Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018

Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018

Better late than never will probably be my motto for this test. But of course, I would like to share my opinion about the Elephone U Pro in our review!

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus all devices that are relatively borderless. Elephone adds the U Pro to the U series with another device. We’ve tested the 6.0-inches big smartphone for just under $450 for you.

Elephone U Pro 4G Phablet

Price: $349.00 / Limit: 1000 Units

5.99 inch with 2160 x 1080pixels, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of ROM, Battery: 3550mAh, Android 8.0, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz

Elephone U Pro 4G Phablet

Price: $349.00 / Limit: 1000 Units

5.99 inch with 2160 x 1080pixels, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of ROM, Battery: 3550mAh, Android 8.0, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz

Let’s find out in the review!

Elephone U Pro: Design and Appearance

I think you can say without question that the Elephone U and U Pro are pretty much the most beautiful smartphones on the market in 2018!

Elephone uses these on an aluminum frame and very, very much glass. I think the great peculiarity of the Elephone U and U Pro is now known to everyone, the almost borderless display.

Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018

LG also uses a borderless display in its G6, but if you want to talk in superlatives, the Elephone U Pro is the even bezel-less phone.

As is typical with Elephone U Pro also has an “edge”, so the edges of the display are bent, which only reinforces the illusion of holding a piece of display in your hands.

Only at the top and bottom has the Elephone U Pro a small edge, which is needed for the auricle and the front camera among other things.

Through these narrow edges, Elephone could accommodate a 6.0-inches display in a comparatively “small” case. However, Elephone uses an 18: 9 form factor, so the display is quite long and narrow.

Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018

In addition, the 6.0 inches are more theoretical, since the edges of the display are bent. 6.0 inches would be the size of the display in the smooth layout, in practice, this is more like a 5.5-inch device.

In the hand, the Elephone U Pro just feels great! For my black U Pro also uses a special paint on the aluminum frame, which feels very smooth and supple, so slightly different than the usual aluminum.

Although this makes the Elephone U Pro a bit slipperier, it feels very good!

Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018

If you want to reach for the U Pro be prepared for a rather handy, but very long smartphone!

With the thickness of Elephone is tricking something. The Elephone U Pro is in itself a “normal” thick flagship smartphone, but thanks to the curved towards the sides front and back, the U Pro in the hand seems significantly thinner and more compact than, for example, the LG G6.

The fingerprint scanner has therefore moved to the back, but unfortunately not to the usual central position, but to the edge next to the camera.

Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018

Yes, the fingerprint scanner is really not good to reach and you keep packing on his camera lens, which is also suboptimal.

But after all, Elephone relies on USB C for its flagship smartphones this year!

Otherwise no big changes. The speaker is on the bottom, the power button on the right, the volume rocker on the left.

Elephone U Pro: Display

If Samsung is one then it is build displays. This again shows the Elephone U Pro in our test!

Elephone relies on a 2160 x 1080 pixel AMOLED panel in 18: 9 aspect ration. The latter is of course somewhat unusual, so expect in videos and apps with small black bars on the edges.

Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018

However, these occasional bars barely disturb. This is also the AMOLED typical perfect black value. Black is really black on the Elephone U Pro!

What’s also great is the maximum brightness! Here the Elephone U Pro achieves the best value ever measured by me! But in practice, the readability in the sunshine is simply excellent.

Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018

Although there are slight differences in brightness around the edge when viewed from different angles, I would still consider the U Pro’s display the best I’ve ever seen in a smartphone.

Elephone U Pro: Hardware and Performance

In Elephone U Pro have a Snapdragon 660 in combination with 4GB or 6GB of RAM.

As you have seen in benchmarks, the Elephone U Pro in the review has more than enough hardware power. Therefore, it should not be surprising that this runs perfectly in everyday life.

Unfortunately, this is not the case! In everyday life, I noticed two situations in which the Elephone U Pro comes to jerks.

Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018

The first situation is when you scroll to the far left of your home screen. There, similar to HTC Sense or Google Smartphones.

Also, the user interface is not quite as optimized. Here I am not sure if this is just because of some paranoia. Elephone smartphones are well-known for the UI, so maybe I paid special attention to such things.

Apart from the two specific points, the Elephone U Pro is actually pretty perfect. However, if you want to get the most out of your smartphone, think about the benefits of another launcher.

Apps, however, run really. This applies to the standard stuff like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, etc. as well as games.

Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018

Especially with the latter, I have not seen a smartphone on which games run better than the Elephone U Pro, maybe the current Huawei can keep up here but otherwise, it looks bad.

Also thumbs up for the really great Always on Display which not only looks great on the phone U Pro but also adds real value due to the display of missed notifications.

Also, the wifi and GPS on board is really outstanding with a class signal strength!

Elephone U Pro: Sound

The Elephone U Pro has unfortunately only one speaker on the bottom. This sounds okay but can not compete with the “special experience” of a Huawei P10 Plus or iPhone 7 Plus.

Here is similar to the LG G6. The speaker is as good as a single speaker on the bottom of a smartphone can be.

Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018

In direct comparison, the LG G6 is a bit clearer and cleaner, the phone U Pro for fuller and a bit louder.

Practically, both smartphones are what the speakers are on a good but unspectacular level in 2018.

Elephone U Pro: Cameras

Let’s start the camera part with a little “complaint”. Yes, more megapixels is not everything and can reduce the quality just in the low light, but I would have liked the Elephone U Pro like a little more resolution.

Why? The 13 megapixels are in 4: 3 format, but the display of the phone U Pro has the 18: 9 format. Meaning, you have thumb-thick black bars to the left and right of all shots. If you want to take photos in the right format, the effective resolution drops to 8.0 megapixels.

Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018

8.0 megapixels are pretty little straight when you want to zoom in something. Therefore, a little more resolution would have done well.

However, apart from this criticism, it will be much more positive for the Elephone U Pro in our analisis in2018. As already mentioned, we have 13 megapixels and an aperture of f/2.0.

Before we come to the picture quality a few general points. The Elephone Camera app is good. Although this is not perfect, it very well holds the balance between “simple” and “extended”. There is a good pro mode including RAW format as well as a very good automatic.

Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018

Autofocus is pretty much the fastest on the market as well as the predecessor and generally very reliable. However, that of an iPhone, Google Pixel, LG G6 or Huawei P10 is also not much worse.

At the speed of the camera, so how fast to take two pictures in a row, I was a little surprised.

Images of the Elephone U Pro are eerily alive and colorful. In this case, the smartphone turns the colors in post-production really a good deal, the same applies to contrasts.

The latter, however, can ensure that some of the shadows are a bit darker than they should be and details are lost.

Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018

In itself, however, many details and a very good sharpness in the shots of the Elephone U Pro can be found.

The Dynamic is also at a very high level. Due to the large sensor and the large aperture, the S8 for a smartphone has a relatively strong background blur in macro images.

However, this also makes for a slightly more difficult focusing on the macro area due to the smaller focal plane.

Elephone U Pro: Battery

Unfortunately, the battery life of the Elephone U Pro is also only pretty good.

Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018

With 7 hours and 15 minutes in the benchmark with a 3550 mAh battery with AMOLED Full HD Plus display is not really intoxicating.

In use test, it came with good use 1 day make the rounds and had to be connected in the evening to the charger.

Elephone U Pro: Conclusions and Reviews

The Elephone U Pro in our reviews is a safe bet and certainly, one, if perhaps the best smartphone so far in 2018. However, it has weaknesses and is not as superior to the competition as it may seem at first glance.

Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018

The camera of the Elephone U Pro is good, in video mode even very good, but here has clearly caught up with the competition or overtaken.

The display is a point where the Elephone U Pro clearly leads the field of high-end smartphones, but you can argue about the Edge. I think these are cool, but in practice, I often feel that it costs more than it uses, especially if you damage the display. Should an “ups” happen, the repair is very expensive!

In return, one has to say that there are good alternatives that are worse at some points but better in others.

The Elephone U Pro is the safe bet! You do not want to do any experiments, but still, want the best of the best? Elephone has a futuristic-looking modern smartphone which exactly meets these requirements.

Elephone U Pro: Price and Where to buy cheaper?

Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018

Now you can not buy this phone since it has not yet been officially introduced. But we can tell you the price of Elephone U Pro for 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for only $349, for 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage price will be $349. Buy a phone you can in early February, after the show at the exhibition MWC 2018.

Elephone U Pro 4G Phablet

Price: $349.00 / Limit: 1000 Units

5.99 inch with 2160 x 1080pixels, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of ROM, Battery: 3550mAh, Android 8.0, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz

Elephone U Pro 4G Phablet

Price: $349.00 / Limit: 1000 Units

5.99 inch with 2160 x 1080pixels, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of ROM, Battery: 3550mAh, Android 8.0, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz

Elephone U Pro Review: Rare Phone with Bezel-less Display in 2018 was last modified: February 5th, 2018 by Boby Sanburn

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