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Gionee reveals super-slim Elife S5.5 smartphone at MWC


February 28, 2014

The slim Gionee Elife S5.5 features an octa-core processor, Super AMOLED+ HD display and a 2300 mAh battery

The slim Gionee Elife S5.5 features an octa-core processor, Super AMOLED+ HD display and a 2300 mAh battery

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Top 10 smartphone maker Gionee brought what's claimed to be the world's slimmest smartphone to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, this week. The 5.55 mm thin Elife S5.5 features a Full HD AMOLED display at 441 ppi, is powered by an octa-core processor and has a battery that's reported to last all day with heavy use.

The 145.1 x 70.2 x 5.55 mm (5.7 x 2.76 x 0.22 in), 130 g (4.6 oz) Elife S5.5 has a 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution Super AMOLED+ capacitive multitouch LTPS display, runs the company's Amigo 2.0 operating environment (based on Android 4.2), and is powered by an octa-core 1.7 GHz MTK 6592 processor backed up by 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of solid state storage.

"The Elife S5.5 is crafted with a distinct metallic frame and Corning Gorillas Glass Uni-Body," says William Lu, President of Gionee. "It uses the world’s thinnest AMOLED Screen, thinnest PCB board with a 0.6 mm and 0.4 mm glass rear cover."

The single-SIM smartphone features a rear-facing 13 megapixel autofocus camera with up to ISO1600 sensitivity, and a 5 MP snapper with a 95 degree ultra-wide-angle lens at the front.

Despite its slim profile, it boasts a non-removable 2300 mAh Li-ion battery, with the promise of an even more capacious 2450 mAh battery available in the next upgrade. Configurations will support 3G and 4G/LTE networks, there's Bluetooth 4.0 and micro-USB 2.0 with support for OTG.

The 3G model is due to be released shortly in 40 countries for around US$370, with the LTE version following in June.

Source: Gionee

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At one point one may begin to wonder if there really is a law of diminishing returns for thickness of a phone. Apart from a pissing contest between engineering houses, what is the real world benefit of having a phone 1mm thick really?

If I could fill that extra 4.5mm with a battery to prolong this beauty to a 2 week standby would that not make more sense?

For a 5-inch phone that's 5.5mm thin, I'm really skeptic about the battery life. And with a 441ppi AMOLED+ screen? I'm willing to bet that their definition of "heavy usage" might be too far off the bat. thatBeatsguy

Time is not far Chinese smartphone are gonna be world best seller beating Apple & Samsung.

Naeem Khan

For those of us who spend time away from home on business travel, battery life is HUGE. Look in any airport and the areas around outlets are the most popular as the road warriors are trying to recharge. A swappable battery would be nice. Skinny phones are like skinny jeans, a fashion statement for hipsters and the glamoratti.

Bruce H. Anderson
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