Elephone S3: edge to edge display, 4G LTE, all the good stuff

Finding a good smart-phone could be an issue, too many variables to consider, but this sure has it pinned, with just a few trade offs. We’ll talk about those in a minute; but first, a few pictures and then the specs.



  • GSM: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G: HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G: FDD-LTE 1(2100) / 3(1800) / 7(2600) / 20(800)
  • SIM Type: Dual SIM (Nano + Micro)
  • OS: Android OS, v6 Marshmallow


  • Dimensions: 142 x 70.5 x 8.3 mm
  • Weight: 145 g
  • Display: 5.2 inch bezel-less 1080 x 1920 pixels, 423 PPI, IPS LCD with Dragontrail Glass protection
  • Sensors: Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Proximity
  • Build: All aluminum alloy
  • Colours: Iron Gray. Gold. Silver


  • Processor Type: Octa Core 1.3 GHz
  • Processor Name: MT6753 / MT6735
  • Graphics Processor: ARM Mali-720
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB
  • External Storage: MicroSD card up to 128 GB


  • Rear: 13.0 megapixel, Sony IMX135, autofocus, OIS, dual LED flash
  • Video recording: 1080p
  • Front-facing: 5 megapixel


  • Music Support: mp3, aac, aac+, eaac+, amr
  • Loudspeaker: Mono
  • Video Support: mpeg4, h.263, h.264


  • Bluetooth: v4.0
  • WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Dual Band 2.4G/5G, Wi-Fi Direct
  • GPS: Yes
  • USB: microUSB v2.0


  • Charging: Quick Charge
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Polymer 2910 mAh
  • Launch Date: March 2016
  • Availability: April 2016
  • Launch Price: $189.90


The only trade offs I see here, is the screen and the battery. An AMOLED screen would have sealed the package, but well, it costs less than $200(between 40 and 50 thousand naira). For the battery, it’s not terrible – at least on paper; but a 3,000mAh battery would have been nice to have.


What I do love about the phone are

  • The fingerprint Sensor: It’s nice to have a phone with a fingerprint sensor that doesn’t break the bank(Apple and Samsung come to mind).
  • That edge-to-edge display: Dayum! If every phone could have that – wait, no… it’s going to be pretty tricky to hold. But meh, it still looks pretty
  • 4G LTE: With MTN promising 4G network in no distant time, having a phone that is 4G enabled before then sounds like a good plan to me.
  • The Price: Of course this is the most important part. It’s hard to see a phone this good with this kind of price tag – except it’s a One Plus device.

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