Gionee Elife 7 price slashed to an unbelievable $182


The flagship Gionee Elife E7 is now on sale at an amazing sub $200 price tag! Is this Snapdragon 800 phone still worth a shot?

Last year Gionee launched their flagship Gionee Elife E7. The launch was a big shock to Chinese phone follows as not only did Gionee ditch Mediatek for Qualcomm, but they also packed their then new phone with an amazing 16 mega-pixel rear camera.

The Gionee Elife E7 was and still is a great package, but when it originally launched it had some really hot competition from Xiaomi, Oppo and plenty of other phone makers meaning sales were a little thin on the ground.

yellow gionee elife e7

International reseller prices were also high at launch too, which didn’t help the phone sell with customers from around the world.

At it’s new retail price of only $182 though, the Gionee Elife E7 might have another shot. For a sub $200 phone to ship with a Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB RAM, 16 mega-pixel rear camera, 8 mega-pixel front and 5.5-inch FHD display is pretty rare. In fact only the JiaYu S3 comes close, but at that price you are only getting 2GB RAM and no NFC.

green gionee elife e7

There is the issue that the phone has just Android 4.2 and doesn’t support LTE, but for the hardware and rear camera alone the Elife E7 is a great deal.

Would you consider buying this last-gen flagship at a it’s new mid-range price point or do you prefer to stick with the new breed of Chinese smartphones?

[ Efoxshop ]
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63 Comments

  1. Luciano Gerace
    February 4, 2015

    Is the battery 2500 mah or 3100? I found mixed informations.

    • Manos
      February 4, 2015

      Just 2500!! I don’t know too many phones and have great performance this year and yes this is better than Jiayu S3 for sure. For all the gods update the phone!

      • Luciano Gerace
        February 6, 2015

        But a 2500Mah battery for a 5.5 FHD phone seems insufficient

  2. Steve B
    February 4, 2015

    Damn & double blast. Just ordered something else, probably not as good.

    • Muhammad Yasir
      February 5, 2015

      can i know what did u order?

      • Steve B
        February 5, 2015

        I took a gamble on the Ecoo Aurora in the vain hope the camera would live up to the rest of the specs (and it’s available in a couple of days, not weeks/months like P7000). There are now some sample from Coolicool, file link in description at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE71KMX42Z0. Pics look OK, but quite noisy even in daylight so possibly interpolated from 13mp and would need to see true 13mp pics to judge better.
        But I have used an Iuni U2 recently and the pics from that blew me away, so this Gionee (for pics at least) should be sweet.

        • Muhammad Yasir
          February 5, 2015

          well , i hope the aurora serves u well and the camera is better than ever. obviously we cant say right now , whether the camera is interpolated or not but the SoC in the phone definitely supports 16 mp TRUE camera. so we’ll have to wait for that.
          on the bright side , Ecoo is newer tech and has 4G plus the 64 bit procc and upcoming android 5.0 ota update , all of which will never come to elife 7.

          I’d love to hear about your experience with the Ecoo aurora. DO tell us how’d u fare once your receive your phone!

          • Steve B
            February 5, 2015

            No problem, will do.

            • Steve B
              February 5, 2015

              Night shot from Iuni U2, just resized to get under 2mb limit

  3. Riccardo Benzoni
    February 4, 2015

    a no-brainer for 160€, almost half the price of the nexus 5 and very good camera. Custom roms take care of android version!

    • 2s4you
      February 4, 2015

      Really a no-brainer for 160€?
      Look here … at 2:39:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4YDdyu2fqc
      Anybody cheating us?

      • RoS
        February 5, 2015

        On the movie is 2/16 version not 3/32 ?

        • 2s4you
          February 5, 2015

          Yep, and on the beginning of the clip stay:….Android 4.4 System.
          I can’t find any KK version on Gionee E7.
          But I found this:
          Chetan Bhawani Mod Jayaprakash Pk • 16 days ago
          ”We’re told the latest that KitKat is due this month or in Feb.”

          If KK realy come on Gionee E7, then is Riccardo B. absolutely right.
          I prefer stable KK above Lollipop with bugs.

        • jalebi Singh
          February 24, 2015

          there is the old version with 2/16, and a refreshed version 3/32. under $200 for the 3/32 version

      • Riccardo Benzoni
        February 5, 2015

        could be modded by the seller, the rom is 4.2, also advised by the company

        • 2s4you
          February 5, 2015

          Could be … but the seller is the clip uploader and there stay Android KK.
          That why i’m confused.
          I think, if the seller come with clarancy about what EXACTLY he have to sell,
          than I’m seriously interested in Gionee E7.

      • Leslie Lee
        February 6, 2015

        e7 has two versions…one is 2+16 another one is 3+32…

        • 2s4you
          February 7, 2015

          O la, la … my reply to Lesle is disappeared.

  4. Ricardo
    February 4, 2015

    do you know if it will ever be updated? at least to kit-kat?

  5. ferdi
    February 4, 2015

    are there good custom ROMs out for this? the “fake call” function I laighed at but it is handy to have for excuse to get out of a sticky situation haha

  6. Rob
    February 4, 2015

    I’m pretty sure it’s only $164 so even better value as I was tempted this morning.

    • RoS
      February 5, 2015

      Where it is for 164$ ?

      • Rob
        February 5, 2015

        Antelife. Used them a few times.

        • Steve B
          February 5, 2015

          Shows as $189 at Antelife for me?

          • Rob
            February 5, 2015

            Yes it’s gone up today! There is a $6 voucher available though, possibly more if you search. There conversion rates (to UK £) I find is pretty generous though!

            • Luis Silva
              February 5, 2015

              Use my antelife cupoun for 5$: antelifecoupon5 🙂

            • Rob
              February 5, 2015

              Or DMSVM5 for $6 off 🙂

    • Leslie Lee
      February 6, 2015

      what about 5 euro off in efox-shop.com?
      check this: happy201505

  7. Roger
    February 4, 2015

    There is an official Android 4.3 ROM available here http://www.needrom.com/download/gionee-elife-e7l/

    • RoS
      February 17, 2015

      Isn’t the “E7L” a LTE version

  8. Roger
    February 4, 2015

    Sadly, just like the new Jiayu phone I can’t use this as has no WCDMA 850Mhz support.

    Having said that, the past few Chinese phones have officially supported the 850Mhz band but reception on this band has been absolutely abysmal.

    • Mik
      February 6, 2015

      which countries use the 850mhz band? I always find it difficult to find up to date tables with required bands.

      • MaxPower
        February 9, 2015

        USA

  9. Abir
    February 4, 2015

    Have the 2gb version lying infront of me. Everything is awesome and built to industry leading standards. Only problem- Gionee themselves, they shaft us by providing no updates what so ever and the “AMIGO UI” will drive you nuts at times.

  10. SpeedinDeath
    February 5, 2015

    I have the 3 GB version for the past one year. The best part is the camera. It takes mind blowing pictures most of the time and much better than recent flagships out there even in this day. Hardware capabilities are of no concern for this phone as everything is well taken care off. The only cause for concern is that there is still no update to kit kat and i suppose there will never be one. And another thing to add, there are no such custom roms which will help you to upgrade to kit kat..
    Oh and if you want specifics of the camera, then i would say though it takes very good pictures, it has a big shot to shot and this handset has a tendency to lower the shutter speed to 1/12 or 1/8 or sometimes even 1/4 seconds to grab more light, especially in the dark surroundings. You will have to have a very stable hand to get a blurless shot and have to be patient too since you might have to take 3 – 4 pics to get the best one. but when it does, it takes a hell of a picture.
    At this price cut its much better than any phone in the market in the similar price range. Just prepare your mind that it will forever be stuck at android 4.2.2. I currently own a Oneplus One, but i still miss my gionee e7 camera for its sheer quality.

    • Steve B
      February 5, 2015

      Was the slow shutter speed the same in third party apps?

      • SpeedinDeath
        February 5, 2015

        Yes, its same for the other apps, unless you are shooting specifically in sports/action mode, but in that case, resolution gets lowered to 4 – 5 mpixels. Another thing i noticed, the best processing of the pictures after they are taken is done by the the default camera app(excellent noise reduction and clarity), the other third party app cannot compete in that regard, except they have more functionalities.

        • Steve B
          February 5, 2015

          Thanks for the reply. So I guess then the Iuni U2 might be the better choice for this camera combo as, as well as 60fps video, it might have other improvements as well.

    • Kleautzak
      February 10, 2015

      How is the GPS on this device?

  11. Nicola
    February 5, 2015

    Nubia z5s almost the same price,and it come with KitKat,what is better?

    • Leslie Lee
      February 6, 2015

      if you live in Europe I would recommend you Z5S because efox-shop.com has it in their DE warehouse

      • Nicola
        February 7, 2015

        At the last i bought Nubia z5s

  12. Venci
    February 5, 2015

    eeh 4.2 is just too old for me

  13. desponent
    February 5, 2015

    Ugly design with toy like colors.

  14. Lazar Prodanovic
    February 5, 2015

    Well the good old S800 is still quite good performer!

    Krait 300(&400) CPU cores give 3.39 DMIPS/MHz compared to 2.3 of A53. It’s not a real hi end any more but who cares. The front where S800 still represents brake true compared to any MTK or even Exynus is a GPU. The A330 is still fantastic performer in mobile front. Now when you can even find S800 based phones in lower mid range for around 250-300€ they represent absolute best buy (in this moment).

    If you want a phone that will last long with software updates & costume ROM’s support (not to Mention bands) stick to famous brands. For instance I managed to find a Xperia Z Ultra for as little as 243€ (for in cash payment) its hugest phablet up to date with bad camera & Preaty good quantum dot IPS. I also found Xperia Z1 for 300€.
    They still have official Sony’s support with Lollipop coming & official support for AOSP & CM.

    Then again Allview (Rumunia EU) have two really interesting models the: X1 extreme (299€) & X1 extreme mini (249€). The mini one is particularly interesting & probably best 4.7″ phone currently available on market.
    They come with Kit Kat & have Allview support but don’t expect miracles, their is no costume ROM’s for them but they are genuine EU product’s & competitive one’s.
    I especially wanted to mention Allview as they are one of rare EU phone makers that mostly use MTK SoC’s & are high competitive even to Chinese manufacturer’s.

    • Lukas
      February 5, 2015

      allview X1 etreme mini is rebranded iuni u2, which you can get for about 190 $ on aliexpres and the non mini X1 is rebranded elife E7 🙂

      • Lazar Prodanovic
        February 5, 2015

        You are totally right about it! We just made a brake thrue! We actually found a Kit Kat 4.4.2. For Elife E7 & one with probably better localization. I am also pretty much shore that iso snoap of radio/ baseband partition could resolve LTE problems. 😉
        Still with this one no SD card support is a real deal breaker (to big for me). They had to blow it up to save 50¢ & this is somehow topical.

  15. Tas
    February 5, 2015

    Guys I am new here and on the Chinese made phones. I found a very good deal online and the specs look amazing. How come noone mention a phone like that? Can you please check the link and let me know what you think and if i should buy it? I really like the 2000+ screen Thank you

    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/free-shipping-new-phone-2015-mobile-phone-andriod-Eight-core-processor-5-7-Inch-4GB-RAM/32253071110.html

  16. RoS
    February 6, 2015

    Do you know where I can order yellow or green one in good price ?

    • Marc
      February 15, 2015

      Push!

  17. Paris Pan
    February 6, 2015

    hah , got it from Antelife. I love it so much. cool phone with best camera.

  18. Leslie Lee
    February 6, 2015

    yes efox-shop! I got my e7 from efox-shop.com because of this man!!!hahahhaha!!
    BUT he seems to have a gf………………..sign…….
    http://en.efox-shop.com/gionee-elife-e7-qualcomm-snapdragon-800-22ghz-quad-core-55-zoll-fhd-bildschirm-android-44-3g-smar-g-298542?home_A1

  19. February 6, 2015

    Here a pic from rear and front camera I took.
    Building is shot by rear and the chocolat sauce by front camera.
    Because of compress to upload the pic they maybe worse then they really are.

  20. Liam
    February 7, 2015

    Housing is identical to Jiayu G6

  21. pedro
    February 7, 2015

    Red nice but yellow or green nooo

  22. February 9, 2015

    both great devices i prefer Gionee Elife E7.

  23. jetix
    February 9, 2015

    A friend of mine ordered Gionee Elife E7 from eFox,
    http://en.efox-shop.com/gionee-elife-e7-qualcomm-snapdragon-800-22ghz-quad-core-55-zoll-fhd-bildschirm-android-44-3g-smar-g-298542?home_A1&source=webgains&siteid=73669
    At this price I beleive is a bargain, if I hadn’t bought my phone just a month ago….

  24. Danial
    February 9, 2015

    GUYS HELP! . I remember last year how tempted I was for this phone and never found it ways to international resellers with a good price.
    I wanna upgrade. My mom’s Zopo zp998. I can’t decide between e7 and jiayu s3.
    I’m sure the e7 has the best camera in the market, but the downside is snapdragon 800.. ( I know it is still a powerful chip but it’s outdated..)
    Is mediatek mt6795 on jiayu s3 way more powerful than the snapdragon 800 on E7??
    Which do you think I should go with?
    P. S: why is it only available in black / white / blue in all the stores?? What about other colors?? Available?
    To be quite honest I kinda feel butt heart about paying double this price 7 months ago for my oneplus one… 😀

    • RoS
      February 11, 2015

      The jiayu is MT6752 not MT6795

  25. RoS
    February 19, 2015

    OK I decided to order 🙂
    definitely one of the best offer for now.
    I hope they will make update to kitkat

  26. Atef Elkhesion
    March 18, 2015

    Yes I would buy it since I am not using 4G

  27. Greg Zeng
    July 12, 2015

    $(USD) 118 now. So I just ordered the 2013 model, new from Geekbuying. The replacement model is to be launched in the coming days or weeks. XDA forums has the latest ROMs, and rooting downloads, so I’m eagerly waiting for the phone to arrive.