Monsters from Asia: The aged, $180 Gionee Elife E7 flagship with its SD801, 3GB RAM, and 16MP camera

Our fortnightly Monsters from Asia column, dedicated on alternative tech from mostly Chinese manufacturers, has so far been focused on new and hot releases from that part of the world. This time around, however, we're going in the opposite direction, for the Gionee Elife E7 that we'd like to highlight today is anything but modern – it's a flagship, sure, but from the end of 2013.

So why the sudden revival of the E7? Well, simply put, at the prices it's being sold at right now, this is one of the most impressive budget devices you can get your hands on. And the best part? It's only 'budget' in terms of its $180 price tag – nothing about the hardware loaded on it will disappoint in the real world.

What have we got, then? Let's start off with the Gorilla Glass 3-protected display – a 5.5-incher with a resolution of 1080 x 1920, good for the satisfying 401 pixels per inch, the most powerful, 2.5GHz version of the quad-core Snapdragon 800 (nowadays known as the Snapdragon 801), and 3GB of RAM. Not impressed? How about a large, 1/2.3" OmniVision OV16825 sensor with 16 megapixels and bigger-than-average, 1.34 µm pixels at the back? Pair that up with an overly generous, 8-megapixel front-facing selfie cam, and you've got yourself a well-rounded package. The only less-than-ideal piece of the puzzle is the 2,500 mAh battery, which could have been slightly bigger.

The Gionee Elife E7 comes in a number of bright colors, including blue, green, pink, yellow, and others. It measures in at just 5.93 x 2.95 x 0.37 inches (150.6 x 75 x 9.5 mm), which gives it a screen-to-body ratio of almost 74% – that's less bezels than the vast majority of devices currently on the market. 

This may not be the latest in tech, ladies and gents, but you can rest assured that these kinds of specs will power through Android and even the heaviest crop of 3D games with absolute ease. If you're looking for a budget solution (or even a spare), and the E7 caught your fancy, we spotted it over at Efox-shop.

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1. xsoft7

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

No 4G, and the Battery is damn too low 2.5 Mah, for 5.5" is low. barely half a day last

9. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

It's so cheap that you can just buy two and switch them out.

2. repenter

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

I love every article with "Monsters from Asia" title :D

7. Shujah

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

lolxx :P

3. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

one thing in your article is not right the fact that you wrote 2.5GHZ sd801, which is not true it has 2.2 ghz and it is the actual sd800 version being sold there were rumors initially for a LTE version SD801 with 2.5 GHZ version that i dont know if it was actually sold somewhere , bcz i am one who was looking to buy that version.

4. Donbenie

Posts: 263; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

That battery.. Smh..

5. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

All that hardware...and no LTE and a horrible battery. Like a Corvette with a Cruise engine and a 2 gallon gas tank...

6. revrend2008

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 10, 2015

This is just a Blu Pure Life XL for a cheaper price, exact same body and specs

8. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Yes, the Blu Pure Life XL is a rebranded Gionee Elife E7.

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