MWC: Gionee Elife S7 first impressions

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Gionee’s latest (and greatest?) Android smartphone was unveiled at MWC. The 5.5mm Gionee Elife S7 is a quality looking smartphone, but how does it feel and run once in the hand?

Gionee love to make a thin phone. Their thinnest is still the 5.1mm Gionee Elife S5.1, but their latest is the newly released Gionee Elife S7. Don’t be fooled by the name though, this is a 5.5mm Android smartphone, and it features some nice updates over its predecessor.

Picking the Elife S7 up for the first time gives you a very good impression of the quaity of this thin Android smartphone. It feels great in the hand thanks to an alloy chassis with machined ‘U’ channel which actually adds grip to the edges, and the flat glass panels front and rear fit flush keeping allowing the phone to maintain it’s thin measurments from edge to edge.

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Gionee went for a unibody design so a SIM tray allows access to your SIM and, thanks to the slightly thicker body, a larger 2750mAh battery has been brought in to play.

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5.5-inch is usually where phone makers aim to be at with their latest phones, but I am happy to see Gionee went for a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It’s a good form factor that isn’t much larger than a 5-inch phone but add a little more useable screen space to your device.

Other features of the Gionee Elife S7 include an 8 mega-pixel front camera, 13 mega-pixel rear, Amigo OS 3.0 based on Android 5.0 Lollipo and a 3.5mm headphone jack (a feature Gionee were eager to point out in teasers before the launch).

Gionee have confirmed a launch of the Elife S7 in China and India, and quoted a retail price of 399 Euros during the launch event, that’s quite a lot to ask even for a well made MT6752 phone with quality build and Androd Lollipop. What do you think?

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  1. Muhammad Yasir
    March 3, 2015

    pricing will kill this off for sure.. we’ll get BETTER and relatively cheaper phones with more or less the same (or even way better!) specs in the coming 2 months or so…

  2. MaxPower
    March 3, 2015

    For that money I hope it makes good coffee too

  3. Venci
    March 3, 2015

    Even Samsung could come with better pricing than this 😀 😀

  4. David Košič
    March 3, 2015

    Lol a MT6752 phone for 400 euros? someone has been sniffing a lot of glue recently

  5. mafioso
    March 3, 2015

    Wouldn’t it be better to buy a Lenovo Vibe shot. The expected price seems to be around $350. I believe it offers better value than this phone.

  6. Angry Mobile Nerd
    March 4, 2015

    So what phones are you guys going to buy when even Chinese phones become too expensive for your cheap tastes? Just curious.

    • MaxPower
      March 5, 2015

      Your are missing the point.
      At 450$ this Gionee is not ‘expensive’, it’s simply ‘overpriced’.
      A 500$ Xiaomi Note Pro might be expensive for someone but nobody can say it’s overpriced expecially when you compare it with other phones with the same specs.
      Take few Chinese phones with the same specs of this one like the Jiayu S3 or Meizu M1 Note.They are sold for about 200$ which makes this Gionee simply overpriced.

      • Angry Mobile Nerd
        March 5, 2015

        I’d say you’re missing the point even more. The average consumer doesn’t care about specs (most likely only screen size and camera megapixels) and simply buy the phone that appeals to them.

        Cars are the same; some cars represent better value and performance (or both) over others cars but those other cars still manage to sell just simply because the customer liked it more (or a result of very good marketing, but that counts too in the world of business).

        You guys really represent a small group of consumers who only care about Antutu score to ram to price ratio. Notice how there are no women here? (or very very few)

        • MaxPower
          March 5, 2015

          There’s no average consumer here because this is a niche market.
          These Chinese manufacturers dont even advertise outside China.
          People go though an hassle buying from China with no warranty and they mostly buy flagships rather than MT6577 Samsung s4 clones. So it’s not about expensive or cheap.
          It’s about overprice. You talked about cars, fine, let’s say a 2000cc Nissan last SUV is sold for 30K$ while the counterpart from Toyota is also sold for 30K. Both cars are sold for almost the same amount because they belong to the same category.The Mercedes instead is sold for 60K but because they use premium technology to justify that price. Okay, you also pay for the brand, but Gionee is simply not a Mercedes, it’s only an overpriced phone(at least this one)

          • MaxPower
            March 5, 2015

            In not trying to argue at all, I was just sharing my thoughts.

        • MaxPower
          March 5, 2015

          And anyway, the way you speak I can tell you don’t belong to the category that approached Chinese market because it’s cheaper, as well you are not even in the category of people caring of specs/price ratio, and I also guess you are not a woman so which category do you belong to? Just curious 🙂

  7. seven7dust
    March 4, 2015

    Even Gionee’s own S5.1 makes mores sense than this ,

    it’s lighter {99g vs 125g} smaller n narrower and far more affordable at like 250$ or even less.
    it’s pratically the same thinness, hence less volume.
    after all whats the point of a thinner phone thats not small.

    • balcobomber25
      March 4, 2015

      The 5.1 is cheaper but its also not as well equipped as this phone. The 5.1 is 720p, has an older 6592, 1 GB of RAM, still runs 4.3 and has a different camera.

  8. antidumb
    March 4, 2015

    for that price they should use intel cherry trail with 4gb of ram, intel claim their chip will be cheaper, just don’t us this mediacrap.please

    • antidumb
      March 4, 2015

      and one more, please make this single sim and change another sim tray with micro sd slot

  9. March 4, 2015

    I love the form factor. This would be my next phone if its price were in line with other MT6752 phones (~$250). I might pay 400 Euros if it had a Sapphire display and fingerprint scanner that works as well as the iPhone 6 though ^^.

  10. Mesterio
    March 4, 2015

    I feel some manufacturers feel that their name justifies their prices ** cough cough SONY * and not the actual specs of the phone! Jiayu S3 all the way!!!!!

  11. Xcurior
    March 8, 2015

    Oh yeah, 5.5″… that’s too mainstream and seems too large, so many phones have this. BUT 5.2″??? It’s STILL bigger than 5.0″ phones, yet it’s not too big… is basically what I’m hearing lol.

    If you want to say something good about a phone, you’re going to find a way to do it regardless of how good or bad the phone actually is.