Review of Elephone S3: parting the realm of possibility

Frameless smartphones set a new trend. One of the contenders for a place in the top league - Elephone S3, which was for testing. I must say its creators are well prepared, attention to detail and design, and content, and even the contents of the box, if you do not have a ruler, it will replace the USB-cable! What is more surprising novelty - we shall understand all the details.

Technical characteristics of Elephone S3

  • Display: TFT IPS, 5,2 '', 1920x1080, capacitive, frameless multitouch
  • Processor: MediaTek eight-6753 2.0 GHz
  • Graphics Accelerator: Mali-T720
  • Operating System: Android 6.0
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Internal memory: 16 GB
  • Support Memory Card: microSDHC up to 128 GB
  • Communication: GSM 900/1800 MHz || UMTS 900/2100 MHz || LTE: 1, 3, 7, 20
  • SIM: nano-SIM + micro-SIM, Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS)
  • Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Navigation: GPS
  • Camera: Basic - 13 megapixels (flash, autofocus), front - with a 5 megapixel
  • Sensors: lighting, movement, gyroscope, compass
  • Battery 2100 mAh non-removable
  • Dimensions: mm 142х70,5х8,3
  • Weight: 145 grams

Box content and Packaging

The smartphone comes in a glossy white box.

Inside lie: the handset itself, USB-cable with centimeter scale, and a separate power adapter, silicone bumper needle to open SIM-cards compartment, Elephone quick start guide, warranty card.


The smartphone weighs 145 grams with the dimensions 142h70,5h8,3 mm. The width of the body corresponds to most devices with a 4.7-inch display, but it is easy to explain: Elephone S3 is equipped with a frameless screen. This unit does not seem fragile, consisting of a defenseless display. The device received a metal housing, which runs already 209 manufacturing steps. An important feature of process technology: the joints in the body are filled with a high pressure polymeric materials. This contributes to a better passage of signal and communication quality of what later. The wording appeared silver smartphone, but there are also gray, gold and coral (light pink) colors.

Location managers and other elements of the standard. Sensors, earpiece and front camera located above the screen, occupying a slightly larger than normal area on the front panel. Touch button "Recent Applications", "Home" and "Back" appear at the bottom of the screen.

On the left side slot of SIM-cards and memory card, on the right - the volume rocker and the power button.

Connector headphone mini-jack imposed on the upper end, micro-USB for charging and syncing - at the bottom. On either side of the last placed stereo speakers.

The rear panel has: a second microphone, the main camera, LED flash and a fingerprint scanner.


The smartphone perfectly in the hand, and a thin plastic bumper supplied it does not spoil, almost without adding volume.

All buttons and jacks are located conveniently: find, for example, the volume rocker easily. Use Elephone S3 convenient and close the fingers of a man's and woman's manicured, nothing to complain about.


The smartphone is equipped with 5.2-inch IPS-display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The absence of side frames enlarges the screen, and the size of the device is very modest.

The screen quality is excellent, faithful color reproduction. The only pity is no oleophobic coating.

Screen understands up to five simultaneous key presses, and responds appropriately. Reserve high brightness, in many cases it is sufficient minimum backlight level, and maximum brightness is useful for sunny days. illuminance sensor works well.

Additional settings correspond to Android 6.0. This is a set of MiraVision: Set the contrast, saturation, brightness, sharpness, color temperature. And the inversion and color correction in the "special opportunities".


Elephone S3 runs on Android 6.0 running. Instead of the usual desktop, you can select the company (menu item "Home screen"), as well as to change the subject with familiar icons on one of a dozen - with the unusual, mostly painted. They are easy to change, depending on the mood of the person who uses the device. Also, the screen can display time in three time zones.

Buttons "Recent Applications", "Home" and "Back" can be removed with a special button on the left of the screen if they are not needed. When needed - to return. The icons on the desktop can be folded into a folder, if the user so it will be more convenient.

Smartphone can be controlled with gestures: wake up, open various applications, make screenshots mixing three fingers. All this - in Smart Gesture menu.

Fingerprint can be used to unlock the smartphone only in conjunction with another method (for example, PIN-code or pattern). But its functionality is not limited to the "recognition" of the owner, for example, you can take pictures and control the player.

Interesting possibilities makes Smart Lock feature. You can configure the locations where your smartphone is not locked. For example, an apartment, a pocket or coverage of connected smart watch with Bluetooth.

By the standard set of applications added Ele Xender - exchange files with any suitable devices. And then there are Service, where you can give feedback to the manufacturer.

Keyboard, screen calls and messages appear as usual.

Apparatus in the work

The smartphone is equipped with eight cores MediaTek 6753 processor with a clock frequency of 2 GHz. Coupled with 3 GB of RAM, it provides excellent device performance in most use cases. Of the 16 GB of internal memory is available a little more than 11. Instead of nano-SIM, you can insert a microSD card capacity up to 128 GB.

Switching between desktops, zooming in the browser, change themes, launch applications - everything happens quickly. Smartphone difficult puzzle so that he began to think about their actions. Even incoming call in the midst of battle in World of Tanks was not surprised: after the call, you can immediately continue. Is that if you play for a long time, the body back a little heated.

The speaker produces very good sound with sufficient bass and treble.

For a smartphone, you can connect an external drive - USB OTG runs.


The specification stated Sony IMX135 camera with a 13 megapixel sensor.

It works fine camera. It enables fast shutter clicks, too, immediately, faithful color reproduction. Autofocus usually works fine, but sometimes "forgets" to join.

Night photography is not a strong side of the camera. Often misses autofocus, plus a noisy picture.

Video Full HD - nice quality, but fast moving objects sometimes twitch.

Wireless interfaces

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work fine, no complaints. 4G MTS and MegaFon fly - up to 20 Mbit / s.

GPS-receiver is included in the "cold" mode for about 40 seconds.

Smartphone takes two SIM-cards of various sizes. They, as well as the microSD card into one of the slots can be inserted into the included device. Work "Sims" interchangeably, standard settings: LTE can be connected to any of them, select the main card for calls and messages, or to choose every time.

Battery life

Battery 2100 mAh gives smartphone around 150 hours of standby time. It is not very much, in our tests Elephone S3 showed average results.

In the video playback mode ("Flight", the maximum brightness, volume 70%) smartphone worked for 4 hours and 25 minutes. Slightly longer (18% per hour) can play Lara Croft, and World of Tanks demanded 26% per hour. In normal use (half an hour of talk, hour of the Internet, an hour of music) charge is enough for a day at a constant 3G-sync. Energy saving mode can be enabled when the charge level below 15%.

Results of

Elephone S3 - an interesting offer. Gadget Settings modern and thin, carefully made shell and frameless display make it more visible in the eyes of potential buyers. In addition, small pieces of tape on the kind of cable and cartoon themes - will not be superfluous. In short, Elephone was excellent balanced machine that will approach a wide range of users.


  • frameless Full HD Display;
  • well-built metal case;
  • High speed;
  • the attention to detail in the sales package.


  • short battery life.