When someone brings up phone brands made in China, the names that first come to mind are undoubtedly Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus. However, many other Chinese companies also make high-quality smartphones. These Chinese smartphone companies remain obscure since their sales volumes are not high enough in the Chinese market. Nevertheless, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality of these companies’ cellphones is not good enough. In fact, these obscure companies’ cells are as saleable as those of Xiaomi and Huawei in some major markets and have released some amazing designs.
Elephone, one of the less-known smartphone brands from China, recently the company released a new affordable phone with unique pop-up camera design, Elephone U2.
Design and Screen
Elephone U2 offers three colors options, blue, black, and red. Together the CNC aluminum alloy frame and front glass consist of a fresh, modern outlook with a touch of elegance. The back of Elephone U2 is a piece of 3D curved glass that fits the hands, so it is easy and comfortable to hold for a long time. When you look at the FHD+ Ultra-wide screen, you will be amazed by the stunning vibrant colors it provides, thanks to its 103% color-gamut and the 500 nits brightness. Other than cool colors and brightness display, the size of the screen is also remarkable. Due to the LCD screen, Elephone U2 moves the fingerprint sensor down the power button. It is noteworthy that while the fingerprints sensor is used to unlock the phone, unlocking payment methods with fingerprints is not available yet.
Elephone adopts the 6th generation of the full-view screen technology and keeps the chin border as a narrow 3.48mm. By moving the cameras to the pop-up module, there is no notch or drop notch on the display screen, greatly enhance the screen’s size. Compared to the 79% screen to body ratio of iPhone XR, that of Elephone U2 is as high as 93.1%, which even exceeds the 87% screen to body ratio of Oppo Find X. Such high percentage of screen to body ratio is not common in the smartphones’ market, and this task has been tackled by Elephone.
The primary rear camera is 16MP with an F/1.6 large aperture that sports a 5MP depth sensor and a 2MP snapper for lighting improvement. With such high megapixel ideally grants one’s wish to seize every memorable moment by saving them as HD pictures.
The pop-up front camera design is the biggest highlight of Elephone U2. Some may feel like this special camera rings a bell for them. Indeed, this pop-up camera is also used on Vivo Nex. However, there are still some differences between the two pop-up cameras. The pop-up camera design of Elephone U2 is bigger than that of Vivo Nex since the former has two cameras instead of one. Also, while the pop-up selfie camera of Vivo Nex S is 8 MP, the two front cameras of Elephone U2 are 16 MP and 2MP respectively.
The front cameras of Elephone U2 are also equipped with a beauty effect that can smooth out the skin and presents the best look of yours. Additionally, the front cameras also come with the Bokeh mode. This Bokeh effect that can soften the background and bring a sharp focus on the main subject, adding layering to the pictures. For those who would like to take selfies in the dark, the dual LED flash can fully satisfy your needs.
The battery capacity of Elephone U2 is 3250mAh, saving you from the trouble of having to charge the phone multiple times every day. With a single charge, the battery can last from seven or eight hours up to a whole day. Combined with the unique power-saving technology of Elephone U2, it is fair to say that the battery draining speed is not an issue to worry about. Furthermore, Elephone U2 supports fast charging, saving more time for you.
Network and Connectivity
Since Elephone U2 supports both 3G and 4G, you don’t have to worry about whether your carrier is compatible with it. Elephone U2 comes with dual Nano sim slots. For those who want to use two services simultaneously, Elephone U2 meets this requirement just fine. As far as connectivity’s concern, Bluetooth 4.2 is used for wireless connectivity with other gadgets. This latest version of Bluetooth eliminates the possibility of slowing down the data speed while the Bluetooth is turned on.