The rugged smartphone is a device that is not scary to use in extreme situations and that does not break when dropped to the ground and is not afraid of water. Today in this review I would like to share my experience using Elephone Soldier in our review.
From July 22 to July 29, you can buy the Elephone Soldier in the Chinese store at a discount price of only $189.99 at a good discount.
On the technical side, the device received a 5.5-inch screen with a 2K resolution, MediaTek Helio X25 processor, 4 and 128 GB of memory, a 5000 mAh battery and much more.
An interesting model of the smartphone, but from the characteristics, it is clear that Soldier – has an outdated design, processor and screen. As if the phone was released in 2017, there were remains in stock that need to be sold at a low price.
Well, let’s see whether it is worth buying a protected smartphone from Elephone?
Elephone Soldier: Specifications
|Display:||5.5 inches with 2560 x 1440 pixels|
|CPU:||MediaTek Helio X25 Octa Core 2.5GHz|
|GPU:||Arm Mali-T880 MP4|
|Memory extension:||up to 512GB|
|Cameras:||21.0MP main and 16MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS|
|Connections:||Type-C USB and 3.5mm Audio Jack|
|Dimensions:||155.0 x 78.0 x 13.0 mm|
Elephone Soldier: Unboxing
I received a small black box with a company logo on the front side and technical specifications on the backside.
Inside the box, I saw a smartphone in a protective film, instructions, a micro USB cable, a power adapter, and a SIM needle.
The standard equipment and again I am a little disappointed in the micro USB charging, which means that the device does not support fast charging.
Elephone Soldier: Design and Appearance
On the front side, I see a 5.5 inch IPS screen with large frames at the top and bottom. At the top are a selfie camera and various sensors with LED notification. Below – separate touch buttons, also old-fashioned.
The back panel of the device is made of durable plastic around which the bolts. At the bottom is a compass so that you do not get lost in the forest. In the center, there is a metal island on which the main camera, a speaker, a red SOS button and a connector for additional accessories are located.
The side faces of the smartphone have protective rubber inserts that will help protect against falling and other troubles.
The right side of the smartphone received – the power button, volume rocker, and a separate flashlight button. Also located slightly below the fingerprint scanner, which works quickly and clearly.
On the left side, there is an additional button that can be customized and a slot for SIM and memory cards.
Above – a flashlight and a hook under the lace.
At the bottom are microphone holes, micro USB port and 3.5 mm headphone jack.
I also want to note that all ports are closed with rubber silicone plugs. Therefore, before wetting the device convincing that they are all closed.
Naturally, the Elephone Soldier smartphone in our analisis has an IP68 protection standard, which says that the device can be drenched underwater or used in other harsh environments.
If the design is not fundamental, then the Elephone Soldier – will be the perfect companion.
Elephone Soldier: Screen
The main feature is a 2K screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. But the size of 5.5 inches with a 16: 9 aspect ratio is an outdated screen from 2016-2017.
Of course, the quality is amazing, the color reproduction is high and the viewing angles are excellent, as is the detail.
But the big frames are already scaring the modern youth and most likely this smartphone is suitable for an adult generation of 45+ people.
Elephone Soldier: Performance and Software
The rugged smartphone works with the MediaTek Helio X25 processor. The maximum processor clock frequency is 2.5 GHz. The graphic chipset is Arm Mali-T880 MP4, which even in 2019 will allow you to play modern games.
Another advantage is the memory since the Elephone Soldier has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory, but if you do not have enough internal memory, you can increase more with the help of a microSD card.
Indeed, the processor was introduced in 2016, and below I would like to show the benchmark test results.
As you can see from the result of the AnTuTu test with 82 thousand points – this is the same result for most modern processors, for example, Helio P23 or Helio A22.
If you want to play modern games, then PUBG Mobile or Asphalt 9 – on low graphics – will not be a problem for Soldier.
Another problem is the operating system Elephone Soldier running Android 8.0. Of course, there is no need to wait for updates and the smartphone is unlikely to receive any support from the manufacturer.
But the user interface is stable and smooth. During the test Elephone Soldier, I did not find any problems, everything worked quickly and the applications opened without delay.
It is also worth noting that the device has a large number of built-in useful applications, such as an electronic compass and others.
Typical and common features for a rugged smartphone.
In the settings menu, you will find even wireless payment – NFC. Therefore, with the help of the phone, you can pay your payments through the terminal.
Elephone Soldier: Camera
I am glad that the smartphone does not have dual sensors that would be fake. Or – this is so old a model that back in 2017 – a dual sensor was not very common.
Elephone Soldier received a 21-megapixel camera from Sony and a 16-megapixel camera front camera.
The quality of photos you can rate below. As for me, the photos in the daytime turned out bright and with good detail.
But at night – you can see the strong noises but good for the price.
Elephone Soldier: Battery
And although the Elephone Soldier in our test has a large battery with a capacity of 5000 mAh – it also has a 2K screen and outdated processor technology, so the efficiency and autonomy of the device will not be very high.
Based on this, during testing of the smartphone with active use – I received about 28% of the remaining battery at the end of the day. If you use a phone with medium activity, Elephone Soldier can easily work for 2 days.
Also, there is a drawback micro USB port and fast charging should not be expected. The charging time is more than 3.5 hours.
Elephone Soldier: Conclusions and Reviews
Elephone Soldier is a good protected and rugged smartphone, but its appearance and technical stuffing are outdated. But if modern trends are not decisive for you and you want to get a reliable and unkillable smartphone for daily use, then Soldier will be good companions.
The positive side is a good 2K screen that conveys perfect colors and detail. The performance, camera, and battery – even in 2019 has good performance. Playing modern heavy games will not be a problem but at low graphics settings.
The disadvantages are the Android 8.0 operating system, slow charging through the microUSB port and, as for me, an outdated design.
Given my pros and cons, I can say that Elephone Soldier is a good working device for people over the age of 45+ who are not demanding in appearance and need good reliability.
Elephone Soldier: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
Now you can buy an Elephone Soldier in the Chinese store at a favorable and low price for only $189.99, considering that the old price was $219.99.
The good auction offers, so I can recommend the phone for purchase if you are not interested in design and appearance.