Gionee Elife S7 is official: a 5.5mm thin elegance with 1080p screen and two-day battery

Gionee Elife S7 is official: a 5.5mm thin elegance with 1080p screen and two-day battery
Gionee, the maker of the two smartphones that held the record for slimmest smartphone in the world for the most of last year – the Elife S5.5 and, later, the Elife S5.1 – had announced that it will be unveiling its latest ultra-slim smartphone on the 2nd of March, at this year's MWC, and it just delivered on that promise. Gionee's head of global marketing, Oliver Sha, however, stated that: "The race to make the slimmest smartphone was getting out of hand. Going so slim is actually not benefiting user experience without the performance to back it up."

The Gionee Elife S5.1, for instance, is 5.15 mm thin and was replaced from the "slimmest of them all" spot by the Oppo R5's 4.85 mm body in November. Later, the Vivo X5 Max took the throne, with its 4.8 mm profile, and now the 4.7mm Coolpad lvvi K1 Mini has taken the throne.

So, what did Gionee actually announce? Well, a 5.5mm thin phone. That's right, the Elife S7 is not 7mm thin, but rather 5.55 mm (0.22"), which is apparently Gionee's threshold when it comes to thickness now. We are still getting a master of a phone, though, with a 5.2" 1080p AMOLED display, a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek 6752 chipset, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. Moreover, Gionee placed a 13 MP rear camera in the Elife S7, and flushed the module with the back, regardless of the 5.5mm chassis, which is a great achievement, not to mention you will get a hearty 8 MP selfie camera at the front. The only "weak" point is the 2750 mAh battery pack, but, given the thin casing again, this is the most juice someone has packed in a sub-6mm phone anyway.

In fact, the display is 25% more frugal than previous generations, and a Dark theme is supplied for another 30% drop in power consumption from the panel. Combine this with the so-called Sensor Hub, supplied by Freescale, which wakes up the CPU much less often, and Gionee promises two full days on a charge, which, so far, has been something unheard of if you wanted to have such a thin and elegant handset.

The Gionee Elife S7 will be released as soon as March 18th in Macau, then in the home turf of India on April 3, and then will eventually start its global adventure, all for 400 EUR or USD, depending on the region, as it's a dual SIM device, too. It will come in three pretty colors - Los Angeles Black, North Pole White and Maldives Blue. Any takers?

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19 Comments

1. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Samsung obviously put other cool stuff in their phones but it makes me think they could've used a bigger battery(if Gionee can do it)

4. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

every phone should be atleast weaker in one area.

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Hawwwww!!! Are you from an alternate reversed world?

19. RajRicardo

Posts: 490; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

and it has a 13MP non-protruding camera. Learn Apple, Learn.

11. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Wireless charging takes up space too. But historically Samsung phones have outclassed most if not all Chinese makers in terms of efficiency, which in practice meant much longer battery life with a smaller capacity. Let's see if the Chinese have improved here.

2. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Please BLU bring this phone to USA and with a $250 or less price tag

12. ilani

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

I was thinking the same thing. Since Blu re-brands gionee phones, maybe this was already in the works instead of Gionee selling it in the states directly

3. RizwanYaqoob

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

Top and bottom bezels though...

5. VigneshRaja

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Why can't they just add microSD slot or at least provide 32GB Internal Storage.

6. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Will it bend? That's the question.

7. Dj_Yawar

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

No it will break before bending.

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Unfortunately, no one cares about Gionee. It's only an Apple or Samsung world. They can make a 3mm phone. No one is buying at high volume, while generating record profits.

9. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

People still worry about thickness of phone ? Come on..

13. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

They have a Los Angeles black version of a phone that will never hit the US. What a joke.

14. Furbal unregistered

thats actually a decent sized battery...

15. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I know. It has a higher capacity then the thicker gs6.

16. Cyberchum

Posts: 1035; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Home turf of India? Better get your facts right.

17. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

US LTE compatible and dual sim, I would buy get for the heck of it.

18. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

HTC has a fatty with bezels at 9.35mm. That is quite sad considering they only have a 2800mah battery without the the 14nm process saving battery.

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