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Did you know that one of the world's slimmest smartphones, the Gionee Elife S5.5, is available in the US (under a different name)?

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Did you know that one of the world’s slimmest smartphones, the Gionee Elife S5.5, is available in
Back in March, Chinese handset maker Gionee released the world’s slimmest smartphone at the time: the Elife S5.5 (which, as its name suggests, is 5.5mm thin). Since then, Gionee introduced an even thinner phone - the Elife S5.1, which, at only 5.1mm, was recently recognized by Guinness World Records as the new king of ultrathin handsets. Even so, the slightly older Elife S5.5 remains one of the slimmest smartphones ever made. 

Probably to the surprise of many, the Elife S5.5 is available to buy in the US - though it’s commercialized under a totally different name: BLU Vivo IV.

As you may, or may not know, BLU is a Florida-based company that makes affordable smartphones. However, it’s not the real maker of the Vivo IV, which is simply a rebranded Gionee Elife S5.5. The BLU Vivo IV looks just like Gionee's device. Moreover, as you’ll notice in the specs comparison below, it offers exactly the same features, including a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, octa-core 1.7 GHz MediaTek processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of non-expandable storage space. The Vivo IV was released running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but it seems that it's been updated to KitKat last month.

Display
Size
5.0 inches
5.0 inches
Technology
Super AMOLED Plus
Super AMOLED
Screen-to-body
67.78 %
67.78 %
Features
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass
Hardware
System chip
MediaTek MT6592
MediaTek MT6592
Processor
Octa-core, 1700 MHz
Octa-core, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7
GPU
Mali-450
Mali-450
RAM
2GB LPDDR3
2GB
Internal storage
16GB
16GB
OS
Android (4.2)
Android (4.2)
Battery
Capacity
2300 mAh
2300 mAh
Talk time
 
24.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
Stand-by time
24.2 days (580 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
31.2 days (750 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
Talk time (3G)
27.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
12.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
Stand-by time (3G)
 
28.1 days (675 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
Camera
Rear
Single camera
Single camera
Main camera
13 MP (Autofocus)
13 MP
Video recording
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
Front
5 MP
5 MP
Design
Dimensions
5.71 x 2.76 x 0.22 inches (145.1 x 70.2 x 5.55 mm)
5.71 x 2.76 x 0.22 inches (145.1 x 70.2 x 5.5 mm)
Weight
 
4.69 oz (133.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
Materials
Back: Glass
 
Availability
Scheduled release
Q2 2014
 
See the full Gionee Elife S5.5 vs BLU Vivo IV specs comparison or compare them to other phones using our Specs Comparison tool.

The Blu Vivo IV is available to buy via Amazon (check the source link below), coming in three color versions: black, white, and gold. The handset costs $299.99, and is offered unlocked. Mind you, the smartphone does not have LTE, but it seems to work on the HSPA+ networks of AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Tracfone, Cricket, and other regional carriers. Anyone interested in buying this super-thin device?


source: Amazon

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BLU Vivo IV specs
  • OS Android 4.2
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware MediaTek 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 2300 mAh
Gionee Elife S5.5 specs
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware MediaTek 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 4.2
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