5.5'' Gionee Elife E7 runs on the most powerful, 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800, has 3GB of RAM, a 16MP camera, and 4G LTE

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 industry's big guys may be done with their release cycle for now, and while this is an occasionally depressing thought, the Chinese come to our rescue. For the Middle Kingdom, the year may as well have just started, for a number of intriguing phones are on schedule to be released before 2013 is out.

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).

As always, keep in mind that Chinese vendors usually have a woeful distribution network, meaning that you'll have to rely on re-sellers to get one outside of China. What's more, while we know that the widely-popular (outside of the US) WCDMA standard is supported, it's probably safe to assume that 4G LTE won't function outside of China, which runs on its own TD-LTE network.


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19 Comments

1. hmd74

Posts: 539; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

These Chinese phones have introduction events too?!? Anyway.. Nice phone

18. GodKnowsAll

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Apple is almost a CHINESE PHONE.Many parts of iPhone is made in China.

20. PointMaza

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

You got it wrong mate.. Apple is a company, iPhone is a Smartphone..

2. betoxthexking

Posts: 8; Member since: May 10, 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: Sep 14, 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: 1445; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

i still don't trust their software optimization, battery life and camera.

7. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Thermal throttling is more of a Qualcomm thing, every Qualcomm powered phone throttles, be it S4 Pro, S600 or S800.

8. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

or their safety regulations and standards. flamable batteries anyone?

4. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Such a puny battery for a behemoth of a smartphone.

5. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

I dont want high resolution ff camera, I want high microns! I always take ff photos at night when I go out :)

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Great going Chinese market.

11. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Will this work in US with AT&T and how do I get it? Online?

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

I was really impressed until I read 2500mAh & 4.2.2.

14. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

That design, almost like the Lumia1520,925

15. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

design is too generic.

16. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Vast amount of potential from China, looking forward to the Vivo 2K phablet!

17. philfoster

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

Powerful not not really trust CHN phone...

19. GodKnowsAll

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Do you trust Apple,man.iPhones are made in china.

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