Elephone U goes to war with flexible OLED, glistening design, and value-for-money specs

Elephone U goes to war with flexible OLED, glistening design, and value-for-money specs
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The Oreo interface comes with theming options

The Oreo interface comes with theming options

The Elephone U and its Pro version have all the markings of a modern flagship, save for the highest-end chipset... and the price. The glitzy phones are built with metal and glass, curved AMOLED displays, and sport dual cameras on the back. Curved OLED displays and glass rears aren't exclusive to Samsung any more, and Elephone is not even using a Samsung display in the U/Pro, as their 6-inchers are crafted by BOE, keeping all the advantages a flexible OLED screen brings, i.e. they have thin yet durable panels that are frugal with power consumption, and have sky-high contrast ratio to boot.

The difference between the two models is that Elephone U sports octa-core MediaTek Helio P23 processor, clocked at at 2 GHz, while the Pro uses an upper midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, running at 2.2 GHz maximums, allowing it to record 4K video, unlike its U brethren. The most outfitted version of the phones comes with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage, which is encroaching on flagship territory. 

When we add the dual 13 MP camera on the back, 8 MP front-facing shooter, and wireless charging, made possible by the glass body, the Elephone U and U Pro certainly deserve a second look, especially considering that they ship with Oreo right out of the box, and cost just $389.99 and $459.99, respectively.

Elephone throws in the trendy face unlock feature, too, and the symmetrically curved front and back reminisce of a Samsung flagship. The company says it has used 7-series aluminum alloy for the frame, and anodized ceramic coating to bring out that glistening impression, so if the shiny design and fine specs fit your sub-$500 requirements, check out the link below for more details.


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10 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1728; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Now put in a stock, Google-controlled stock Android or Android One instead of the typical Chinse spyware-enabled firmware, and I may consider it.

10. vananucho

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

One good reason to buy Chinkphones is to NOT have Google Botnet bloatware and the NSA big brother on my pocket. I rather have the chinese spying on me, at least they would use that intel to improve on the next phones and to offer me Aliexpress and Banggood deals on my adsense haha

2. fyah_king unregistered

That's kinda expensive!!!

4. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

For a phone like that? You're kidding me!

5. fyah_king unregistered

Yes! We all know the camera is going to suck.lol

6. yalokiy

Posts: 884; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Just about 20% cheaper than S8, but with worse specs as well.

8. rcl4444

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

What does that even mean?? It has one 'worse' spec - a mid range chipset. What else is not pretty much at flagship level? Sure, the camera probably won't be near an S8/S9, Pixel or iPhone, but will no doubt still be decent. Looks-wise it's pretty darn good, probably better than Samsung's edge design really. And its almost 40% cheaper than most flagships (not 20%). So explain to me again why it's not good value???

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Just pay a little bit more, and get OP5T

3. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

Are we sure this isn't a Note 8 with a different back? Lol

7. shield

Posts: 809; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Looks better than Samsung Egde design. :-D

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