5.5'' Gionee Elife E7 runs on the most powerful, 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800, has 3GB of RAM, a 16MP camera and 4G LTE
The latest phone to get our serious geek crush is the just-outed Gionee Elife E7. The premium line of the Chinese vendor is known for a high-quality, but also a high price-point.
To start it off, the E7 features a 5.5-inch, 1080p JDI screen with a Gorilla Glass 3 protective layer on top and minimal, 2.33mm bezels. It actually comes in three versions – a 4G LTE and 3G one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, and a tad less impressive 3G model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of memory.
The 4G LTE version of the E7 packs the mightiest Snapdragon 800 that Qualcomm has on offer – the 2.5GHz quad-core MSM8974AC. That's an even more powerful version of the Snapdragon 800 found in phones like the Galaxy Note 3 (LTE), which, in turn, is more powerful than the standard Snapdragon 800, found in devices like the Nexus 5. We know for sure that it also offers higher GPU clocks than the base version of the chipset, though the exact frequency remains unknown. The two 3G models of the E7 feature Qualcomm's standard Snapdragon 800, running at 2.2GHz.
The Gionee Elife E7 is touted as a camera-centric device, and features a massive 16MP “zero-delay” unit on its back, made by OmniVision. We're told that the lens on the E7 was custom-made by Largen, and the auto-focus assembly is the work of Chinese Shicoh. Pixel size is said to be 1.34 microns. Before we get carried away, do note that the front-shooter is a similarly impressive(-sounding) 8MP unit, an idiosyncrasy typical of the Chinese market. Like always, these both sound plenty impressive on paper, but this far we've found Chinese vendors to be lacking the level of sophistication of some of the bigger players, though it's never too late for some disruption.
Gionee's new flagship runs on a customized version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, called Amigo 2.0 OS, powered by a 2500mAh cell. The E7 has support for the now standard Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and GPS with GLONASS and comes in 7 different colors – black, white, blue, green, yellow, pink and orange.
So what's this package going to cost? As we said in the beginning, Gionee's Elife line doesn't go cheap. Buyers will have to dole out ¥2699 ($443) for the most 'frugal', 2GB RAM/16GB storage option with 3G connectivity, or ¥3199 ($525) for the 3GB RAM/32GB memory one. If you're eyeing the most packed, 4G LTE 3GB RAM/32GB ROM version, however, you'll have to pay a small premium, or ¥3499 ($574).
Gionee Elife E7
1. hmd74 (Posts: 282; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)
These Chinese phones have introduction events too?!?
Anyway.. Nice phone
18. GodKnowsAll (Posts: 19; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
Apple is almost a CHINESE PHONE.Many parts of iPhone is made in China.
20. PointMaza (Posts: 60; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
You got it wrong mate..
Apple is a company, iPhone is a Smartphone..
2. betoxthexking (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 May 2012)
just cause it's clocked at 2.5 doesnt mean it out performs the note 3 or any other s800 phone
3. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
It's unbelievable how insane these new Chinese phones are. If they sold their devices internationally and provide good customer support, I could see hordes of people flocking to buy them.
And here we still find iPhones with sub-HD screens and 8mp cameras. If Apple don't push the boundaries like these guys they're gonna find themselves down the Blackberry trail.
6. Jason2k13 (Posts: 639; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
i still don't trust their software optimization, battery life and camera.
7. rd_nest (Posts: 739; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
Then you shouldn't trust anything from google nexus. The last thing nexus phones have is good batterylife and camera. And they have no clue about software optimization. Each and every Nexus suffers because of bad thermal throttling. It's so bad that I have to underclock and undervolt the SOC. What sort of optimization is that? Just open a BBS< and you will see kernel wakelocks killing battery for "any" Nexus.
12. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 770; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Thermal throttling is more of a Qualcomm thing, every Qualcomm powered phone throttles, be it S4 Pro, S600 or S800.
8. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 268; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
or their safety regulations and standards. flamable batteries anyone?
4. aayupanday (Posts: 514; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Such a puny battery for a behemoth of a smartphone.
5. darkskoliro (Posts: 953; Member since: 07 May 2012)
I dont want high resolution ff camera, I want high microns! I always take ff photos at night when I go out :)
11. E.S.1 (Posts: 289; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Will this work in US with AT&T and how do I get it? Online?
13. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I was really impressed until I read 2500mAh & 4.2.2.
16. MistB (Posts: 553; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Vast amount of potential from China, looking forward to the Vivo 2K phablet!
17. philfoster (Posts: 34; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)
Powerful not not really trust CHN phone...
19. GodKnowsAll (Posts: 19; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
Do you trust Apple,man.iPhones are made in china.