Usually B-Brand smartphones don’t receive major updates, however, Elephone gave us a nice surprise yesterday when they posted a video with the Elephone A5 running Android Pie. This is an official upgrade, not a custom ROM put together by some enthusiast. They also mentioned that the device will receive an official update in the next couple of months. They just need to resolve a few bugs first. This is great news considering that the Elephone A5 is a decent phone with a good price tag.
The device comes with the Helio P60 chipset, a really good mid-range CPU with performance that should satisfy most people. You also get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Now, other smartphones that include this chipset usually come with NFC and Wireless charging, but Elephone decided to not include these. Instead, they focused on offering better picture quality and that is why the Elephone A5 has three cameras on the back that, they claim, will enhance photo quality and color reproduction. You get a 12.0MP + 5.0MP + 0.3MP on the back and a dual camera (20MP + 2MP) on the front.
The 6.18″ screen has a notch at the top, as expected from a 2018 device. Other specs are pretty much standard: dual-4G connectivity, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 and a fingerprint reader. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the side, which lives the back of the phone nice and smooth. The color gradient they chose also looks really nice. You can get the Elephone A5 for $229 (or cheaper during sales) and expect the Android Pie update to roll out soon.
NOTE: There are two versions of the phone. One for EU countries and one for non-EU contries.