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World's new 'thinnest' phone is just 5.5 mm thick, Gionee Elife S5.5 goes on preorder for $370

0. phoneArena posted on 19 Feb 2014, 02:53

Chinese smartphone makers are on a roll lately, and Gionee's latest Elife S5.5 comes as a living proof. Well, not exactly living, as it's still on preorder, but the company claims it will be the thinnest smartphone ever, at 5.5 mm. This puts the 5.75 mm Vivo X3 to shame, and will certainly be a sight to behold...

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posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:00 1

1. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1310; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

anyone own a Chinese phone around $300 with mediatek processor? is it reliable? and hows the camera? and of course battery life to.

Im thinking of buying one for a cousins birthday.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:16 2

9. nvrhde (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)

Y not , Moto g

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:30 7

12. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

This phone has better specs than the Moto G.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 04:02 2

16. nvrhde (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)

But this is 370

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 09:37

25. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

This phone is the "Bleeding Edge" (pun intended) of mobiles.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:20 2

10. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

I own a mid range phone with mediaTek, and also lot of my friends too. Not bad I'd say. It's been well over an year and the phone is still going strong. I don't know much yet about performance of latest octacore but the Quadcore MT6589 that I have works good. A little underpowered for games but it NEVER heats up.

Camera, build quality totally depends on the manufacturer. You'll get less talktime than similar Qualcomm chips, but standby times are still very good.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 05:10

19. lallolu (Posts: 560; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)

Your reply is really concise. I have always wondered about the real life usage of the mediatek processors. I assume you have the quadcore version.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:23

11. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)

Depends on what you use it for. I've tried a phone running MT6589 (Quad Core Cortex A7 + PowerVR 544 GPU)and it can run the most basic of tasks smoothly but lags with graphic intensive games. As for the battery life and camera, it varies from phones.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 04:20

18. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

My mother has a $99 Chinese phone with a dual-core Mediatek processor. It can easily last a day of gaming (not necessarily intense gaming), which is impressive given its battery capacity is only 1650mAh

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 06:50

23. jacobspeeds (Posts: 40; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

indians are using $200 micromax phones with mediatek processors and they dont seem to have any complaints...not sure abt gionee tho

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 11:54

28. hurrycanger (Posts: 1625; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

Micromax is just an import company in disguise. Some of its phones are actually Gionee Elife phones with a different logo.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 12:13

29. hurrycanger (Posts: 1625; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

For $300, why not just get a Moto G? Its specs cannot compare, but I'm confident to say it can do more! Or you can add $50 for the Nexus 5. The Moto X is pretty good too, and it's currently only $325. :D
Now I will have to say that Gionee phones can have very good battery life. I own a BLU Life Play (which is actually the Gionee Elife E3). The battery is 1800 or 1900 mAh, and the display size is 4.7 inch. It gets about 5 hours of screen time after a full day on one single charge. That's pretty good.
The camera is so so. The megapixel count can be high, but it gets a lot of noise and stuff. Front camera from these phones get a lot of noise, too. Still, unless you want to take artistic photos with your phone, it shouldn't be a problem.
As for the mediatek processor, it's good for basic smartphone needs like calling, texting, web browsing, facebook, youtube, music. Web browsing is just as smooth on MTK comparing to Snapdragon. However, It's not even close to Snapdragon for gaming. Some good apps and games don't even support MTK.
Now for the build quality, I can't tell about this phone, but the Gionee Elife E3 is a piece of crap, seriously. It destroyed 2 of my microSD cards. The charger died after 2 months. I can see through the bottom side of the phones and clearly see the light of the capacitive buttons inside, lol. The battery got dented for some reason I can't figure out. (and I've read some people saying the usb port on the phone failed after a month of use or so, which fortunately didn't happen to me).

I think if you want to get a phone below $200, you can sure come to these Chinese mediatek phones and give a try. If you're gonna spend more than $200, maybe just get something else. I don't own the Elife S5.5, and I don't know whether it's good or bad. But from my experience (and from the online reviews I've read), I would never get one from Gionee again (including BLU in the US and Micromax in India).

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 14:42

30. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

given how thin it is, I wouldnt waste your money on it. You would need to put it in a case just for it to be at a comfortable level of thickness. Otherwise it will be too easy to slip from your hands.

posted on 28 May 2014, 23:42

31. IndianTiger (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 May 2014)

Dude, you can blindly buy this. I'm sure your cousin will be surprised for sure. This is really very good phone in this budget. You can compare this with leading brands. You won't get this many features in this price range. The clarity is really stunning. The look is too good. My colleagues are surprised to see this mobile when I bought this couple of weeks ago.

You can go for this..!!

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 00:46

32. ryanlockovich (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)

I don't own one but I heard the mediatek processors aren't that great. I'd go for a snapdragon processor.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:06

2. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

isn't gionee indian?

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:09 1

5. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

lol no, they are Chinese.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:14

7. nvrhde (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:14 1

8. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)

No, its Chinese. I Googled it.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:32 1

13. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

No, Gionee is Chinese, their Chinese name is called "金立" (Jin Li).

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 04:11 1

17. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)

which means "Golden Stand"...whatever that means.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:06 2

3. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

Guys, congos, you just got a smart razer which can trim your beard and make calls at the same time, just for $370. Even better, this thing runs on a quad core processor and boots Android.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:08 1

4. X.E.R.O. (unregistered)

I'm impressed, China upping their game.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:11 1

6. Akfred (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)

Some Chinese android phone are mare, but this one
Seem promising. I own one Chinese brand (Tecno)
Battery life is total rubbish, lags everywhere.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:36

14. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Not all Chinese phones are reliable, those I'm talking about are from the no name companies. The reliable ones are from Huawei, ZTE, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, I don't know about Gionee but their phones look promising.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 06:48

22. aditya.k (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)

Gionee surely are a good brand. Just take a look at their reviews on flipkart and you'll know it.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 07:02

24. MATOZ (Posts: 74; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)

By the way you missed: Motorola (Lenovo) thats gonna be a Chinese company... hehe.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 05:41

21. Cyberchum (Posts: 749; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Which Tecno model?

Some people buy a low end product but still expects it to perform like a high end one. They'll keep on installing RAM hogging softwares that run all the time and still expects no lag I've seen that a lot with some of my pals.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 10:02

26. Akfred (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)

I own Tecno phantom A+ and my brother owns the Phantom 3
All Tecno brand. They all exhibit lags.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:39

15. johnehms09 (Posts: 50; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)

Thinnest but tallest 5 inc.. Joke, in order to make it thinner they need to add huge height

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