The sleek Elephone R9 does away with bezels almost entirely

Over the past couple of years, Chinese smartphone maker Elephone has sought to bring powerful Android experiences to those on a budget. The company's P9000 phablet is perhaps its best-known export in the West, with a 5.5-inch FHD display, octa-core SoC and 4 GB of RAM amounting to a pretty good package for $250. The company does like to borrow ideas from the major players, which can sometimes spill over into outright copycats. But the new Elephone R9 seems to offer a sleek, near-bezel-free experience without looking too much like Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 at a glance. 

As detailed on its website, Elephone has gone with a 0.6mm bezel rather than the completely bezel-less design language of past devices to enhance the holding experience. Where a lack of bezels sounds great and looks even better, it's an idealistic approach that Elephone customers have often found to be a hindrance. Accidental key presses galore, Elephone believes a super-thin bezel is the happy median its users are looking for. 

There's no official word on the specs as yet, though rumor has it that the Helio X20 will provide the power. There's expected to be 4 gigs of RAM, 32 GB of storage and a 3000 mAh battery, while the 5.5-inch display will probably be 1080 x 1920 in resolution. The dual-SIM device will likely run Android 6.0 Marshmallow off the bat.

None of the details are final, but we'll have more on this forthcoming phablet as and when it becomes official. 

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10 Comments

1. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

Is this Oppo R9 plus?

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Did you read the title?

3. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

You so stupid...

4. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

OK I'll be more precise ; Oppo F1 Plus

5. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

Gotta love PhoneArena's comment fan base. It does look identical to the F1+

6. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

Haha another naive.. What bout upcoming Elephone S7? You will say ; Noo-aah NOO, it doesn't look like Galaxy S7 edge.. Right? Ooh well..

7. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Oh. You think you're clever for saying one phone looks like another. Why not just say "first!". Adds just as much to the conversation.

8. chan1o

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 21, 2016

Wow it looks really nice with the narrow bezel. How much it would be priced??

9. Rocky9

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 08, 2016

Ahh earlier I read that they are launching Elephone S7! and now R9. Is that S7 model got cancelled?? Though I liked that more for the curved edges. :/

10. GGPlayer

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 08, 2016

I prefer thin bezels more than no bezels at all, so i think it's great they decided to do this instead of no bezels. I also really like the overall design, looks so nice and sleek :)

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