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Elephone M1 Review – All Metal Phone on a Budget
06-Nov-2015, 01:10 PM
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Elephone M1 Review – All Metal Phone on a Budget
Elephone has been producing quite a few phones lately but with the M1 model, they deciced to put an emphasis on the design, but is it a good phone? Stay tuned for our full review.
Thanks to Pandawill for sending Elephone M1 for a review.

Elephone M1 Review: VIDEO

Elephone M1 Review: SPECS

5.5″ 720p (HD)
MTK6735, 64-bit, Octa-core, 1.3GHz
2MP Front/13MP Back
Bluetooth, 3G, 4G, GPS, WIFI, GSM,EDGE, GPRS, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, dual-SIM, FDD-LTE B1/B3/B7
2.780 mAh (non-removable)
150.9 x 78 x 7.6mm /5.94 x 3.1 x 0.3 inch / 166g
Android 5.1
16GB (expandable via microSD card slot up to 64GB)

Elephone M1 Review: UNBOXING

IMG_4713 IMG_4714The phone comes with a charging brick, USB cable, screen protector and some documentation.

Elephone M1 Review: DESIGN

IMG_4716Let’s take a look at the design first and what we have here is an all-metal phone except for the top and bottom parts for a better signal reception. Also, it is not the smallest device out there due to its 5.5” display.
IMG_4722IMG_4723On the front we have the 2MP selfie snapper, earpiece, front firing LED and a sensor light. On the bottom there are 3 non-backlit capacitive keys.
IMG_4738 IMG_4724On the metal back there is a 13MP shooter with a dual LED flash and underneath it there is a fingerprint sensor.
img_4725 img_4726
On the right Elephone implemented a volume rocker and the power key and on the left there is a dual micro SIM and microSD card tray.
img_4728 img_4727
On the top there is a headset jack and on the bottom you have a charging port, speaker grill and a mic.
Overall, Elephone M1 is well built and metal materials add quite a lot of premium look and feel.

Elephone M1 Review: DISPLAY

When it comes to display, we are looking at a 5.5” 720p panel, which looks sharp, bright and vivid, and it is a good panel overall for a budget phone.

Elephone M1 Review: UI

Elephone M1 comes with 2780mAh sealed-in battery unit, which performs okay but there is nothing to be impressed about. I could get around 4 hours of screen-on time when I used my phone with 1 SIM card for social media, emails, a bit of gaming and camera. Anyway, it will definitely get you through the day unless you are a hardcore user.

Elephone M1 Review: CONCLUSIONS

So here it is, a great looking all-metal Elephone M1. For less than $160 you are getting a phone with a great build quality, decent display and fast and fluid UI performance, which has just a few minor bugs.
On the other hand, the camera can be a good performer for a budget phone but it is not reliable as some of the shots are a hit or miss. Also, the selfie shooter is a disappointment.
Other than that, the Elephone M1 is a good phone for the price but you may also want to check out what the competition has to offer in this price category. If you are interested, I will leave a product link below the video for you.
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