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Elephone R9

Today we’ve come to know more about the upcoming Elephone R9. The handset, which is the first of the “R” product line, comes with many similarities with the Chinese’s popular benchmark for design, i.e. the iPhone 7.

The Elephone R9 sports a full metal body paired with a 2.5D glass coating, comparable to the one present on the iPhone 7. Elephone claim that the R9 uses the same nano-injection technology as the iPhone 7 on its antennae in order to boost the signal strength and stability.

The aluminum body on the Elephone R9 is claimed to be anodised as well. This, if true, should provide a similar feeling in hands and a more premium look.

Elephone R9

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Elephone R9 Specifications

  • 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080p display
  • MediaTek Helio X20 SoC
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB ROM
  • 13 mega-pixel rear camera
  • 8 mega-pixel front facing camera
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Also on the inside the Elephone R9 is no joke, it will indeed pack a MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

On the front of the device we find a 5.5″ display with Full HD resolution and a fingerprint reader below it, while on the back there is a 13MP shooter with LED flash. The R9 will come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.


According to rumors, the Elephone R9 will go on pre-sale around the end of the month. You can find more info on their website.

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  1. Alfred
    September 13, 2016

    I think that the comparison doesn’t have sense!!! 🙁

  2. Giovanni
    September 13, 2016

    Yes…it is true, it looks similary….. but lately the phones are all similary a bit

  3. balcobomber25
    September 13, 2016

    Elephone makes a lot of claims, the better story would be how many of those claims come true.

  4. Ricardo Alonso
    September 13, 2016


  5. Casablanca
    September 13, 2016

    Maybe your products are quite good, and there are lots of users like it. But frankly i think you should focus on UMI and Ulefone’s activity recently. Seems the promotion they did is good.

  6. techi
    September 13, 2016

    Let me predict, with this specifications they will price it around $400!!
    If it is less than that, that would be more than awesome

    • NextHype
      September 14, 2016

      Let me predict you don’t know the market very well to state an Elephone X20 value is $400 when so many brands (with far better reputation) deliver SD820 phones with sub $400 pricetag.

      They can’t hope selling this above $300, $350 top.

    September 13, 2016

    Looks good in pen and paper but let it come in market, we need real people/user review before buying.

  8. Muhammad Yasir
    September 14, 2016

    next they’ll claim you can make phone calls to the ISS and the Moon Exclusively with Elephone handsets !

    • Chandan Mitra
      September 14, 2016


    • NextHype
      September 14, 2016

      You can even make call from a plane 30 thousand feet high with an Elephone (special 9/11 anniversary joke)

  9. Chandan Mitra
    September 14, 2016

    Seems good, but why 13 mp?? I was expecting for 16 mp. Can anyone tell me what is the F of the camera?? And the blue color is ohh My God!! simply loved it.

    • Pierre
      September 16, 2016

      13MP is enough, believe me. Especially with smaller sensors the more pixels you get the worse photos will be in low-light conditions.

  10. Rocky Raja
    September 14, 2016

    teaser after teaser!! but no final confirmation of release date not even the pricing. You guys are so late.. wake up! the technology and smartphone market is changing everyday.

    • VMortens
      September 14, 2016

      It makes perfect sense from the marketing point of view to create hype like they do.
      Thing is, they rarely deliver what they initially promise. I mean, spec-wise it will fit, but the overall will be disappointing as usual…

  11. GGPlayer
    September 14, 2016

    it looks like it uses similar material for the back, looks really nice!

  12. Tera88
    September 14, 2016

    Another great thing about this is that the company decided to release it in several other colours rather than only gray and black. I find it really nice that they decided to go with rather different colour scheme, so it doesn’t matter if you’re a guy or a girl, you can dinf the colour you want and it will look just great!

  13. TimNotCook
    September 14, 2016

    specifications are quite impressive, i must say, the design is looking very nice too. now all that’s left is to wait for the release!

  14. Michael 9
    September 14, 2016

    it’s beautiful, i think this is just a cheap (but not bad) alternative to iPhone… has similar design, but that the same time introduces some new feature and is ran by android

  15. JaneGirl
    September 14, 2016

    ok, so where can i get this already? xD i very very very want this phone, it’s just perfect!!

    • Pierre
      September 16, 2016

      It still has to come out but I’m sure you’ll find it in pretty much every Chinese online retailer.

      • JaneGirl
        September 17, 2016


  16. Dany
    September 15, 2016

    4Gb of ram … it will be a splinter!

  17. Gaspar
    September 15, 2016

    No boys, please do not exaggerate now ….
    Ok, is a beautiful phone and will have a great success, but I think that the comparison with the I-Phone can not be done ….R9 IS MUCH BETTER !!!

  18. Girolamo
    September 16, 2016

    The highlight will be the processor …. MT6797 has been shown to be born to a mid-level market, but thanks to its performance has also taken the upper market segments.
    Helio x20 is a guarantee.