Elephone, a China-based smartphone maker, has recently released a new metal-body smartphone, Elephone M3, to supplement the M (Metal)-series, which has metal-body smartphones. As one of the first smartphone that will be powered by MediaTek Helio P10, MT 6755 processor, Elephone M3 is one of the most-worthy 4G phablet with a budget price of $199.99 on GearBest for the pre-order users.
Today we will review Elephone M3 and list the specs of it for users who want to buy a budget Chinese phone.
Elephone M3 Specs
- 5.5 inch FHD 2.5D Arc touch screen of 1920 x 1080 pixels
- MediaTek MT 6755 (Helio P10) 64-bit 2.0GHz octa core processor, with Mali-T860 MP2
- Android 5.1 when shipping and will be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow soon
- 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM
- 21MP Sony IMX230 camera with auto focus and double color temperature flashes
- 8MP OminiVisioin OV8858 camera with 84 degree wide angle
- Dual SIM dual standby, supporting FDD-LTE 4G networks
- Type-C USB interface
- 3000 mAh battery, supporting quick charge technology
- Fingerprint scanner
- 149.9 x 74.3 x 7.7mm
- About 155g
Elephone M3 Review: Design an Appearance
The device is made out of metal using aviation aluminum materials, but it is light when you hold it in hand, about 155grams weight. On the front is the 5.5 inch FHD touch screen, the display uses 2.5D Arc technology so Elephone M3 has a really good looking and experience. At the bottom of the front shell, only one Main button can be found for substituting three-buttons classic design of Android smartphones. The volume controls and power button are on the left side of metal middle outer frame. Headphone jack is at the top as normal, and at the bottom is the Type-C USB port. The 21-megapixels primary camera is showed on the top-left corner with dual color temperature flashes on the back side of Elephone M3, along with the fingerprint scanner. Needless to say, Elephone M3 has an elegant design as all M-series smartphones. And there are three colors for choice right now on the online shopping stores: Rose Gold/Smoky Gray/Champaign Gold
Elephone M3 Review: Display
Elephone M3 features a 5.5 inch FHD LG touch screen with display of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and the PPI is up to 401. The 5.5 inch FHD screen of Elephone M3 uses many technologies like 2.5D Arc, which makes Elephone M3 look beautiful and have a better feeling for viewing; the Capacitive multi-touch technique allows Elephone M3 to support up to 5-points multi-touch at the same time. To be honest, Elephone M3 is a real big screen smartphone as the 2015 and 2016 main stream smartphone sizes when considering a good grip feeling in hand.
Elephone M3 Review: Hardware
The MT 6755 Helio P10, an octa core processor, is a latest chipset released by MediaTek in 2015, many high-mid range smartphones announced recently are fueled by MTK 6755 Helio P10. Learn more smartphones with MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10. The performance of MT 6755 Helio P10 is not bad, single-core scores up to 858 points and multi-core scores up to 3227 for benchmarks. Combining MT 6755 with ARM Mali-T860, Elephone M3 has a great performance in dealing with graphics and multitasking, along with the Android 5.1 Lollipop that will be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow soon in near future. Elephone M3 has a 3GB of RAM, which is one main stream kind of RAM for many big storage smartphones in 2015. Of course, as the smartphone manufacturing developing, the RAM will be bigger and bigger in upcoming smartphones of 2016, like Vivo Xplay 5 Ultimate with the biggest RAM of 6GB. The internal storage of Elephone M3 is 32GB, much common for most of high end smartphones.
Elephone M3 Review: Camera
The 21-megapixels primary camera uses Sony IMX230 sensor, and this is one of the features that make Elephone M3 rank in high end smartphone list. The rear camera supports HDR function, Touch Focus and Auto Focus with PDAF feature that can be focused target object in 0.1 second. The front camera is up to 8MP using OV8858 sensor with 84 degree view angle.
Elephone M3 Review: Connectivity
Elephone M3 supports most common connectivity, 802.11a/b/g/n 5G Wi-Fi, GPS and A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.1, dual SIM dual standby with 2G/3G/4G bands. The device can support not only the Europe-standard 4G networks, but also the America-standard 4G networks as well. It is said that America-version Elephone M3 will be available soon from Elephone’s official site. The detailed bands are listed below:
A Version Band Details (Europe)
FDD-LTE: band 1/3/7/20 (2100/1800/2600/800 MHz)
TDD-LTE: band 40(2300 MHz)
WCDMA: Band 1/2/5/8（2100/1900/850/900 MHz）
GSM: Band 2/3/5/8（1900/1800/850/900 MHz）
B Version Band Details (US-America) Coming Soon ...
FDD-LTE: Band 2/4/7/17 (1900/1700/2600/700 MHz)
WCDMA: Band 1/2/5/8（2100/1900/850/900 MHz）
GSM: Band 1/2/5/8（2100/1900/850/900 MHz）
Elephone M3 is a budget Chinese phone that worthying your consideration if you want to experience high-end performance with low price, especially after comparing with other smartphones like SISWOO R8 and PHICOMM EX780L.
How do you think of Elephone M3? Do you like this metal-body smartphone? Please leave your comment below. By the way, this device is available for OEM orders right now as M7000, if you're interested in relabeling your own logo on the smartphone, please contact us for quote.