It is clear that this year’s trend in the smartphone landscape is to dispense with the bezels. Manufacturers are increasingly betting on phones without frames, such as the Elephone S8. This model of the Chinese firm was introduced in August and is a clear example of its quest to improve the quality of its catalog. But the Elephone S8 boasts a premium design and good specifications. In addition, also its price is very attractive. It is a sign that you can manufacture a quality device without firing its price, as we find with other brands.
Elephone S8: without frames and shiny aluminum body
It is a phablet with dimensions of 80.7 x 152 mm, a thickness of 8.6 mm and a weight of 195 grams. The design recalls the lines of the Xiaomi Mi Mix, although it is more resistant thanks to its materials. In addition, it shines a more lasting bright color in its covers. The firm has chosen to move from a zinc alloy or an aluminum alloy to the S8. They are cheaper options in the manufacturing process, but they involve a greater weight, a lower precision and the color is lost faster.
Hence Elephone has preferred to use CNC aluminum processing technology. This translates into a lighter body and a more careful look. In addition to the aesthetic improvement, it also brings more precision and stability in the Bluetooth and GPS signal. This decision of the company implies a more expensive manufacture, but with a superior final results. And, the best, with a tight price and very competitive. Thank you, Elephone.
We find a frontal that is almost all the screen , since it hardly has frames and occupies around 91% of the surface. At the bottom is located the fingerprint sensor for the release, which for many is more comfortable than the back. With a diagonal of 6 inches , this panel is of type LCD IPS signed by Sharp. It has a resolution of 2K, or what is the same, of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels. It emphasizes its high density, of 490 pixels by inch, that differ to less than 5 cm of distance.
It has curved 3D glass and is resistant thanks to the invaluable protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which provides an extra level of protection against bumps and scratches. Undoubtedly, Elephone has done a good job with this screen, which is one of the strengths of the S8.
Processor, memories and battery
In terms of power and performance, the Elephone S8 is not far behind either. It assembles a MediaTek Helio X25 processor with 64-bit and 10-core architecture : 2 Cortex-A72 at 2.5 GHz, 4 Cortex-A53 at 2.0 GHz and other 4 at 1.4 GHz. Although it is a SoC of last year, is still a good choice for the power it offers. It comes with an ARM Mali-T880 MP4 4-core and 850 MHz ARM GPU . In terms of memory, it has a 4 GB RAM and an internal storage capacity of 64 GB . It is not expandable with a card, but it is an amount that meets the needs of most users. It is responsible for giving life to a battery of 4000 mAh with support for fast charging via USB Type-C. Comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat . It should be noted that in AnTuTu achieved a score of 87,550 points. This translates into delivering more than 92% performance of the devices.
Undoubtedly, the photographic section is increasingly important for users. The Elephone S8 features a 21 MP camera signed by Sony, with dual flash and systems for auto focus and touch. It is capable of recording video with 4K and 2K resolution at 30 fps. On the front, it integrates an 8 MP front camera , also with the stamp of the Japanese company. It is a good choice for selfies, video calls or live social networking, which is so fashionable. As for sensors, the S8 has gyroscope, Hall, compass, gravity, compass, ambient light and proximity. In addition to said fingerprint sensor. In terms of connectivity, it is dual SIM and is compatible with GPS/GLONASS, AGPS and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4G and 5G).
Quality and a competitive price
Seeing its specifications and the premium design of the Elephone S8, surely many will believe that it is expensive like other similar terminals. But no, the Chinese manufacturer has put all the meat on the grill adjusting the price a lot. You are now on GearBest with a 14% discount for a limited time. So you can buy it for only 200 euros. Hard to refuse, right?
It is available in two color variants: black and blue . Both with the durable sheen achieved by the CNC technology for aluminum processing. In short, the Elephone S8 is a worthy rival of other phones without landmarks. And cheaper.