Chinese manufacturers are leading the way when it comes to offering great value for money with their devcies. This approach of high spec/low cost seems common to many manufacturers now, although, some seem to be achieving the balance better than others. Elephone is a company who have gained a lot of attention over the last year thanks to the great reviews and praise that their P range of devices have been receiving. Well, the P8000 and P7000 devices are not the only devices Elephone have released and in spite of their mid-range devices being more mid-range, they do seem to come with the same emphasis on build quality and premium feel. The Elephone M1 is a great example and comes in at a very affordable price, but sporting an aluminium alloy body and great build.
In terms of the specs, the Elephone M1 comes equipped with a 5.5-inch display with a 1280 x 720 resolution. Inside, the Elephone M1 comes loaded with 2GB RAM and powered by a MediaTek (MT6735) quad-core processor (clocking at 1.3 GHz). In terms of storage, the M1 comes with 16GB internal storage as standard and does offer the option to expand, thanks to the inclusion of a microSD card slot. Moving to the camera side of things and the M1 is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera, which is coupled with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Additional features include a rear-positioned fingerprint scanner, dual-SIM 2G, 3G and 4G LTE support. In terms of the network compatibility, the Elephone M1 will work with 2G (GSM) 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, 3G (WCDMA) 850/900/2100 MHz and 4G (FDD-LTE) 800/1800/2100/2600 MHz. Last, but not least, the M1 comes powered by a 2,870 mAh battery and comes running on Android 5.1 (Lollipop) out of the box.
While the specs won't be exactly setting the world alight, they are some solid and reliable specs on offer. However, what is certainly the big selling point is the price. The Elephone M1 is now available to order in either a Grey or Golden color option and both variants can be ordered through GearBest for only $159.99. For this sort of money, what you are getting here is a really solid smartphones which will certainly perform as good as anything else at this price point.