Minimal bezel, flagship specs, shiny surface, low price: it's the Elephone S8

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One can argue that, in 2017, bezel-less is the new black. Well, nearly bezel-less — we still have some components in a smartphone that need a spot on the front, as well as something to grip the device by. Right now, we've got two movements — the “thin top and bottom bezel” design, which looks more or less like the traditional evolution of the smartphone of yesteryear. Then, we have the unorthodox, but cool-looking “chin only” smartphones, which have a very tiny window frame all around the display, save for the device's bottom, where a more pronounced part of the body sticks out and houses a physical home button, selfie camera, and other important stuff such as, say, a microphone.

What we are looking here is a member of the latter family. The Elephone S8 is what they call a “tri-bezel-less” phone — a device that has a slim frame all around the display, save for the “chin”. It is a glass-and-metal sandwich, with a shiny finish, designed specifically to shine through and give you a premium “bling” feel.

The screen on the front is a Sharp-made 6-incher and rocks a 1440x2560 pixel resolution for a 490 PPI density. As per manufacturer specs, the screen-to-body ratio we have here is 92.4%, which is quite impressive, considering the industry is currently hovering around the 85% mark.

But what kind of power are we dealing with? The Elephone S8 rocks a MediaTek Helio X25 (MT6796T) with a deca-core CPU, clocking out at 2.5 GHz. It's paired with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of onboard storage. A generous 4,000 mAh battery is in place to keep the lights on and the data / charging port on the bottom is of the modern USB Type-C variety. Unfortunately, it's one of the phones that took the courageous step of removing the 3.5 mm headphone jack, so you'd have to hunt for USB Type-C phones or dongles if you want to use your old favorite set of earbuds.

The handset is no slouch in the camera department, too — the main snapper is equipped with a 21 MP Sony sensor and a dual-tone flash, while the selfie camera has an 8 MP resolution for detailed shots.

Elephone has just kicked off the pre-sale stage for the Elephone S8. You can have the phone in either blue or black for $279.99, prior to any shipping or import taxes, of course. Actual devices will start flying out on the 26th of September.


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13 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 4180; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Off center screen viewing looks absolutely terrible.

11. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Why? Your thumb will simply be covering the bottom portion, NBD.

2. gigicoaste

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

While gsmarena is writing about "Samsung Galaxy Note8 Italy launch date revealed", PA is busy to cash out on some article where "PhoneArena's opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!" Right! :D

10. notfair

Posts: 739; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

What part of sponsored content you did not understand, its right there in the title.

3. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Unfortunately, this phone is 80 mm wide. Compare that to the other recent high end bezel-free phones that are mostly under 70 mm wide.

4. Nopers unregistered

Because it uses the "on the way out" 16:9 aspect ratio.

7. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Yeah, but it also makes room for that sweet 4000mAh Battery!

12. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Would be great to see how well that lasts compared to the S8 and S8+.

5. explorer

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 21, 2016

This specs seems to be promising and best among the recent Bezel less devices like Maze Alpha, Doogee Mix, UMi and others. Looking for the review of this device.

6. Pigaro

Posts: 87; Member since: May 15, 2016

Very good

8. dmsrfl

Posts: 75; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

FINALLY a phone company isn't scared to put a good sized battery in a phone and sacrifice that ridiculous "razor thin" obsession everyone has.

9. dazed1

Posts: 797; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Helio X25 + 1440p, yeah no.

13. alili321

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

ELEPHONE S8 have red one

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