Monsters from Asia: the oddly-named Elephone Vowney with its $299 price tag and crazy specs


Another two weeks have passed, and that means only one thing: It's time to highlight yet another amazing piece of tech that hails from distant and mysterious lands. This time around, the phone comes from Hong Kong, and its maker's name is Elephone. And the name of the device? The odd-sounding Vowney.

Yes, laugh at the unfortunate name of the Elephone Vowney all you want, but the fact is that, at least on paper, it sounds like a crazy good deal. The phone is currently sold for just $299.99 across multiple e-venues, and if that doesn't come across as dirt cheap just yet, then wait to hear about what Elephone has managed to pack into it.

We start off with a 5.5-inch LTPS display that has 1440 x 2560 pixels crammed into it. That's 534 pixels per inch, or more than your eye can make sense of anyway. Underneath, we've got MediaTek's top-of-the-line Helio X10 — a 64-bit, octa-core solution, with a PowerVR GX6200 GPU. Coupled with the chip comes a 4GB RAM module, along with 32 gigs of storage, and the ability to carry two SIM cards. 

On the back, we've got the tried and tested Sony Exmor IMX230 camera sensor, at 1/2.4" size, with 21 megapixels, phase detection auto focus, and a dual LED flash sidekick. The snapper is capable of super-quick (0.15 seconds according to Elephone) focusing times, 4K UHD video, and 120 FPS slow motion clips. Immediately underneath the camera ring, there's a touch-type fingerprint scanner that Elephone claims to only require half a second from touch to unlocked screen. Up front, you're getting a generous, 8-megapixel selfie cam.

Finally, the Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Vowney is fairly compact for its screen size, at 153 x 76.8 mm, and quite thin at 8.9mm. Thin at 8.9mm? That's right, we'd call that pretty slender considering the phone is also packing a monstrous, 4,000 mAh Li-Ion cell. If that doesn't get us a two-day charge, we simply don't know what will.

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11 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Elephone? Suits it well... These are really "ELEPHANT" Specs with Deca Core processor, 4GB of RAM, 4000mAh Battery, 120FPS Video Capture & 500+ PPI!!! The display is too much of an elephant though... I hate anything bigger than 5"... In my humble opinion, 5" Display is the 'holy grail' of smartphone display... Anything smaller is too small, bigger is too big! But feel free to disagree...

2. markoss

Posts: 24; Member since: Nov 04, 2015

,The Chinese are trying to get the attention and publicity for their phones, at a Chinese almost all false. advertised phone with 13 megapixel camera, but the reality has 5mpx. the battery of 2000mAh put stickers of 5000 mAh. I speak from experience, I had a variety of junk phone from China

10. Giangle1996

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 23, 2015

I have the ZTE Nubia Z9 32gb from which I purchased for $225 (Usaully priced around $550) of ebay. Snapdragon 810 with the same camera sensor as the LG G4. I also get a bezeless gorilla glass 4 display. Read what you wrote, "junk phone", it indicates that you bought cheap phones, which of course are going to be cheap and terrible. Spend around $400 and you got a Chinese phone that can easily if not beat most western phones for less money. Don't listen to the review phone arena did of the Z9, it no accurate, read the one on Gsmarena. People hate to admit it, but Chinese phones are giving western phones a run or their money price to performance wise.

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's the X10, not the X20 :(

8. Acer_Predator unregistered

man it is not elephant but (T)elephone u stupido

3. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

If Elephone does not have a trunklike appendage, they're doing it wrong.

4. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

2k screen+ helio X10...nuf said !

5. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Yeah that sums it up. Laggy with average battery life (even given the 4,000 mAh capacity).

6. almostdone

Posts: 449; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

If you really want a monster from Asia check out the Lenovo ZUK Z1. Lenovo are pretty big in China and are reliable. They bought the personal computer division including the Thinkpad from IBM. The phone has a snapdragon 801, genuine beastly 4100mah battery, 3GB ram, 64GB as standard, USB C, 5.5" 1080p screen and fingerprint reader. Looking at this Elephone Vowney on youtube it does not seem to be of very good quality compared to the ZUK Z1. Check reviews online.

9. Furbal unregistered

I wanted to order this during the 11.11 sale but no US bands :(

11. mojtaba_mn

Posts: 268; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

i love it.finish

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