Elephone U Pro Final Review – Impressive Hardware but faulty Software

After extensive testing of the Elephone U Pro, I have finalize this review. All I can say is that the phone is gorgeous, fast and has impressive connectivity  but sadly letdown by the unoptimize software, that ruins the whole experience.

Impressive hardware but ruined by faulty Software


FULL GAMING TEST


This final review was done because I had to wait for the update to supposedly fix the camera. If you want to know about it, watch the video below

 Pros:

  1. Premium Looks – The Elephone U Pro is expensive and built well, it has dual sided glass design and has excellent ergonomics.
  2. Infinity Flexible Screen – Essentially a curve screen, the image quality is above average. However, you may notice a slight yellowish tinge, noticeable on white or clear backgrounds
  3. Impressive Multitasking and Gaming Performance – The Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512 and 6 GB RAM underneath pretty much sums it up. The performance is very similar to the Xiaomi Mi Note 3. Gaming is also superb
  4. 128 GB Storage – The huge storage coupled with support for MicroSD Memory Expansion, you can stretch the limit of the storage.
  5. Android Oreo – The phone already runs Android Oreo out of the box. It is also clean with barely any bloatwares and the UI is looks great and complements the screen perfectly.
  6. Dual SIM Support – Call Quality is above average, as well as 4G LTE performance is stable and reliable.
  7. Dual Band Wireless – The wireless performance is also impressive, on my test, I did not experience any connectivity issues.
  8. Fast GPS – GPS is accurate to within 3 meters and can be use for point to point navigation without issues.
  9. NFC – Near Field Communication is supported as well as Miracast
  10. 8 hours battery life – Battery life isn’t an issue, I was able to get up to 7 to 8 hours of casual use and about 3 hours of gaming on a single charge. The charger is also very quick, it comes with a 9V 2A or 12V 1.5A Fast Charger

Cons:

  1. Software Bugs (Camera in Particular) – Even after the fix or update was released, it still hasn’t resolve the problem when IS (Image Stabilization) is turned on.
  2. Pricey – The price puts it in direct competition to a much better phone, the Xiaomi Mi 6 or the Xiaomi Mi Note 3.
  3. Goodbye 3.5mm Audio Jack – If you want to plug your headphone, better bring the Adapter with you all the time.
  4. Not the fastest Fingerprint ID – The rear Fingerprint ID has a slight lag and is accurate to about 7 out of 10 times.
SpecsElephone U Pro
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa Core
GPU: Adreno 512
MemoryRAM: 6 GB LPDDR4
ROM: 128 GB eMMc
Expansion: MicroSD up to 128 GB (tested with 64 GB)
Display5.99 inch IPS Corning Gorilla Glass 5
2160 x 1080p, 18:9 Super AMOLED
Infinity Flexible Screen
OSAndroid 8.0 Oreo
NetworkHybrid Dual SIM (Nano Sims)
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/850/1800/2100/2600MHz
Rear CameraDual 13 mp Camera Sensor
ArcSoft Algorithm (Color+Mono)
PDAF, Bokeh mode, 4K
Front Camera8.0 mp 1080p @ 30fps
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0
Dual Band WiFi 2.4/5GHz
NFC (Near Field Communication)
SecurityFingerprint ID
PositioningGPS/A-GPS
SensorsGravity, Fingerprint, Gyroscope, E-Compass, Proximity, Ambient Light
IO1x USB Type C
2x Dual SIM
Dimensions154 x 72.5 x 8.4mm
Weight: 169g
Battery3550mAh
12V 1.5A Fast Charger
Wireless Charging

Could have been a great phone…

All I can say is that, this phone could have been the phone to beat. It clearly has great potential but sadly ruined by unoptimize Software. The Camera probably is its Achilles Heel. Those faults could have been easily ignored if the price was much lower.

Elephone U Pro (6+128gb)$429

Elephone U Pro (6+128gb)

Snapdragon 660, 2160 x 1080p Super AMOLED, 6 GB RAM and 128 GB eMMC

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