Watch: Elephone P7000 dissected, bend test performed (will it bend?)


After a tonne of delays, Elephone finally started shipping the P7000 a few days back. Yet there are people who are lining up to get one, many to no avail.

If you’re one of them, you might want to watch this video by YouTube channel IXtutor where he dissects the Elephone flagship, leaving nothing to your imagination. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch screen, MT6752 processor, 3GB RAM and has other top-notch specs including a Sony IMX214 rear camera (which the video also shows).

The P7000 sells for US$230 generally, but a lot of online stores hold/have held promotional activities where the phone is offered for US$160. Is it a device worth your money? Our upcoming review should tell you that, but in the meantime, this video (which also includes a bend test) should keep you satisfied.

Elephone P7000: Dissected

Be sure to let us know what you think about the dissection in the comments section below.

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115 Comments

  1. George
    June 9, 2015

    Total crap, was lucky NOT to get an ele code promotion.
    Kudos to Steven for telling people the truth about this lowlife manufacturers who sells devices based upon one and only quality check “if it turns on is good”.

  2. memek
    June 9, 2015

    Flexible is ok as long as it returns to it’s original shape…not bent & broke like an iPhone 6/6 Plus LOL

    • coastal52
      June 9, 2015

      True, everyone knows the blend test is better than the bend test.

  3. quitroot
    June 9, 2015

    When are you going to release the full review?

  4. Ruby
    June 9, 2015

    Another day, another annual flagship superphone from Elephone!
    Now that he’s blown their cover, I guess the marketing guys at Elephone won’t be sending Steven any more free phones for review. Better stick with the YouTube reviewers who only say nice things about their phones and if something nasty comes up, just say it’ll be fixed in the next firmware update!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WhiLtCiFw8&t=8m32s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ1IHlBCFdI&t=30m58s

    • csak1user
      June 9, 2015

      s7yler’s reviews are great.

      • Damkey
        June 9, 2015

        But so much fluff…
        He doesn’t test the phone a lot or tells the “truth”.
        He’s basically an unboxer that starts the phone, run a game or two and a benchmark.

        • csak1user
          June 10, 2015

          I also watch IXtutor. And if I’m interested in a phone, I watch other reviews too. But for a first sight, s7yler is great.

  5. Don Rogers
    June 9, 2015

    I have one of these phones on order and paid for ($160) special price but not shipped yet. After looking at the video and looking at other reviews they are pretty negative about the build quality and buggy 5.0 rom, should I cancel and buy a Jiayu S3 at full price?. When will the Gizchina review be shown?

    • qandrav
      June 9, 2015

      s3 or s3 advance? can you find it/them at 160$?

      cyano 12.1 is just arrived for elephone p7000 (headphone’s jack and finger scan not working right now)

      • Don Rogers
        June 9, 2015

        No you can not find Jiayu S3 at $160 but on some websites you can find the S3 advanced for $190. I buy a mobile phone every 2 years so the phone has to last a minimum of 2 years. If the P7000 is bendy (and stays bent if you put it in your pocket) I cannot see it lasting 2 years. I would rather pay $190 for the S3 that would last 2 years.

        • qandrav
          June 9, 2015

          I mentioned the price because I was interested to s3 advance too but if you change phone every 2 years $30 are not a big deal…you can give a try to lenovo k3 note too or meizu m1 note (meizu quality and warranty are 1000times better than others)

          Besides bending (and famous Chinese warranty) there’s another part that keeps me far from elephone: support (for the sw bugs).
          Elephone is also launching p8000, s2, s2plus and vowney in few weeks/month, what are they going to do? Truly support for all of them? I’m afraid not…

          • Sbz
            June 9, 2015

            buggy rom, mono speaker – I can understand all that but slating a phone cos it bends? will it be the first? You think the Jiayu s3, Xiaomi will not bend? really?

            • balcobomber25
              June 9, 2015

              I have had three Xiaomi phones now, none of them have ever come close to bending…

            • Sbz
              June 10, 2015

              question is, did you intentionally try hard to bend them as in the video? I will give you $50 if you can prove this on tape. lol.

            • balcobomber25
              June 10, 2015

              No but there are videos out there of people doing just that and not being able to.

            • Sbz
              June 10, 2015

              Please share such video.

              FYI. The iphone 6 even breaks.

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_qCq1wVdco

            • balcobomber25
              June 10, 2015

              That’s well known about the Iphone.

            • Sbz
              June 10, 2015

              so why is everyone slating the elephone for bending? never mind the fact that it is waaaaay cheaper than the iphone.

            • balcobomber25
              June 10, 2015

              Any phone that bends is not good. Not sure why your working so hard to defend a phone that has bad build quality. Do you work for Elephone?

            • Sbz
              June 11, 2015

              No, I don’t work for Elephone but this is not the only phone that bends. The iphone does bend. heck, I believe most phones will bend. Give it a try on yours and revert back with proof.

            • balcobomber25
              June 11, 2015

              I have tried it on several phones I own. A Mi4, iOcean X8, Alcatel One Touch and Samsung S6 (wifes phones). None of them even came close to bending. The only phones that bend are ones that are poorly designed/manufactured.

            • Sbz
              June 11, 2015

              Words my friends, mere words. You got proof of this?
              And are you saying that the iphone is badly designed/manufactured? now that is VERY interesting.

            • balcobomber25
              June 11, 2015

              I don’t need proof, if you don’t believe test it for yourself or check the hundreds of internet forums. After the Iphone 6+ debacle every forum related to smartphones exploded with bend and other durability tests.

              The Iphone 6 Plus bends because it was a flawed design, there is a weak point between the chasis and the volume button. When you put any pressure on this weak point their is nothing to hold it together and it bends. What is “VERY” interesting about that? Apple had zero experience with large screen phones. Even the big boys get things wrong sometimes.

            • qandrav
              June 9, 2015

              Well even the iphone bends 🙂

              I didn’t buy the elephone (yet) just because I’m afraid of support

            • Paap Mrittu
              June 9, 2015

              Will be interesting to see the same test on the competition like ulefone be touch. But metal frame looks thicker on be touch.

      • balcobomber25
        June 9, 2015

        Cheapest I have seen the S3 is about $170 in various sales, right now the cheapest I found was $181 at Pandawill.

        • qandrav
          June 9, 2015

          181$ is really good price

        • Don Rogers
          June 9, 2015

          The 181$ price was a special offer in a flash sale which has already ended. The normal price on Pandawill at this time is $200 when the flash sale ends they put the special offer item “out of stock”. They may do another flash sale, if they do they just remove the “out of stock” flag.

          • balcobomber25
            June 9, 2015

            Ahh your right I just looked quick when I saw it. The S3 is a phone you have to watch closely because in the past few months I have seen sales on it for as low as $165 but you have to act very quickly when you see that.

        • Claymore
          June 9, 2015

          Depends on where you live. Geekvida (branch of pandawill) sells the regular Jiayu S3 for 200-210€ with shipping from european warehouses. It’ll arive in a few days all shipping and taxes included. Ordering from China isn’t worth the hassle as far as i’m concerned: 180$ +20% customs + 1% bank exchange fee won’t save you anything.

          • balcobomber25
            June 10, 2015

            I have only paid customs twice, once in Thailand and once when I lived in Cambodia. Other than that I have never had to deal with customs.

  6. Rookie
    June 9, 2015

    Itxtutor is one of my favo reviewers of china phones, he is one of the view who truly say’s if its really crap and you should stay away from a certain phone. But i don know if he keeps doing that they wont send him test phones anymore. Especially Elephone right now.

  7. iKosh
    June 9, 2015

    This is why I try to stick with the top brands from china, they can’t afford to make a bad phone, because their reputation is on the line. The Redmi line from Xiaomi is a good example, even their entry level devices offer good camera, good build quality and great user experience.

    • Yeti hand
      June 9, 2015

      elephone is a top brand in china?? Are you on crack???

  8. balcobomber25
    June 9, 2015

    I didn’t realize how bad the black border was till looking at this video. That would annoy the crap out of me, thankfully I gave the one I got to a friend lol.

    • MaxPower
      June 9, 2015

      You’re such a good friend.

      • Faress ElFarissi
        June 9, 2015

        Realy hahaha

    • Rookie
      June 9, 2015

      This is where you draw the line? Normally you dont really care about the thickness of the bezels or borders, but i agree with you on this one especially when they call it there annual flagship.

      • balcobomber25
        June 9, 2015

        I could care less about bezels but when there is a border actually around the display that is a problem.

    • Marco Lancaster
      June 9, 2015

      My thoughts exactly! I wouldn’t mind if instead this black frame, the phone had bigger bezels, at least “real” bezels lol

      • balcobomber25
        June 9, 2015

        Yea me too this just looks horrible, watching that video my eyes couldn’t move away from that black border. I never noticed it before when others mentioned it.

    • iKosh
      June 9, 2015

      I like to watch reviews by Steven. He is very detailed and honest. Check out the Umi eMAX video review.

      • balcobomber25
        June 10, 2015

        Never heard of him before this but I will check him out. I usually watch S7yler, C4ETech and Colonel Zapp.

  9. KS
    June 9, 2015

    “…I would be very pissed if I would have bought the phone…” LOL!!

  10. George
    June 9, 2015

    Total crap, was lucky NOT to get an ele code promotion.
    Kudos to Steven for telling people the truth about this lowlife manufacturers who sells devices based upon one and only quality check “if it turns on is good”.

  11. Guest
    June 9, 2015

    Flexible is ok as long as it returns to it’s original shape…not bent & broke like an iPhone 6/6 Plus LOL

    • coastal52
      June 9, 2015

      True, everyone knows the blend test is better than the bend test.

  12. quitroot
    June 9, 2015

    When are you going to release the full review?

  13. Ruby
    June 9, 2015

    Another day, another annual flagship superphone from Elephone!
    Now that he’s blown their cover, I guess the marketing guys at Elephone won’t be sending Steven any more free phones for review. Better stick with the YouTube reviewers who only say nice things about their phones and if something nasty comes up, just say it’ll be fixed in the next firmware update!

  14. Ruby
    June 9, 2015
    • csak1user
      June 9, 2015

      s7yler’s reviews are great.

    • Damkey
      June 9, 2015

      But so much fluff…
      He doesn’t test the phone a lot or tells the “truth”.
      He’s basically an unboxer that starts the phone, run a game or two and a benchmark.

    • csak1user
      June 10, 2015

      I also watch IXtutor. And if I’m interested in a phone, I watch other reviews too. But for a first sight, s7yler is great.

  15. csak1user
    June 9, 2015

    “For that we have to remove the back cover, because the back cover gives this phone actually really some extra stability.”
    Yeah, because in real life people use it without the back cover… This makes no sense. Why do he do this? (Except he really want to proof that this phone has low build quality.)

    • taliza
      June 9, 2015

      you are definitely right

    • coastal52
      June 12, 2015

      Yeah.. It was definitely the ‘low build quality’ test. Disturbing from such an honest reviewer!
      Makes me question the power of the ‘flash sale’ marketing tactic at the very least, since the brand seem to be constantly releasing ‘flagships’.

  16. Don Rogers
    June 9, 2015

    I have one of these phones on order and paid for ($160) special price but not shipped yet. After looking at the video and looking at other reviews they are pretty negative about the build quality and buggy 5.0 rom, should I cancel and buy a Jiayu S3 at full price?. When will the Gizchina review be shown?

    • qandrav
      June 9, 2015

      s3 or s3 advance? can you find it/them at 160$?

      cyano 12.1 is just arrived for elephone p7000 (headphone’s jack and finger scan not working right now)

    • Don Rogers
      June 9, 2015

      No you can not find Jiayu S3 at $160 but on some websites you can find the S3 advanced for $190. I buy a mobile phone every 2 years so the phone has to last a minimum of 2 years. If the P7000 is bendy (and stays bent if you put it in your pocket) I cannot see it lasting 2 years. I would rather pay $190 for the S3 that would last 2 years.

    • qandrav
      June 9, 2015

      I mentioned the price because I was interested to s3 advance too but if you change phone every 2 years $30 are not a big deal…you can give a try to lenovo k3 note too or meizu m1 note (meizu quality and warranty are 1000times better than others)

      Besides bending (and famous Chinese warranty) there’s another part that keeps me far from elephone: support (for the sw bugs).
      Elephone is also launching p8000, s2, s2plus and vowney in few weeks/month, what are they going to do? Truly support for all of them? I’m afraid not…

    • Sbz
      June 9, 2015

      buggy rom, mono speaker – I can understand all that but slating a phone cos it bends? will it be the first? You think the Jiayu s3, Xiaomi will not bend? really?

    • balcobomber25
      June 9, 2015

      I have had three Xiaomi phones now, none of them have ever come close to bending…

    • balcobomber25
      June 9, 2015

      Cheapest I have seen the S3 is about $170 in various sales, right now the cheapest I found was $181 at Pandawill.

    • qandrav
      June 9, 2015

      Well even the iphone bends 🙂

      I didn’t buy the elephone (yet) just because I’m afraid of support

    • qandrav
      June 9, 2015

      181$ is really good price

    • Don Rogers
      June 9, 2015

      The 181$ price was a special offer in a flash sale which has already ended. The normal price on Pandawill at this time is $200 when the flash sale ends they put the special offer item “out of stock”. They may do another flash sale, if they do they just remove the “out of stock” flag.

    • balcobomber25
      June 9, 2015

      Ahh your right I just looked quick when I saw it. The S3 is a phone you have to watch closely because in the past few months I have seen sales on it for as low as $165 but you have to act very quickly when you see that.

    • Paap Mrittu
      June 9, 2015

      Will be interesting to see the same test on the competition like ulefone be touch. But metal frame looks thicker on be touch.

    • Guest
      June 9, 2015

      Depends on where you live. Geekvida (branch of pandawill) sells the regular Jiayu S3 for 200-210€ with shipping from european warehouses. It’ll arive in a few days all shipping and taxes included. Ordering from China isn’t worth the hassle as far as i’m concerned: 180$ +20% customs + 1% bank exchange fee won’t save you anything.

    • balcobomber25
      June 10, 2015

      I have only paid customs twice, once in Thailand and once when I lived in Cambodia. Other than that I have never had to deal with customs.

    • Sbz
      June 10, 2015

      question is, did you intentionally try hard to bend them as in the video? I will give you $50 if you can prove this on tape. lol.

    • balcobomber25
      June 10, 2015

      No but there are videos out there of people doing just that and not being able to.

    • Sbz
      June 10, 2015

      Please share such video.

      FYI. The iphone 6 even breaks.

    • balcobomber25
      June 10, 2015

      That’s well known about the Iphone.

    • Sbz
      June 10, 2015

      so why is everyone slating the elephone for bending? never mind the fact that it is waaaaay cheaper than the iphone.

    • balcobomber25
      June 10, 2015

      Any phone that bends is not good. Not sure why your working so hard to defend a phone that has bad build quality. Do you work for Elephone?

    • Sbz
      June 11, 2015

      No, I don’t work for Elephone but this is not the only phone that bends. The iphone does bend. heck, I believe most phones will bend. Give it a try on yours and revert back with proof.

    • balcobomber25
      June 11, 2015

      I have tried it on several phones I own. A Mi4, iOcean X8, Alcatel One Touch and Samsung S6 (wifes phones). None of them even came close to bending. The only phones that bend are ones that are poorly designed/manufactured.

    • Sbz
      June 11, 2015

      Words my friends, mere words. You got proof of this?
      And are you saying that the iphone is badly designed/manufactured? now that is VERY interesting.

    • balcobomber25
      June 11, 2015

      I don’t need proof, if you don’t believe test it for yourself or check the hundreds of internet forums. After the Iphone 6+ debacle every forum related to smartphones exploded with bend and other durability tests.

      The Iphone 6 Plus bends because it was a flawed design, there is a weak point between the chasis and the volume button. When you put any pressure on this weak point their is nothing to hold it together and it bends. What is “VERY” interesting about that? Apple had zero experience with large screen phones. Even the big boys get things wrong sometimes.

  17. Guest
    June 9, 2015

    Itxtutor is one of my favo reviewers of china phones, he is one of the view who truly say’s if its really crap and you should stay away from a certain phone. But i don know if he keeps doing that they wont send him test phones anymore. Especially Elephone right now.

  18. iKosh
    June 9, 2015

    This is why I try to stick with the top brands from china, they can’t afford to make a bad phone, because their reputation is on the line. The Redmi line from Xiaomi is a good example, even their entry level devices offer good camera, good build quality and great user experience.

  19. coastal52
    June 9, 2015

    Where’s the Blend test?

  20. balcobomber25
    June 9, 2015

    I didn’t realize how bad the black border was till looking at this video. That would annoy the crap out of me, thankfully I gave the one I got to a friend lol.

    • MaxPower
      June 9, 2015

      You’re such a good friend.

    • Guest
      June 9, 2015

      This is where you draw the line? Normally you dont really care about the thickness of the bezels or borders, but i agree with you on this one especially when they call it there annual flagship.

    • balcobomber25
      June 9, 2015

      I could care less about bezels but when there is a border actually around the display that is a problem.

    • Marco Lancaster
      June 9, 2015

      My thoughts exactly! I wouldn’t mind if instead this black frame, the phone had bigger bezels, at least “real” bezels lol

    • balcobomber25
      June 9, 2015

      Yea me too this just looks horrible, watching that video my eyes couldn’t move away from that black border. I never noticed it before when others mentioned it.

    • iKosh
      June 9, 2015

      I like to watch reviews by Steven. He is very detailed and honest. Check out the Umi eMAX video review.

    • Faress ElFarissi
      June 10, 2015

      Realy hahaha

    • balcobomber25
      June 10, 2015

      Never heard of him before this but I will check him out. I usually watch S7yler, C4ETech and Colonel Zapp.

  21. Guest
    June 9, 2015

    “…I would be very pissed if I would have bought the phone…” LOL!!

  22. csak1user
    June 9, 2015

    “For that we have to remove the back cover, because the back cover gives this phone actually really some extra stability.”
    Yeah, because in real life people use it without the back cover… This makes no sense. Why do he do this? (Except he really want to proof that this phone has low build quality.)

    • Guest
      June 9, 2015

      you are definitely right

    • coastal52
      June 12, 2015

      Yeah.. It was definitely the ‘low build quality’ test. Disturbing from such an honest reviewer!
      Makes me question the power of the ‘flash sale’ marketing tactic at the very least, since the brand seem to be constantly releasing ‘flagships’.

  23. Jarune
    June 9, 2015

    wow that is really bad, i have a inew v3 one year old, sure it flexes with pressure but this just bends without hard pressure…

  24. coastal52
    June 9, 2015

    Where’s the Blend test?

  25. Jarune
    June 9, 2015

    wow that is really bad, i have a inew v3 one year old, sure it flexes with pressure but this just bends without hard pressure…

  26. Athiril
    June 10, 2015

    Oh yeah I received my Gold P7000 yesterday which I got with the ELE Code thanks to Andrew 🙂 really great phone too!

    I don’t even notice the black border when using it tbh, people are over reacting, I was afraid of being really disappointed when I read about it, but when I get the actual phone in my hand its fine.

  27. Don Rogers
    June 10, 2015

    I had a text chat with Pandawill today and asked if I get my money back If I cancel my order for the P7000 and the answer was yes. So should I cancel the order and choose another phone. I have 6 days to make the decision as when the phone is in stock they will send it too me. When will the P7000 Gizchina review be released and are other new phones just as bendy as the P7000

    • Don Rogers
      June 11, 2015

      So no real help here no reply no news of when the review will be released and no news of other phones that bend / don’t bend.

  28. Athiril
    June 10, 2015

    Oh yeah I received my Gold P7000 yesterday which I got with the ELE Code thanks to Andrew 🙂 really great phone too!

    I don’t even notice the black border when using it tbh, people are over reacting, I was afraid of being really disappointed when I read about it, but when I get the actual phone in my hand its fine.

  29. Don Rogers
    June 10, 2015

    I had a text chat with Pandawill today and asked if I get my money back If I cancel my order for the P7000 and the answer was yes. So should I cancel the order and choose another phone. I have 6 days to make the decision as when the phone is in stock they will send it too me. When will the P7000 Gizchina review be released and are other new phones just as bendy as the P7000

    • Don Rogers
      June 11, 2015

      So no real help here no reply no news of when the review will be released and no news of other phones that bend / don’t bend.

  30. jasneskis
    June 10, 2015

    What a great through review. I was worried about the black border so had already cancelled my $160 price order with my reseller. I did expect a duel speaker as phones are hard to hear without earphones and this phone appeared to have dual speakers.. I also liked your android 5 advice.

  31. jasneskis
    June 10, 2015

    What a great through review. I was worried about the black border so had already cancelled my $160 price order with my reseller. I did expect a duel speaker as phones are hard to hear without earphones and this phone appeared to have dual speakers.. I also liked your android 5 advice.

  32. hogeo
    June 10, 2015

    crap rom & crap cam.
    I’m disappointed.

  33. Guest
    June 11, 2015

    crap rom & crap cam.
    I’m disappointed.

  34. August 4, 2015

    Saw a promoção with Elephone P7000

    buy p7000 get XIAOMI earphone

    http://goo.gl/59kD93

  35. Jacinta Xing
    August 4, 2015

    Saw promotion with ELEPHONE P7000

    can get XIAOMI earphone

    http://goo.gl/d7riJa

    Elephone p7000 shipping from Spain

    http://goo.gl/clAJxt

  36. Guest
    August 4, 2015

    Saw promotion with ELEPHONE P7000

    can get XIAOMI earphone

    http://goo.gl/d7riJa

    Elephone p7000 shipping from Spain

    http://goo.gl/clAJxt

  37. Lennald
    May 20, 2016

    What is the bend test for? Maybe this phone carries with great back cover material. Watch the comparison video for Elephone P7000: https://goo.gl/dsmGtp

  38. Lennald
    May 20, 2016

    What is the bend test for? Maybe this phone carries with great back cover material. Watch the comparison video for Elephone P7000: