There are a lot of unusual names that have been popping up on the smartphone market as of late, and here we are graced with the Elephone Vowney. It is yet another contender to the OnePlus 2. Manufactured by a Chinese company, it aims to offer top-of-the-line specs at a very reasonable price point. What sets this phone apart from its competition is it is NFC connectivity. Because of this, it may have the potential to attract more customers, especially those found on Western shores.
The Elephone Vowney May Have an Unusual Name, But it Promotes a Good List of Features
The Elephone Vowney is found to be at a more budget-friendly price point. As such, it is immediately found on its casing as it is entirely made out of plastic. Everything is made out of plastic, sans for the two thin strips of brushed metal found on its sides. It has a rear camera with a lens that sticks out a bit. This gives the phone a width of 8.9-millimeters at its thickest point.
Directly below the rear snapper is a fingerprint scanner, which is getting to be more of a trend for any smartphone found at just about any price class these days. Because of this, however, it immediately becomes a marked improvement over the same feature found on the M2. This is all thanks to the larger contact area, which means better accuracy.
It has a 5.5-inch display with a pin-sharp 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution IPS LCD screen. It even boasts a very impressive pixel density of 535-ppi. Therefore, colors look rich and vibrant, and images deliver quite the “punch.”
However, the decision to put in a high-resolution screen on the Vowney is quite questionable. This is because the handset’s display makes it near-impossible to spot individual pixels on a 1080p screen. But this is not an actual deal-breaker as there is still no denying that its screen is excellent, especially when you consider its price tag.
It also boasts an good array of hardware specs, and the software is nothing to laugh about. However, there are a few quirks here and there, especially with regards to the software. For one, the NFC icon in the notifications area does not disappear. You won’t even find a way to suppress the notification outside of turning the feature off. But on a more positive note, this particular smartphone is now able to support contactless payments. Users are still advised to check for compatibility first.
The Elephone Vowney has a fingerprint scanner, an octa-core processor, a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display, NFC, and an overall performance. All of these are found in a reasonable price tag. Still, the cheap build quality makes it just a bit hard to recommend right off the bat.