Gionee to unveil the Elife S7 - it's out of the thinness race, but promises performance
The Gionee Elife S5.1 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, just a couple of days ago, the Coolpad lvvi K1 Mini and its 4.7 mm side was announced.
So, judging by Mr. Sha's statement – Gionee prefers to stay out of this crazyness for now and craft a phone, which, while still impressively slim, will actually have enough girth to hold the essentials – a large enough battery, big enough antennas, powerful hardware, good cameras... Well, we will see how that goes.
Update: Gionee is now officially sending out invites for its March event. The picture provided clearly states that the new handset's name will be Gionee Elife S7, which could easily point to the handset's actual thickness - seeing as the Elife S5.5 was 5.55 mm (0.22"), and the Elife S5.1 was 5.15 mm (0.2") thin, we'd wager an educated guess and say that the S7 is definitely out of the thinness race, and will be around 7 mm thick (0.27"). Whether Gionee will be using the extra room to stick some premium hardware in there is still unknown.
source: PR Newswire