Elephone G1 first impressions

Our Elephone G1 review is now available – check it here. We just received the so-called cheapest quad-core smartphone – Elephone G1. It’s a new device and just hit the shelves. Our review unit already arrived and we want to share our first impressions with you. If you don’t remember what exactly the specifications are, then here’s a quick reminder of them

Elephone G1 Specifications

  • 4.5-inch IPS FWVGA screen
  • MTK6582M Cortex A7 quad-core CPU 1.3GHz
  • GPU Mali-400 MP
  • Android 4.4.2
  • 512MB RAM +4GB ROM + microSD card up to 32GB
  • 2G:GSM850/900/1800/1900MHz; 3G:WCDMA850/2100MHz
  • Dual cameras:0.3MP front camera(interpolated to 2.0MP) and 2.0MP back camera (interpolated to 5.0MP) with flashlight
  • Dual SIM Card Dual Standby
  • 1800mAh battery

As we mentioned this is the cheapest quad-core smartphone you can buy at the moment. The price is $49, but the retailers actually sell it for about $60-$65 with free shipping. Yes you can find a price of $49, but keep in mind that there’s no shipping included and you still need to pay it.

The phone itself looks good. It has a solid body although it’s all plastic. It feels great in hand and it’s not slippery. Probably your concerns are about the amount of RAM memory. Yes, 512 MB probably are not enough for the majority of the smartphones’ users. However our Elephone G1 performed pretty well and we didn’t encounter any major software issues and lag. Believe it or not it ran Asphalt 8 really smooth.

The display looks good and the low resolution is not a problem, because of the compact display size. We’ll see how it feels in everyday usage during our tests.

The cameras are nothing impressive. Yes, there are two cameras and that’s all interesting we can say about them. But it’s better than nothing. We will test them and publish more feedback and picture samples later.

After a few hours we think that Elephone G1 worth the money, but we are still about to test this phone in details, so stay tuned for our full review.

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