Gionee Elife E7 launched with 2.5Ghz Snapdragon 800 CPU, 3GB RAM and 16MP camera

Gionee held a rather interesting launch for their new flagship Android smartphone the Gionee Elife E7, here are the main specification details from the launch!

Gionee made quite a event out of their launch this evening, even streaming the launch in English (although it appears the video wasn’t available live outside of China!. There was obviously a lot of pride in the room at launch and we can see why after looking at the hardware, features and the new Amigo 2.0 OS!

Gionee Elife E7 Specifications

Before the launch rumours and speculation claimed the E7 would have a 2K display, Snapdragon CPU, 3GB RAM, but ultimately be a camera centric device. Well at the launched we learned much of this is true bar the 2K display! Instead the phone has a 5.5-inch 1080 panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, still plenty for everyone but a true pixel snob.

yellow gionee elife e7

Above display sits an 8 mega-pixel front camera, which Gionee say is better than the main camera found on the iPhone 5S, and super narrow 2.33mm screen bezels keep the width of the phone down to a minimum.

On the rear the real star of the show is unveiled! The rear camera is a 16 megapixel unit said to the same unit found in point and shoot cameras the Cannon IXUS140 and Casio EX-ZR1200! In addition the lens is a super touch custom-made part from lens maker Largen and auto-focus motor from Shicoh!

green gionee elife e7

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Being a camera centric device Gionee have also made a number of improvements to the stock camera app which can either be used in basic mode or professional mode with more adjustment to fine tune your images. There are also 20 scene selection options which the camera can automatically choose for you, built-in filters, beautification mode, action mode and even food!

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Gionee spent much of the event talking about the camera and the new Amigo 2.0 OS but were also told that the rest of the hardware on the Gionee Elife E7 includes options for either 2GB – 3GB RAM, 16GB -32GB memory 3G and even a 4G LTE option! The 3G version of the phone will get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset running at 2.2Ghz while the LTE model has a 2.5Ghz Snapdragon processor.

black gionee elife e7

If that wasn’t enough the slender phone has NFC, WIFI, GPS, Glonass support and will come in either black, white, blue, orange pink, green or yellow.

gionee elife e7 price

Pricing starts at 2699 Yuan ($443) for the 2GB RAM 16GB memory 3G rising to 3499 Yuan ($574) for the 3GB RAM 32GB memory 4G LTE version. A Snapdragon 800 model with 3G only will also be available for 3199 Yuan ($525).

Were pretty impressed with the Gionee Elife E7, what do you guys think?

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  1. Hoàng Vững
    November 26, 2013

    How about battery, Andy?

    • Carlos Soria 卡东明
      November 26, 2013


      • dwayn
        November 26, 2013

        lol… half a day, guaranteed

  2. simplyshriek
    November 26, 2013

    When is it available?

    • Carlos Soria 卡东明
      November 26, 2013

      12th december

  3. Nicholas Polydor
    November 26, 2013

    Andi, could you provide more tech specs on the camera, please? Pixel size, sensor size? Does it have Optical Image Stabilisation? LED or xenon flash?

    Removable battery? What capacity?

    LTE band support?

    • November 26, 2013

      Battery is 2500mAh not sure if it is removable
      Pixel size is 1.34
      Full LTE details I haven’t seen yet

      • Supermario
        January 2, 2014

        Yeah, I wanna order it from europe, but I can’t find the freqeuency of the 2g, 3g and 4g.
        Is snapdragon 800 a globally unlocked processor?

  4. claude
    November 26, 2013

    With a snapdragon this is certainly not a dual sim , right ?

    and it looks like a no-removable battery too.

    except this, it is an amazing great phone at my opinion.

  5. chrisdry
    November 26, 2013

    This is single or dual sim phone?

  6. ghj
    November 26, 2013

    What about microsd slot?

  7. Carlos Soria 卡东明
    November 26, 2013

    LTE version need to wait until 1st quarter next year 🙁

  8. Syed Shabbar
    November 26, 2013

    How its can be buy from europe?

  9. Guest
    November 26, 2013

    that actually says “8974AC” — that is the Snapdragon 805

    • Giuri97
      November 27, 2013

      8974AC it ‘s not the snapdragon 805…

  10. Vijay
    November 26, 2013

    Only 2500 mAh Battery ?? that too not user removable !! and then perhaps no micro Sd slot–WTF
    i think very minimum should be 3000 mAh– 4000 mAh preferable– i use my phone for 18 hrs a day.

    for me this phones is a no no, no matter how camera centric this phone supposedly is.

  11. Ivan Myring
    November 26, 2013

    A snapdragon 805? This early? Doubt it.

    • Giuri97
      November 27, 2013

      8974AC it ‘s not the snapdragon 805… it’s a powered version of snap 800

  12. toioioio
    November 26, 2013

    i dont understand why they dont make all phones dual sim…
    Oh well their loss,im going for the lenovo.

  13. JTG
    November 26, 2013

    Hm…. I don’t see the size specifications shown.

  14. arsalan
    November 26, 2013

    Looks to be a fantastic phone. I am tempted to buy one if having a removable battery and SD card.

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  16. Riciu Adrian
    November 26, 2013

    lumia combined with huawei p6…anyway has his own style.

  17. Týr
    November 26, 2013

    Oh man. I was so close to pegging this as my phone reading the article. The 2500 mAh battery is just a deal-breaker and a half. Honestly 5inch displays and larger need to be at least 3000 or be damn close and showing evidence of excellent optimization. I suppose to be fair battery is the biggest thing for me

  18. karima
    November 26, 2013

    look to this Neken/尼凯恩 NX(32G)旗舰版5英寸1080P 1300w四核1.5G智能手机

  19. Potato
    November 26, 2013

    Disappointed battery life.. Make it little bit thicker but at least put 3000mAh battery. 2500mAh for 5.5″ phone is poor.

  20. Zalzala
    November 26, 2013

    Overpriced though missing Wireless Charging and 2K display and not to mention dual sim too…I am out

    • Allanitomwesh
      November 27, 2013

      Why would you expect dual sim on a snapdragon 800?Even 600 don’t have…

      • Zalzala
        November 28, 2013

        Is this what you called the inclination of technology?? Like you get better display in 1080P than 720P so you do get lot of convenience with two sims….

        • Allanitomwesh
          November 28, 2013

          No,it’s just rather obvious,high end snapdragon = no dual sim. So pretty much all high end phones bar MT6592 ones won’t meet your criteria.

          • Zalzala
            November 29, 2013

            You will see soon dual Sim with MT65992 only…

            • Allanitomwesh
              November 29, 2013

              Yes,and that doesn’t not have LTE. Decisions decisions….

            • Zalzala
              November 29, 2013

              Anyways technology is always a game to wait and watch!!
              Moreover things will come on d way least expected or never believed….Its 21st century where possibilities are limitless.

  21. bryan
    November 26, 2013

    Is it me or are Chinese ppl come with smaller brain and Pen#$
    they are obsessed with small.
    2K screen with SMALL 2500mah battery????
    that too non removable
    wow..i mean u create such hype n get crouds to the point

    of buyers orgasm and then this…
    Gionee needs to get right product not some pretty little cnc painted metal

  22. November 26, 2013

    A little bit steep, if compare it to Xiaomi MI3. I know that it’s hard to buy a Xiaomi phone but Gionee E7 is not a best choice unless it allows open bootloader and CM. People buy Android phone because it’s open (which includes battery and microSD), not by it’s feature. Just like Xiaomi head used to say “The problem in here is price”.

  23. Xiaolu
    November 27, 2013

    First, I think is a big step for Gionee, first phone with such claim (better front camera than iPhone’s 5S main one), and specs are awesome. Chinese phone makers are really taking seriously the game.

    Second thought(s): what about the OS? Is this Android customization worth the try? Based on which version: 4.1.2, 4.2.2, 4.3, 4.4? Because that matters for some people out there. Most of us here are foreigners and not that impressed by an OS name/brand (some of us are even Spaniards, hehe), so, will that system be as optimized as KitKat 4.4 on Nexus 5? Battery life REALLY needs that much optimization. And, what about a total translation to other languages? Answer this in a good way and you’ll earn our hearts…

  24. Markoff
    November 27, 2013

    camera centric phone without shutter button? fail

    + no Micro SD, no Qi charging…

  25. Allanitomwesh
    November 27, 2013

    Actually really like it,you can tell they put alot of work in it,but that battery is just downright inadequate. It wasn’t enough for Find 5 it damn sure won’t be enough for a phone with LTE and 2.5ghz processor.Green one is lovely though,well done!

    • November 27, 2013

      I like it too, well apart from the rear! Other than that it is a fantastic looking phone!

    • mk
      December 4, 2013

      thats also because of oppo’s software.

      there are nummerious phone’s with that ammount of battery who are way more battery friendly.

      • Allanitomwesh
        December 4, 2013

        Nope,there aren’t.The old ROM was terrible but ColorOS gets great battery life even with the boatload of features.If Cyanogenmod couldn’t milk that battery on Find 5 no one can. It gets about 16hrs of use with about 5hrs screen on time,pretty standard life. This gionee has more power draining features in a bigger display,LTE,their own siri clone,its gonna be out of charge in a sec

  26. bobo
    November 27, 2013

    Looks tempting, but I’ll wait.

  27. Meixo Van Cottie
    November 27, 2013
  28. Dolmala
    November 27, 2013

    How is it with Google Play? Easy to install on the E7 or only with lots of trouble? The 2500mAh battery is a downer as well as the missing card slot. However, supposing I have 16 GB free for taking pics, it takes me through the day. Since I want a camera centric phone, I am very close to buy it.

  29. November 27, 2013

    It seems to be missing a stock Android option. Or a Cyanogenmod option.

    In fact their obvious pride in their own “hacked up” version of Android doesn’t bode well for us having any option other than their “Amigo” OS.

    As a side note: I read the comments below. It seems like many of you want a Nubia Z7, the features your asking for are what they’re planning on offering.

    • November 27, 2013

      Gionee are really opening up to international market. Hopefully they see what Oppo have done and become more open to 3rd party ROMs

  30. Qwerty
    December 7, 2013

    Want one. Where to buyfrom europe?

  31. Dominic
    January 1, 2014

    Well, looks like Xiaomi’s snooze is going to cost them my business. In Taiwan, they will be launching the 16GB Mi3 in february, and by then the E7L (snapdragon 805 with LTE) will be out here too. For whatever reason we also get VERY attractive pricing on the elife series here. The 32GB E7 is set to come out for us sometime in January with a price of 11,200 NTD (~273 euros). No exact numbers on the E7L model yet but I’m pretty dead set on owning this beast now, just going to have to carry an external battery around since the 2500 mah is pretty weak