Some say that the budget bezel-less Smartphone goes to the Elephone S8. But now that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 has just been announced, is it still worth it? Judging by the price, it is clear that the new phone is far from the flagship territory. But if we look at the specs, it would tell a different story. The glass exterior makes it looks sophisticated. At a glance, it’s shiny like Gorilla Glass, but actually another type. We don’t see any problem with that because it looks just as sublime as the well-known version.
Glass is indeed a top pick when it comes to exquisite materials, but it is not perfect. While glass can be as tough as metal, it is notorious for being a fingerprint magnet. The Elephone S8 isn’t that different. As far as design is concerned, it looks very familiar because many other Smartphones feature the same glass back cover. It is pretty bright and feels nice in the hand. Since it is glass, expect it to be reflective just like the Honor 8 or any other flagship that utilizes the same material. However, it seems that the back cover has some sort of fingerprint coating because smudges aren’t that visible. There is no headphone jack, which is interesting because this trend was started no so long ago and now Elephone has officially got on board. The only solution is using Bluetooth earphones that can be connected via the USB type C port.
The display is what we would call perfect for a budget phone. The S8 is not the first to have a bezel-less display, but it’s more commonly seen in high-end series. The screen measures 5.8 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It is a stunner, no pixelation and the colors also pop. It is simply perfect for watching movies and playing games. There are downsides, the most notable one is the brightness levels. It becomes apparent as you bring it outdoors because the screen will be so reflective. All things considered, it is still a decent display.
The Elephone S8 promises decent performance since it’s powered by a Helio X25 Deca Core 2.5GHz processor. Besides, it is equipped with 4GB of RAM. Many would assume it’s lousy for gaming, but not all games are graphics intensive. It hits the sweet spot especially to those who use the phone more for professional use. Certain apps can be laggy at times, so read the requirements of an app before you install it. The 64GB ROM is all you get for storage. There is no option to insert a microSD card, so learn to manage your files better.
Camera is not its main strength, which is understandable because we don’t expect perfection from a budget device. On the paper, the 21MP sensor looks like it meets the requirement of an awesome camera, but quality is more than just pixels. We can’t judge quality based on the size of the sensor. And it shows from the Elephone S8 because the shots are far from stellar. Even phones with lower resolution cameras can do a much better job. Colors look oversaturated and the sharpness is over the top like it’s been touched by software.
Elephone S8 specs:
- 5.8 inch (1080 x 1920) display
- Helio X25 Deca Core 2.5GHz processor
- 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage
- No microSD card support
- 21MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
- 4000 mAh battery