Today I want to talk about a very beautiful Android smartphone that comes with an iPhone X design. This is a low end Android phone. It’s called Elephone A4. It has the traffic light design on rear side but it’s a single lens.
Main specs: 5.85″ Display, 1440×720 pixel screen, Android 8.1 Oreo, MT6739 Chipset, Quad-core processor with Cortex-A53 4 cores clocked at 1.5GHz, IMG 8XE 1PPC GPU clocked at 600MHz, 16GB Internal storage, 3GB of RAM, 128GB TF card extend option, 4G Connectivity, Metal and Glass Build, 5MP Front camera, 8MP Back camera, Fingerprint sensor on side and 3000mAh battery!
I find it impressive how thin this Elephone A4 phone is with only 8.0mm thickness. The weight is pretty heavy with 189 grams. The USB connector is sadly the old micro USB 2.0 connector. Would love to have seen Type-C on board instead.
This phone comes with the iPhone X notch at the front side. And also with the all-screen design. The glass build will make it feel super premium. And then you get fast charging. You can also unlock the phone with your face. Dual SIM card is amazing if you travel a lot. The ability to have more than one SIM card inside at the same time.
You can also find a 3.5mm earphone port on Elephone A4. I suspect that the camera will be pretty basic. But I love the huge display. Bluetooth is the old 4.2 version. I really enjoy the Black edition of this phone. There is also a Gold variant available. I would also have liked to see 4GB instead of 3GB inside. Especially now when awesome games are being released on Android that need lots of RAM to be played properly. Would also be nice to have seen a Stylus built into the design.
Xiaomi is creating a brand new gaming Android smartphone. It’s called the Xiaomi Black Shark.
Main specs: 5.99” Display with 1080x2160p resolution screen, IPS LCD Type, Android 8.0 Oreo, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Chipset, Octa-core processor with 4×2.8GHz Kryo 385 Gold and 4×1.8GHz Kryo 385 Silver, Adreno 630 GPU, Dual 12MP Camera, 20MP Secondary camera, Bluetooth 5.0, USB 2.0 Type-C on-board and Non-removable 4000mAh Battery!
The first thing I enjoy with this Xiaomi phone is the unique gaming design. On the front side it looks like a mix between a Samsung and an Apple phone. Because it has that nice rounded feel to it. But on the back it truly stands out. Reminds me about Racer’s gaming products. It has a Green and Gray theme over it.
It’s a pretty thick phone with 9.3mm thickness and 190 grams weight. The fingerprint sensor is mounted inside the front home button. This phone will come around a mid-range price level with starting price of 450 euros. Which is around the same price as Galaxy A5 2017 phone.
One sad part is that it doesn’t come with 3.5mm earphone port. So you have to use wireless earphones. The internal memory is 128GB with 8GB of RAM. Or 64GB with 6GB of RAM. There is no Card slot sadly. Something I think all phones should have 2018.
I enjoy the 4000mAh battery but would have preferred if they fixed 5000mAh at least. Since DOOGEE can give you that amount of juice in even cheaper devices I don’t understand why Xiaomi can’t.
The UI that Xiaomi is using is being called JOY UI. Which is just a custom launcher on top of regular Android. Hopefully they have done a good job with the integrated liquid cooling system to keep the CPU temperatures lower than on a Samsung Galaxy S9. Many Android phones suffers from becoming very hot while you are playing graphics heavy games.
A few months ago I talked about a cool iPhone X design copycat phone called Leagoo S9. You can now buy that device. So let’s go over it quick to see what you get inside this smartphone! First of course it comes with the notch and the rear traffic light design camera.
Main specs: 5.85 inch Display, HD+ with 1212×720 pixel screen, IPS type, Android 8.1 Oreo, MT6750 Chipset, Octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and ARM Cortex-A53 28nm setup, Mali-T860 MP2 GPU clocked at 520MHz, 4GB of RAM, 32GB Internal storage, TF card support up to 128GB, 4G VoLTE support, Dual SIM Dual Standby, 2.5D curved glass display and Type-C 2.0 connector!
First thing you detect on Leagoo S9 is the massive display! This will be great for people that enjoy playing games or watch Netflix on their phone. The front camera comes with an 8.0MP sensor. The rear camera is dual and has 13.0MP + 0.3MP lens.
Other things that exist are OTG support and OTA updates. You can even unlock the phone with your face just as you would on iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S9! On the rear side you can find a fingerprint sensor. It’s a very thick phone with 11.8mm thickness.
The battery which is built in has 3300mAh! I wish it was a removable variant but not even the low cost Android phones gives you that these days. Quick charging is on board with 5V/2A setup. You can also find 3.5mm earphone jack!
Leagoo S9 comes in three colour editions: Black, Gold and Blue. It looks very glossy all of them. I think because of the back glass design. Makes it looks like an ASUS ZenFone smartphone! The front has an all screen display with super small bezels. It looks like a premium iPhone at the front side.
It’s super nice how it runs Oreo version of Android. So you get great performance and the latest security updates and bug fixes. You get even high quality music from the speaker.
LG G7 is a new smartphone that we will see coming out soon. It has leaked and we could see that it will feature a notch at the top. Same as the iPhone X design had! I think LG officially posted on Reddit asking what people thought about the notch and they disliked it and then LG removed the post… Here is the rumored specs.
Main specs: 6.0 inch Display, IPS LCD type, 1440×2880 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 screen protection, LG UX, Always-on Display, Android 8.0 Oreo, Snapdragon 845 Chipset, Octa-core processor with 4x 2.7GHz Kryo 385 and 4x 1.7GHz Kryo 385, Adreno 630 GPU, microSD card up to 400GB, 128GB Internal storage, 6GB of RAM, Dual 16MP with F1.5, Secondary 8MP camera, 2160p recording at 30fps and Bluetooth 5.0!
The USB type is suppose to be 3.1 according to the rumors with Type-C 1.0. With USB On-The-Go support! Other epic things are wireless charge support same as iPhone X. The battery on the other hand seems to be a bit small with only 3000mAh! Would prefer to see above 3500mAh for a high-end flagship Android device.
The four colours this phone will come in is Black, Gold, Blue and White. Which is pretty standard colours. I would love to have seen a red edition as well. The fingerprint sensor is rear mounted. Which I think is the best location. The second best location would be on the side I would say.
One main thing here that is going to be the best is how it comes with IP68 certification that makes it dust and water proof up to 1.5m for 30 mins. This is the most famous water rating for phones. In terms of thickness it is 8.2mm .
Vivo X21 is a new phone that looks very similar to the iPhone X! It has a huge display that will be a bit too much for majority of people.
Main specs: 6.28” Display, 1080×2280 pixel screen, Android 8.1 Oreo, Snapdragon 660 Chipset, Octa-core processor with 4x 2.2GHz Kryo 260 and 4x 1.8GHz Kryo 260, Adreno 512 GPU, microSD card support up to 256GB, 64/128GB Memory variant, 6GB of RAM, Dual main camera with 12MP + 5MP Lens, 12MP Secondary camera, 3.5mm earphone jack and Bluetooth 5.0 support!
In terms of OS you get a skin on top of Android that is called Funtouch OS 4.0. The display type is Super AMOLED same as Samsung usually like to use. The build is very premium with Front glass and Aluminium Body. It’s a super slim device with only 7.4mm thickness.
The non-removable battery comes with 3200mAh. One thing that is a bit sad is to see no USB Type C but only microUSB connector. But this is a mid range device in price so it’s not too bad. The colours it comes in are Black, Aurora White and Ruby Red. Another nice thing is how it has hybrid Dual SIM support. The weight is also very slim only 156 grams.
The fingerprint scanner is rear mounted as many others. The video recording function only supports 1080p not higher resolution recording so that is a bit boring.
On the top side you could see a notch installed. This thing started with the Apple iPhone X. Now other companies are starting to copy that especially Android phones. I like how the display is an all-screen display with no bezels. On the back side you can see the traffic light design that also the iPhone X comes with. But it doesn’t seem to protrude as much.