Review smartphone Elephone Pioneer P7000

Review smartphone Elephone Pioneer P7000

Not long ago, the Chinese company Elephone began selling its next “masterpiece” called Pioneer. Frankly, when I saw the inscription on the box, I thought that the production of a hand in a Japanese corporation. It was found that «Pioneer» – it is only the name of the device.

The device is interesting in that for only $ 230 offers impressive performance, comparable with the parameters of the flagship models of well-known manufacturers for big money. The first thing worth noting – an eight 64-bit processor. Of course, now it will not surprise anyone, but it is always nice to know that under the “hood” is so efficient chipset from MediaTek. Second – as much as three gigabytes of RAM. Third – metal housing and glass protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The fourth – LTE – never hurts, especially if the relationship works perfectly with all operators in Russia. Fifth, important for many – capacious battery 3450 mAh. Finally, here is the real value, in contrast to other Chinese units, which stated one thing, but actually, the gadget is at best a half-day. Sixth surely not the most interesting, but what will be the feature – fingerprint sensor. Seventh – excellent grade.

In general, it turns cool smartphone, however, as the saying goes, “the devil is in the details.”

Elephone Pioneer P7000: Design, size, controls

Recently come to me terribly scary Chinese smartphones. Yes, they look good from afar, but up close you can see all the nuances of the curve assembly, poorly made parts and so on. Fortunately, Elephone P7000 does not suffer all this, it really looks good as in the picture, and live: rather strict design, stylish appearance, a great assembly, high quality materials. That is, if not the country label on the back of Pioneer in the form of two ears and two eyes with the nose, I would have thought that it is the next flagship device, for example, Huawei.


Case shape oval with strongly rounded corners, sloping rear cover, too. In his hand is good because of moderate size (155x76x8.9 mm) and light weight enough for such a gadget – 122 grams with the battery.

The device is available in three colors: gray, white and gold. We have to review the gadget turned white, that is, the front side and white cover and golden edging. In the case of gray P7000 enclosure gray, silver bezel. And the one for gold, has a body full of this color.

Review smartphone Elephone Pioneer P7000

The front is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass glass of the third generation. Despite the strength of the material, the manufacturer reinsured by reporting the kit also special glass (9H +). During the tests, nothing wrong with the screen did not happen: no scratches, no chips, no scuffs.


Oleophobic coating is. Maybe not the highest quality, but fingerprints are not much visible and easily erased, and the finger slides on the surface of a well.

The thin edge around the perimeter of the front panel – plastic, painted white. Thick border – roughly brushed metal (magnaly – an alloy of aluminum and magnesium, as well as a small amount of copper, nickel and tin) golden. The material is soft, so I somehow managed to “plant” a small dent on the bottom.


The back cover is made of semi-gloss plastic. Outwardly, it looks like a white painted metal, as Samsung A-series. Fingerprints on the cover Elephone invisible, the material is not very slippery.

Once again I want to repeat that the gadget looks decent, not like many similar Chinese handicrafts.

Review smartphone Elephone Pioneer P7000

The front panel is located on top of the voice speaker. He has a high volume, clear sound, excellent intelligibility. To his left – front camera, on the right – light sensor and proximity. Here, as in some machines from China, the proximity sensor does not work: during a call, you can accidentally press the mute. Such situations I had a few of the testing period. This same problem was with Oukitel U8 (subsequently corrected firmware bug).


Below the display are touch buttons. Centre responsible for the exit to the desktop and activate the menu with the previously launched applications. Button funny: in the settings easy to change the illumination color (red, yellow, green, white, blue, purple, cyan). She also is an indicator of missed events.


Left and right (they are not visible, there is no light) – the two touch buttons “Menu” and “Back”. Just below – microphone.

At the bottom right – five small holes (speaker), and the left – a decoration.


The volume button is on the left. She is thin, almost drowned in the case. Right – the power button, it also serves as the backlight.


At the top end – 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones and a microUSB-socket.


On the reverse side: Simplex LED cold light flash, camera lens, framed by a metal ringlet, recessed fingerprint sensor.


The latter has a diameter of 11 mm, detects touches 360 sufficiently quick. Nothing special about the sensor can not tell – a typical feature of many Chinese (and other) smartphones.

Review smartphone Elephone Pioneer P7000


The back cover is removable. Poddevat the recess at the bottom left. Above in the center – a slot for a memory card microSD, and connectors for miniSIM microSIM. The battery is also removable.

Elephone Pioneer P7000: Display

This device uses the screen diagonal is 5.5 inches. The physical size – 68h121 mm Frame top – 15 mm, bottom – 18 mm, right and left – approximately 4.5 mm. There is anti-reflective coating, fairly effective.


The display resolution of the P7000 Elephone – FullHD, ie 1920×1080 pixels, aspect ratio – 16: 9, the density – 400 pixels per inch. Matrix IPS c air gap.

Elephone Pioneer P7000: Battery

This model uses a removable lithium-polymer (Li-Pol) battery capacity of 3450 mAh. The manufacturer claims that the device will work for about 8 hours of talk time and 96 hours standby.


In my terms Elephone P7000 «lived» about half of the day: for the time of about an hour of calls, 7-8 hours of 3G / 4G, 10-15 hours of Wi-Fi, camera – for 20 minutes, about an hour listening to music, 2.5 hours of screen glow. In a gently Pioneer operates 3-4 days without problems, up to a week – in the mode of calls.


Elephone Pioneer P7000: Communication capabilities

The device operates not only in networks 2G / 3G (GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz), but 4 4G CAT band 1/3/7/20 (FDD-LTE 800 / 1800/2100/2600 MHz). Both slots simkarty “understand» LTE.

Review smartphone Elephone Pioneer P7000

Chip NFC not, the rest is standard for all of Android-smartphone: GPS, Wi-Fi b / g / n dual band (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 with support for OTG.

Elephone Pioneer P7000: Memory and memory card

This model is used as much as 3 GB of RAM. This volume is sufficient for all. I’ll tell you many strange thing: I have enough, and 2 gigabytes.What are 3, 4 or 5 GB, it is not clear: to run two or three games and switch between open 100500+ tabs in the browser, so they are not downloaded again? While a large amount of RAM does not make much sense. About how QuadHD resolution and above: much of a difference compared to virtually no FullHD, but cool. I wonder how many years, Apple’s iPhone only costs 512 MB and 1 GB of RAM? And nothing is buggy, no brakes, everything is loaded as expected, and you can switch between the games. This is all rhetorical questions, the answers to which I know, I just wanted a little poholivarit :)


The internal memory of 16 GB. Naturally, the user is available less – about 12 GB. A slot for memory cards format microSD.

Elephone Pioneer P7000: Cams

Traditionally, there are two camera modules: 13 MP (Sony IMX214, aperture F2.0) and 5 megapixel (aperture F2.4).

Despite the excellent performance, the main camera shoots medium, especially in an environment where the object is dark: the image turns into a “soap”, the details are lost focus with great difficulty to shoot, and so on. In sunny weather, good shots, but the dynamic range of zero, that is, to use an effect associated with the brightness, better not – get out noise artifacts. Another trouble is software – a miserable job with white balance: Even when manually configured image often becomes yellow, red or purple shades.

Unfortunately, the camera is not impressed. Most likely, the case in the software: simple, as always, have established a good unit and did not bother to write it normal drivers or software. Many Chinese devices this is the case. Gain the successful components from different manufacturers, will set at random, and then the end user suffers looking for firmware of foreign sites trying different kernel, and so on. However, someone even like it.

Video unit records in FullHD resolution at 30 frames per second. Quality usual for such devices. The sound is very quiet, almost unheard of.

Front camera standard – 5 megapixel without autofocus. Video shoots in 640×480 pixels.

Elephone Pioneer P7000: Performance

The device operates in the Taiwan chipset MediaTek MT6752. It was announced in February last year. This 64-bit SoC, which contains 8 cores ARM Cortex-53 process technology 28 nm, the clock frequency of each – up to 1.7 GHz. Present technology MediaTek CorePilot. As used graphics Mali T-760 (the official website says that 16 cores).

If we talk about performance, Elephone P7000 «pulls” all the toys at maximum settings without problems. Another question – the optimization and operation UI. The interface is almost all the time retarding, it shows the settings when scrolling images to Instagram, sometimes the menu and other applications. Personally, I is very annoying, because I understand that in front of me a powerful smartphone that could not “finished.”Once again, that almost all the Chinese unit is as follows: the coolest iron, but weaker. Compare possible with rookie-driver: go to “pump a wheelbarrow,” it will be, but no feints effectively not be able to do.

Elephone Pioneer P7000: Software Platform

New functions on a relatively recent version of the operating system Google Android 5.0. Of course, I would have been 5.1. Shell surprisingly – “pure android”.

Elephone Pioneer P7000: Multimedia

Music player. The speaker volume is high (at some ringtones just yelling), the quality is good, but lacks the bass notes.

Review smartphone Elephone Pioneer P7000

The headphone volume is slightly above average. Quality usual for such devices. It is necessary to listen. I like it.

Radio present.

Elephone Pioneer P7000: Closing

The unit made a positive impression on me: Elephone Pioneer P7000 looks good, quality is assembled, a capacious battery, the screen is good, the price is adequate ($ 230, or about 12 500 rubles). Defined a few things that the Chinese “artisans” can not finish until the end (well, by the way, not only will they). The camera could be better: slow focus, white balance errors, noise and “soap”. Optimization software is also not up to scratch: in spite of the powerful processor, “sea” memory interface retarding. The rest of the smartphone pleasant.


  • Price
  • Build Quality
  • The quality of materials
  • Processor
  • RAM
  • High-capacity battery
  • Loud speakers (voice and polyphonic)
  • Merry button indicator events
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Equipment


  • The main camera (under certain conditions)
  • Troll interface
  • Glitches Proximity Sensor


Review smartphone Elephone Pioneer P7000 updated: July 9, 2015 author: Jonathan Davis