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Elephone S1 Hands-on, First Impressions

The cheapest Elephone that launched today is the S1. It’s a 5-inch smartphone with a below-average specs for less than four thousand bucks. For that price, one can’t really expect it to have the best hardware available but when we saw it in person, we were in awe.


To start off, the S1’s build is quite similar to an iPhone 4 with a sandwiched glass body and an aluminum frame keeping them together. On the hand, it just feels premium and that removed our skepticism about the phone’s cheap tag. The 5-inch panel looks vivid and considerably sharp with an HD resolution.  It has a pretty basic 2-megapixel front camera to compensate for the price.

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The cold sides of the handset are smooth and feels sturdy. On the right are the volume rocker and the power/lock button while the SIM card tray slot is located on the left.


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On top is the 3.5mm headphone jack leaving the bottom end of the phone to have the loudspeaker and the micro-USB port.


The back is indeed shiny with a black tint. Here’s where the main camera is that has a 13-megapixel Sony IMX149 sensor accompanied with a single LED flash. It also has a fingerprint scanner for added security despite the budget.

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Powering it is a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6580 quad-core chipset with a Mali-400 MP1 GPU and paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. Antutu 6 gives it a score of just 23,905. Also, there’s no LTE connectivity here and the battery is just at 1800mAh.

Elephone S1 specs:
5-inch HD On-Cell IPS display
1.3GHz MediaTek MT6580 quad-core CPU
Mali-400 MP1 GPU
8GB internal storage
microSD card support
13MP sony rear camera w/ LED flash
2MP front camera
Dual-SIM (micro + nano)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
Fingerprint scanner
1,800mAh battery
Android 5.1 Lollipop

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The Elephone S1 will go on sale on Lazada along with the P9000 and P8000 for just Php 3,999 on April 18 at 12 noon. The S1 clearly has some sacrifices to bring in a pretty good sensor and premium build. Maybe it can fit in as a secondary phone for those who needs a spare.

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This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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Rodin Suñiga
5 years ago

Pls answer me… does this device have a notification led?

6 years ago

removable po batt neto sir pogi?

6 years ago

i think im gonna buy this one. back up phone

John Vincent Colina
6 years ago

panget neto.. much better cherry mobile on same price.!

Reply to  John Vincent Colina
5 years ago

Hmmf. Try mo pong maghanap sa lazada ng same price niyan. With same features. And bezel less. Or in short borderless style. Tsaka with its premium looking. If may mahanap the reply me asap. With same features ah..

6 years ago

i just check the elephone site and just found out that they have a elephone S1 with LTE and 16gb ROM variant. for only 99.99$ sana ito nlng binenta nila sa lazada

Reply to  bry
6 years ago

Pinapaubos daw stocks. Hahahaha!

6 years ago

1,800mAh battery aw! It is removable?

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