Android M, or Android 6.0 Marshmallow, by its full name, is the most recent installment from Google in terms of mobile operating systems. An unlikely pairing has emerged after a hands-on video of the Elephone Ecoo E06 was leaked online a couple of days ago: Android M and the new Mediatek Helio P10 CPU. Although in the video, the new flagship is running on Android 5.1 Lollipop, at launch, it will be the first smartphone outside of Google and besides the HTC One A9 to be launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow on board, according to Elephone.
Android M is still a rather unnoticeable presence, although a few devices outside of the Nexus family have already received the update. The Elephone Ecoo will be the first Android M smartphone coming out of China, and the first to sport the new OS out of the box after HTC revealed the One A9 earlier this Fall.
In the leaked hands-on, the Elephone Ecoo seems to be a mid-range smartphone sporting Mediatek’s unreleased Helip P10 chipset. Sporting a 5.5-inch FHD display, 3 gigs of RAM and 16 GB internal storage, the handset performs quite well in the Antutu benchmarks demonstrated in the hands-on video. The design of the smartphone seems to keep the company’s familiar design language alive, with metal edges and thin bezels all around the handset.
Elephone is working hard to increase awareness and it’s prepping a lot of new phones for the west, including the cheap yet premium $70 Elephone S1 and Elephone S1 Plus, the cheapest QuadHD phones ever in the form of the Elephone Vowney and Vowney Lite, affordable flagships like the Elephone Ecoo and many more. With the addition of the new Mediatek Helio P10 processor to its new mid-range devices, Elephone is trying to demonstrate that performance, design and affordability can indeed be balanced well. With Android M confirmed by the company to be installed on the new handset out of the box, we’re truly excited to see this new phone.
The Mediatek Helio P10 will also be used in the upcoming Elephone P9000, which is supposed to be unveiled before the end of the year, as well as some other phones that haven’t been announced yet. The Chinese up and coming company seems to be on the right track towards gaining headway in the west, after numerous jabs from competitors like Umi, Doogee and others. Android M is going to contribute to its popularity, as long as the release date is close. We are curious to see the full specs and a detailed design overview of the Elephone Ecoo, especially since it will be using an entirely new processor. Hopefully, its price will be affordable as usual and the handset will be a champion in the value for money department. We’ll be back as soon as we learn more.