First: Elephone P7000 Pioneer unboxing and hands on


elephone p7000 review

Its one of the most anticipated and long-awaited Chinese Android smartphones but now it is finally here. Sit back and watch our first Elephone P7000 Pioneer unboxing and hands on!

The Elephone P7000 Pioneer is a phone that we first heard about back in December, and even now 6 months on people are still excited about the phone. With flash sales of the flagship completed Elephone have started to ship out white versions of the P7000 and we have been fortunate enough to receive our sample before the weekend.

elephone p7000 review

A solid specification line up has been key to keeping the Elephone P7000 in the public eye. Boasting a 5.5-inch FHD display, 3GB RAM, MT6752 processor, LTE, dual SIM, SD card, 3450mAh battery, Android 5.0, Sony IMX214 camera and fingerprint scanner, the P7000 meets all the β€œmust have” specs for a Mediatek flagship phone.

The excitement around the Elephone P7000 has been so strong that we jumped at the Pioneer when it arrived at the office today along with the LeTV S1, which remains in its box still!

Elephone P7000 Pioneer Unboxing and and hands on video

Elephone P7000 Pioneer photo gallery

Elephone P7000 Pioneer first impressions

So far we have only spent a few hours with the Elephone P7000 Pioneer, this isn’t enough time to give you a full review and give you the full low down, but it is enough time to mention any issues that jump out right from the start.

The good news is the Elephone P7000 has everything it promised to have and is running well so far. Android 5.0 Lollipop on the P7000 runs well so far but only time will tell if there are any hidden bugs lurking in there. The Sony IMX214 13 mega-pixel camera is a surprise! Elephone seem to have optimised it well for good performance out of the box, and we hope this will continue with updates. The fingerprint scanner is also fast and reliable.

elephone p7000 review

It is also great to see the Elephone P700o come with a laminated glass screen protector and a flip cover. Very nice details.

There are a few design touches we don’t really like. The black border around the screen is a bit of a turn off, and the device is a big chunkier than some other phones, but I feel I can life with that as long as the P7000 continues to perform the way it is now.

A full review will be written as soon as possible, but please be patient as a lot of phones have arrived this week.

If you have any questions about the Elephone P7000 that weren’t answered in our hands on video or above please feel free to ask them in the comments below and I will try to answer them.

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227 Comments

  1. May 29, 2015

    Excellent! Glad to see the camera is running well straight out of the box. I have a black version ordered so still have chance to change it to a Ulefone Be Touch if the p7000 turns out to be a dud.

    Thanks for this Andi, looking forward to a full review!

  2. Sbz
    May 29, 2015

    You won’t believe how many times I’ve had to refresh this page for the past 3 days. And finally..IT IS HERE! Now breathe….
    Its reading time. -)

  3. Awais
    May 29, 2015

    Hi
    Elephone P7000 do support dual sim
    (Standard Sim Card + Sim Card)
    Which one of these two sim slots supports LTE?
    Thanks

    • krzy
      May 29, 2015

      You can switch main data simcard (3g+LTE) by software, so it doesn’t matter which slot you choose.

  4. meini
    May 29, 2015

    i would be so glad if you could do a smaller review in one or two days. of course you cant know for sure if there are any smaller hidden problems but i want to order as soon as possible and that would help me alot! πŸ™‚

  5. Rob
    May 29, 2015

    Looking good apart from those horrible black bars. Nice to see Chinese phones finally starting to ship with lollipop straight out of the box just as Google have been showing off android M!!! lol

    • MaxPower
      May 29, 2015

      Some are still on jelly bean!

      • Rob
        May 29, 2015

        I know, my wife’s phone (until its replacement yesterday) still runs it. Seen some cheap phones still for sale running Gingerbread!

      • balcobomber25
        May 29, 2015

        Jelly Bean was actually my favorite version of Android. The version of Android doesn’t bother me as much as having a stable working version of Android. I have used some devices that have had the newest version of Android and it was a buggy mess that was never fixed.

        • MaxPower
          May 29, 2015

          You know that I agree with you on this, but my point is another.
          Chinese companies have shown that they can compete with the big brands speaking of build quality and for cheaper. They are behind if we speak of software. There might be few exceptions but the rule is that most of their software sucks.
          So my question is: “why don’t they just release the documentation and let the community work on it?”
          I often hear, I would not but that brand… I would not but that brand again.. Because of buggy ROM.

          • balcobomber25
            May 29, 2015

            A better solution is for a lot of these companies just to stop trying with their own UI’s and either ship with stock Android or use one of the really good UI’s that already exist.

    • May 29, 2015

      It’s odd. In the video they look terrible, but in use you don’t really notice them (or at least I don’t)

      • Buzz
        June 10, 2015

        The best design aspect of the P7000 is definitely the box . I would be tempted to throw away the 1980’s designed P7000 with it gorgeous big painted black borders and put the box on display somewhere prominent.
        The only thing missing on this porky beast is a mullet.

  6. kiki
    May 29, 2015

    To GizChina

    Thx for this my firend. I eant to know more about the camera. P7000 and Xiaomi Mi Notr and OnePlus One have the same sensor IMX214. Please, please, please make camera comparison betwen this phone please my fitends. πŸ™‚

    P.S. I im waithing for Elephone Vowney. But this will tell me is Elephone go in good way and it will nor foolish me. The camera is really important to me and I was just wondering whether Elephone phones work properly.

    Please do the camera comparison. πŸ™‚

    • G'n'T
      May 29, 2015

      Agree with Kiki.

      Andi could you do some photo samples and include some low light shots with and without flash.

      Would also like to see a video that includes audio quality from the inbuilt speakers. Doing both Music and speakerphone tests. Thanks..

      • May 29, 2015

        Will do a photo comparison with the Mi Note

  7. meini
    May 29, 2015

    if possible a comparison between the p7000 and the ulephone be touch would be great! a couple of pics to compare the size and the black bezels. i will choose between these two phones (and im probably not the only one πŸ™‚ ). thanks alot πŸ™‚

    • Manniefred86
      May 29, 2015

      I own the be touch (for two days now) and I have to say that so far I’ve been amazed by the quality of the phone. I think from the looks of it that the p7000 bottom bezel is quite similar to the be touch although it might be a tiny bit smaller on the p7000. Anyway so far really liking the be touch. Hope it helps.

      • meini
        May 29, 2015

        THANK YOU! can you say something about the display quality? 720p seems to be a bit low for 5,5″ :/

        • Manniefred86
          May 29, 2015

          Well I used to have a nexus 5 (with fhd screen) but in all honesty I do not notice any difference in daily use. However the screen is not that great in bright sunlight (but that could also be due to the screenprotector)

          • meini
            May 29, 2015

            would you send me a picture of the screen, maybe even in comparison to your nexus 5? i have nexus 4 which needs to be replaced. πŸ™‚ thanks a lot!

            • Manniefred86
              May 29, 2015

              I can’t do a comparison pic however since I do not own a camera. Hope it’s usefull.

            • Manniefred86
              May 29, 2015

              I realize now that that is a pretty terrible picture, I’ll take some new ones.

            • Manniefred86
              May 29, 2015

              Here are some new ones I took

            • meinj
              May 29, 2015

              Wow, thanks a lot πŸ™‚ youre a life saver πŸ™‚

            • Manniefred86
              May 29, 2015

              No problem, if you have any more questions about the be touch feel free to ask them.

            • meini
              May 29, 2015

              Well, are you satisfied? Would you recommend it? Thanks a lot for your hell!

            • Manniefred86
              May 29, 2015

              Yeah I would definitely recommend it. Having such a large phone takes some getting used to but it’s a really great phone. Battery time could be improved but maybe it will after I’ve charged it a couple of times more. Also it’s difficult to judge battery time when you just got a phone because I use it more to play around on it and stuff. Btw what Yash said about the phone being slow in the UI I never experienced. It’s always incredibly fast. So to conclude I definitely recommend it. Ordered mine at gearbest but for some reason the price went up there to $250.

            • meini
              May 29, 2015

              Sounds great! πŸ™‚

            • Manniefred86
              May 30, 2015

              Update: gearbest changed their price back to $220

            • meini
              May 29, 2015

              Ahh, maybe this: is it possibly To unlock the phone by tapping in the fingerprint Sensor vor does the Sensor only work if the screen is already on? πŸ™‚

            • Manniefred86
              May 29, 2015

              Well the home button is a physical button so if you press it it will automatically scan your fingerprint. This really works well πŸ™‚ however what I noticed is that when you’re charging the phone the scanner doesn’t work for some reason.

          • May 29, 2015

            I agree, I found the quality of the screen to be really rather good, but Yash thought it wasn’t so good in his review. Guess it comes down to personal choice, but as someone who has 2K and 1080 phones, I can say the 720 on the Touch is good.

            • Manniefred86
              May 29, 2015

              Yeah exactly. Went from 720 ( LG optimus 4x HD p880) to 1080 (LG nexus 5) back to 720 with the be touch and I can’t say I ever really noticed a giant difference. Never owned a 2k phone because they’re more expensive and they really drain battery and I really don’t believe anyone can see the difference between 1080 and 2k on a screen of 5.5″. I can see why it’s interesting on 50″ tv’s or 23″ computer screens but not on phones

            • Atere Ahmad
              May 29, 2015

              Hey Andi, d review (video) was helpful, thanks. From what u’ve seen do u think d P7000 is likely to have a case of colour washing out or scratching off, something like that, I mean d casing especially with d Gold colour version? Dunno if u get what m tryna ask

    • May 29, 2015

      I have both phones and will do a comparison. Will also do a comparison with the Mlais M7 when it arrives too.

  8. balcobomber25
    May 29, 2015

    I wasn’t sure I would like the White version but seeing it here I think it looks nice. This is one of my most anticipated phones to be released in a long time.

    • MaxPower
      May 29, 2015

      Is this the same one you bought or it’s different?

      • balcobomber25
        May 29, 2015

        I bought the Gold version I think (can’t remember which one I clicked on). I bought it for a friend though, I won’t even see it. It’s being mailed to his oldest child so he can give it to him for fathers day. So I won’t see it till around the end of June when he gets it.

        • MaxPower
          May 29, 2015

          That “pioneer” confused me. I thought it was a different model. So it’s the same that was on presale for 159$ right?

          • balcobomber25
            May 29, 2015

            Yea the P7000’s official name is Pioneer, kind of like the P8000 is being called Vowney (or something like that).

            • qandrav
              May 30, 2015

              so the p8000 will be the elephone available with w10 too

            • balcobomber25
              May 30, 2015

              P7000 could still get it as well. P7000 already supports multiple different ROM’s with more being added every week.

            • qandrav
              May 30, 2015

              Multiple roms? We have only a video with flyme and colorOs; we don’t need 5 different roms, I’d like one or two well made…
              I don’t trust elephone, p6000 was presented as a phone with compass and otg…after some review they changed the infos on website.

              Don’t get me wrong, I love (and use) chinese brands for years and I was/am really interested about p7/8000 but elephone will provide real support for these?

  9. Fly agaric
    May 29, 2015

    Pricing is very good. I keep waiting for Vibe Shot, but am less and less optimistic. Price is going to be high initially, and not really sure if the camera will be outstanding in comparison to P7000.

    • balcobomber25
      May 29, 2015

      I believe I read somewhere (maybe even here) the price for the Vibe Shot was starting at $349.

      • Fly agaric
        May 29, 2015

        sure you have, i said that . Gave a link too.

        • balcobomber25
          May 30, 2015

          I never even noticed you post here before but if you say so then sure…

  10. Aa
    May 29, 2015

    Does it have noise cancelling mic? No?

  11. monkeytree
    May 29, 2015

    I was lucky enough to get the $159 deal, couldn’t refuse the offer. However, I steered away from Mediatek phones for a couple of years because of the horrifically bad GPS performance I experienced in the Jiayu G3. So the big question on the P7000: is the GPS unit any good?

    • balcobomber25
      May 29, 2015

      So far with other phones that have used the new 64 bit MTK SoC’s the GPS has been good.

      • qandrav
        May 30, 2015

        I saw a review of this elephone on youtube (by a French guy who lives in China) and Gps is terrible, glonass is missing and wifi is not so good, I hope that was a only a sample…

        • balcobomber25
          May 30, 2015

          It’s tough to tell from one review for a number of reasons:

          1. Is his unit an early review unit?
          2. Is it running the latest software?
          3. Where did he test the GPS? Is it a spot he normally gets good signals?

          I know one guy who did already get his and he had a GPS lock within 2 minutes of using it.

          • qandrav
            May 30, 2015

            I know, one review isn’t enough (and that guy doesn’t seem very expert) but take a moto g or a g2mini (cheaper than p7000 in my country), no problem at all with gps (and wifi).
            Gps with mediatek are famous and not in a good way so I always look around before buy a “chinese phone”

            To be fair I’m not “worried” about first fix, I care about precision during drive (p6000 without compass was not so good)

            ps if you’re interested about the video I was talking: watch?v=2r1RTNfCW1g

    • May 29, 2015

      Yep, if the antenna is good it will be almost on-par with Qualcomm chips.

    • Don Rogers
      May 29, 2015

      I got the $159 deal from Pandawill but it is not going to be shipped until mid June. I too am worried about the GPS there is already a review on another site in French that states the first lock takes 4 minutes

    • bassa
      May 30, 2015

      Umi hammer gps performances really good

    • monkeytree
      May 31, 2015

      Well, let’s wait and see. Hope the Gizchina review will shed some light on the GPS performance of the P7000.

    • Marco Lancaster
      June 4, 2015

      GPS is good on the latest 64Bits SoCs, by the way, you can find some better than others. But if theres a issue with the GPS on this P7000 is due to the buggy Lollipop update, I’ve saw other phones running that “unnofficial” lollipop 5.0, and the GPS is really poor, lacks optimizations, but once everything is fixed I guess will be great.

  12. Noname1919
    May 29, 2015

    Will you do a video sample with sound record. Want to compare it to ecoo e04 which has amazinh video recording. What do you think is this better or ecoo e04? I also ordered umi emax. Will be fun to test and decide which one to go. I might regret that i ordered p7000 since ecoo e04 seems better.

  13. Paul
    May 29, 2015

    great new Andi
    from the few hours you’ve spent with the phone i think you can tell us about the audio quiality from a connected headset & also from the dual speakers ( or it’s just 1 speaker? mono or stereo ?
    also, i read before that this phone might have a choice of using other ROM’s like CM or MIUI. which one you have on your review unit?
    thank you, waiting for the full review

  14. iKosh
    May 29, 2015

    Oh c’mon, do the LeTV unboxing.

  15. realjjj
    May 29, 2015

    Watching the vid gave me an idea, would be cool if the box phones ship in, could turn into a Google Cardboard. Would cost them a tiny bit more and they would need a couple of plastic lenses but it would be something their marketing can take advantage of.

    • Ruby
      May 29, 2015

      Great idea!

    • balcobomber25
      May 29, 2015

      Would be a neat idea but I imagine that is something any company would have to license from Google to use, for the larger companies that wouldn’t be an issue but for a lot of these smaller brands they couldn’t afford the added costs. Unless of course they did the usual Chinese thing of just stealing the idea and making their own version.

      • realjjj
        May 29, 2015

        lol there is no license and the costs are really really small. The added paper costs are minimal compared to a normal box and the acrylic lenses are 10-20 cents even at limited volumes.
        Even on aliexpress you can buy such lenses at 20-30 cents.
        The tiny added costs are more than offset by the marketing benefits, that wa sthe point.

        • balcobomber25
          May 30, 2015

          According to the user above it’s not yet public so they would have to license it until it becomes public.

      • hans
        May 29, 2015

        google just announced , it will make the plans to build it public soon

    • May 29, 2015

      Very good idea!

  16. Double
    May 29, 2015

    Is a tempered glass protection really necessary if a phone like the P7000 has gorilla glass 3 by itself?

    • MaxPower
      May 29, 2015

      You can still get it scratched even with GG3. So better safer than sorry

    • balcobomber25
      May 29, 2015

      Gorilla Glass 3 is incredibly strong and can withstand a lot but it never hurts to have added protection.

    • Adam Irvine
      May 29, 2015

      Ye, and at least if the tempered glass smashes it’s way easier and cheaper to replace than the whole digitizer (and possibly the lcd panel)…

  17. Double
    May 29, 2015

    Now I saw the video and it is funny to see how little the Meizu M1 Note – which has although a 5.5″ display – looks beside the P7000. But I think the big P7000 is amazing for the little money. πŸ˜‰

    • May 29, 2015

      It’s a good all rounder for the money. Has everything really.

  18. Mike Lewis
    May 29, 2015

    Excellent! Glad to see the camera is running well straight out of the box. I have a black version ordered so still have chance to change it to a Ulefone Be Touch if the p7000 turns out to be a dud.

    Thanks for this Andi, looking forward to a full review!

  19. Sbz
    May 29, 2015

    You won’t believe how many times I’ve had to refresh this page for the past 3 days. And finally..IT IS HERE! Now breathe….
    Its reading time. -)

  20. Guest
    May 29, 2015

    Hi
    Elephone P7000 do support dual sim
    (Standard Sim Card + Sim Card)
    Which one of these two sim slots supports LTE?
    Thanks

    • Guest
      May 29, 2015

      You can switch main data simcard (3g+LTE) by software, so it doesn’t matter which slot you choose.

  21. May 29, 2015

    Has the phone support for NFC?

    • May 29, 2015

      Not found settings for it

  22. Guest
    May 29, 2015

    i would be so glad if you could do a smaller review in one or two days. of course you cant know for sure if there are any smaller hidden problems but i want to order as soon as possible and that would help me alot! πŸ™‚

  23. Rob
    May 29, 2015

    Looking good apart from those horrible black bars. Nice to see Chinese phones finally starting to ship with lollipop straight out of the box just as Google have been showing off android M!!! lol

    • MaxPower
      May 29, 2015

      Some are still on jelly bean!

    • Rob
      May 29, 2015

      I know, my wife’s phone (until its replacement yesterday) still runs it. Seen some cheap phones still for sale running Gingerbread!

    • balcobomber25
      May 29, 2015

      Jelly Bean was actually my favorite version of Android. The version of Android doesn’t bother me as much as having a stable working version of Android. I have used some devices that have had the newest version of Android and it was a buggy mess that was never fixed.

    • MaxPower
      May 29, 2015

      You know that I agree with you on this, but my point is another.
      Chinese companies have shown that they can compete with the big brands speaking of build quality and for cheaper. They are behind if we speak of software. There might be few exceptions but the rule is that most of their software sucks.
      So my question is: “why don’t they just release the documentation and let the community work on it?”
      I often hear, I would not but that brand… I would not but that brand again.. Because of buggy ROM.

    • balcobomber25
      May 29, 2015

      A better solution is for a lot of these companies just to stop trying with their own UI’s and either ship with stock Android or use one of the really good UI’s that already exist.

    • Andi Sykes
      May 29, 2015

      It’s odd. In the video they look terrible, but in use you don’t really notice them (or at least I don’t)

    • Guest
      June 10, 2015

      The best design aspect of the P7000 is definitely the box . I would be tempted to throw away the 1980’s designed P7000 with it gorgeous big painted black borders and put the box on display somewhere prominent.
      The only thing missing on this porky beast is a mullet.

  24. Guest
    May 29, 2015

    To GizChina

    Thx for this my firend. I eant to know more about the camera. P7000 and Xiaomi Mi Notr and OnePlus One have the same sensor IMX214. Please, please, please make camera comparison betwen this phone please my fitends. πŸ™‚

    P.S. I im waithing for Elephone Vowney. But this will tell me is Elephone go in good way and it will nor foolish me. The camera is really important to me and I was just wondering whether Elephone phones work properly.

    Please do the camera comparison. πŸ™‚

    • G'n'T
      May 29, 2015

      Agree with Kiki.

      Andi could you do some photo samples and include some low light shots with and without flash.

      Would also like to see a video that includes audio quality from the inbuilt speakers. Doing both Music and speakerphone tests. Thanks..

    • Andi Sykes
      May 29, 2015

      Will do a photo comparison with the Mi Note

  25. Guest
    May 29, 2015

    if possible a comparison between the p7000 and the ulephone be touch would be great! a couple of pics to compare the size and the black bezels. i will choose between these two phones (and im probably not the only one πŸ™‚ ). thanks alot πŸ™‚

    • Manniefred86
      May 29, 2015

      I own the be touch (for two days now) and I have to say that so far I’ve been amazed by the quality of the phone. I think from the looks of it that the p7000 bottom bezel is quite similar to the be touch although it might be a tiny bit smaller on the p7000. Anyway so far really liking the be touch. Hope it helps.

    • Guest
      May 29, 2015

      THANK YOU! can you say something about the display quality? 720p seems to be a bit low for 5,5″ :/

    • Manniefred86
      May 29, 2015

      Well I used to have a nexus 5 (with fhd screen) but in all honesty I do not notice any difference in daily use. However the screen is not that great in bright sunlight (but that could also be due to the screenprotector)

    • Guest
      May 29, 2015

      would you send me a picture of the screen, maybe even in comparison to your nexus 5? i have nexus 4 which needs to be replaced. πŸ™‚ thanks a lot!

    • Manniefred86
      May 29, 2015

      I can’t do a comparison pic however since I do not own a camera. Hope it’s usefull.

    • Manniefred86
      May 29, 2015

      I realize now that that is a pretty terrible picture, I’ll take some new ones.

    • Manniefred86
      May 29, 2015

      Here are some new ones I took

    • Manniefred86
      May 29, 2015
    • Manniefred86
      May 29, 2015
    • Guest
      May 29, 2015

      Wow, thanks a lot πŸ™‚ youre a life saver πŸ™‚

    • Manniefred86
      May 29, 2015

      No problem, if you have any more questions about the be touch feel free to ask them.

    • Andi Sykes
      May 29, 2015

      I have both phones and will do a comparison. Will also do a comparison with the Mlais M7 when it arrives too.

    • Andi Sykes
      May 29, 2015

      I agree, I found the quality of the screen to be really rather good, but Yash thought it wasn’t so good in his review. Guess it comes down to personal choice, but as someone who has 2K and 1080 phones, I can say the 720 on the Touch is good.

    • Guest
      May 29, 2015

      Well, are you satisfied? Would you recommend it? Thanks a lot for your hell!

    • Guest
      May 29, 2015

      Ahh, maybe this: is it possibly To unlock the phone by tapping in the fingerprint Sensor vor does the Sensor only work if the screen is already on? πŸ™‚

    • Manniefred86
      May 29, 2015

      Well the home button is a physical button so if you press it it will automatically scan your fingerprint. This really works well πŸ™‚ however what I noticed is that when you’re charging the phone the scanner doesn’t work for some reason.

    • Manniefred86
      May 29, 2015

      Yeah I would definitely recommend it. Having such a large phone takes some getting used to but it’s a really great phone. Battery time could be improved but maybe it will after I’ve charged it a couple of times more. Also it’s difficult to judge battery time when you just got a phone because I use it more to play around on it and stuff. Btw what Yash said about the phone being slow in the UI I never experienced. It’s always incredibly fast. So to conclude I definitely recommend it. Ordered mine at gearbest but for some reason the price went up there to $250.

    • Manniefred86
      May 29, 2015

      Yeah exactly. Went from 720 ( LG optimus 4x HD p880) to 1080 (LG nexus 5) back to 720 with the be touch and I can’t say I ever really noticed a giant difference. Never owned a 2k phone because they’re more expensive and they really drain battery and I really don’t believe anyone can see the difference between 1080 and 2k on a screen of 5.5″. I can see why it’s interesting on 50″ tv’s or 23″ computer screens but not on phones

    • Guest
      May 29, 2015

      Sounds great! πŸ™‚

    • Atere Ahmad
      May 29, 2015

      Hey Andi, d review (video) was helpful, thanks. From what u’ve seen do u think d P7000 is likely to have a case of colour washing out or scratching off, something like that, I mean d casing especially with d Gold colour version? Dunno if u get what m tryna ask

    • Manniefred86
      May 30, 2015

      Update: gearbest changed their price back to $220

  26. balcobomber25
    May 29, 2015

    I wasn’t sure I would like the White version but seeing it here I think it looks nice. This is one of my most anticipated phones to be released in a long time.

    • MaxPower
      May 29, 2015

      Is this the same one you bought or it’s different?

    • balcobomber25
      May 29, 2015

      I bought the Gold version I think (can’t remember which one I clicked on). I bought it for a friend though, I won’t even see it. It’s being mailed to his oldest child so he can give it to him for fathers day. So I won’t see it till around the end of June when he gets it.

    • MaxPower
      May 29, 2015

      That “pioneer” confused me. I thought it was a different model. So it’s the same that was on presale for 159$ right?

    • balcobomber25
      May 29, 2015

      Yea the P7000’s official name is Pioneer, kind of like the P8000 is being called Vowney (or something like that).

    • qandrav
      May 30, 2015

      so the p8000 will be the elephone available with w10 too

    • balcobomber25
      May 30, 2015

      P7000 could still get it as well. P7000 already supports multiple different ROM’s with more being added every week.

    • qandrav
      May 30, 2015

      Multiple roms? We have only a video with flyme and colorOs; we don’t need 5 different roms, I’d like one or two well made…
      I don’t trust elephone, p6000 was presented as a phone with compass and otg…after some review they changed the infos on website.

      Don’t get me wrong, I love (and use) chinese brands for years and I was/am really interested about p7/8000 but elephone will provide real support for these?

  27. John Wigley
    May 29, 2015

    Hi Andi – Could you please check to see if it has:

    1) NFC enabled (There will probably be options for it in settings).
    2) Double tap the screen to wake.
    3) Press on fingerprint scanner to wake and unlock (or do you have to press the power first)?
    4) A Gyroscope sensor in it (installing “Sensor Kinetics” or other sensor app from play store will tell you)?

    Many thanks, and look forward to the full review.

    • May 29, 2015

      1) NFC no
      2) I think I showed double tap in the video
      3) Power then fingerprint. The sensor isn’t in a button like the Oppo N3
      4) No Gyro

      • Scott Harris
        May 29, 2015

        Would adding one of those NFC sensors you can buy online make it work with something like Android Pay?

  28. Aman
    May 29, 2015

    @Yash or any body else from India. Can you buy one for me at $159? My SBI debit card sucks.

  29. Fly agaric
    May 29, 2015

    Pricing is very good. I keep waiting for Vibe Shot, but am less and less optimistic. Price is going to be high initially, and not really sure if the camera will be outstanding in comparison to P7000.

    • balcobomber25
      May 29, 2015

      I believe I read somewhere (maybe even here) the price for the Vibe Shot was starting at $349.

    • Fly agaric
      May 29, 2015

      sure you have, i said that . Gave a link too.

    • balcobomber25
      May 30, 2015

      I never even noticed you post here before but if you say so then sure…

  30. Aa
    May 29, 2015

    Does it have noise cancelling mic? No?

  31. monkeytree
    May 29, 2015

    I was lucky enough to get the $159 deal, couldn’t refuse the offer. However, I steered away from Mediatek phones for a couple of years because of the horrifically bad GPS performance I experienced in the Jiayu G3. So the big question on the P7000: is the GPS unit any good?

    • balcobomber25
      May 29, 2015

      So far with other phones that have used the new 64 bit MTK SoC’s the GPS has been good.

    • Christopher Straßer
      May 29, 2015

      Yep, if the antenna is good it will be almost on-par with Qualcomm chips.

    • Guest
      May 29, 2015

      I got the $159 deal from Pandawill but it is not going to be shipped until mid June. I too am worried about the GPS there is already a review on another site in French that states the first lock takes 4 minutes

    • qandrav
      May 30, 2015

      I saw a review of this elephone on youtube (by a French guy who lives in China) and Gps is terrible, glonass is missing and wifi is not so good, I hope that was a only a sample…

    • Guest
      May 30, 2015

      Umi hammer gps performances really good

    • balcobomber25
      May 30, 2015

      It’s tough to tell from one review for a number of reasons:

      1. Is his unit an early review unit?
      2. Is it running the latest software?
      3. Where did he test the GPS? Is it a spot he normally gets good signals?

      I know one guy who did already get his and he had a GPS lock within 2 minutes of using it.

    • qandrav
      May 30, 2015

      I know, one review isn’t enough (and that guy doesn’t seem very expert) but take a moto g or a g2mini (cheaper than p7000 in my country), no problem at all with gps (and wifi).
      Gps with mediatek are famous and not in a good way so I always look around before buy a “chinese phone”

      To be fair I’m not “worried” about first fix, I care about precision during drive (p6000 without compass was not so good)

      ps if you’re interested about the video I was talking: watch?v=2r1RTNfCW1g

    • monkeytree
      May 31, 2015

      Well, let’s wait and see. Hope the Gizchina review will shed some light on the GPS performance of the P7000.

    • Marco Lancaster
      June 4, 2015

      GPS is good on the latest 64Bits SoCs, by the way, you can find some better than others. But if theres a issue with the GPS on this P7000 is due to the buggy Lollipop update, I’ve saw other phones running that “unnofficial” lollipop 5.0, and the GPS is really poor, lacks optimizations, but once everything is fixed I guess will be great.

  32. European Citizen
    May 29, 2015

    Looks promising. I hope P7000 to be a good device, as my black one is on the way πŸ˜‰

  33. Guest
    May 29, 2015

    great new Andi
    from the few hours you’ve spent with the phone i think you can tell us about the audio quiality from a connected headset & also from the dual speakers ( or it’s just 1 speaker? mono or stereo ?
    also, i read before that this phone might have a choice of using other ROM’s like CM or MIUI. which one you have on your review unit?
    thank you, waiting for the full review

  34. iKosh
    May 29, 2015

    Oh c’mon, do the LeTV unboxing.

  35. realjjj
    May 29, 2015

    Watching the vid gave me an idea, would be cool if the box phones ship in, could turn into a Google Cardboard. Would cost them a tiny bit more and they would need a couple of plastic lenses but it would be something their marketing can take advantage of.

    • Ruby
      May 29, 2015

      Great idea!

    • balcobomber25
      May 29, 2015

      Would be a neat idea but I imagine that is something any company would have to license from Google to use, for the larger companies that wouldn’t be an issue but for a lot of these smaller brands they couldn’t afford the added costs. Unless of course they did the usual Chinese thing of just stealing the idea and making their own version.

    • realjjj
      May 29, 2015

      lol there is no license and the costs are really really small. The added paper costs are minimal compared to a normal box and the acrylic lenses are 10-20 cents even at limited volumes.
      Even on aliexpress you can buy such lenses at 20-30 cents.
      The tiny added costs are more than offset by the marketing benefits, that wa sthe point.

    • Andi Sykes
      May 29, 2015

      Very good idea!

    • Guest
      May 29, 2015

      google just announced , it will make the plans to build it public soon

    • balcobomber25
      May 30, 2015

      According to the user above it’s not yet public so they would have to license it until it becomes public.

  36. Guest
    May 29, 2015

    Is a tempered glass protection really necessary if a phone like the P7000 has gorilla glass 3 by itself?

    • MaxPower
      May 29, 2015

      You can still get it scratched even with GG3. So better safer than sorry

    • balcobomber25
      May 29, 2015

      Gorilla Glass 3 is incredibly strong and can withstand a lot but it never hurts to have added protection.

    • Adam Irvine
      May 29, 2015

      Ye, and at least if the tempered glass smashes it’s way easier and cheaper to replace than the whole digitizer (and possibly the lcd panel)…

  37. Guest
    May 29, 2015

    Now I saw the video and it is funny to see how little the Meizu M1 Note – which has although a 5.5″ display – looks beside the P7000. But I think the big P7000 is amazing for the little money. πŸ˜‰

    • Andi Sykes
      May 29, 2015

      It’s a good all rounder for the money. Has everything really.

  38. midlan
    May 29, 2015

    Has the phone support for NFC?

    • Andi Sykes
      May 29, 2015

      Not found settings for it

  39. John Wigley
    May 29, 2015

    Hi Andi – Could you please check to see if it has:

    1) NFC enabled (There will probably be options for it in settings).
    2) Double tap the screen to wake.
    3) Press on fingerprint scanner to wake and unlock (or do you have to press the power first)?
    4) A Gyroscope sensor in it (installing “Sensor Kinetics” or other sensor app from play store will tell you)?

    Many thanks, and look forward to the full review.

    • Andi Sykes
      May 29, 2015

      1) NFC no
      2) I think I showed double tap in the video
      3) Power then fingerprint. The sensor isn’t in a button like the Oppo N3
      4) No Gyro

    • Scott Harris
      May 30, 2015

      Would adding one of those NFC sensors you can buy online make it work with something like Android Pay?

  40. Aman
    May 29, 2015

    @Yash or any body else from India. Can you buy one for me at $159? My SBI debit card sucks.

  41. European Citizen
    May 29, 2015

    Looks promising. I hope P7000 to be a good device, as my black one is on the way πŸ˜‰

  42. Scott Harris
    May 29, 2015

    What is Elephone’s history with OS updates? If bad, is there typically an active community of developers for custom ROMs? If yes, where is the website because it’s non-existent on XDA, it appears.

  43. Scott Harris
    May 30, 2015

    What is Elephone’s history with OS updates? If bad, is there typically an active community of developers for custom ROMs? If yes, where is the website because it’s non-existent on XDA, it appears.

  44. Atere Ahmad
    May 30, 2015

    I wanna go for d gold colour, but m kinda afraid of d idea of it scratching off or something Lol. Is this at all possible?

  45. Atere Ahmad
    May 30, 2015

    I wanna go for d gold colour, but m kinda afraid of d idea of it scratching off or something Lol. Is this at all possible?

  46. Scott Harris
    May 30, 2015

    Andi, can you please test the wifi range before you release the full review? I had been looking at a Ulefone but backed away after I read poor things about wifi range, so want to know what it’s like on this one.

  47. tako
    May 30, 2015

    hello andi will you review mstar S700 soon ?

  48. ali
    May 30, 2015

    hi andy
    please tell us about quality of this phone…..i saw someone commented that his ELEPHONE g7 stopped work normally after 8 month ……is this phone like that?
    please say something i cannot watch this video in iran…..

  49. Scott Harris
    May 30, 2015

    Andi, can you please test the wifi range before you release the full review? I had been looking at a Ulefone but backed away after I read poor things about wifi range, so want to know what it’s like on this one.

  50. tako
    May 30, 2015

    hello andi will you review mstar S700 soon ?

  51. Guest
    May 30, 2015

    hi andy
    please tell us about quality of this phone…..i saw someone commented that his ELEPHONE g7 stopped work normally after 8 month ……is this phone like that?
    please say something i cannot watch this video in iran…..

  52. meini
    May 30, 2015

    @ andi: can you say something about wifi, gps and most importantly antenna/lte connection? πŸ™‚

  53. Sbz
    May 30, 2015

    Please Andi, I do understand that most people are more interested in the camera quality and bezel-ness of this phone…I’m more interested in the audio quality, especially via headset/earphones. How good is it? The last Mlais M52 I had was a DISASTER. Had to sell it off.

    • Damkey
      May 30, 2015

      Pick up one with a headphone amp like the MX4 Pro.

      • Sbz
        May 30, 2015

        Thanks but the question is about this particular phone.

        • Damkey
          May 30, 2015

          This phone doesn’t feature a dedicated amp or dac.
          The sound quality isn’t going to be anywhere near “good”. πŸ™‚

          • Sbz
            June 1, 2015

            Do you really need a dedicated amp or DAC to get a near good sound? Dont think so. I have a ZTE Leo and I’m very pleased with the sound. Audio should be better on the p7000. Andi, what do you say?

  54. Guest
    May 30, 2015

    @ andi: can you say something about wifi, gps and most importantly antenna/lte connection? πŸ™‚

  55. Sbz
    May 30, 2015

    Please Andi, I do understand that most people are more interested in the camera quality and bezel-ness of this phone…I’m more interested in the audio quality, especially via headset/earphones. How good is it? The last Mlais M52 I had was a DISASTER. Had to sell it off.

    • Damkey
      May 30, 2015

      Pick up one with a headphone amp like the MX4 Pro.

    • Sbz
      May 30, 2015

      Thanks but the question is about this particular phone.

    • Damkey
      May 30, 2015

      This phone doesn’t feature a dedicated amp or dac.
      The sound quality isn’t going to be anywhere near “good”. πŸ™‚

    • Sbz
      June 1, 2015

      Do you really need a dedicated amp or DAC to get a near good sound? Dont think so. I have a ZTE Leo and I’m very pleased with the sound. Audio should be better on the p7000. Andi, what do you say?

  56. Ocean breeze
    June 1, 2015

    Hi, could you possibly tell us something about GPS performance, ( phone probably doesn’t support glonass) . And I’d like to know whether it has NFC and stereo speakers. Thanks.

    • Paap Mrittu
      June 1, 2015

      no nfc, no stereo speakers.

  57. Ocean breeze
    June 1, 2015

    Hi, could you possibly tell us something about GPS performance, ( phone probably doesn’t support glonass) . And I’d like to know whether it has NFC and stereo speakers. Thanks.

    • Paap Mrittu
      June 1, 2015

      no nfc, no stereo speakers.

  58. Imaginary Friend
    June 2, 2015

    Hi there, just yesterday I purchased the Asus Zenfone 2, ze551ml 4GB RAM, 32 GB, 2,3 GhZ.. and now after seeing your P7000 review I am a bit sad πŸ™ This one seems to have quite the same features and a better cam and costs up to $100 less… Don’t know what to do now, shall I cancel the purchase..? What would you do? How is your experience with these two so far?

    • Paap Mrittu
      June 2, 2015

      I think that your purchase is better than this one.

      • Imaginary Friend
        June 5, 2015

        Thanks for your reply πŸ™‚
        It’s on the way because I wasn’t able to cancel the purchase online.
        Well… we’ll see, I hope it’s OK πŸ™‚

    • Buzz
      June 10, 2015

      Don’t be sad my friend , you made the right choice.
      The p7000 is garbage quality , I don’t think it will last too long with general wear and tear . If you haven’t already checked Ituxtor’s bend test on YouTube you will get an idea of the quality or rather lack of quality.
      I have come from right eight months of using the ZenFone 6 to using the new ZenFone 2. Asus is a customer centric company and your ZenFone will receive timely updates to work out any bugs.
      Bear in mind Lollipop 5.0 is lousy for battery life on most phones right now so The finger of blame maybe needs to pointed to Google rather than the phone manufacturer.

      • Imaginary Friend
        June 11, 2015

        Hello, thank you so much:)) Am still waiting for it as the customs in Spain are really really lousy and their bureaucracy kills but as long as it’s worth it… πŸ™‚
        Best regards and have a good day!

  59. Imaginary Friend
    June 2, 2015

    Hi there, just yesterday I purchased the Asus Zenfone 2, ze551ml 4GB RAM, 32 GB, 2,3 GhZ.. and now after seeing your P7000 review I am a bit sad πŸ™ This one seems to have quite the same features and a better cam and costs up to $100 less… Don’t know what to do now, shall I cancel the purchase..? What would you do? How is your experience with these two so far?

    • Paap Mrittu
      June 2, 2015

      I think that your purchase is better than this one.

    • Imaginary Friend
      June 5, 2015

      Thanks for your reply πŸ™‚
      It’s on the way because I wasn’t able to cancel the purchase online.
      Well… we’ll see, I hope it’s OK πŸ™‚

    • Guest
      June 10, 2015

      Don’t be sad my friend , you made the right choice.
      The p7000 is garbage quality , I don’t think it will last too long with general wear and tear . If you haven’t already checked Ituxtor’s bend test on YouTube you will get an idea of the quality or rather lack of quality.
      I have come from right eight months of using the ZenFone 6 to using the new ZenFone 2. Asus is a customer centric company and your ZenFone will receive timely updates to work out any bugs.
      Bear in mind Lollipop 5.0 is lousy for battery life on most phones right now so The finger of blame maybe needs to pointed to Google rather than the phone manufacturer.

    • Imaginary Friend
      June 11, 2015

      Hello, thank you so much:)) Am still waiting for it as the customs in Spain are really really lousy and their bureaucracy kills but as long as it’s worth it… πŸ™‚
      Best regards and have a good day!

  60. gopalbagani
    June 2, 2015

    Hey Andi…

    Elephone Support Indian Sim Card ???? Tell Me

  61. Guest
    June 3, 2015

    Hey Andi…

    Elephone Support Indian Sim Card ???? Tell Me

  62. isko
    June 3, 2015

    To Andi, πŸ™‚

    Please, please, please do the camera comparison(photo and video) between Elephone P7000, LETV and Xiaomi Mi Note. Because they have the same sensor IMX214. πŸ™‚

  63. isko
    June 3, 2015

    To Andi, πŸ™‚

    Please, please, please do the camera comparison(photo and video) between Elephone P7000, LETV and Xiaomi Mi Note. Because they have the same sensor IMX214. πŸ™‚

  64. Iron Thor
    June 11, 2015

    Why don’t use front Touch ID, like ulefone be touch. I like the phone, but not the rear fingerprint.

    • ljan ryan
      June 11, 2015

      Because they can’t, it’s too hard for them to go front. And forget Be Touch, Be Touch 2 has come.

      • Iron Thor
        June 11, 2015

        But ulefone can do it. I know ulefone be touch 2, But can i buy it for $179.99?

    • Director Fury
      June 11, 2015

      I’m worried about Chinese smartphone camera effect, elephone p7000 camera is bad

  65. Iron Thor
    June 11, 2015

    Why don’t use front Touch ID, like ulefone be touch. I like the phone, but not the rear fingerprint.

    • Tarantino
      June 11, 2015

      Because they can’t, it’s too hard for them to go front. And forget Be Touch, Be Touch 2 has come.

    • Iron Thor
      June 11, 2015

      But ulefone can do it. I know ulefone be touch 2, But can i buy it for $179.99?

    • Director Fury
      June 11, 2015

      I’m worried about Chinese smartphone camera effect, elephone p7000 camera is bad

  66. avi
    July 7, 2015

    Hello I purchased ELEPHONE7000 when I get the call hear me shed
    But Casrani communicates everything is fine I would like your help

  67. Guest
    July 7, 2015

    Hello I purchased ELEPHONE7000 when I get the call hear me shed
    But Casrani communicates everything is fine I would like your help

  68. rictoub
    September 27, 2016

    in elephone P7000 how do i introduce the sim?

  69. Guest
    September 27, 2016

    in elephone P7000 how do i introduce the sim?