I thought that glasses-free 3D screens on mobile devices proved to be a gimmick a few years back, however, with the revival of this by the RED Hydrogen One, others are trying to get in on the action. Yes, the Hydrogen One proved to be a flop, but that never stopped Chinese companies to try and do something similar, even if it is just a gimmick. Here comes the Elephone P11, a mid-range smartphone that has a glasses-free 3D screen and a lot to prove.
The 3D screen is the main selling point of the device and I am happy to say that, even if we take that away, the screen seems pretty decent. It has a FullHD+ resolution with 1080×2160 pixels. It measures 6″ in diagonal and does not have a notch or a hole in it. This is good news for people that hated this trend, but it does mean that the Elephone P11 has a more traditional look. Even so, the top and bottom chins are not that big, maybe similar to the Huawei P10.
Internally, the Elephone P11 is powered by the Helio X25 CPU and 4GB of RAM. This chipset has a deca-core configuration that has three clusters with a maximum frequency of 2.5GHz. Unlike the Helio P60 and P70 chipset, the X25 does not have the neural chip, so don’t expect any speed improvements for AI tasks. This is expected, considering the chipset was launched in 2016, prior to Mediatek announcing their take on AI chips. I would have gone for a more modern CPU here, but Elephone probably had to cut corners in order to lower the device price to $250. This is because the 3D screen probably costs more than a normal one.
If you buy the Elephone P11 you will get 64GB of internal storage, dual-4G connectivity, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, A-GPS, and a 3200mAh battery. The device also comes with a front-mounted fingerprint reader. Photography wise, the Elephone P11 has dual-camera setup on the back that has a 16MP main sensor and an unspecified second one. On the front, you will receive an 8MP camera. The smartphone sadly ships with an older version of Android, Android 8.0 to be more exact, and it will probably never see a major update.
Is the Elephone P11 worth $250? At that price, there are better alternatives from a performance and photography point of view for sure. However, none of them have a 3D screen. If that is what you want, there aren’t many options available, especially at this price. You can order it from Elephone’s official Aliexpress store right now.