Elephone R9 coming with ultra narrow bezels instead of none


Elephone R9

The upcoming Elephone model the Elephone R9 so far looked quite good in the released pictures and the super thin metal design certainly suited the purpose. But seems like the company opted for a slight change of course with their bezel policy compared to their previously released models.

Not fully following the recent influx of the “bezel-less” phones (including some of their own models like the S3 for example) Elephone decided to go with ultra narrow bezels in the R9 instead of none. There is some merit to the idea though and they are even backing it up with some market research saying that users often complained in fingers accidentally touching the edges of the screen with the true bezel-less phones. So as for the R9 the decision goes the way of ultra narrow 0.6 mm bezels to get the best of both worlds.

The Elephone R9 is expected to be officially released very soon so hopefully the full confirmed list of specifications and more importantly the pricing will be made public. And of course we will be standing by to inform our readers about that.

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29 Comments

  1. Alfred
    September 19, 2016

    I don’t understand this change….is better then preview???

  2. goodwill
    September 19, 2016

    7 Elephone posts in 7 days.. That’s basically 1 post a day. Elephone got the most exposure out of the other brands. Bye Gzchina, I’m out, I didn’t come here to read ads.

    • Conrad Aquilina
      September 19, 2016

      Is there a good alternative though? What, if yes?

      • Stiven
        September 19, 2016

        Gizmochina.com they are somewhat better with news these days.

        • NextHype
          September 19, 2016

          better, and faster IMHO. Its just a matter of time before ppl get pissed off like goodwill by this PR nonsense and switch to another website.

        • goodwill
          September 19, 2016

          Agreed and androidheadlines too. They are pretty balanced.

    • MattD
      September 19, 2016

      Without those ads, it’s hard to keep a redaction going: you need money to buy phones to review and to pay who’s working with you… Also, if you give them some articles, elephone/umi/all of the others will send you their phones to review, granting an advantage for everyone (especially readers, who’ll know exactly what NOT to buy and why).

      Are things really that bad right now? You can tell from the title what’s an ad and what is not, you can just skip the news…
      Imho, everything’s substantially fine until reviews are not biased…

      • MitsosDaBest
        September 19, 2016

        I don’t think that they pay for the phones, but they get them for free to review them. If you are a famous site or YouTuber, you can get products for free.

    • Brian Jackson
      September 19, 2016

      But it is news about a phone which a lot of people (including me) are interested in…

  3. Giovanni
    September 19, 2016

    Please….release this smartphone…is a good smartphone, OK, but is impossible read everyday news about the same smartphone, whitout any news about it…..

  4. EXPLORER
    September 19, 2016

    Elephone is everywhere, everyday! What’s the reason guys? Is it being the next Chinese super brand?? Is is already ruling on smartphone market along with action cams , computer accessories, and many more things.

    • PhoneFix
      September 20, 2016

      maybe paying websites to promote them

  5. Chandan Mitra
    September 19, 2016

    We have to admit, they have made it sexy! By the looks. I wish it had a dual camera also. Though that’s on my dream and lets wait for this device to make a appearance in market.

  6. MitsosDaBest
    September 19, 2016

    More crappy phones from Elefraud are coming… I wish they were a good company, just to have more options to buy, but they don’t even try… They think customers are stupid.

  7. techi
    September 19, 2016

    So many devices are going to release back to back. Hope there would be enough customer support services after sales. Otherwise it would be a whole mess up.

  8. Dany
    September 19, 2016

    As I understood it, I will have the same bezel, like the S7 model. Indeed it seems a better solution from an aesthetic point of view!

  9. Ángel Rodriguez
    September 19, 2016

    Incredible device. Any new about the launch?

  10. PhoneFix
    September 19, 2016

    Is this Oppo R9 ?

  11. Ultra Narrow
    September 19, 2016

    Ultra narrow Bezels? hahahah Ultra Mega Super Max Pro Prime Hyper narrow bezels… some day…

  12. Gaspar
    September 19, 2016

    Personally I prefer a bezel-less, I had already seen in other phones of other brands and elegant that effect, but if they have decided to change, it will probably be to satisfy the customers. Maybe never having used, I can’t understand the question of accidental touch.
    Nevertheless, it remains a very stylish phone.

  13. Massimo G
    September 19, 2016

    Little bezels on my opinion are necessary due to unwanted touch. If you leave less than 1 mm, is also preferable for toughness of the entire device in case of drops. Push on the availability immediately after presale!

  14. Rocky Raja
    September 19, 2016

    But you know, I still prefer bezel less. Because it’s the thing that makes the difference from other devices. But no problem because it has so narrow bezel 🙂
    4GB RAM is an attractive feature of this device 😀

  15. Girolamo
    September 19, 2016

    Perhaps the only mystery remains just that … the price …
    In the end we know all of this phone, very tempting and well done it seems, I would recommend it surely, also if the price remains unknown.
    We play a game?? I say that the price will be around 170 euro!

  16. Lipgi Tang
    September 19, 2016

    It needs a decent battery life more than anything else. The Elephone S3 battery life was terrible.

  17. Michael 9
    September 20, 2016

    Seeing the front of this device for the first time is actually quite surprising. I didn’t expect it to look this nice, but yet it does! I love the overall look of this phone and I’m sure there will be lots of people who will love this

  18. TheJenny
    September 20, 2016

    Ok, so forget about C1, i want this one now! Pretty!!

  19. Homer S.
    September 20, 2016

    yaaaaas, finally they went with something else that the bezelless screen, they look weird, but this is just pefect! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/01c24269fe6af79b94f77a890fa2cd66b5c60ed0c614fa9c66a58bc97fa58076.jpg

  20. YasBoi
    September 20, 2016

    In my opinion they came out with a really nice design, perfect choice. Makes the phone look more premium and just better in general!

  21. Ethan
    September 20, 2016

    Looking good, looking good…. I would have preferred this phone in black, but dark blue will do! It looks nice and sleek 😮