Elephone has been producing quite a few phones lately but with the M1 model, they deciced to put an emphasis on the design, but is it a good phone? Stay tuned for our full review.
Thanks to Pandawill for sending Elephone M1 for a review.
Elephone M1 Review: VIDEO
Elephone M1 Review: SPECS
5.5″ 720p (HD)
MTK6735, 64-bit, Octa-core, 1.3GHz
2MP Front/13MP Back
Bluetooth, 3G, 4G, GPS, WIFI, GSM,EDGE, GPRS, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, dual-SIM, FDD-LTE B1/B3/B7
2.780 mAh (non-removable)
150.9 x 78 x 7.6mm /5.94 x 3.1 x 0.3 inch / 166g
16GB (expandable via microSD card slot up to 64GB)
Elephone M1 Review: UNBOXING
Elephone M1 Review: DESIGN
Let’s take a look at the design first and what we have here is an all-metal phone except for the top and bottom parts for a better signal reception. Also, it is not the smallest device out there due to its 5.5” display.
On the front we have the 2MP selfie snapper, earpiece, front firing LED and a sensor light. On the bottom there are 3 non-backlit capacitive keys.
On the metal back there is a 13MP shooter with a dual LED flash and underneath it there is a fingerprint sensor.
On the right Elephone implemented a volume rocker and the power key and on the left there is a dual micro SIM and microSD card tray.
On the top there is a headset jack and on the bottom you have a charging port, speaker grill and a mic.
Overall, Elephone M1 is well built and metal materials add quite a lot of premium look and feel.
Elephone M1 Review: DISPLAY
When it comes to display, we are looking at a 5.5” 720p panel, which looks sharp, bright and vivid, and it is a good panel overall for a budget phone.
Elephone M1 Review: UI
Elephone M1 comes with the Android 5.1 out of the box and you can choose from either default Elephone’s launcher, which has customized icons and a few other features or a stock looking UI.
If you go with the Elephone’s launcher, you are still getting a pretty much stock build but there is no app tray, so the apps have to be organised in folders.
There is not too much functionality added in the ROM but Elephone has its own online theme store and some other customisation options.
One of the key features of the Elephone M1 is a fingerprint scanner and I have to say it works pretty fast and it is accurate. My only complaint is that it does not work straight from the standby mode.
Other complaints would be that the UI doesn’t show the juice left in the battery in percents. Also, if you select adaptive brightness feature, the display becomes simply too dim, so I had to use manual brightness.
Overall, the UI has a few bugs but it is snappy and I didn’t have a single hiccup during my testing period, which is pretty good.