% +2%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
27 fps ∼86%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
6 fps ∼19% -78%
Poptel P9000 Max
17 fps ∼54% -37%
Doogee S55
17 fps ∼54% -37%
Crosscall Action-X3
15 fps ∼48% -44%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
6.8 fps ∼22% -75%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
27 fps ∼86% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 251, n=564)
31.4 fps ∼100% +16%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
18 fps ∼69%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
9.7 fps ∼37% -46%
Poptel P9000 Max
16 fps ∼62% -11%
Doogee S55
23 fps ∼88% +28%
Crosscall Action-X3
26 fps ∼100% +44%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
11 fps ∼42% -39%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
18 fps ∼69% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (6.9 - 120, n=567)
25 fps ∼96% +39%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
14 fps ∼83%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
2.7 fps ∼16% -81%
Poptel P9000 Max
6.8 fps ∼40% -51%
Doogee S55
7.1 fps ∼42% -49%
Crosscall Action-X3
6.7 fps ∼40% -52%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
2.6 fps ∼15% -81%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
14 fps ∼83% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 132, n=486)
16.8 fps ∼100% +20%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
8.3 fps ∼52%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
5.4 fps ∼34% -35%
Poptel P9000 Max
6.8 fps ∼43% -18%
Doogee S55
13 fps ∼81% +57%
Crosscall Action-X3
14 fps ∼88% +69%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
5.4 fps ∼34% -35%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
8.3 fps ∼52% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 115, n=489)
16 fps ∼100% +93%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
9.1 fps ∼64%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
1.6 fps ∼11% -82%
Poptel P9000 Max
4.5 fps ∼31% -51%
Doogee S55
4.7 fps ∼33% -48%
Crosscall Action-X3
4.4 fps ∼31% -52%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
1.6 fps ∼11% -82%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
9.1 fps ∼64% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 88, n=349)
14.3 fps ∼100% +57%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
5 fps ∼36%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
3.4 fps ∼24% -32%
Poptel P9000 Max
4.6 fps ∼33% -8%
Doogee S55
9.5 fps ∼68% +90%
Crosscall Action-X3
10 fps ∼72% +100%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
3.9 fps ∼28% -22%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
5 fps ∼36% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (9.8 - 110, n=352)
13.9 fps ∼100% +178%
GFXBench
High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
2.4 fps ∼24%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
2.4 fps ∼24% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (3.6 - 59, n=62)
10.2 fps ∼100% +325%
2560x1440 High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
2.4 fps ∼37%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
2.4 fps ∼37% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 31, n=62)
6.49 fps ∼100% +170%
Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
4 fps ∼28%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
4 fps ∼28% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (5.7 - 59, n=62)
14.4 fps ∼100% +260%
1920x1080 Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
7 fps ∼45%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
7 fps ∼45% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (6 - 63, n=61)
15.7 fps ∼100% +124%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
6.1 fps ∼62%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
0.88 fps ∼9% -86%
Poptel P9000 Max
2.4 fps ∼24% -61%
Doogee S55
2.5 fps ∼25% -59%
Crosscall Action-X3
2.4 fps ∼24% -61%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
6.1 fps ∼62% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (6.3 - 54, n=280)
9.86 fps ∼100% +62%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
3.5 fps ∼39%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
1.5 fps ∼17% -57%
Poptel P9000 Max
2.4 fps ∼27% -31%
Doogee S55
4.9 fps ∼55% +40%
Crosscall Action-X3
5.3 fps ∼60% +51%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
3.5 fps ∼39% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (6 - 58, n=283)
8.89 fps ∼100% +154%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
95765 Points ∼81%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
46930 Points ∼40% -51%
Poptel P9000 Max
54819 Points ∼46% -43%
Doogee S55
56375 Points ∼48% -41%
Crosscall Action-X3
57023 Points ∼48% -40%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
95765 Points ∼81% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (17073 - 348178, n=170)
118332 Points ∼100% +24%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
43413 Points ∼57%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
36522 Points ∼48% -16%
Crosscall Action-X3
42924 Points ∼56% -1%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
35379 Points ∼46% -19%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
43413 Points ∼57% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (23275 - 254229, n=390)
76481 Points ∼100% +76%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
888 Points ∼100%
Poptel P9000 Max
10 Points ∼1% -99%
Doogee S55
624 Points ∼70% -30%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
661 Points ∼74% -26%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
888 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (7 - 1731, n=499)
698 Points ∼79% -21%
Graphics (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
1357 Points ∼78%
Poptel P9000 Max
641 Points ∼37% -53%
Doogee S55
649 Points ∼37% -52%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
253 Points ∼15% -81%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
1357 Points ∼78% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (18 - 15969, n=499)
1737 Points ∼100% +28%
Memory (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
1325 Points ∼100%
Poptel P9000 Max
779 Points ∼59% -41%
Doogee S55
1030 Points ∼78% -22%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
1066 Points ∼80% -20%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
1325 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (21 - 6283, n=499)
1244 Points ∼94% -6%
System (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
2973 Points ∼100%
Poptel P9000 Max
1868 Points ∼63% -37%
Doogee S55
2003 Points ∼67% -33%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
1396 Points ∼47% -53%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
2973 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (369 - 12202, n=499)
2512 Points ∼84% -16%
Overall (sort by value)
Elephone Soldier
1476 Points ∼100%
Poptel P9000 Max
308 Points ∼21% -79%
Doogee S55
956 Points ∼65% -35%
Crosscall Action-X3
Points ∼0% -100%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
706 Points ∼48% -52%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
1476 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (150 - 6097, n=503)
1255 Points ∼85% -15%
Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal - offscreen Overall Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
43 Points ∼6%
Average of class Smartphone (36.3 - 2754, n=76)
693 Points ∼100%

Legend

 
Elephone Soldier Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T, ARM Mali-T880 MP4, 128 GB eMMC Flash
 
Blackview BV5800 Pro Mediatek MT6739, PowerVR GE8100, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Poptel P9000 Max Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Doogee S55 Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Crosscall Action-X3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 Samsung Exynos 7570 Quad, ARM Mali-T720, 16 GB eMMC Flash

The Soldier’s solid benchmark performance continued in our browser-focus tests, in which our test device scored significantly higher than the competition. Websites and media content load quickly in daily use, which is not always the case for outdoor smartphones.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 273, n=422)
36.7 Points ∼100% +17%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
31.3 Points ∼85% 0%
Elephone Soldier (Chrome 70)
31.266 Points ∼85%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 (Chrome 58)
20.988 Points ∼57% -33%
Poptel P9000 Max (Chrome 68)
18.86 Points ∼51% -40%
Doogee S55 (Chrome 67)
18.724 Points ∼51% -40%
Crosscall Action-X3 (Chrome 68)
18.048 Points ∼49% -42%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
16.901 Points ∼46% -46%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Elephone Soldier (Chrome 70)
6089 Points ∼100%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
6089 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 43280, n=558)
5562 Points ∼91% -9%
Poptel P9000 Max (Chrome 68)
3441 Points ∼57% -43%
Doogee S55 (Chrome 67)
3417 Points ∼56% -44%
Crosscall Action-X3 (Chrome 68)
3251 Points ∼53% -47%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 (Chrome 58)
3133 Points ∼51% -49%
Blackview BV5800 Pro
2577 Points ∼42% -58%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Blackview BV5800 Pro
16869.2 ms * ∼100% -161%
Poptel P9000 Max (Chrome 68)
13879.9 ms * ∼82% -115%
Doogee S55 (Chrome 67)
13510.3 ms * ∼80% -109%
Crosscall Action-X3 (Chrome 68)
13331 ms * ∼79% -106%
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=578)
11474 ms * ∼68% -77%
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4 (Chrome 58)
11130 ms * ∼66% -72%
Elephone Soldier (Chrome 70)
6470.2 ms * ∼38%
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
6470 ms * ∼38% -0%

* ... smaller is better

The Solider not only has more storage than most of our comparison devices, but AndroBench 3-5 also shows it to be significantly faster. The device also supports microSD cards should you run out of internal storage. However, the Soldier can only format cards as external storage, which means that you can only store apps and data on the 128 GB of internal storage.

Our test device performed well in the microSD card portion of our AndroBench 3-5 benchmark too. The Soldier achieved 67 MB/s sequential write and 72 MB/s sequential read speeds when tested with our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference microSD card. These speeds put the Soldier on par with our best comparison devices.

Elephone SoldierBlackview BV5800 ProPoptel P9000 MaxDoogee S55Crosscall Action-X3Samsung Galaxy XCover 4Average 128 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-37%
-14%
-26%
-11%
-29%
9%
-18%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
67.92 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
14.67 (Toshiba Exceria SD-CX32UHS1)
-78%
53.18 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-22%
14.11
-79%
56.17 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-17%
55.66 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-18%
65.8 (58.8 - 68.5, n=4)
-3%
45.6 (3.4 - 87.1, n=319)
-33%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
72.25 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
80.56 (Toshiba Exceria SD-CX32UHS1)
12%
72.89 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
1%
73.73
2%
84.13 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
16%
68.97 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-5%
75.5 (72.3 - 78, n=4)
4%
63.8 (8.2 - 96.5, n=319)
-12%
Random Write 4KB
12.14
9.43
-22%
11.23
-7%
13.17
8%
8.4
-31%
11.9
-2%
21.8 (8.48 - 59.9, n=5)
80%
16.1 (0.14 - 164, n=607)
33%
Random Read 4KB
61.03
13.97
-77%
35.1
-42%
28.86
-53%
47
-23%
21.8
-64%
52.8 (20.7 - 72.6, n=5)
-13%
38.3 (1.59 - 173, n=607)
-37%
Sequential Write 256KB
172.17
86.63
-50%
129.64
-25%
97.14
-44%
139.3
-19%
73.6
-57%
150 (90 - 175, n=5)
-13%
79.9 (2.99 - 246, n=607)
-54%
Sequential Read 256KB
246.73
236.03
-4%
269.44
9%
268.07
9%
264.7
7%
181.6
-26%
237 (144 - 284, n=5)
-4%
230 (12.1 - 895, n=607)
-7%

Games

The Soldier is powerful enough to play casual and simple games that have moderate graphics requirements. Both “Asphalt 9: Legends” and “Arena of Valor” worked played smoothly on our test device, albeit after noticeable loading times. Unfortunately, the display’s comparatively rough finish spoiled any prolonged gaming during testing as it became a challenge to keep dragging across its unsmooth surface.

However, the positional sensor worked well and reliably reproduced our movements within games without delay.

Asphalt 9: Legends
Asphalt 9: Legends
Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor

Emissions

Temperature

GFXBench battery test - Manhattan (OpenGL ES 3.1)
GFXBench battery test - Manhattan (OpenGL ES 3.1)

The Soldier is a relatively cool device at idle, with surface temperatures reaching a maximum of 31 °C (~88 °F) on the front of our test device and 26.4 °C (~80 °F) on the back. Predictably, surface temperatures rise when the device is subjected to a sustained load, but only two areas get hotter than 40 °C (~104 °F), while the whole device averages a noticeably cooler 35.45 °C (~96 °F).

We also subjected our test device to a loop of the Manhattan GFXBench battery test benchmark to test whether it thermal throttled. The Soldier scored around 30% fewer FPS after thirty runs of the benchmark, which is respectable; some more expensive devices perform considerably worse. This is an extreme scenario though, and so the Soldier should not experience any thermal throttling in daily use.

Max. Load
 42.1 °C
108 F
39.8 °C
104 F
33.1 °C
92 F
 
 41.9 °C
107 F
38.6 °C
101 F
32.8 °C
91 F
 
 39.8 °C
104 F
36.2 °C
97 F
31.9 °C
89 F
 
Maximum: 42.1 °C = 108 F
Average: 37.4 °C = 99 F
32.3 °C
90 F
33.7 °C
93 F
36.5 °C
98 F
31.3 °C
88 F
32.3 °C
90 F
36.6 °C
98 F
30.3 °C
87 F
34 °C
93 F
34.9 °C
95 F
Maximum: 36.6 °C = 98 F
Average: 33.5 °C = 92 F
Power Supply (max.)  30.2 °C = 86 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.4 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.1 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 35.7 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 36.6 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 34.2 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.7 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.

Speakers

Speaker Characteristics
Speaker Characteristics

The Soldier has a single speaker that was rather quiet during testing. As the graphs demonstrate, mid-tones dominate the sound spectrum, particularly high-mid tones. In short, the speaker is good enough for occasional audio playback in quiet environments.

By contrast, the audio output from the 3.5 mm jack sound cleaner than that from the speaker. The socket in our test device grips headphone jacks tightly, so you should not have a problem with headphones losing connection in daily use.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.938.22529.427.53129.227.14023.522.55030.929.66325.423.6802423.810020.828.512519.931.316017.639.420017.743.325015.645.13151752.740016.156.350015.260.663014.664.180015.365.2100014.869125014.270160013.272.2200014.87425001470.9315013.770400014.668.1500014.364.6630014.461.7800014.760.71000014.863.51250015591600014.948.3SPL26.781N0.845.7median 14.8median 61.7Delta1.410.138.137.937.634.835.930.328.128.328.629.327.826.429.824.330.424.722.220.823.922202919.434.217.240.216.45016.553.915.159.615.165.614.666.414.464.413.766.512.365.212.161.811.861.311.759.911.759.911.660.411.657.911.557.611.558.511.656.957.971.366.356.725.974.811.324.316.810.40.832.5median 14.4median 58.53.39.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseElephone SoldierCrosscall Action-X3
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Elephone Soldier audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.4% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 16% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 73% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 47% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 44% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Crosscall Action-X3 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 41% of all tested devices in this class were better, 14% similar, 45% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 66% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Life

Power Consumption

The Soldier is a comparatively energy inefficient device. Our test device consumes a minimum of 2.6 W at idle, which rises to a maximum of 6.77 W under load. These values are on par with the average of MediaTek Helio X25 MTK6797T devices that we have already tested, but they are considerably higher than most of our comparison devices.

Our test device came with an 18 W power supply. As the comparison graph suggests, the charger has enough wattage to charge the Soldier even when it is operating under sustained load. The power supply recharges our test device fully in around three and a half hours.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.09 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.6 / 2.77 / 2.9 Watt
Load midlight 6.34 / 6.77 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Elephone Soldier
5000 mAh
Blackview BV5800 Pro
5580 mAh
Poptel P9000 Max
9000 mAh
Doogee S55
5500 mAh
Crosscall Action-X3
3500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
2800 mAh
Average Mediatek Helio X25 MTK6797T
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
17%
45%
-44%
18%
41%
0%
37%
Idle Minimum *
2.6
0.87
67%
0.92
65%
2.3
12%
1.1
58%
0.56
78%
2.6
-0%
0.88 (0.2 - 3.4, n=637)
66%
Idle Average *
2.77
1.64
41%
1.9
31%
3.5
-26%
1.9
31%
1.57
43%
2.77
-0%
1.719 (0.6 - 6.2, n=636)
38%
Idle Maximum *
2.9
1.68
42%
2.19
24%
5.9
-103%
2.9
-0%
1.68
42%
2.9
-0%
1.997 (0.74 - 6.6, n=637)
31%
Load Average *
6.34
5.79
9%
3.1
51%
8.7
-37%
4.8
24%
4.6
27%
6.34
-0%
4.04 (0.8 - 10.8, n=631)
36%
Load Maximum *
6.77
11.85
-75%
3.12
54%
11.2
-65%
8.4
-24%
5.92
13%
6.77
-0%
5.75 (1.2 - 14.2, n=631)
15%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The Soldier has a 5,000 mAh battery, the capacity of which is on par or larger than most of our comparison devices. However, our test device’s battery life is underwhelming. The Soldier lasted a mere eight hours and thirteen minutes in our practical Wi-Fi battery life test, during which we run a script that simulates the load required to render websites. This runtime is nearly three hours shorter than what the Galaxy XCover 4 achieves with its 2,800 mAh battery and almost half for which our other comparison devices lasted. Overall, the Soldier has a disappointing battery life.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 13min
Elephone Soldier
5000 mAh
Blackview BV5800 Pro
5580 mAh
Poptel P9000 Max
9000 mAh
Doogee S55
5500 mAh
Crosscall Action-X3
3500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy XCover 4
2800 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
493
780
58%
1346
173%
844
71%
843
71%
668
35%

Pros

+ IP68 certified
+ good system performance
+ physical compass
+ numerous sensors

Cons

- no dedicated apps that take advantage of its sensors
- short battery life
- thermal throttling
- fingerprint sensor does not work in daily use

Verdict

The Elephone Soldier review. Test device courtesy of coolicool.com.
The Elephone Soldier review. Test device courtesy of coolicool.com.

The Elephone Soldier is a mixed bag. It offers good system performance and plenty of internal storage. The case is sturdy, and its display is bright enough for outdoor use. We are sceptical about its claims of being IP68 certified though as there are uneven gaps between materials on our test device. Moreover, its large battery belies its comparatively poor battery life, while you must download additional third-party apps to take advantage of the Soldier’s many sensors.

The Elephone Soldier is a performant smartphone that impressed us with its striking design. Unfortunately, the device has considerable drawbacks such as its dreadful battery life.

The Soldier is an unusual smartphone with its curious picture-in-picture mode within the default camera app and its physical compass. Unfortunately, its below-par battery life and questionable IP-rating call into question its primary use as an outdoor smartphone.

Elephone Soldier - 10/30/2018 v6
Mike Wobker

Chassis
83%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
42 / 60 → 70%
Weight
87%
Battery
91%
Display
86%
Games Performance
39 / 63 → 63%
Application Performance
53 / 70 → 76%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
70 / 91 → 77%
Camera
52%
Average
72%
80%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2018-11- 1 (Update: 2018-11- 3)