Chinese smartphone manufacturer Elephone looks set to become the next in line to join the long list of Chinese OEMs to try their luck in the burgeoning Indian smartphone market. The company’s recently announced mid-range warrior, the Elephone P8000 has now been listed on India’s largest online retailer Flipkart, with a price-tag of 12,999 ($205). The phone was announced last month by Elephone for a price of $210. While the listing has been spotted on Flipkart, the exact release date is yet to be revealed. A Facebook page ostensibly belonging to Elephone India, claims the phone will be released at the end of this month, so if the page is authentic, we might not have to wait too long for the device to be launched in the world’s third largest smartphone market after China and the USA.
As for the specifications of the device, the Elephone P8000 comes with a metal frame, and features a 5.5-inch 1080p display. The device is powered by MediaTek’s MT6753 SoC with a Cortex A-53 octa-core CPU clocked at a maximum of 1.5 GHz, along with a Mali-T720 GPU with support for Open GL ES 3.0 and Open CL 1.2 APIs. The device comes with 3 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage, which is expandable by up to 128 GB via a microSD card. The phone packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel secondary camera on the front. The phone carries a massive 4,165 mAh battery, which the company claims, will offer 21 hours of talk time. The device runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, and is said to feature a fingerprint scanner on the back, which is indeed extremely impressive for the price it’s asking.
However, the single biggest draw of the device has to be its worldwide LTE support that comes with the MT6753 chipset, which has an integrated 4G LTE WorldModeModem, according to MediaTek. Available connectivity features of the MT6753 chipset include Rel. 9, Cat. 4 FDD and TDD LTE. The chipset also advertises support for 3GPP Rel. 8, DC-HSPA+, TD-SCDMA and EDGE for legacy 2G and 3G networks. The chip also supports CDMA2000 1x/EVDO Rev. A network, according to MediaTek.