Ever since the iPhone 5S made fingeprint scanning a mainstream feature, smartphone manufacturers are looking to implement this feature into their phone, in order to protect the privacy of their users.
Elephone, one of the better-known Android smartphone manufacturers from China, is not at their first device sporting biometrics authentication, but the P3000S has so much more than that. The company’s latest offering excels in connectivity options, and delivers plenty of performance, especially considering its price.
One could say that the name of this Android smartphone has been recycled, as this is not the first P3000S in Elephone’s portfolio. However, the manufacturer bumped up the specs quite seriously, while maintaining the overall design and dimensions.
First of all, Elephone kept the 5″ IPS display, but increased the resolution from 1280×720 to 1920×1080. As a consequence of this, the pixel density has also rocketed, reaching a value of 440ppi, which is much more than what the human eye can perceive. The 32-bit MT6592 chipset has been replaced by a 64-bit MT6752 SoC including the Mali T760 GPU. All this is paired with 3GB of RAM (whereas the first P3000S only had 2GB), to make sure that all apps run smoothly.
Elephone dropped the Omnivision sensor of the rear camera in favor of one made by Sony. While the 13MP resolution has been preserved for that one, the resolution of the front-facing camera has been reduced from 8MP to 5MP. Even so, that’s more than enough for selfies. Below the back camera, there’s an LED flash and the fingerprint scanner, one of P3000S’ most important features, as it enables users to safely lock their phone.
In terms of connectivity, the new and improved P3000S brings 4G LTE and NFC to the table, for file transfers, browsing, chatting and payment options that keep up with the times. Of course, Elephone will work to improve on these features even more in their future models.
The Elephone P3000S has a MSRP of $199.99, but you can get it for $180.98 on GearBest, if you use coupon code EP3GB at checkout. The 2GB version is also available for $139.98 with coupon code EP3000S, at the same reseller. Keep in mind that the smartphone is on pre-sale until April 15, and orders will be shipped after that date.