Elephone P8 Mini, as the name suggests, is the reduced version of Elephone’s new model smartphone. The manufacturer had a hard time when launching Elephone S7, as it had some problems, which were only to be fixed after several updates. Therefore, we were quite surprised about Elephone P8 Mini’s performance after one week of testing.
For 120$, the features are not only fair, but rathervery generous. The MT6750 Octa-core processor provides enough power for a middle class smartphone and the memory of 4/64GB has a good size. Android 7 Nougat is available ex works and those who like it can install the new ELE OS afterwards. A 5-inch FHD-display, a dual-camera with 2+ 13MP and a 16MP selfie camcomplete the total package. The 2680mAh battery is the only thing on the data sheet, which could stop you from choosing Elephone P8 Mini.
Design and build quality
Elephone P8 Mini with its supposed metal casing is available in blue, red and black. On the Elephone homepage it is written that the phone has an “aluminium metal body”. In reality, they just stuck a rectangular piece of metal to the rear. The entire frame is made of plastic, but the metal does not have any effect on stability. In terms of haptics, you should not expect a feeling of metal. Apart from that, the device has no gaps and has a stylish look. Elephone P8 Mini is pleasantly light with a weight of 134g and sufficiently thin (8.5mm) as well. Its further dimensions of 143.5x71mm make the smartphone very compact, allowing one-handed operation.
The phone is operated with common soft touch buttons, which are not illuminated, but marked with silver dots. The dots dot not contribute to a nice impression. There is no notification LED. Instead, they added a completely useless LED flash at the front. The dual-camera fits well in the rear cover and it is also supported by a single-LED flash. 2 Nano SIM-cards or one Nano and one micro SD-card (up to 128GB) fit into the SIM tray (Hybrid-slot).
The fingerprint scanner convinces with high accuracy (8/10 attempts) and unlocks the phone within a second from stand-by, which is quite fast for phones in this price range. Power button and volume control, which consist of plastic, are located on the right and are firmly attached to the casing. The bezels are on average with 4mm. Those looking for a compact, stylish 5-inch smartphone with good build quality cannot go wrong Elephone P8 Mini. However, you shouldn’t expect a metal casing and be aware of the missing notification LED.
Elephone P8 Mini display
Elephone has always used good displays in their phones, and P8 Mini is no exception. The 120$ device offers a 5-inch full-HD display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution. The resulting 441PPIare flagship-worthy and all contents are pin-sharp. Color representation is strong but not so accurate with standard settings. However, you can customize color representation with the preinstalled MiraVision tool. The display looks more like an AMOLED panel than an IPS. The display has high contrast and viewing angles are stable. Brightness is a bit too low, but you can use the phone outside on bright days as well. In bright sunlight however, you have no chance to read the content on the smartphone.
A screen protector is attached ex works to protect the display from scratches. Gorilla Glass or other scratch-resistant glass has not been used, but there is slightly rounded off 2.5D glass. The touch screen can register up to 5 points of contact at the same time and reacts fast without delay. Accuracy on the other hand is not very high, as some mistakes occur when typing fast. However, this should not be a problem for smartphone beginners and older users. Elephone could fix this problem via an update. All in all, Elephone used an excellent display in the P8 Mini, which has no real weak spots considering the price.
Operating system and performance
Elephone P8 Mini appeals to casual users with the Mediatek MT6750T. The 8 Cortex-A53 cores clock at 4×1.5GHz and 4×1.0GHz and are supported by a MALI-T860 GPU with a 650MHz rate. In the Antutu benchmark, the smartphone gets 43,000 points, providing enough power for daily tasks like YouTube, WhatsApp and surfing.Elephone P8 Mini can also play classic Android games like Temple Run or Subway Surf without getting too hot. Because of the high display resolution, demanding games like Asphalt 8 or NOVA do not run smoothly, but this smartphone is in the wrong price section for hardcore gamers anyway. The 4GB of RAM clock at 3.8GB/s, which makes it comparatively slow, but multitasking performance is still good. Elephone P8 Mini can easily handle 10 apps in the background and opens them quickly from the intermediate storage. The internal memory of 64GB is quite big and has an average reading/writing speed of 140/118MB/s.
Elephone P8 Mini delivers exactly the amount of performance, which you would expect from a phone in the price section. All apps open fast and navigating the system happens fluently. The system is an unchanged but stable and fast Android 7 system. Elephone is advertising with the new ELE OS, but users can install it themselves as soon as it is available. We applaud this decision, as you get a clean and almost unchanged Android system without bugs and heavy flaws. When ELE OS is available, we will inform you about the changes here.
Elephone P8 Mini surprises us with a large memory and sufficient performance for daily use. In addition, you get a stable and unchanged Android 7 system.
According to Elephone, the highlight is rather the front camera than the dual-camera on the rear, which currently is mandatory for all common Chinese manufacturers. Elephone chose an interesting path by using a 16MP Samsung S5K3P3 on the front side. The front camera takes sharp pictures without image noise. The rear camera is split up into a 2MP and 13MP sensor and does a nice job as well. The picture’s dynamic range is a bit low, resulting in overexposed images from time to time. Color representation on the other hand is accurate and not over-satiated. The number of details and the sharpness are good for this price range. Inside and in bad lighting conditions, image quality deteriorates fast and strongly.
The classic dual-camera features are simply useless. The so-called blur-mode is supposed to create a bokeh-effect, but it literally never worked at all. Well, for 120$ you do not have to provide dual-camera features. Elephone also convinces in terms of the camera. Those searching for a reasonable smartphone, which takes nice selfies and decent pictures, can do nothing wrong with buying Elephone P8 Mini. Video recordings are possible in FHD-resolution with 30FPS.
Connectivity and communication
As any other Chinese smartphone, Elephone P8 Mini is a dual-SIM phone as well. In this case, you can insert 2 Nano-SIM cards if 64GB storage is enough for you. Storage expansion is only possible if you go without a second SIM card. The Elephone device has good reception in all 2G, 3G and 4G (LTE) networks. Voice quality is good as well. During a conversation, both your and the caller’s voice are transmitted clearly and understood well. However, you cannot talk hands-free, as it creates a strong echo on the other side of the line.
The Wi-Fi module with n-standard (2.4GHz) has a good range and the throughput is high even at greater distances. The Bluetooth 4.0 module works just as well. The speaker is loud, but distortions occur a highest volume. The overall sound is too bright and there are no basses. In this price range, Elephone P8 Mini is still on average. Connecting middle class headphones to the device, you get a nice sound.
Elephone P8 Mini surprised us positively in terms of GPS, as navigation was possible without any problems, especially with the car. Using the pedestrian navigation, you have to help the compass from time to time, as the position often switches to the other side of the street. All in all, the position is determined quite well and the compass is one of Elephone’s highlights. In addition, the phone offers a gyroscope sensor and the three standard sensors (acceleration, proximity and light sensor).
Since Elephone equipped the P8 Mini nicely, noticing the poor 2680mAh battery makes one fear it could ruin the whole thing. Thank goodness, it is not like that! The battery life doesn’t knock your socks off, but it’s enough for normal users. I could get through the day easily (without gaming). Of course, Redmi 4X offers a better battery life. The PC Mark battery test confirms Elephone P8 Mini’s nice battery life and the device reached good 6 hours and 21 minutes. Quick-charge is not available, but the smartphone is fully charged in 1 ½ hours.