Our good friends from Lazada Philippines, the official Philippine partner of Elephone, gave us the opportunity to review the Elephone P9000. High end features including a fingerprint scanner and fast charging capabilities are normally found on expensive flagship smartphones. These are present on the Elephone P9000! Let’s dive in.
- Octa Core Helio P10 processor
- Mali T860 MP2 graphics
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB
- 5.5-inch Full HD LTPS display with One Glass Solution (OGS)
- 13 megapixel rear facing Sony IMX258 camera with autofocus and dual LED flash
- 8 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint scanner
- GPS, A-GPS
- 3,000 mAh battery with Quick Charging support
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- SRP: P11,490
- Status: Available at Lazada
- BUY ONLINE
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
The Elephone P9000 is a stand out when it comes to design alone. You can line it up with the likes of Samsung A-series smartphones. Its aircraft grade aluminum gives a premium feel. Flaunt it and people will never guess how much this smartphone costs.
The fingerprint scanner works fine as long as when you place your finger according to the position when you register the assigned finger for scanning.We try unlocking the phone coming from different finger positions but it didn’t work. A quick software update can fix this though.
Audio coming from the bottom firing speakers are generally loud but lacks that certain bass and balance. Using our third party earphone jack, audio is much better with all the details are well balanced.
One of the phone’s best selling feature is the display. It is bright and vivid with punchy colors. We noticed deeper blacks here plus color accuracy is much better than other IPS panels we’ve seen. By the way, this is an LTPS panel, a display technology that uses less power but gives brighter output.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Elephone did not put a custom skin on the Elephone P9000. It runs on vanilla Android which we prefer. Overall operation is very smooth and task are done without any slowdowns. Gaming is also a joy as we play Clash Royale and Asphalt 8 Airborne. It does warm up a bit after 10 minutes of game play but there nothing to be alarmed with.
Another strong point of the Elephone P9000 is camera. The company used a Sony sensor for the rear camera so expect very detailed and sharp photos when taken in good light. So far, we are very impressed with the sample photos we’ve taken.
Bluetooth and WiFi comes in standard and both works very well. LTE connectivity is at par with the usual standards whether we use Globe or Smart SIMs. Calls are clear with no issues on both ends of the line.
The battery, for us, is quite disappointing. The 3,000 mAh battery works fine on moderate to heavy usage. We managed to get around 9 hours before the battery turned red. The problem though is the standby time. It seems like it still sip more power even if you don’t use it. Standby time lasted only 9 hours. One time we pulled out the Elephone P9000 of the charger around 7pm. Then we checked it around 10pm with 92% battery. And then we checked it at 12nn the next day and phone is already dead.
On the flip side, the Elephone P9000 has fast charge technology. We managed to charge the phone from zero to a hundred for about an hour and 10 minutes. Wireless charging is also available and if you buy one, the wireless charging port is free and comes with the package.
The Elephone P9000 is a flagship smartphone worthy of your look. Its premium look stands out when flaunt it plus the added fingerprint scanner is big bonus. The display and camera are its main selling points though a battery is a bit of a disappointment, wireless and fast charging can compensate on that.