Gionee aims at the 'world's slimmest phone' crown once again

Gionee aims at the 'world's slimmest phone' crown once again
Gionee, the creator of the awesome Elife S5.5 -- the world's current record-holder for the slimmest smartphone at 5.5 mm -- is now teasing a successor to its anorexic device. 

The image in question walks us down memory lane, with several notably-thin devices from the past, such as the 11.9 mm Motorola Moto V8 from 2007, the 9.3 mm iPhone 4 from 3 years later, down to the aforementioned, 5.5 mm Gionee Elife S5.5. The exact thickness of the teased device's profile isn't disclosed, though word on the street is that the ambitious company will be targeting the 5 mm barrier, which is pretty amazing, at least from an engineering point of view.

Obviously, as some of you have come to know, extreme thinness doesn't come free. For example, you can't fit a very large battery in them, though Gionee did fine in our book with the S5.5, which sports a 2300 mAh juicer -- as much as the Google Nexus 5. Another important consideration has to do with ergonomics -- as thin a device will easily feel awkward in the hand, possibly compromising handling and increasing the risk of accidental drops. Indeed, while thin devices are somewhat trendy right now, we're curious to see where the community will draw the line. Perhaps will know the answer to that question sooner rather than later.

source: Gizmobic 

Related phones

Elife S5.5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(27h 3G talk time)



1. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

None of the cheap Chinese "record holders" would pass the US carriers' BASIC verification process.

4. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

they can if they want to, thats not a difficult thing to do... be logical... In my view they dont bother about US bcoz they know if they do then they have to pass through dirty drama of patent patent... God, how nice this world might be without patents... patents are old remainents of slavery/colonialism

5. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

Patents are necessary to promote innovation. New ways to do things and also to come up with nifty ideas quicker. Yes sometimes it's a hindrance but for the most part they do help out.

7. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

well, I have different views... in my view, patents are for a hold up of the technology and creating monopoly over the technology.. if its really for innovation then 5 years are enough for any patent, why they have increased upto 20 years? bcoz they want monoply of big giants and hold up on technology and to make sure if someone make money, they'll get their share out of it

6. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

if you innovate something or if you do a critical work and some somebody copies that work and projects that the work or innovation is done by him and gets credits, how do you feel? Think.

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

for this reason 5yrs are enough for any patent... now I give an example, what if you do criticle and hard work by investing your precious time and when you complete your work suddenly you come to know someone already has patents for this type of work... your efforts are ruined... there are millions of patents and you cant go through all patents before starting your efforts

9. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

I agree that it is difficult to verify millions of patents. But atleast we need to verify the relative patents and should do some groundwork on the patents related to the work. If you do research in the Battery, you should verify all the patents related to battery. No need to verify other patents. But this Chinese OEMs copies everything though they know that they copy. That should not be supported.

12. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

yes it should not be supported but still I will support bcoz the reason is I am going to get great specs in low price as compared to well know brands... and I care about the money which will be going out of my pocket

13. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

I agree with u from customer point of view. But from the manufacturer point of view, if all the innovations are copied by others then, they wont spend much for new innovations. Then, over a period of the time all the innovations will be stopped and again it will be the lose for customers.

10. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

BTW most of the phones are made in China. So smaller chinese OEMs can easily pass it. Go get a life techie.....

2. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Will it cut my fingers if I hold onto it?

14. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

You could use it as a shuriken ;)

3. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

wow... thats not bad... why in recent years it always seem like only chinese or japanese are coming up with innovative ideas? even chinese are the one coming with copies, so chinese are putting much efforts in copying and also innovation

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Coz, Apple forgot to innovate. ;) That's why JakeLee is so jealous.

15. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Well it is using AMOLED so the display would be quite thin as it is. It's also using a Mediatek processor that sounds like a mid-range part so heat shouldn't be a problem. Not sure what kind of camera sensor it's using or the type of lens but you can only do so much with 5mm. It'll also make for some weird gripping when in use. Since it's a 5in display the battery should be a little larger but the compromise again... It's also apparently not running several frequency types and bands as other phones are.

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