Elephone P9000 Edge getting Helio X20? and Elephone S3 totally borderless


ELEPHONE P9000

Last week Elephone formally launched the Elephone P9000, but there were a few more interesting did bits from the phone maker keep reading for more.

Elephone had a busy Friday apparently, so busy that their press team didn’t send out details of their launch until yesterday. Still there were some interesting announcements at the launch.

Elephone P9000

ELEPHONE P9000

Friday saw the official launch of the Elephone P9000 Lite. For those of you following Elephone you will know that their are a couple of P9000 versions on the way, but it was the standard version of the phone which launched.

Elephone say that they have made close cooperation with Samsung and Mediatek which has allowed them to use Samsung 4GB RAM modules and also be one of the first companies to get the Helio P10 in their phones. This cooperation could be even stronger as Elephone are already in talks with Mediatek to get the Helio X20 for their flagship version of the Elephone P9000 Edge (the borderless model).

The standard P9000 launched on Friday has 32GB memory, a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LG display, 8 mega-pixel camera and 13 mega-pixel Sony IMX238 rear camera. The P9000 features include a 3000mAh battery, and fast charge technology allowing the battery to charge to %25 in only 10 minutes, and NFC plus a fingerprint scanner make an appearance on the phone too.

elephone p9000 Design features that Elephone seem proud of are the fact the display of the P9000 takes up 82% of the front of the phone, narrow 1.6mm borders, and a metal chassis.

elephone p9000

A unique smart key design on the left side of the phone can be set up to quick access to any application you want. Another feature is the E-Touch button, a notification light area that also acts as the home button.

As Elephone promised the Elephone P9000 comes with Android 6.0 out of the box. The system looks stock, but there are a few additions to the system including black screen gestures, flip to mute, 3 finger screenshot and other gestures.

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While the P9000 was the talk of the show, there were other announcements at the Elephone launch last week.

Pricing for the P9000 will be $269.99 (or $219.99 to backers of the crowdfunding) while the P9000 Lite will retail at $219.99 (or $169.99 for backers).

Elephone M3

 ELEPHONE M3

The 3rd addition to the Elephone ‘M’ range is the Elephone M3. This is another Helio P10 equipped phone, with touch fingerprint scanner, 9V 2A fast charging and 3000mAh battery.

The M range is aimed at the fashion crowd so we see 3GB RAM and 32GB memory, a more slender design and a 21 mega-pixel Sony IMX230 rear camera (the same camera as found in the Vowney).

Elephone S3

ELEPHONE S3

The Elephone S3 was the surprise of the launch as it had previously been unknown. We don’t know much about the S3 yet but we do know it features an all alloy CNC machined body, and 5.2-inch bezeless display.

And a few more things

ELE Explorer Pro

Elephone also announced their Elephone Explorer Pro action camera with new design, 170 degree wide angle lens and 4K video support. Plus the Elephone W2 watch made an appearance too along with a new powerbank.

ELEPHONE W2

The company also revealed that they now have 4 overseas service centres set up and running in Spain, Russia, German and the UK where Elephone phones can be repaired and warranty issues dealt with without having to ship all the way to China. More service centers around Europe are being prepared.

16 Overseas Maintenance

Elephone have already told us that the sample versions of the P9000 are available for review, but we have asked to receive a final production version to test once they are available, keep posted.

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52 Comments

  1. Raul
    January 17, 2016

    Waiting for Elephone to screw this up somehow.

    • Bruce S
      January 17, 2016

      No need to wait; it’s an Elephone.

  2. Guest
    January 17, 2016

    Never again buying or recommending an Elephone.

    Only the P6000 was good, all the others from a few dozens Elephones were a scrap

    held together a lies and notfulfilled promises.

  3. Steven Fox
    January 17, 2016

    Elephone will get X20 eventually in May-June perhaps. First X20 phone will be the Meizu MX6, then maybe Xiaomi for the Redmi Note 4.
    In the end elephone offer the hardware inside, but their prices are going up all the time and now they are not the best offer in town.

    • E8hffff
      January 17, 2016

      The P9000 wont be about till mid March.

      • Steven Fox
        January 18, 2016

        P9000 Lite will come in March with the Mediatek P10(8xA53 2GHz Mali 860 MP2), and probably the P9000 Edge will come in June-July with the X20.
        We won`t see an actual SD820 phone availble until maybe beginning of March, so if X20 comes before that it would actually be a huge boost for Mediatek.

    • Karly Johnston
      January 17, 2016

      That is way late to the party with Snapdragon A72s out already.

  4. Alawi9119
    January 17, 2016

    Never buy from this company, 6 months after p8000 and non of their promised Roms have been achieved , full of lies and the worst stock ROM you may come across , my bottom line run away from Elephone.

    • Stef
      January 17, 2016

      Plenty of kernels on XDA one of the few budget phone with such support.

      Where do you search for Roms?

    • Karly Johnston
      January 17, 2016

      ITXtutor doesn’t have a very high opinion of their roms or build quality.

      • Stef
        January 17, 2016

        ITXtutor’s review on P8000 was what made me buy it…

        • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
          January 18, 2016

          What do you expect friend? Aftersale software and hardware support from a small company like elephone? Better forget it. I like Chinese phones but thebd to buy only from the “big guys” : Xiaomi, Lenovo, Meizu and now Letv.

          • Stef
            January 18, 2016

            You get what you pay. P8000 costs half than similarly equipped big brand phones.

            If anything it’s great for its price, but nothing earth shattterinng. It’s a good budget phone, nothing more , nothing less. I don’t get what people expect.

            It has released sources that’s already more than what others give in this price range. It also allows me to build my own ROM instead of waiting so-called “support” (which I believe phone companies should not give anyway, just hardware support and released sources , anything more is a dangerous waste)

            • Max
              January 21, 2016

              hey stef, what happened? you’re being moderate? now i can take sides with you. “you get what you pay” is exactly right. it’s not a bad phone for it’s price. 🙂

            • Stef
              January 21, 2016

              I don’t remember “not being moderate”, especially on Elephone’s case. Last time people jumped on me was merely because I was telling them that it’s the best phone for its price (which indeed it was back in the day).

              Of course its price was less than $150 so it hardly had any competition. So people conveniently side-stepped that part of my argument and thought that I was telling them that p8000 is some kind of miracle phone (or whatever).

              I always bashed the camera performance (really that’s a low-end camera), the screen is not the best (I never said otherwise) and the fact that you won’t take any serious support from Elephone. I *always* wrote of those points, so it was not as if I was not a “moderate” back then.

  5. balcobomber25
    January 17, 2016

    They will have an X20 phone but it will be delayed until January of 2017.

    • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
      January 18, 2016

      And by then a X30 will be present. 😀

  6. MaxPower
    January 17, 2016

    I’m not going to mock them this time.

    i want to make everybody notice that they are the first Chinese company to announce a phone with NFC+fingerprint scanner.
    i know that announcing and start selling are not the same thing and actually it might be one year gap with elephone… but hey… that’s a beginning!

    • jo
      January 17, 2016

      if their phone is half as good as their presentation, it is a super phone

      • MaxPower
        January 17, 2016

        They have failed to deliver what they promised so far.
        I hope to see something different this time.

        The path is long though:
        They have to prove they can make a good phone and then they have to prove they can stay behind it with software support.

        It’s going to take time before I would consider buying from them.

        • Joel Adames
          January 19, 2016

          I hope the M3 turns at least similar to its M2 counterpart.

      • Muhammad Yasir
        January 18, 2016

        was the presentation really good ? bet they got good speakers !

    • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
      January 18, 2016

      K4 Note is having these too and it’s already selling in India.

      • MaxPower
        January 18, 2016

        oh thanks for pointing me that out.
        i missed probably because i wasn’t expecting this on a MT6753 phone

        • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
          January 18, 2016

          Don’t worry. It may have those features, but the phone is a complete failure thanks to the shit cpu.

          • Muhammad Yasir
            January 18, 2016

            lol

            • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
              January 18, 2016

              🙁

            • Muhammad Yasir
              January 19, 2016

              well , you should have read my rant on the K4 announcement article here … hated that phone from its v.inception. looking forward to the k5 note tho !

            • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
              January 20, 2016

              Yes! Will keep my K3 Note till the Redmi Note 3 Pro gets released or something better comes out.

            • Muhammad Yasir
              January 20, 2016

              good choice

        • Joel Adames
          January 19, 2016

          So is the same story with the 5 different iterations of the Elife E8…
          My blu having X10+NFC+FINGERPRINT

          • MaxPower
            January 19, 2016

            Balco will yell at me for forgetting his beloved BLU/Gionee

            • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
              January 20, 2016

              lol

  7. E8hffff
    January 17, 2016

    There’s a M3 and a M3 Pro.

  8. GhostMom
    January 17, 2016

    Haters everywhere. You’r doing great ELEPHONE! Just delivery your devices faster…

  9. willysson
    January 18, 2016

    Seems to me the specs are somewhat better for the M3 than the P9000, not to mention also it should release sooner (given current availability of chipset).

    • Joel Adames
      January 19, 2016

      Kind of odd right?

  10. Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
    January 18, 2016

    Just curious, who’s still waiting for his P7000 to get shipped?? LMAO!!

    • Joel Adames
      January 19, 2016

      Jajajajajajajajajajajajajaja this one I have to laugh at. I canceled my orders after 2 weeks of no shipping back in June. Happy that I waited and bought something else.

      • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
        January 20, 2016

        Yup, right decision bro

  11. Sbz
    January 18, 2016

    Elephone, Elecrap, just how they like it. Not a bad slogan eh? 🙂

  12. Muhammad Yasir
    January 18, 2016

    well … S3 was a good surprise. M3 already known. moving onto the star of the show

    im actually REALLY REALLY STOKED for the P9000 (people calling me heretic in 3..2..). Judging by the comments already made , they are already reeling from the Vowney disaster and horrid aftersales but P9000 ought to be some kind of a statement. maybe they do want to change for the better. In the end , it all comes down to the customer service OR at least shipping things on time. They are already a winner in offering the best hardware for the price (im considering the CHEAPEST P9000 variant IF it gets a significant price cut ) , they just need to ensure better production and logistics AND work on their OTA services as well as algorithmic optimization of Cameras and ROM.

    i believe they have EVERYTHING to take on APPLE , SAMSUNG and Co. but they need to stop being a lazy f*ckboy and start working that ass hard ! Slacking off gets you nowhere !

    chop chop Elephone , Ball’s in your court !

    • Joel Adames
      January 19, 2016

      I believe if they were to focus on the S3 (with seems to be a great device if any good) and the M3 and the P9000 group they would do great. Like stop doing any new devices and focus on what you have and update them and support them…

      • Muhammad Yasir
        January 19, 2016

        agreed. these devices have that extra Oomph to take the market by storm !

    • Marco Lancaster
      January 21, 2016

      I’m too really into this P9000. It specs saying looks to be close to perfect, but well its an Elephone and Specs Hardly teflect in the truth. But Ill keep my eyes on this One, The fingerprint seems very good, touch and unlock, the specs are with no doubt great 32GB+4GB Ram is Awesome. NFC finally other device with NFC. Camera tends to be good aside with laser focus feature. Anotger good is the third button that can be set as camera button/mute button. I like it, really, but being a Elephone I’m keeping my 2 cents and a grain of salt until real reviews start to pop out.

    • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
      January 25, 2016

      Why you called the Vowney a disaster bro? I though it’s a nice phone.

      • Muhammad Yasir
        January 25, 2016

        it is a nice phone … but the shipping debacle surrounding the phone … it basically killed off a pretty nice ‘potential’ product from elephone… shame on their lethargy and lack of proper attitude !

  13. Bailey
    January 18, 2016

    As with all Elephone phones i say wake be up when the device actually comes out not when they have a fancy keynote. If we dont see some of these phones until the end of March its a fail as MWC will be on to many minds as for the edge i dont see that coming until June/July by then nobody will really care. Thats a shame because the video of the P9000 looks great

  14. Assefa Hanson
    January 18, 2016

    can someone please make a zero bezel phone? go with a 2.5 raised curved glass like in the OBI WORLDPHONE SF1 and make the frame protrude out a bit in the same way(so you can hold the hone without touching the screen), use the same vibration technology like in the SHARP AQUOS CRYSTAL for hearing and use the same camera as in the HUAWEI HONOR 7i for selfie/back camera hybrid

  15. Don Rogers
    January 20, 2016

    Elephone smelephone. I am one of the suckers that was drawn in by the Elephone crowd funding and paid $5.00 to get my $50.00 discount. You were supposed to be able to enter your ELE code when you purchase the phone form one of their dealers. I tried to do this yesterday and found the Pandawill and all other sites that I tried did not accept the ELE code if you purchased it from the Elephone.hk website. The dealers have their own discount scheme and you have to buy another discount code from the retailer. When going back to elephone.hk website you find the following info.

    ELEPHONE P9000/P9000 Lite Sales For ELE Code Owners

    Dear customers,

    These days we have been negotiating on a new sales agreement of EELPHONE P9000/ P9000 Lite with our authorized resellers. We are terribly sorry for delay and any inconvenience we caused.

    To ensure a better shopping experience, currently IT staff of ELEPHONE and our authorized stores are developing and building a buying program. The presale is expected to open at 3PM this Thursday(Jan 21 2016 GMT+8) and we will contact you by email when buying process is tested and completed. You will get instant follow-ups on our FaceBook Page, VK, Twitter and Official Forum as well.

    ELE CODE has been extended to Feb. 28, 2016.

    Thank you so much for your understanding and support!

    Kind Regards,
    Team ELEPHONE

  16. Fianna Hill
    January 20, 2016

    ummm… Do anyone know how to redeem the ele code to get it in that price? I only get the antelife $30 off coupon code: ANTP9000,

  17. Ankit Allwin
    February 6, 2016

    Can I use dual sim and micro sd card at a time in elephone m3