64-bit processors are the ‘in’ thing right now, and many OEMs have already implemented these processors in their devices in the form of Qualcomm Snapdragon chips, and other chipsets. The Elephone P6000 is one such 64-bit processor which uses a MediaTek chipset, instead of the mainstream flagship chipsets. It runs on a quad-core MT6732 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, and runs on Android 4.4.4, which of course I have updated to Android 5.0.
The device also has a 13MP rear camera, and a 2MP front camera. The device also supports 4G/LTE connectivity if your carrier supports the four bands listed. Impressively enough, the Android 5.0 ROM almost does not lag at all, and despite 2D games like Geometry Dash having frameskips, everything else works just fine. 3D gaming is also working smoothly, although on the battery it is running on now I do not suggest that 3D gaming be done continuously, unless a power source is readily available. GPS is also working fine on the Android 5.0 ROM too, and in fact, the signal is stronger than my THL 5000’s, and it supports GLONASS (although the current ROM doesn’t allow any apps other than YGPS to read GLONASS satellites).
Note: The review below is done assuming you have upgraded to the latest Android 5.0 ROM, which is the 28 March build.
- 64-bit processor is snappy, and offers decent performance at a low price.
- Internal storage is integrated with the internal SD card, so that the user can install more apps and clear data when they need to.
- The home button also acts as an LED notification, and looks pretty cool.
- Later devices will ship directly with a stable version of Android 5.0 (which will make the P6000 the first MediaTek device to ever ship with Android 5.0).
- Updated Elephone Service app makes it easier for the user to leave feedback about the device, and access their website and forum.
- MiraVision allows the user to manually adjust screen colours for optimized usage
- 4G/LTE support for four bands.
- GPS not only has A-GPS support, but also GLONASS.
- Device has a good feel to it, doesn’t feel cheap, and the back cover is also slightly scratch-proof.
- Source code is available.
- Camera quality isn’t up to par with other OEMs’ budget devices
- Headsets plugged into the device may generate a buzzing sound on the right channel
- Single-day battery life is a little too short for some users
- Existence of both P6000 and P6000-02 may be confusing for some buyers and users, as they use slightly different hardware and drivers.
- Hardware buttons are all placed on the right side of the device, making taking a screenshot (Vol Down + Power button) difficult with one hand.
- Menu and back key do not light up.
- No NFC support.
- The gyroscope and electronic compass sensors are not bundled with the device, reducing its functionality.
- Stock USB cable may be a little tight for the P6000’s USB port, but it still fits and will loosen up in a while. The wall charger provided also looks a little cheap.
That is all! A daily driver review will be in the works soon, so stay tuned!