ELEPHONE A4 Pro - a memorable smartphone

Good afternoon, dear readers mysku, givenreview will be devoted to the smartphone Elephone A4 Pro. This is a fresh model already in general known in Russia brand, it is created in accordance with modern trends - a lot of memory, a good processor, someone's favorite, and someone unloved bangs on the display, glass back cover with the effect of Lumia-waves gradient color and metal body. In fact, the model is quite successful and interesting, has the right to life, read the review to the end, the smartphone deserves attention, I was pleased to talk about it.

As you know, they are met by clothes, but escorted by the mind, and first present the characteristics and appearance, and at the end we summarize the results and carry out the results of testing and practical use.
Features: Model: ELEPHONE A4 Pro
OS: Android 8.1
Processor: MT6763 Octa Core
Display: 5.85 ", 1512 × 720 pixels, bangs
Memory: 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage (56 GB available to the user), support for microSD memory cards
Camera: main 16Mp with flash, front 8Mp
Connectivity: GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8 (1900/1800/850/900)
WCDMA: B1 / B5 / B8 (2100/850/900)
FDD-LTE: B1 / B3 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B20 (2100/1800/850/2600/900/800)
TDD-LTE: B38 / B40 / B41 (2600/2300/2500
Combined slot: Sim1 + Sim2 / Sim1 + MicroSD
Wi-Fi: 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz 802.11a / b / g / n
Battery: 3000 mAh, charger 5V 2A
Equipment: Charger, microUSB cable, silicone case, manual, needle for a sim tray.
NFC, there is no notification indicator.
Dimensions: 150.5 * 72.7 * 8.6 mm
Weight: 206 grams
The family has a need for inexpensivea smartphone, and since I already have experience in operating the Elephone smartphones, I naturally looked at its products, the parameters were the Elephone A4 Pro, and this:
- price in the right range;
- suitable display diagonal;
- almost full-screen performance;
- interesting design;
- good amounts of memory;
- metal case;
- almost naked Android and ease of unlocking the bootloader.
In this price segment, competition is sufficient.high and the choice of brands is very wide. I didn’t consider other brands that are little known to me, A-brands are much more expensive with similar characteristics, and well-known Chinese brands just offered affordable options, but their design is very consistent. In this situation, the appearance and design were decisive, after all, A4 Pro stand out against all other smartphones and offered interesting color solutions, and as a result was bought on Aliexpress with delivery from China in 3 weeks.

Appearance and materials. Now, when we know the characteristics of the smartphone, you can evaluate the appearance and materials.
The smartphone is packed in a cardboard box, its strength is sufficient for transportation by mail and it came almost not wrinkled. The company logo, brief specifications, IMEI numbers are printed on the box.

The set includes a brief instruction in English, a needle for a SIM-tray, a micro-USB cable, a standard network charger with an output of 5V 2A, a silicone case.

On the front side of the smartphone are located almostfull-screen display with an aspect ratio of 18.9: 9 resolution of 1512 * 720 HD +. There is a bang in which there is a speaker, front camera and proximity sensor, there is no notification indicator in this model, but with the help of third-party applications (FlashOnCall) it is possible to configure the main camera's flash as an indicator (which was done) that shines through the silicone case On the sides. Below the display, the frame is wider, while the sides and top of the frame are rather narrow. The quality of the matrix can be visually assessed as excellent, the colors are naturally transmitted without distortion, the white color looks natural, the viewing angles are excellent, the screen remains readable in the bright winter sun. Also, there are no comments on the touchscreen.

On the top there is a headphone jack.

On the left side there is a combo slot for simultaneous installation of two SIM cards, or a SIM card and a memory card with a capacity of up to 256GB.

At the bottom there is a micro USB connector, the speaker and microphone are hidden behind a symmetrical perforation.

On the right side is a rockervolume, slightly grooved rounded power button, as well as a fingerprint scanner - this is a feature of this model and the lateral location of the fingerprint scanner is very convenient in everyday use.

On the back is a camera eye withflash and logo of the company, the cover is made of tempered glass. The gradient color and the effect of the Lumia waves look very impressive and beautifully plays in the light.

We should also mention the quality and methodbody manufacturing. It is metal with plastic inserts and edging. The metal affected the mass of the device - 206 grams, the smartphone felt in the hand is not light, I personally like to feel the weight in the hand.

The display and the bottom cover are mounted in plasticKant, this is a good decision, because in the event of a fall or shock, the plastic will dampen and prolong the life of the glass parts, and it all looks very organic, beautiful. The appearance of the smartphone and the quality of workmanship are really impressive, there is nothing to complain about, in appearance it is impossible to say that the thing is inexpensive, done conscientiously.
Hardware platform performance andenergy efficiencySmartphone is powered by Mediatek MT6763 processor (Helio P23). Attitude towards Mediatek products is different, but my personal opinion is that there are serious advantages - it’s impossible to kill programmatically, smartphones are easily repaired and stitched, as a rule, there are no problems with unlocking the bootloader and getting the root. I am very loyal to the MTC processors and I understand that a lot depends on the quality of the source codes, i.e. optimization from the manufacturer of the platform to the final vendor (i.e. Elephone). Let's look at the test results of this smartphone model - performance, heating and trotting, power consumption. According to them, we will be able to assess the quality of the software and hardware optimization of the smartphone.
To get started is to evaluate the performancethe smartphone, in the Antutu test, the smartphone received more than 82,000 points, in present times the result is not the most impressive, to run all the games that are on the Market, this is enough, games like PUBG will require to set the average graphics settings, and in order »Possible and low. Graphic Accelerator - Mali-G71. The 4GB of RAM allows the smartphone to work without lags and unloading applications in the background, open multiple tabs in the browser, etc.

The trotting test shows the stability of the system,its heat and the quality of heat dissipation. The test did not record deep dips in performance, the temperature did not exceed 37-39 degrees. The smartphone proved to be not hot at all, we are not accustomed to seeing MTK like that, the fame of the “ovens” was sold out and probably many will remember this for a long time, but as time goes on, it’s probably hardware and software optimization in new processors that progresses and as a result we get new cold and stable solutions.

The only, a little strange moment noticedduring testing, different testing applications could simultaneously show different temperatures of the processor, as if confusing the purpose of temperature sensors, it looked as if the temperature of one core could be passed for the temperature of the entire processor or something like that. What is the reason is difficult to say, but correlating the temperature of the smartphone "to the touch" and the readings of some programs found the correct readings. During even the most difficult tasks or the constant load of the communication module and Wi-Fi, the smartphone in the hands felt nothing more than just warm, and this is important, because talks about the potential of high energy efficiency, which was confirmed by battery life.

In my mode of operation (calls, messengers,browser and news, a little Youtube) a smartphone could last about 2-2.5 days, for a day it took 40%. Of course, these numbers are relative, each has its own mode of use, usually at the present time it’s about the screen time. I made measurements in the 720P video viewing mode from Youtube via Wi-Fi, and I got the following results: at maximum brightness, the charge rate was 18% per hour, i.e. It is 5.5 hours of screen. But in 100% brightness there is no need, more than enough brightness is about 45%, and in this mode the smartphone lost 12-13% per hour, and this is already 8 hours and 20 minutes - agree, this is a very pleasant result.
Also worth noting is just the excellent result.power consumption in the "deep sleep" mode (i.e. rest). For an hour of rest, with Wi-Fi turned on and the necessary applications installed, the smartphone lost approximately 0.1-0.3% per hour, even if we take 0.3% and multiply by 7 o'clock at night, we get that no more than 2.1% will be spent overnight, and sometimes less.
The manufacturer declared battery capacity at3000 mAh, I produced the only available and most reliable option to check the battery capacity by charging the switched off smartphone via USB-doctor. I note that my USB-doctor is calibrated for voltage and current by a calibrator that passed the state calibration, so I absolutely trust his testimony. Since the smartphone was turned off, the possible losses during charging are minimized (only small losses are possible on the path of the charge controller), and the readings of the charge level over time could only be taken by external observation. All this was tabulated and plotted. As the tests showed, the capacity of the uncharged battery was 2850 mAh. As for the lack of fulfillment - I know the opinion that Li-Ion batteries do not require a buildup, but theory and practice sometimes differ, I check not the first smartphone, and not the first battery, and as a rule, after 4-5 complete cycles with a mandatory discharge to a minimum, measurements of the battery capacity show a slight increase, in the end just should get a little more than 3000 mAh. In my opinion, the manufacturer indicated an honest capacity, the quality of the battery is good, because the charge occurred without jumps, forming a regular arc, the discharge was also even. I tried to do everything possible for the most reliable battery testing at home (without breaking a smartphone with a lithium bank and then taking measurements).

I decided not to do a separate section on the sound andconfine one paragraph. The volume of the main speaker is sufficient for a call, you will not miss, but it is inferior to the same Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 or Mi Max 3. The volume of the voice speaker is excellent, the quality is also good. The sensitivity of the microphone and the voice quality for the subscriber is at a high level, they even noted that they began to hear me more discriminatingly than before (i.e. Mi Max 3 will be worse). The sound quality via Bluetooth is normal, check APTX is not possible.
As if summing up the section, we can say thatin this case, the MTC platform showed itself on the other hand, much better in terms of energy efficiency, comparable to Qualcomm, hardware optimization, and the final software, which will be continued in the next section.
The software part.
The smartphone runs on Android OS 8.1 out of the box. Any additional pre-installed applications are missing, the Spartan minimum is diluting Google applications and services. But the OS is slightly supplemented with the ability to customize the interface using 5 preset themes that change the set of icons, desktop and lock screen pictures, as well as the color of the notification curtain and bar status. In my opinion, the themes are very pleasant and will suit the vast majority of users.

The rest of the OS remains unchanged, you canset your launcher, font sizes and graphics. Interface optimization for bangs is minimal and visible in the screenshots, it was not possible to turn on the display of% battery charge in the status bar, there is no such item in the settings. It is possible to change the display style of the onscreen navigation buttons and it is possible to swap them.

Very pleased with the possibility of installing custom Android 9.

Networks and navigation.The modern smartphone has grown out of the phone, its tasks and capabilities have expanded considerably, but over the entire period of transformation and progress, the task of making calls and communications has not disappeared, and still remains the key one.
Smartphone Elephone A4 Pro has allthe necessary modern wireless interfaces are 2G / 3G / 4G networks with all the necessary frequencies for the RF, Wi-Fi in the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency bands, Bluetooth 4.0. Wireless (and fast) charging and no NFC.
It now remains to clarify how it all works, andeven better in comparison with any known and widespread device. In this case, Xiaomi Mi Max 3 with a Qualcomm SD636 processor will act as an opponent, in general, this is the same one stretched from 6 to 6.9 ", Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, and this is pop. I will try to show all that photo comparison mode, except for some subjective moments.
It is worth starting with measuring the speed of the Internet, ascan be seen in the screenshot, conducted 3 tests in 4G LTE mode - the speed is the maximum for the area in which the measurement was performed with the operator BeeLine. Also made measurement via Wi-Fi in 5GHz and 2.4GHz mode, in the next room from the router. The speed turned out to be limited by the capabilities of the provider-router bundle, the results themselves are about the same and indicate the stability of the communication channel.

Separately checked the quality of the reception signal Wi-Fiat 2.4 GHz at close range (in the next room from the router) and at long range (the farthest point from the router in the 4 room apartment, the router itself is installed at the entrance door). A check of the frequency range of 5 GHz was also carried out, but due to the fact that higher-frequency signals propagate worse and break walls worse, this range does not reach the far room.
The 3 photos show a comparison of signal levels on the Elephone A4 Pro and Xiaomi Mi Max 3, the home network is called “WiFi” and “WiFi5G”.
Let's start with 5 GHz in the room next to the router - Elephone is not inferior to Max3.

Then 2.4 GHz in the room next to the router - Elephone exceeds Max3 and shows a better signal level, it sees 1 more network.

And finally - 2.4 GHz at the farthest point (through 2 concrete walls) - the Elephone shows a slightly lower level of the home network signal, but at the same time it feels 2 more networks.

And how does all this look in practice? For example, I play the online game Wormix, it requires a constant connection to the Internet, as well as watching Youtube. At a distant point, Mi Max 3 periodically falls off the network, the Elephone A4 Pro keeps confidently and there is no interruption in data transfer, you can play and watch YouTube without delay, this is a practical test. Yes, I can say with confidence that the Elephone A4 Pro works with Wi-Fi is definitely better than Xiaomi Mi Max 3. In defense of Max 3, I can say that in this place not only it messes up, but also other smartphones, i.e. it's not max 3 so bad.
With Wi-Fi sorted out, but we must return tovoice communication and 3G / 4G. In the area where I work, there is a zone of unsure reception of 4G / 3G, it is easy for me to check the quality of communication there, because I know how that Max 3 and other smartphones behave. And I can say for sure that A4 Pro also surpasses in stability and quality of reception. The quality of voice communication also does not cause complaints, especially in a conversation with relatives who understand what they are talking about, clarified how I heard how they feel voice quality. There were no complaints, they note good intelligibility and loudness of speech.
The range and quality of the connection via Bluetooth is excellent, in general, the operation of wireless modules is not satisfactory.
This can complete the topic of communication and analyze the next, equally important issue - navigation.
Navigation Manufacturer announces supportGPS and GLONASS navigation systems. The check in general is not difficult, we check the reception on the street - in my case, on the balcony, in comparison with the same Mi Max 3, and also just inside the room a little closer to the window, put the smartphones on the bed. The photo report is presented below.

I will not write much, just say thatElephone A4 Pro cold start is very fast, it finds satellites in 2-3 seconds, it is fixed for this same time. The quality of navigation is definitely not worse than that of Max 3. A practical trip on the road showed that navigation is stable, it precisely determines the position with an accuracy to the lane. Glitches that were previously encountered on the old MTK platforms — jumps in the courtyards, rotation, and friezes in determining the location — are also a thing of the past.
Camera. This is a separate chapter, in theory, which should be very extensive, with a lot of photos and text. I will try to tell you about the camera simply and not cumbersome.
The most important thing to understand is the cost.devices, small, only 127 dollars, the budget segment. Based on this introductory, you need to understand that the camera in the Elephone A4 Pro is not the strongest side, but as they say, everything is relative. With the same Xioami Mi Max 3, which has a dual photomodule at 12 + 5Mp. Let me remind you that the A4 Pro is equipped with a single 16MP matrix.
To begin, I will present screenshots of the interfacestandard camera application and possible settings. I will say right away - everything is standard. The Image Parameters settings group, as well as the ISO values, as usual, are not saved after the application is closed. Installing a third-party application solves these and some other points with a more detailed setting of the shooting.

Well, a few examples of photo shooting, including in comparison with the Mi Max 3 default settings.

The quality of the color reproduction I comment is not particularlyI will, I can only say that, in my opinion, the Elephone conveys color more naturally without embellishments, while the dynamic range of the Mi Max 3 is wider. Detailing can be estimated by cropping at the top of the photos, the cropping scale (magnification) is the same. As you can see, the detailing of the main camera A4 Pro in conditions of sufficient lighting is noticeably better.
I was very pleased with the shooting at night, there is not a lot of noise, I expected it to be something bad, but no, pretty well, although Mi Max 3 wins in sensitivity and speed of focusing.

The smartphone writes video in FHD 30FPS resolution, there is software stabilization, it writes well both the video itself and the sound. Personally, I liked the quality of the recording.
The front camera is just ordinary, at 8Mp, I can't say anything special about it, it does its job, I think the vast majority of users of social networks and messengers are satisfied.
However, seeing the submitted pictures you cancompile your presentation, link to the archive with the originals of photos from the main and front cameras, as well as video with stabilization and without stabilization I attach - yadi.sk/d/o0WY6iIjuYuRpg.
Summing up the cameras, I can say that A4 Profocuses in low light conditions longer and the shooting process itself takes a little longer than Mi Max 3, in low light conditions the Elephone is a little worse than Max 3, but Max 3 (like Redmi Note 5) is much more expensive. In general, the Elephone is not exactly merged, but simply did what can be done in this price category, i.e. The quality of the photo corresponds to the price of the smartphone and in practice does not lose to other smartphones with a similar cost (and maybe even slightly higher).
On this, in general, all the main issues are covered, only for lovers of viscera did
photo of the smartphone with the rear cover removed

and you can begin to impress and summarize.
Impressions and results. The A4 A4 Pro left a positive impression, the most important thing was that you were satisfied with the purchase of the smartphone and the expectations were fully justified considering the cost of the device.
It is worth noting the advantages of the device:
* a smartphone with a non-trivial and attractive appearance and color scheme;
* good autonomy up to 2 days;
* sufficient performance;
* the actual amount of RAM and internal memory, which is enough for a long time;
* there is already a custom Android 9 (in fact, you can install any Project Treble distribution kit), on the 4PDA in the subject on the smartphone there are instructions and distributions.
Just in time for the writing of the review has comean update on OTA with the solution of some problems, the description of which had to be removed from the review and minuses (some users had spontaneous reboots, a problem with the flash brightness, some flaws in the proximity sensor - fixed)

Any other serious flaws indevice during operation is not revealed. It is possible to call the camera a relatively weak point, but considering the cost, it is impossible to record it in frank minuses, since "Classmates" do about the same.
It is also worth noting the low volume of the music speaker, but the speaker does not wheeze to the maximum, which means there is a margin and an opportunity to increase it with the help of software enhancers.
We can say that meeting on clothes - a smartphoneIt has an interesting design, still we see off the mind - the device has a good processor and a large amount of memory at an affordable price, as well as a good software component, including good autonomy and stability, as well as custom Android 9.
To summarize - can be recommended for purchase.
Thank you for reading the review, I hope it was useful and you have a complete understanding of this device.
Good luck