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Gionee breaks its own record with the 0.2-inch (5.15mm) thin Elife S5.1 smartphone, tons of pictures included

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Gionee breaks its own record with the 0.2-inch (5.15mm) thin Elife S5.1 smartphone, tons of pictures included
Chinese vendor Gionee has pulled the curtains on its newest Android handset, the Gionee Elife S5.1. Its predecessor, the Elife S5.5, was released not long ago, and quickly became notable for its body thickness, an ultra-thin 0.22 inches (5.5mm). Now, Gionee has outdone itself yet again, producing a smartphone whose sides measure a groundbreaking 0.2-inches thin (5.15mm)!

This thinner than a pencil Slim Jim's exact dimensions are 5.5 inches x 2.65 inches x 0.2 inches (139.8mm×67.4mm×5.15mm). The phone's sides carry the maximum thinness, while the upper and lower sides are slightly wider - possibly in order to accommodate the micro-USB port and headphone jack.

Aside from being fashionably skinny, the Gionee Elife S5.1 is a compact and beautiful phone with more refined looks compared to its predecessor. Alas, the trade-off is that Gionee has opted for mid-range internals for one reason or another - possibly to not strain the 2100mAh battery it somehow managed to fit in its chassis.

The AMOLED display has been shrunk down from 5.0 inches to 4.8 inches by diagonal, and the resolution reduced from 1080p to 720p, resulting in a pixel density of 306ppi. The rear camera has an 8MP sensor, while the front cam has a cool 5MP sensor. The processor is Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 400 clocked to 1.2GHz and paired with 1GB of RAM, while the storage capacity is 16GB with no microSD expansion options. Finally, the operating system is Android 4.3 with Gionee's own Amigo 2.0 interface laid on top.

The Gionee Elife S5.1 will start selling this month in China, but the price hasn't been revealed. Until the launch, feel free to gaze at the huge collection of photos and renderings we have assembled for your viewing pleasure!



source: CNMO via GSMDome (thanks for the tip!)

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posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:03 5

1. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


thats an achievement, chinese vendors are becoming more n more innovative recently... but less thickness resulted in the battery compromise, which I dont think is a good point at all

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 07:20 8

29. boosook (Posts: 1441; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


2100 mAh for a 4,8'' 720p display and snapdragon 400 is not bad at all! (did anyone say Galaxy Alpha?) :)

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 08:02 3

39. umarmughal (Posts: 20; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)


without micro sd it is waste of money.. i think majority don't care about slimness of phone.. storage matters alot at least to me

posted on 02 Sep 2014, 01:01

59. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)


This looks like a knock off iphone to me..

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:05 16

2. dushyant (Posts: 94; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


*teaches Galaxy alpha a lesson*
Thinner than alpha still got decent size battery.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:11 9

3. tech2 (Posts: 3486; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


and does it have a removable battery too ? The SoC of Alpha is very efficient and uses tremendously less power.

Samsung is the best android manufacturer when it comes to battery optimization. Wait for the battery life test before jumping to conclusions. The fact this it is supporting JellyBean leads me to believe the it won't match Alpha's battery life.
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Also, camera plays a big role in thickness of the phone. Alpha has 12MP camera while this only has 8MP.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:17 3

5. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


yes you too have to wait for test

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:19 3

6. dushyant (Posts: 94; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


i bet you could buy 2 of these for the price of alpha, does it still sounds like such a great deal to you??

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:20 3

7. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


removable batteries are signature of samsung... and samsung is notorious for good battery optimizations and timings... as per the reviews I read on many sites, elife s5.5 was midiocre in battery life, results were not appreciable at all... anyway its not fair to compare samsung with elife, both have different focus

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:22

8. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


thats another thing.... the plus point and I love this fact about chinese vendors that they are pocket friendly and offer more or less same higher specs

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:24

9. tech2 (Posts: 3486; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


k. Thanks for repeating what I just said.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:28 2

10. maherk (Posts: 4206; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Gsmarena's tests showed that the Alpha is well capable of passing a full day on a single battery charge with a moderate use.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:31 3

11. maherk (Posts: 4206; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


And I bet that the majority of people out there will rather spend their money on a product manufactured by a company known for it's reliability.
Just like China offers cars that have the latest technology in it, and yet people outside of China will spend double that amount for a featureless Camry (for example) but a more reliable car.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 07:43 2

36. dushyant (Posts: 94; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


the band-aid sh*t on your S5 is so real and innovative, totally worth $1000, if u ask me. -_-

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:44 9

13. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


''very efficent and uses less power'' you speak what samsung says. I think you are hurry to make conclusion. for that reason I commented.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:45 1

14. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


ofcourse... you are perfectly right about it.... in cars china is not getting any fame but in phones it does.... beside that, in product selection perceived value and brand image plays an important role... usually customers go for well known n established brands bcoz they trust they will get a good stuff... for example, iphone has a very high perceived value in the mind of customers, so they pay high price for such a lowly or mid range specd phone without even thinking that apple is ripping them off due to this brand image.... but not all manufacturers are like this, for example samsung is offering lastest and optimum specs in what they are charging

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:45 3

15. maherk (Posts: 4206; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


He said what GSMARENA themselves confermed. Don't get butthurt just because he pointed out the obvious.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:46 3

16. dushyant (Posts: 94; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


CARS are bought to run for years , phones are more likely to be replaces in months , i could make so many arguments but i'll just let it be.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:51 1

18. Iodine (Posts: 1367; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


On the other hand it showed it lasts significally shorter than the iPhone 5S, which is critized for having "terrible battery life" by many people in here.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:57 1

21. Iodine (Posts: 1367; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Yeah it is thinner, but I think Gionee is cheating on us with those thin phones. They use our dependence on mAh, even though it doesn't mean anything without voltage.
Elife S5,5 got terrible battery life, far worse than even the alpha with an 2300 mAh battery. What that implies to me ? A far lover capacity battery with reduced voltage to swell the mAh number. We don't know for sure, until somebody will tear it down, but I don't think the cause is an extremely bad power management.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:57 1

22. maherk (Posts: 4206; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Says who? As far as I know, phones don't get replaced within months, that's the case with the majority of people.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:59

23. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


iphone is very well known for battery issues, just for a reference you can check articles on PA which were posted yesterday or couple of days back in which apple was willing to replace batteries free of cost due to the issues... this is not the first time, but usually reports which are negative for apple usually didnt get much traction, I dont know why?

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 07:00

24. maherk (Posts: 4206; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


That was the case with the iPhone 5, not the 5s. Sure it didn't have the same battery life as the Z2 or Note 3, but will surely give you a full with moderate use.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 07:02

25. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


not in months, thats an anxious claim.... but phones usually get replaced in a year or two but for cars, it takes atleast 3-5 years in most cases and sometime longer as well

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 07:02 10

26. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


lol butthurt ?? you kidding ?

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 07:11

27. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


hmmm.... you have a point, I think you are well verse in electrical engineering?? I read your comment few days back which was more or less same as above but more in detail, then I discussed this point with one of my friend who is an engineer and work in a battery company.... he agreed with it that mah is not a measure, mwh is to judge the charge holding capacity

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 07:14

28. Iodine (Posts: 1367; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Or better said, even the smallest issue that Apple has is very well known by technological community here, because those are the most widely used products of all, it is spread religiously by all media, blown out even bigger thanks to Apple reacting on it. But if you asked any normal human on the stret about "iPhone battery issues" i don't think it would be anywhere near "very well known".

Btw, because a very small numbers of units of last years model have some battery issues, doesn't mean the iPhone has bad battery life.

Negative reports about Apple are the most widespread of all, even to regular people, thanks to not only media sensationalism, but also those noisy haters all around, widespread negative anti-Apple advertising and so on.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 07:21 5

30. dushyant (Posts: 94; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


hahaha its you who sounds butthurt!!
do you even know what it means.LOL..!!

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 07:26 1

31. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


he speaks what he knows from his smartphone, I would say the same. anyways I haven't read what Samsung said about their batteries, but I would say the same.. by the way? got a problem with what Samsung says?

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 07:27

32. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


but what I felt and have noticed that usually iphone owners are unaware about any issue related news... and usually media is not using crispy headline/title related to apple's negative news whereas they do use crispy and attractive titles for others.... well, these are totally my personal oppenions and I am just an ordinary commentator not an expert

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