Gionee Elife E8 is official: quad-HD display, 2 GHz octa-core SoC and a 24MP rear shooter for $645

Gionee Elife E8 is official: quad-HD display, 2 GHz octa-core SoC and a 24MP rear shooter for $645
At a special event today, Gionee has taken the wraps off two new handsets, each with very different agendas. Where the Marathon M5 is focused on battery life, the flagship Elife E8 is all about the bells and whistles, and if you're looking for a beastly new smartphone, the E8 has a good crack at ticking all of the boxes. 

First and foremost, there's a 6-inch, quad-HD AMOLED display, which boasts a crisp 490 ppi pixel density. MediaTek's quad-core Helio X10 processor resides under the hood boasting a maximum clock speed of 2 GHz, and is allied to a substantial 3 GB of RAM. The Elife E8 also includes 64 GB of storage, expandable by means of its microSD slot, but where the processor is mouth-watering on paper, the camera is arguably the marquee feature here. 

With a 23.7-megapixel camera, the Elife E8's shooter is behind only Nokia's 808 PureView and Lumia 1020 in the megapixel count. Sure, this doesn't always tell the full story, but with the E8 including software that can allow the camera to produce images of up to a 100-megapixel resolution, photography something that Gionee has clearly focused its attention on here. The camera app is said to launch at light-speed -- in just 0.8 seconds, and also offers super-quick phase detection autofocus. The sapphire glass-shielded six-element lens is accompanied by optical image stabilization, True Tone LED flash and 4K video recording. It also includes lossless zoom, which is a first for an Android smartphone.

Where the Marathon M5, with its mid-range specs, tips the price scale at $370, those in the market for the Elife E8 will naturally require deeper pockets. At the equivalent of $645, it's at the premium end of the spectrum, but as the specs suggest, you get plenty of bang for your buck.

The Gionee Elife E8 will be available from July 15th, and as we learned a short while back, will retail as the Allview X2 Xtreme in some regions.

source: PRNewswire via GSMArena

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20 Comments

1. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

That price though..

2. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

At least it's cheaper than some overpriced phones, if you know what I mean. I wouldn't mind paying that price for a Chinese phone if it's great. Chinese phones are good nowadays, they gained my trust since the Huawei Ascend P1.

5. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Very true

8. Simona unregistered

still less than iphon or galaxy so they can afford it..

14. waddup121 unregistered

That price wow

3. KhmerLoveKhmer

Posts: 149; Member since: May 26, 2015

wow. chinese phones aren't cheap anymore. it's much better than overpriced samesung though

11. fyah_king unregistered

You forgot the icrap as well.

12. fyah_king unregistered

You forgot the icrap as well.

4. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

$645 with a Helio X10 ?? LOOOOOOOOLLLL

10. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

but hello x10 beats the SD 805 on the Note 4, which is still the best phablet around. not a bad chip by any means. yes Gionee phone OTOH isn't worth that much , don't blame the chip it's will probably be better than the SD 810 heater.

13. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

it wont beat exynos 7 5433 my dear

17. raky_b

Posts: 420; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Nope, maybe it won't. If yo really like to play games, you really need exynos (but for better graphic, not CPU), for every thing else, and SD800 is still more then good. And, yes.... This one cost just half as any model with exinos 5433 does, and we can soon expect even cheaper phones/phablets/tablets with same chipset.

6. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

An expensive Mediatek phone? Did Hell freeze over?

9. Simona unregistered

mediatek is not for kids like you but for grown smart ppl in suits ..;)

7. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Wait, doesn't the Helio X10 have an octa-core Cortex-A53 clocked at 2GHz, as opposed to quad-core? But even so, I highly doubt it will perform well with a Quad HD screen.

16. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

I'm sure it'll do better than overheating snapdragons.

19. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

m.gsmarena.com/gionee_elife_s55-review-1096p5.php Well from the benchmarks here, I wouldn't be so sure of its performance. If an octa-core 1.7GHz Cortex-A7 processor struggles with a 1080p screen, then QHD would be a very daunting task, considering that it's about 2x1080p

15. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

The 1520 is a better deal.

18. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

6 inch? No way

20. ihopnavajo

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Man, they really need to come up with a decent name for 2560x1440. "2K" doesn't make sense (they really want to round 2560 all the way down to 2,000? Besides, digital cinemas have been referring to 2.35:1 resolution as 2K for so long, it's practically outdated) "Quad HD" doesn't make sense (who really considers 720p "HD"?--what is this 1997?) They need to stick to WQHD or make something catchy term that actually, accurately describes what it is.

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