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Gionee Elife S7 is official: a 5.5mm thin elegance with 1080p screen and two-day battery

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Gionee Elife S7 is official: a 5.5mm thin elegance with 1080p screen and two-day battery
Gionee, the maker of the two smartphones that held the record for slimmest smartphone in the world for the most of last year – the Elife S5.5 and, later, the Elife S5.1 – had announced that it will be unveiling its latest ultra-slim smartphone on the 2nd of March, at this year's MWC, and it just delivered on that promise. Gionee's head of global marketing, Oliver Sha, however, stated that: "The race to make the slimmest smartphone was getting out of hand. Going so slim is actually not benefiting user experience without the performance to back it up."

The Gionee Elife S5.1, for instance, is 5.15 mm thin and was replaced from the "slimmest of them all" spot by the Oppo R5's 4.85 mm body in November. Later, the Vivo X5 Max took the throne, with its 4.8 mm profile, and now the 4.7mm Coolpad lvvi K1 Mini has taken the throne.

So, what did Gionee actually announce? Well, a 5.5mm thin phone. That's right, the Elife S7 is not 7mm thin, but rather 5.55 mm (0.22"), which is apparently Gionee's threshold when it comes to thickness now. We are still getting a master of a phone, though, with a 5.2" 1080p AMOLED display, a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek 6752 chipset, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. Moreover, Gionee placed a 13 MP rear camera in the Elife S7, and flushed the module with the back, regardless of the 5.5mm chassis, which is a great achievement, not to mention you will get a hearty 8 MP selfie camera at the front. The only "weak" point is the 2750 mAh battery pack, but, given the thin casing again, this is the most juice someone has packed in a sub-6mm phone anyway.

In fact, the display is 25% more frugal than previous generations, and a Dark theme is supplied for another 30% drop in power consumption from the panel. Combine this with the so-called Sensor Hub, supplied by Freescale, which wakes up the CPU much less often, and Gionee promises two full days on a charge, which, so far, has been something unheard of if you wanted to have such a thin and elegant handset.

The Gionee Elife S7 will be released as soon as March 18th in Macau, then in the home turf of India on April 3, and then will eventually start its global adventure, all for 400 EUR or USD, depending on the region, as it's a dual SIM device, too. It will come in three pretty colors - Los Angeles Black, North Pole White and Maldives Blue. Any takers?

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posted on 02 Mar 2015, 11:53 7

1. UglyFrank (Posts: 1649; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Samsung obviously put other cool stuff in their phones but it makes me think they could've used a bigger battery(if Gionee can do it)

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 11:57 1

4. LGisgood (Posts: 833; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


every phone should be atleast weaker in one area.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 12:59

10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3757; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Hawwwww!!! Are you from an alternate reversed world?

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 00:32

19. RajRicardo (Posts: 394; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


and it has a 13MP non-protruding camera. Learn Apple, Learn.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 13:11

11. Macready (Posts: 952; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


Wireless charging takes up space too.
But historically Samsung phones have outclassed most if not all Chinese makers in terms of efficiency, which in practice meant much longer battery life with a smaller capacity. Let's see if the Chinese have improved here.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 11:53 3

2. GTR722 (Posts: 261; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


Please BLU bring this phone to USA and with a $250 or less price tag

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 13:13

12. ilani (Posts: 90; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


I was thinking the same thing. Since Blu re-brands gionee phones, maybe this was already in the works instead of Gionee selling it in the states directly

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 11:56 2

3. RizwanYaqoob (Posts: 27; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)


Top and bottom bezels though...

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 11:59

5. VigneshRaja (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)


Why can't they just add microSD slot or at least provide 32GB Internal Storage.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 12:03

6. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Will it bend? That's the question.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 12:06

7. Dj_Yawar (Posts: 43; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


No it will break before bending.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 12:55

8. CreeDiddy (Posts: 739; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Unfortunately, no one cares about Gionee. It's only an Apple or Samsung world. They can make a 3mm phone. No one is buying at high volume, while generating record profits.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 12:56

9. Anterv (Posts: 172; Member since: 09 Jul 2014)


People still worry about thickness of phone ? Come on..

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 13:36

13. camera531 (Posts: 344; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


They have a Los Angeles black version of a phone that will never hit the US. What a joke.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 13:37 1

14. Furbal (Posts: 980; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


thats actually a decent sized battery...

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 14:30

15. PootisMan (Posts: 249; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I know. It has a higher capacity then the thicker gs6.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 15:33 2

16. Cyberchum (Posts: 675; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Home turf of India? Better get your facts right.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 15:37

17. jsjammu (Posts: 84; Member since: 13 Nov 2014)


US LTE compatible and dual sim, I would buy get for the heck of it.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 17:46

18. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


HTC has a fatty with bezels at 9.35mm. That is quite sad considering they only have a 2800mah battery without the the 14nm process saving battery.

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