The Gionee Elife E8 is here and it takes 120MP photos

Gionee’s Elife series has for the most time been a smartphone series targeted at the shutterbug. The newest installment from the Elife franchise — the Elife E8 lives up to the tradition.

The phone suffered a couple of leaks a few hours before its official unveil, but Gionee appears to have managed to keep the USP from leaking for the launch event… and that happens to be the phone’s ability to take 120 mega-pixel pictures. OPPO first surprised the tech world by announcing the 50 mega-pixel photo capabilities of the Find 7, but that is now trumped, and how.

The Elife E8, as speculated, is powered by the MediaTek MT6795 aka Helio X10 octa-core 64-bit CPU along with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage. There’s also a microSD slot for when the provided storage isn’t enough. The star of the Elife E8 show, naturally, is the 24 mega-pixel main camera. If you’re wondering how the 24 mega-pixel sensor takes 120 mega-pixel photos, here’s your answer: software. The software on the E8 allows it to ‘stitch’ together super high res photos from the available hardware.

The sensor takes advantage of PDAF (phase detection autofocus) to have a super fast focus speed, which according to Gionee lies between 0.08-0.20 seconds (that is crazy fast).

The Elife E8 has a 6-inch 2560 x 1440 pixel display and an 8 mega-pixel front camera, and is powered by a 3520mAh battery. Amigo UI 3.1 takes charge of software on the device, which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. A fingerprint sensor sits beneath the 24 mega-pixel main camera of the Elife E8.

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Now for the part that might be a little disappointing for some: price. The Elife E8 will set you back by 2299 Yuan (US$645) if you’re in China. Those in Europe can hope for Allview to bring the device to their markets in the form of the X2 Xtreme, but others will have to rely on Chinese resellers to get their hands on the Elife E8.

Gionee Elife E8 Gallery

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