Elephone Launch The Vowney – Amazing Specs, Odd Name

Elephone Launch The Vowney – Amazing Specs, Odd Name

When I first got my hands on an Elephone Vowney at their headquarters in Shenzhen I was over-joyed and yet ambivalent, the phone was incredibly responsive, the specs were impressive, what let it down was a small niggle, the design feels premium with a sturdy body but the gold finish on the unit I handled was quite garish. The other colours available are seen in the video below however we have yet to see any other than the gold on pre-order pages. There is also a “lite” version, which forgoes some of the flagship specs for a $60 drop in price. Both variants are now available for pre-order.

The primary selling point Elephone are pushing with the Vowney is the 5.5″ 2K display, with a resolution of 2560*1440 (535 PPI). Backing the display up is an impressive 4000 mAh battery, 4GB of RAM and an equally high-end MediaTek 6795 processor, an excellent choice considering the issues plaguing the obvious alternative. The camera sensor is the Sony IMX230, with a 21MP rear camera and an 8MP camera at the front. The camera also supports 4K recording and slow motion video at 120 fps.

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VowneyVowney Lite
CPUHelio X10 (MT6795) 1.9GHz 64bit Octa coreHelio X10 (MT6795) 1.9GHz 64bit Octa core
GPUPower VR G6200Power VR G6200
SD CardYesYes
Display5.5″ 2K screen – 2560*1440 (535 PPI)5.5″ 1080p screen – 1920*1080 (400 ppi)
Battery4000 mAh4000 mAh
OSAndroid 5.1Android 5.1
CameraRear-21MP IMX230, front-8.0MPRear-21MP IMX230, front-8.0MP
SIMDual SIM (Micro SIM Or Nano SIM)Dual SIM (Micro SIM Or Nano SIM)
FingerprintSupport (360° identify)Support (360° identify)

Screenshot 2015-10-28 at 01.54.47 Screenshot 2015-10-28 at 01.54.56So for that extra $60 you get a significant upgrade with your display, an additional GB of RAM and twice the internal storage. Whilst the storage itself is not incredible the inclusion of the SD card support is a welcome addition. Another key feature that is left out of many Chinese flagships is LTE, the Vowney supports the following bands

  • FDD-LTE:band 1/3/7/20 (800/1800/2100/2600)
  • TDD-LTE:band 40 (2300)
  • WCDMA:band 1 /8(1900/2100)
  • GSM:band 2/3/5/8 (850/900/1800/1900)

What do you think? Is this potentially a flagship killer? Leave a comment below!

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He fell in love with Android after buying a T-mobile G1 in 2008 and hasn't looked back since. He firmly believes the future of technology lies within bio-hacking and is an NFC implantee.