02/26/2016

Elephone introduced the new P9000 series on an event mid January. The series includes three smartphones of the P9000 family: the P9000, which we're introducing today, the more expensive version P9000 Lite and the flagship version P9000 Edge.

The P9000 has finally found its way to our office and now we're using the chance to put it through its paces and to let you know about our impressions so far.

Elephone P9000 Smartphone

Specs

  • 5,5'' display with a 1920x1080 pixels resolution (401 ppi)
  • Helio P10 MT6755 octa processor with 2GHz
  • Graphics Processor: Mali T860
  • 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (increase its storage an additional 128 GB with a microSD card)
  • Rear Facing Camera: 13 megapixel Sony cam
  • Front Facing Camera: 8 megapixel camera with an 84° wide angle
  • Features Dual-SIM, fingerprint scanner, USB Type C
  • Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • measurements: 148,4 * 73,2 * 7,3mm, weight: 145 g, battery: 3000mAh

Rückseite des Elephone P9000 Smartphones

First Impression & Design

The P9000 arrives in a white hard plastic packaging. In this package we received the black smartphone, a USB type C cable, a SIM slot opener as well as a quick start guide. We were disappointed to find that a charger wasn't included - if you order headphones, you understand why a charger isn't included, but if you purchase a cell phone a charger should be included.

The phone appears to be solidly build and especially the seemingly frameless display (a 1.6mm narrow bezel!) looks impressive. The 5.5'' phone lies comfortably in the hand.

On the bottom of the phone you'll find the Home button, which works as well as a back and multitasking button. On the right side of the phone are the buttons for volume control as well as the power button. You can find the SIM card slot as well as a button to mute your phone on the other side. The backside is kept in a sandstone like optic and cannot be removed, meaning you can't get access to the battery. The 13 megapixel camera from Sony is placed in the middle of the backside of the P9000. On the left and right side of the cam Dual LED flashes and the laser auto focus are located. We've already mentioned in the Specs, tat the Elephone offers two slots for SIM cards. If you want to increase your storage, you can use one of the SIM card slots to insert a microSD card - obviously this means, that you can't use two SIM cards and a SD card at the same time, so choose between a SIM card plus microSD card or two SIM cards and a smaller available storage. On the top of the phone you'll find a 3.5mm audio jack, on the bottom of the phone are the speakers and a USB plug for charging and data transfer.

All in all, the design is kept modern and is especially attractive because of its bezel-free display and its metal frame.

Die Kamera des Elephone P9000 Smartphone

Display

The display is one of the highlights of this smartphone. The Chinese advertise particularly this frameless display and this has its reasons. You won't find a lot of smartphone producers, which can build such a design. The 5.5'' LTPS display is from LG and has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixel with 401 ppi. This display is really impressive and we should actually congratulate LG for this masterpiece. The colors look saturated and on point. The perspective stability does convince and the brightness with 440cd/m2 is also quite alright. If you like to adjust it manually, you can change the display settings with MiraVision.

Performance

The P9000 works with the new MediaTek Helio P10 Octa-Core processor with 2GHz and an impressive 4GB RAM. The system performs brilliantly, no freezing so far, everything is running smoothly. Multitasking is not a problem anymore thanks to 4GB RAM. Graphically more detailed games like Asphalt 8 or Need For Speed perform ace, the only downside is the heat build-up on the backside of the phone.

Scores of the Elephone P9000 Smartphone

Camera

Let's talk about the cam. Somehow, once again, we have a Chinese smartphone without a proper working camera or an optimized software. Just like in the Cubot S600, the camera in the Elephone P9000 isn't what it should be. The sharpness and definition of pictures leaves a lot to be wished for. If you don't have great lighting conditions, you'll get a lot of noise and the pictures will look blurred. I hope that the camera will soon work better as soon as a software update is available. The video function is just catastrophic, to be quite honest. The camera doesn't focus properly and the quality just stinks, to be frank. If your main priority of a new smartphone is its camera, then you might consider getting a different phone or wait for a review after some software updates. The front camera does what it's supposed to do and works better than the main camera.

The Elephone P9000 Smartphone Camera

Software

The Elephone P9000 arrives with an Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS and runs with a stock interface - the likes you probably know from Nexus smartphones. A special feature of the P9000 is its Home button: tap once to go back, double tap to get to the homescreen and keep pushing the touch button to get to the multitasking view. This might take some time to get used to, but after some tries this works out just fine. Alternatively you can obviously activate the on screen buttons in your settings. Furthermore, there are a couple of features such as the Double-Tap-To-Wake, Three-Finger-Screenshot or the fingerprint scanner on the backside of the phone.

Battery & Speaker

For average smartphone users the battery of the Elephone P9000 will last easily for a day. If you're using the smartphone less intensively, your smartphone battery will at least last 1,5 to 2 days. In our Geekbench Battery Test the P9000 scored 4000 points and lasted about 6,5 hours.

The build-in speakers aren't particularly great, but for YouTube videos and the like it will definitely be good enough.

Conclusion

All in all, the P9000 android smartphone is a bargain in that price range. The performance and display are amazing, it has a classy look and feels comfortable and sturdy. Only the camera has some disadvantages, which we can overlook, when we keep the overall picture in mind.

+ Workmanship

+ Performance

+ Display

+ Battery Time

- Camera

The Elephone P9000 is currently available in Chinese online shop for 216€/ $223.55 and will be shipped out in March.

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