Elephone P2000 Review

Elephone has been known for its unique and cheap devices throughout its history, and the P2000 is one of its flagships of the ‘Px000’ series. I have had this device for more than a month, and I thought it was time I did a review, so here goes!

This is the Elephone P2000

This is the Elephone P2000

Specifications:

System hardware

  • CPU: MediaTek MTK6592 (SoC) clocked at 1.66 GHz
    GPU: Mali 450 clocked at 700 MHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • ROM: 16GB, 13GB linked storage for both apps and internal storage
  • OS: Android 4.4.2 supplied by MediaTek

Interactive hardware

  • Device: 77 x 155 x 7.6 mm weighing 155g
  • Display: 5.5 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280×720 (5 point multi-touch)
  • Camera: 13MP back camera (8MP interpolated), 8MP front camera (5MP interpolated)
  • Audio: Rear speakers, ear piece, and 3.5mm audio jack
  • USB: USB 2.0 MicroUSB port (OTG supported)
  • Fingerprint sensor: Swipe-type rear fingerprint sensor

Removable hardware

  • Battery: 2650 mAh (1800 mAh when tested)
  • SIM: Dual SIM (1 MicroSIM + 1 Mini SIM)
  • SD card: Up to 32GB (tested)

Connectivity hardware

  • WiFi: b, g, n, supports 2.4G and 5G networks
  • Bluetooth: 4.0
  • GPS: GPS, Assisted GPS
  • NFC: Back cover NFC antenna

My experience:

My overall experience with this device is great! Firstly, the device has a ‘fingerprint proof’-like back cover, which will make it look less dirty when used. The device, running the octa-core processor, also experiences little to no lag when being used. A daily reboot is recommended, however, as Android applications tend to store a lot of temporary files into the memory as they run. General performance is still great though, and with the 2GB of RAM, I managed to run 3 games, School Idol Festival, Geometry Dash, and Cytus, without any of them closing and restarting when I switched apps. With the linked internal storage too, I managed to cram in 91 apps without it even going low on memory. Speaking of apps though, there are multiple system applications which used unnecessary permissions (such as the Flashlight, and NoteBook app), which I had to disable to avoid any unnecessary data collection. Mobile reception here in Singapore is also great, with the exception of when the device is being covered directly near the top, as that is where the antenna is. WiFi reception is excellent, with the reception surpassing my Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, and passing through at least 3 solid concrete walls. The highlight of this device, the fingerprint sensor, is also a useful feature, as it allows not only fingerprint unlocking, but also fingerprint app locking, and fingerprint navigation (swiping in any direction on the sensor to scroll through any pages on the screen). The downside of the fingerprint sensor though, is not in the sensor itself, but the ROM, which has a bug whereby the fingerprint sensor would randomly refuse to read the fingerprint of the user. This is an annoying bug, and should be fixed by Elephone in an Over-the-Air update. Other than that, the NFC works perfectly, reading MiFare cards with no issues (if it does not work re-attach the back cover).

Pros:

  • Fingerprint sensor is multi-purpose
  • Octa-core processor makes using the phone a pleasure
  • Audio jack and USB port are both on top of the phone allowing easier hold of the phone when having both ports plugged in
  • Interpolated photos still look clear
  • Off-screen gestures allow you to turn on the phone screen, and perform various actions without pressing the power button
  • Phone is available in yellow for those who don’t like black and white

Cons:

  • Area near top of phone heats up really quickly when heavy operation is done (can be reduced by adding a heat sink to the top of the device)
  • Fingerprint sensor bug needs to be fixed
  • Touchscreen rapidly sends touch input to area near bottom right of screen when screen is left on without interaction for long periods of time
  • No custom ROM support due to lack of MediaTek sources for the developer community
  • Battery life is extremely short, especially when screen is turned on
  • There is no way, currently, to turn of the CPU power saving mode permanently, this makes the device run at a slightly slower speed

Overall rating: The phone may be cheap, but it’s really worth the price if you are either into non-mainstream devices, or just don’t want to pay close to (or even more than) 1000 bucks just for a smartphone. If you are a person who can deal with bugs that are fixed every few months, then this device is for you. If you are looking for a budget device that is actually feature packed in terms of hardware, then this device is also for you. I give it an 8 out of 10 for hardware, and 6 out of 10 for software, which makes a 7 out of 10 in average.

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