The Elephone P6000 is one of the first MT6732 mobiles to hit the consumer market. This is one of MediaTek’s new budget offerings and promises to bring an evolution in performance in Sub-$200 phones.
Elephone P6000 review build and style
The style of the P6000 is an interesting part from the standard snap on back. While most phones have a back piece separate from the sides, the Elephone P6000 back piece includes the sides and wraps around the phone.
I like this style. There’s a sleek, well defined line where the side meets the back portion, and the way it’s designed here doesn’t add any thickness.
once again we see how a simple and easily achieved design element can make a world of difference in how slick a phone looks.
There are no creaks or loose spots on the back piece, and the phone feels solid and physically well built.
The most interesting aspect of the P6000 design is the blue home button, which is blue when not lit, and when lit looks very Tronesque.
The menu button and back button are unlit, tinted blue dots. This is a very cool looking addition, and once again we see how a simple and easily achieved design element can make a world of difference in how slick a phone looks.
Elephone P6000 review frequency support
Unfortunately, unlike the P3000, the Elephone P6000 has support for only 900/2100. It lacks 850/1900 which would have made it 3G compatible worldwide, but if you’re in an area that uses 900 3G it’s a step up from 850/2100.
The P6000 also has LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600 (1/3/7/8/20). As always, make sure you know what frequency your carrier is using prior to purchasing a mobile.
Here are a couple of links if you’re unsure:
Elephone P6000 review display
The display on the Elephone P6000 can be rated as very good. Bright, with excellent viewing angles and is a true IPS/OGS display.
MT6732 provides plenty of juice to push 720p, and I think it’s a good choice Elephone made with this phone. 1080p offers little benefit to viewing pleasure, but can noticeably reduce performance and battery life.
Elephone has begun to offer their phones up with all storage fully relegated to internal.
720p on the P6000 is the perfect compromise and adds a very obvious increase in clarity from 480p/540p. It’s not perfectly retina, but it’s very close with a PPI of 293.
Elephone P6000 review RAM/ROM storage
The RAM is a true 2GB. This is more than enough required to push Android smoothly, and adds a substantial cushion of apps and browser tabs staying in memory when multitasking.
The storage in the Elephone P6000 is 16GB. Interestingly, Elephone has begun to offer their phones up with all storage fully relegated to internal.
The downside is that if you factory reset you will lose all of your videos, pictures etc… An easy way around this is to use the expandable SD slot to store images and important files.
The upside to the one big partition is that you can install a huge number of apps without worrying about running out of space. I think quite a few people will be pleased to see storage partitioned as it is on the Elephone P6000.
Elephone P6000 review OS
The OS on the P6000 is reported as KitKat 4.4.4. If it’s truly KitKat 4.4.4, it’s the first I have seen of it on China mobiles. Whether it is or isn’t, the OS is very smooth and quick in moving from app to app.
Fast touch typing goes off without a hitch. I experienced no lag or double taps required.
Elephone appears to be releasing all of their phones with pre-rooted KitKat.
I tested Facebook, Skype, Play Store and the standard array of apps I normally use to test phones with and they all ran flawlessly. Play store apps download, install and update without issue.
Auto-brightness is working and transitioning smoothly between levels.
Also notable is that Elephone appears to be releasing all of their phones with pre-rooted KitKat. The root is true and I updated the SU binary from within Android via the SuperSU control app.
This is in stark contrast to most smart phone manufacturers, and can save the beginner user a ton of trouble and power users a bit of time
Elephone P6000 review GPS
GPS on the Elephone P3000 was very quick to pick up the first few satellites and achieve a lock. Within a minute I had connected to all 13. Signal strength is quite good, reaching into the mid-high 30’s even indoors and occasionally into the 40’s when outdoors.
I have started a comparison of the SoC’s going on in this post. There you can see the Antutu scores of both SoCs and there will be more benchmarks to come.
Pricewise, what Elephone has done here is excellent. A new, powerful SoC with a very good IPS/OGS display, 2GB of RAM and generous 16GB storage.
- $151.99 (Coupon)