Anyone interested in the first metal bodied Elephone? Well we have just received the first review model of the Elephone M1 and here are some hands on photos.
The Elephone M1 is the more affordable option from the Elephone ‘M’ series of phones. The M1 is the entry-level and the M2 the top of the range version.
Elephone wanted to created a more up market range of phones when they had the idea for the ‘M’ series, so naturally they wanted a slim design, metal construction and some classy features that their rivals are offering.
The result is a 5.5-inch phone with 2.5D glass display, main alloy body (with plastic caps top and bottom for less interference), and rear fingerprint scanner. Look at the Elephone M1 and you can see design ideas from other phones, in my option it looks like a budget Oppo crossed with a Huawei.
It’s clear to me that Elephone have focussed on the build quality of the Elephone M1, and they have done a good job balancing the quality of materials, with the quality of the final build. That said my model has a slight gap between the alloy and plastic on the lower ‘cap’, but it is slight and much better than say the UMi Iron which has a similar build.
Overall the design of the M1 is pleasing. I like the 2.5D glass panel and the curved alloy chassis. The slim design is comfortable to hold, and the volume and power buttons are really high quality items. I’m not so keen on the square fingerprint scanner, but I guess it saved a little money and still does it’s job.
Elephone M1 specifications include a 1.3Ghz quad-core Mediatek MT6735A chipset, Mali-T720 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 5.5-inch HD display, 2780mAh battery, 13 mega-pixel rear camera and 2 mega-pixel front. The system is Elephone’s own ELE UI based on Android 5.1.
Dimensions of the phone are 150.9 x 78 x 7.6mm, which is quite thin, yet enough room to include a front camera flash (so far proven to be useless), dual tone LED rear flash, fingerprint scanner, a pretty large battery, and micro SD support for up to 128GB cards.
Elephone M1 Gallery
Retail price of the Elephone M1 is $159.99, but for every Wednesday Elephone are offering the slim phone for just $119.99 through their own website.