Prior to September 2016, curved edge displays, and indeed dual-curved displays on smartphones were sort of an exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy S line. After the explosive fate of the Galaxy Note 7 πŸ™ , however, smartphones with dual-curved screen began to show up on every corner, and every OEM started to scramble to get their piece of the ‘national cake’ brought about by the Note 7.

These new devices, however, bore one similar characteristic; they were expensive. Most of them cost well over $400, which implied that dual curved screens are not for budget buyers. That is about to change, however, with the introduction of the Elephone S7 series.

When I first heard of this smartphone, I was quite sceptical because it was produced by a China-based OEM. However, the more I read about it, the more I’m convinced that it’s a good buy. The Elephone S7 packs is an embodiment of beauty and brawn; some have even referred to it as the most beautiful smartphone under $150.

Another thing that endears me to the Elephone S7 is that it comes in a wide range of memory, storage and colour variants, giving buyers the complete power of choice. There’s even an Elephone S7 Mini for those who don’t like the big 5.5-inch display of the standard variant; the S7 Mini comes with a 5.2-inch display.

Elephone S7 – General Specifications

Display & Design

Elephone S7 Display

The Elephone S7 4G Phablet has a 5.5-inch dual curved-edge bezel-less display with a Full HD (1920 * 1080) pixel resolution. It comes with a physical home button into which a fingerprint scanner has been embedded for secure unlocking of the smartphone.

The design of the Elephone S7 is similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge; in some quarters they call it a direct copy. The side bezels are completely absent, the edges are rounded and the back is slightly curved. The Elephone S7 has all the aesthetics of a modern high-end smartphone, which it actually is.

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Processor, Storage & Memory

As I said earlier, the Elephone S7 comes in a wide range of storage and memory variants, ranging from 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM to 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM to 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM. These memory variants depend on the colour version you get (which have different price tags), so I’m going to discuss them under the colour variants & price subheading.

Under the hood, the Elephone S7 is powered by a MediaTek Helio X20 MT6797 processor with ten processing cores (Deca-core) and a clock speed of 2.0GHz. The processor is paired with a modern Mali T880 GPU to ensure that graphics operations are carried out smoothly. The phone comes with a microSD slot which allows you to expand the internal storage capacity up to 128GB with an external SD card.

Battery & Connectivity

The Elephone S7 packs a built-in 3000mAh Lithium Polymer battery which powers its operations. It comes with a Dual Nano-SIM slot and supports 4G LTE network bands. The good news is that the smartphone is unlocked for global use, and supports a wide range of network frequency bands around the world.

The smartphone possesses a 3.5mm audio jack and micro USB Type-C port which gives it USB OTG support. It also comes with other wireless connectivity options like WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and Hotknot.

Camera

Elephone S7 Camera

The Elephone S7 sports a 13MP camera with Autofocus and LED flash at the rear, and a 5MP solitary camera unit at the front. The front camera comes with an Iris recognition technology which gives fuel to the rumours that it’s a Galaxy Note 7 clone. Since there is no dedicated iris scanner, however, the technology is not expected to work very well on the Elephone S7.

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Software

The Elephone S7 4G Phablet runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow right out of the box, with some software modifications on top to give you more features and tweaks to play with. It includes support for a wide range of languages and allows you to use Smart gestures and Wake Gestures.

The Elephone S7 comes with a lot of features like Ambient light sensor, Compass, Gravity sensor and Proximity sensor. It weighs just 148 grammes and is only 7.6mm thick, despite the fact that it packs a large battery capacity.

Colour Variants & Price

Elephone S7 Colour Variants

The Elephone S7 comes in four colour variants, with each having different memory configurations and price tags. All four variants are beautiful, and I would be at a loss on which to pick if given a choice.

Elephone S7 Black Colour

Elephone S7 Black Colour

The Black variant comes in two memory configurations which are 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM which costs $199.99, and 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM which costs $239.99.

Elephone S7 Green Colour

Elephone S7 Green Colour

The Green variant comes in two memory configurations which are 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM which costs $209.99, and 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM which costs $249.99.

Elephone S7 Bulb Colour

Elephone S7 Bulb Colour

The Bulb variant comes in two memory configurations which are 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM which costs $199.99, and 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM which costs $229.99.

Elephone S7 Gold Colour

Elephone S7 Gold Colour

The Black variant comes in three memory configurations which are 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM which costs $149.99, 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM which costs $179.99, and 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM which costs $209.99.

But, you can get any of the above colors from Gearbest.com at the rate of $149.99 with Free International Shipping.

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Elephone S7 Full Phone Specifications

Technology

  • 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz.
  • 3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz.
  • 4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz TDD-LTE 2300/2600MHz.
  • SIM Type: Dual SIM (Nano SIM, Dual Standby).
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
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Design

  • Dimensions: .15.04 x 7.32 x 0.76 cm / 5.92 x 2.88 x 0.3 inches.
  • Weight: 148g.
  • Display: 5.5-inch, 1920 * 1080 pixels Full HD, IPS Capacitive touchscreen.
  • Build:Β Metal unibody.
  • Form Factor:Β –
  • Colours: Black, Green, Bulb & Gold.

Hardware

  • Processor Name/Technology: MediaTek Helio X20 MT6797.
  • Processor Speed: 2.0 GHz.
  • Number of Processor Cores: Deca-core.
  • Graphics Processor: Mali T880.
  • RAM: 2GB / 3GB / 4GB.
  • Internal Storage: 16GB / 32GB / 64GB.
  • External Storage: microSD, up to 128 GB.
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Fingerprint Sensor, Compass, Gravity Sensor, Iris Recognition.

Camera

  • Rear: 13 MP, Autofocus, LED flash.
  • Video recording: Yes.
  • Front-facing: 5 MP, Iris Recognition.

Multimedia

  • Music Support: AAC, AMR, Mid, MP3, WAV.
  • Loudspeaker: Yes.
  • Audio Technology: –
  • Video Support: 3GP, H.264, MP4.
  • FM Radio: No.

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth: v4.0.
  • Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, LE.
  • WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot.
  • GPS: Yes, A-GPS.
  • USB: Micro-USB v3.0.
  • USB OTG: Yes.
  • NFC: No.
  • 3.5mm audio jack: Yes.

Battery

  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Polymer 3,000 mAh.
  • Charging: Fast Charge – No.
  • Power Management: Marshmallow’s Battery Saving mode.

Miscellaneous

  • Extra Features: OTA, Iris Recognition, Smart gestures, Wake Gesture.
  • Launch Date: October 2016.
  • Availability: November 2016.
  • Sales stores/platforms:
    • Online:Β Gearbest (Presale)
    • Offline:Β 

The Elephone S7 is currently on presale on Gearbest.com, which is why the prices are very low; the real price of the smartphones are almost double what they currently are, and the presale is ending on November 20. So, if you’ve been wondering if this was a scam or not, there you have it.

Elephone S7 Mini – General Specifications

Elephone S7 Mini

Display & Design

The Elephone S7 Mini is smaller, with a 5.2-inch display also with a Full HD (1920 * 1080) pixel resolution. The S7 Mini has the same design – dual curved-edge bezel-less display, a physical home button with embedded fingerprint scanner for security – as the standard S7; the only difference is the screen size.

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Processor, Storage & MemoryElephone S7 Mini Display

The Elephone S7 Mini comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 128GB with a microSD card, which is pretty generous considering the price of the phone.

Under the hood, the Elephone S7 Mini is powered by a less powerful (but still powerful) MediaTek MT6737 processor with four processing cores (Deca-core) and a clock speed of 1.5GHz. The processor is paired with a Mali-T720 GPU to ensure that graphics operations are carried out smoothly.

Battery & Connectivity

The Elephone S7 Mini packs a built-in 2450mAh Lithium Polymer battery and comes with a Dual Nano-SIM slot and supports 4G LTE network bands. The smartphone is unlocked for global use and supports a wide range of network frequency bands around the world.

It also possesses a 3.5mm audio jack, but unlike its bigger variant, the Elephone S7 Mini doesn’t support USB OTG. It also comes with other wireless connectivity options like WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS.

Camera

Elephone S7 Mini Camera

The Elephone S7 Mini sports a 13MP camera with Autofocus and LED flash at the rear, and a 5MP camera unit at the front.

Software

The Elephone S7 Mini 4G runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow right out of the box, with some software modifications on top to give you, more features and tweaks to play with. It includes support for a wide range of languages.

Elephone S7 Mini Fingerprint Scanner

The Elephone S7 Mini comes with a lot of sensors like Ambient light sensor, Hall Sensor, Gravity sensor and Proximity sensor. It weighs just 138 grammes and is only 7.6mm thick, which might be due to its smaller battery size.

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Availability & Price

The Elephone S7 Mini will come in Bulb colour and would be available from December after its presale, which is currently on in Gearbest, ends. The presale price of the Elephone S7 Mini is $149.99, but the price is expected to increase after the presale.

Elephone S7 Mini Full Phone Specifications

Technology

  • 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz.
  • 3G: WCDMA 900/1900/2100MHz.
  • 4G: FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz TDD-LTE 2300/2600MHz.
  • SIM Type: Dual SIM (Nano SIM, Dual Standby).
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Design

  • Dimensions: 14.40 * 6.88 * 0.76 cm / 5.67 * 2.71 * 0.3 inches.
  • Weight: 138g.
  • Display: 5.2-inch, 1920 * 1080 pixels Full HD, IPS Capacitive touchscreen.
  • Build:Β Metal unibody.
  • Form Factor:Β –
  • Colours: Bulb.

Hardware

  • Processor Name/Technology: MediaTek MT6737.
  • Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz.
  • Number of Processor Cores: Quad-core.
  • Graphics Processor: Mali T720.
  • RAM: 2GB.
  • Internal Storage: 32GB.
  • External Storage: microSD, up to 128 GB.
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Fingerprint Sensor, Hall Sensor, Gravity Sensor.

Camera

  • Rear: 13 MP, Autofocus, LED flash.
  • Video recording: Yes, 1080p.
  • Front-facing: 5 MP.

Multimedia

  • Music Support: AAC, AMR, Mid, MP3, WAV.
  • Loudspeaker: Yes.
  • Audio Technology: –
  • Video Support: 3GP, H.264, MP4, WMV.
  • FM Radio: Yes.

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth: v4.0.
  • Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, LE.
  • WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot.
  • GPS: Yes, A-GPS.
  • USB: Micro-USB.
  • USB OTG: No.
  • NFC: No.
  • 3.5mm audio jack: Yes.

Battery

  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Polymer 2450 mAh.
  • Charging: Fast Charge – No.
  • Power Management: Marshmallow’s Battery Saving mode.

Miscellaneous

  • Extra Features: -.
  • Launch Date: October 2016.
  • Availability: December 2016.
  • Sales stores/platforms:
    • Online:Β Gearbest (Presale)
    • Offline:Β 


Of these two elegant smartphones, the S7 and S7 Mini from Samsung Elephone, which would you choose? And why? Let us know!

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