Elephone S3 Smartphone Review: Bezel-less, Unibody, Metal and Price

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Update: Special offer for Elephone S3 is in process right now from May 4th to May 31st  on elephone official website elephone .hk with a price tag at $179 (~ Rs.12000)

Elephone S3 is a new 2016 bezel-less smartphone released by a China-based phone maker, Elephone, which has released many popular smartphones before, like 2015 flagship smartphone Elephone P8000, 2016 first flagship smartphone Elephone P9000, which is an ultra-thin bezel smartphone, with its variant Elephone P9000 Edge, which is also a bezel-less smartphones. But Elephone S3 is not like Elephone P9000 Edge, this bezel-less smartphone is made out of metal, a metal unibody with CNC cutting technology, and it is supposed to be a midrange smartphone with budget price, which is not confirmed yet. The whole metal specs make Elephone S3 look as elegant as most of the high end smartphones from top phone brands like Apple and HTC. However, Elephone S3 has its own intriguing specs besides the metal unibody even comparing with Apple iPhone 6S or HTC One series. And let’s find out what specs do Elephone S3 provide to us besides the bezelless display, metal unibody and metal frame.

Elephone S3 smartphone overview source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUN5lQg29vM

Specs Review of Elephone S3

  • MediaTek MT6735 64bit 1.3GHz quad core processor or MT6753 64bit 1.3GHz octa core processor with ARM Mali-T720 GPU
  • 5.2 inch FHD capacitive touch screen with 2.5D Arc technology and Corning Gorilla Glass, 1920 x 1080 pixel edge-to-edge display, bezelless design, CNC cutting metal unibody
  • 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage
  • 13MP Sony primary camera, supporting touch focus and auto focus
  • 5MP second camera
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 142 x 70.5 x 8.3mm
  • Android 6.0 Lollipop
  • Dual SIM connectivity, LTE/CDMA/WCDMA/GSM cellular networks.
    GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8 (1900/1800/850/900); 
    WCDMA: B1/B2/B8 (2100/1900/900), CDMA: BC0; 
    FDD-LTE: B1/B3/B7/B20 (2100/1800/2600/800), TDD-LTE: B38/B39/B40/B41(2600/1900/2300/2500)

Elephone S3 Review: Design and Display

The design of Elephone S3 is simple but beautiful. On the front of the bezel-less smartphone is the 5.2 inch FHD touch screen with edge-to-edge 1920 x 1080 pixel display, which uses 2.5D Arc technology for a better viewing and Corning Gorilla Glass for protection. The touch screen of Elephone S3 uses Capacitive multi touch technology and supports 5-points multi touch. This bezelless smartphone has two classic bars, one is on the top with receiver and front camera, while the bottom bar has nothing, even the basic three buttons on most of the Android smartphones disappear. Elephone S3 has a metal unibody, which means that the back cover and middle frame are now combined into one, there is no obvious middle frame now, and the Elephone S3's unibody used CNC cutting technology. There are two buttons on the top side of Elephone S3’s metal frame, one is headphone jack, the other is infrared port, with which you can control most of the smart devices at home.

On the bottom side is the USB port, it’s a pity that Elephone S3 does not adopt a Type-C USB port, which is used in another bezel-less smartphone - Elephone P9000 Edge. The power button and volume controls are on the right side, nothing special when comparing other Elephone smartphones. The back cover of Elephone S3 is made out of an entire metal and this makes the bezel-less smartphone a metal unibody smartphone. Elephone M3 is also a metal-body smartphone, but the metal is not a whole, with two bars up and below the middle metal back shell. The 13MP primary camera is on the metal back shell, along with the dual LED flash and the fingerprint scanner.

Elephone S3 Design and Display

Elephone S3 Review: Hardware and Performance

Elephone S3 has two editions based on the hardware and memory. Elephone S3 Basic sports a quad core processor from MediaTek, MT6735, along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage; Elephone S3 Enhanced has an octa core processor also from MediaTek MT6753, with 3GB of RAM and the same 16GB of internal memory that can be expanded to 128GB with TF card. Both editions have the same GPU, ARM Mali-T720.

Elephone S3 Review: Camera

Both Elephone S3 Basic and Elephone S3 Advanced have the same camera. The primary 13MP camera uses Sony IMX135 sensor, supporting Touch Focus and Auto Focus. The 5MP camera uses OV5670 camera sensor from OmniVision, a top camera sensor manufacturer used in many midrange smartphones.

Elephone S3 back shell with camera

Elephone S3 Review: Battery

It has to say that battery might be one of the drawbacks of Elephone S3, which has a non-removable Li-Po 2100mAh battery that is said to support up to 150 hours standby time and 8 hours talk time. Both Elephone S3 Basic and Elephone S3 Pro do not support quick charge technology, even the charging time is described as short as 90 minutes.

Elephone S3 Review: Connectivity

Elephone S3 is a dual SIM Android phone, both Elephone S3 Basic and Elephone S3 Advanced support dual SIM card slots, one Nano SIM and one Micro SIM, and other common connectivity, like 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS and A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, LTE/CDMA/WCDMA/GSM cellular networks. Elephone S3 supports most of the network frequencies used in most countries globally.


Even the price of Elephone S3 is not yet, but from the bezel-less smartphone’s specs and comparing with Elephone P9000 Edge, Elephone S3 is positioned in the midrange smartphone list, providing users who want to buy a most-worthy smartphone with a budget price a chance to buy a budget-price Elephone smartphone.

How do you think Elephone S3? Do you like this bezelless smartphone? Please tell us with your answers at below.


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Created on 5/6/2016 5:29 PM
The highlight of the Elephone S3 are: bezelless desigh, MTK6753 octa-core chipset, 3GB RAM and the 13MP sony rear camera. While the short-point are, the first one must be the 2100mAh battery, it is strongly not enough for the specifications. The other is the 16gb rom. The mystery is the price. While comparing to the other MTK6753 mid-range device, I will prefer the Oukitel k6000 pro with 6000mAh battery, Android 6.0 and 3GB+32GB storage. Its price is only $143.99 now at gearbest.
Created on 6/25/2016 5:53 PM
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