Want to hear about a company that some of you probably haven’t before? Elephone. Sound familiar? It probably doesn’t since the company manufactures and sells mainly out of China. Something they do that many other Chinese manufacturers are up to nowadays is cloning the ever-popular OnePlus One, theirs coming in the form of the G5 smartphone. But today’s news doesn’t have anything to do with any clone or current phone; it regards a leak sent in to GizChina about Elephone’s next device. The Chinese OEM apparently has a high-level mole or something, according to GizChina, who did a photoshoot with the company’s latest unreleased smartphone, the P1000, and sent them to the tech site. The device looks like nothing special, just kind of bigger than average, especially compared to the iPhone that appears in two of the pictures for reference. What gets me, and GizChina too, is that the device is not a slouch in any way, like Chinese handsets are known to be on a regular basis. The device will reportedly come with a rather respectable set of internal specifications.
The P1000 will supposedly have a Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5 Ghz across its four cores, paired with the Adreno 330 as well as 3GB of RAM, allowing fast use of the included 32 GB of internal storage. The device is a serious standout compared to the other devices of Elephone’s current lineup. But want to know two of the biggest features? Probably, so here they are: QuadHD and CyanogenMod. Yeah, those two things haven’t existed natively yet. But apparently they will on the P1000. The device’s screen is absolutely monstrous, sized at 5.88 inches diagonally, and though that’s not huge compared to the Sony Xperia Z Ultra from years past whose screen was 6.44 inches diagonal, it is still a large display, and now the pixels finally get cramped on a big-screened Chinese smartphone. The display will reportedly be a 2K panel, likely IPS LCD, since AMOLED is really only used by Samsung nowadays, and that will be a great addition and way to show of the next big surprise of the P1000: CyanogenMod.
Yeah, this one has me stumped a little. Let me explain why. The leaker at Elephone shared with GizChina that the device would run CyanogenMod right out of the box, like the Oppo N1 and OnePlus One have in the past (and present, of course). But the next bit of information conflicts completely with the pictures sent to the Chinese site: “the Elephone P1000 will run a version of CyanogenMod based on Android 4.4 Kit Kat out of the box”. Notice how in the photos the status bar icons and clock are holo blue, the same holo blue that got turned into grey and white in Kit Kat? Yeah, that’s the part we cannot and will not confirm or say is accurate, since what is said doesn’t match at all what is shown. What’s more, look at the app icon for the Settings, the blue sliders on the black square with a blue border. That’s from Jelly Bean, Android 4.3, and 4.2, and 4.1, as well as Ice Cream Sandwich, version 4.0. Also, spot the Messaging app, the one that was removed from Kit Kat. And finally, look at the dialer, the one from Ice Cream Sandwich originally, but used through Jelly Bean 4.3.1. Yeah, Kit Kat for sure.
What can we say about the Elephone P1000 so far then? It is huge. It’s got a nice enough design to it. But we can’t say anything concrete about the OS and version, or the display for sure yet. We know the internal specifications apparently, and they are the high-end specs that many desire today, so that’s nice to see. Regardless of the accuracy of the leak and information, the phone looks to succeed in Chinese markets where big screens are a big deal. If we get any more news of the Elephone P1000, we will definitely share.