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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: 2425; 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: 1088; 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: 14; 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: 461; 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: 2436; 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, 06:24

9. tech2 (Posts: 2436; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


k. Thanks for repeating what I just said.

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 3

15. maherk (Posts: 1193; 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, 07:02 10

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


lol butthurt ?? you kidding ?

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 (Posts: 292; 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, 08:43 2

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


please use your brain ok. read his comment read my comment , try to undestand what we said and answer your questions yourself . I think youcan do it ( plus I didnt commented about batteries. we discuss soc power efficency)

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 08:49 2

49. tech2 (Posts: 2436; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


This is not only what Samsung said but it is confirmed by AnandTech:

'The end-effect is that we should expect an average drop in voltage of about 125mV' - AnandTech

So yeah my statement is correct when i say it uses less power.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/8382/samsung-announces-exynos-5430-first-20nm-samsung-so

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 08:41 2

45. tech2 (Posts: 2436; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


LOL....How is stating a FACT jumping to conclusion ?!

The world's first SoC at 20nm architecture, Exynos 5430, uses 25% less power then SoC at 28nm. That is a fact not conclusion.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/8382/samsung-announces-exynos-5430-first-20nm-samsung-so

Fact ≠ conclusion.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 08:48 1

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


yeah every site says different thing about same device. I trying to say real life experience is more important ok.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 09:04 2

52. tech2 (Posts: 2436; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


OMG...Did you read what I wrote ?! Its a FACT !!!! A fact can't change ! No website can deny that.

I'll ride the London eye naked if you can provide me the link to ANY (I repeat ANY) reliable site that says Exynos 5430 is not more power efficient.

The thing is you are falling flat on your face. First you accuse me that this is what Samsung said then when I give you link of AnandTech (which is not the same as 'every site'), you say every other website say different things.

Stop embarrassing yourself further please.

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, 06:22

8. Ashoaib (Posts: 2425; 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, 06:31 3

11. maherk (Posts: 1193; 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, 06:45 1

14. Ashoaib (Posts: 2425; 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, 06:46 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, 06:57 1

22. maherk (Posts: 1193; 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, 07:02

25. Ashoaib (Posts: 2425; 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, 07:28 2

33. GalaxyS5 (Posts: 292; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


yes I'd rather pay 1000$ and get a Samsung, and not 100$ to get an iphone copy sony imitating cheapo chinese cellphone whom everybody laughs at ( the 50 conehe@ds on this website and the barrbarrians in some countries not counted )

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, 08:35 2

42. GalaxyS5 (Posts: 292; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


My band aid is respected everywhere, my band aid is awesome, my band aid is unique, my band aid is made by the world leader, not by some cheapo poor iphone copy cr@p of a phone .. I'd rather not own a smartphone or a car than to own a chinese cheapo copy cat .. when I talk to friends who have iOS about android, they say android is cheap. I say how the h*ll are Sonys Samsungs and HTCs cheap? they say: what about those chinese brands that copy apple? ... these terrible brands are hurting android so bad and making apple look even more unique.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 08:51

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


lol you make me smile lol s5 materials are not good. look at samsung's 9 series laptops, thats the best combination of design and material. samsung can do it but they dont want it for some reason.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:20 3

7. Ashoaib (Posts: 2425; 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, 10:43

55. Neo_Huang (Posts: 697; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


I'm pretty sure that most camera sensors have about the same thickness...its the lenses that matter.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:28 2

10. maherk (Posts: 1193; 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, 06:51 1

18. Iodine (Posts: 508; 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, 06:59

23. Ashoaib (Posts: 2425; 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, 07:14

28. Iodine (Posts: 508; 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, 07:27

32. Ashoaib (Posts: 2425; 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

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 07:32

34. GalaxyS5 (Posts: 292; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


My Galaxy S5 doubles my girlfriend's 5S in real life battery .. I mean when I keep it on standby for 3 hours while wifi and 3g switched on and the phone working on 3g and me checking on it every 15 minutes to see messages it only takes 2 percent of the battery .. while the iphone slurps it in the same circumstances .. really apple users are wall huggers

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 07:00

24. maherk (Posts: 1193; 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, 06:57 1

21. Iodine (Posts: 508; 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, 07:11

27. Ashoaib (Posts: 2425; 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, 10:14

54. Taters (Posts: 3595; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Except the Alpha is way more compact overall and has flagship internals...you forgot that part right...lol

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:13 2

4. twens (Posts: 699; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Don't be too quick to judge. Early reviews shows the alpha does pretty well when it comes to battery. It's not always about size my friend. Be wise

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:35 1

12. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Very good Gionee.
The front looks like Mi 4 while the back looks like a combination of lenovo and Sony.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:49

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


hahaha thats what my first thoughts were.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 07:33

35. GalaxyS5 (Posts: 292; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


which is all reminiscent of Apple, and yes the back truly reminded me of Sony too

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:57

19. sar44 (Posts: 278; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


First AUO Amoled smartphone

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 06:57

20. lalalaman (Posts: 387; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Gionee 5.5 was selling in Pakistan as qmobile noir z6(local co.)......lol I never knew that gionee is selling its design in emerging market

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 08:00 1

37. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 684; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Design is yawninspiringly generic, and who the heck needs these ultra thin phones anyway?

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 08:01

38. umarmughal (Posts: 14; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)


waste of money

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 08:18

41. barcas (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Is it just me or does anyone think that if Samsung made this phone Apple would be warming up the lawyers for one hell of a battle??

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 09:32 1

53. nctx77 (Posts: 571; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Android manufacturer have fell in love with the chamfered edges. I wonder where that got tha idea from? Hmmmm.....

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 10:52

56. Rocket (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Another iphone 6 competitor in china....btw that gionee in pink looks nice for my girlfriend ;)

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 15:15 1

57. YourNickname (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


thin phones are pointless. much like fashion.

a curved back like the lg g3 is ideal, forms to the hand and gives extra space for a larger battery. beauty is efficiency.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 19:05 1

58. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Meh. I prefer the thicker one as long as it provides more battery capacity and less bezels

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