Elephone is close to launching a new smartphone, and for this launch, they actually decided to go with an IndieGoGo campaign. To be fair, I don’t think this was necessary. Elephone is already a well-established company that has the funds to develop the phone. Furthermore, the phone is already developed and production is underway. However, this campaign does generate more hype, so it is a good marketing move.
Anyway, let’s talk about the phone. Elephone wants to go on the full-screen bandwagon and they will make a phone with no visible front-facing camera. Instead, they opted for a pop-out camera, similar to the Vivo NEX. However, don’t expect the same high-performance components. The Elephone PX smartphone is a low mid-range device that comes with the Mediatek Helio P22 chipset. This is a mid-range CPU with an octa-core configuration. The device also comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The screen is also pretty basic. Don’t expect to have an AMOLED display here. Elephone PX features a 6.34″ IPS screen with just HD+ resolution (720*1480). Quite a small pixel density from my point of view.
What this device promises, however, is not the best performance, but great photos. The selfie Pop-up camera has a 16MP sensor and a secondary 2MP camera for depth perception. On the back you will have the same 16MP+2MP camera configuration and, with the help of the AI capabilities built into the Helio P22 chipset, photos should have very good quality. How the cameras perform remains to be seen. Other features include a dual-SIM support, dual-band WiFi, a 3500mAh battery and a heart rate sensor, something rarely seen on mid-range smartphones. Also, the phone will ship with Android Pie.
Elephone PX can be ordered via IndieGoGo for $249, shipping included. I have mixed feelings about the price. The phone looks very interesting, but the low-resolution screen may be a deal breaker for many. The CPU is decent, but bare in mind that currently there are smartphones with Helio P60 at similar prices. yes, there may be a notch of the screen to body ratio is lower, but maybe the added performance is worth it. We will have to see if the photo capabilities that Elephone promises are true.