Excerpt: For a claim to fame, “World’s thinnest smartphone” isn’t a bad one. The record is currently held by Gionee, a name with which many will be unfamiliar, but the Chinese company is currently making a big push into the world’s emerging smartphone markets. The phone is the Elife S5.5, and it measures a mere 5.5mm thick. As a comparison, the iPhone 5S is 7.6mm thick, and even the super thin iPod Touch is a comparably porky 6.1mm.
Pros: Excellent design and build quality, Super thin chassis, Fast octa-core processor, Attractive user interface
Cons: Too much software bloat, Poor User Interface performance, Amigo 2.0 UI, Volume/power buttons too large, Mediocre camera software and performance
Summary: The Gionee Elife S5.5 probably got what it takes to entice its prospected users. It has a powerful true octa-core processor, stunning display with Super AMOLED, wide-angle front camera, Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and of course, the title of being the slimmest phone in the world. I must say, the Gionee S5.5 is one of my favorites so far. All of its goodness were stuffed together on a compact body. And with its retail price of Php21,999, this one’s clearly worth it.
Gionee Elife S5.5 review: Poor battery life ruins a beautiful phone
12 July 2014
Summary: The Gionee Elife S5.5 was launched at an MRP of Rs 27,199, though it’s available in most retail stores for approximately Rs 22,000. The S5.5 is a great device to consider if you’re looking for a smartphone that stands out with its looks. With the premium design it gets high scores for its aesthetic appeal. For the price, it also delivers good results in terms of its hardware i.e the camera, speed and overall build quality.
Excerpt: Gionee is not a brand that readily comes to the mind of most Nigerians. To be honest the brand never quite registered on my radar till about 2months ago when I read up on the Elife E6. Recently, I made a trip to the almighty Computer village, Ikeja, Lagos to grab a HTC One (M7) for a buddy and as usual patrolled around each brand segment in a popular store, inspecting their offerings.
Conclusion: The Gionee Elife S5.5 is the very definition of surprise. Made with attention to detail and having an easily marketable feature, its hopes of success can extend beyond the intended markets. Being one of the best looking smartphones would definitely help - and we don't mean among the made in China only. The positive impressions started the minute we opened the retail box. It's an exquisitely made phone, a rare combination of delicate and solid.
Pros: 5.0" Super AMOLED, 1080p, 441ppi, Gorilla Glass 3, ambient light sensor, Gionee's Amigo OS 2.0, based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, MediaTek MT6592 chipset, octa-core 1.7GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Mali-450MP4 GPU and 2GB of RAM, 13MP camera, single LED flash, 1080p video recording, 5MP front-facing camera with 1080p video recording, 16GB of built-in storage, Active noise cancellation with a secondary microphone, 2,300mAh battery, Super slim and lightweight body made of p...
Cons: No microSD slot, No Android KitKat at launch, Non user-replaceable battery, No LTE connectivity, No NFC, Chipset is upper midrange at best (granted, you're not being charged a premium price)
Summary: Overall, for a price of around Rs 22999 (currently selling for Rs 20000-21000), the device is a decent buy with great design, excellent build and display and an above average camera performance. With Android KitKat update coming soon, this device should be a good buy if you are ok with a not so great battery performance. You can also check out Micromax Canvas Knight which has similar specs and price range, but with Android 4.2.
Summary: The Gionee Elife S5.5 comes with an excellent looking design in the slimmest package possible and also features a bold hardware spec sheet. The UI isnt very well refined and there are some heating issues, but overall the handset is worth the price. The smartphone is a great buy if you dont have any qualms about the brand and after sales service, and it gives a tough competition to brands like Motorola and Samsung.
Pros: Slimmest smartphone available, Sturdy build quality, Respectable camera performance, Display is very vivid and has great viewing angles
Cons: Average battery life, Heating issues, UI needs to be more refined
Summary: Over the past few months, we’ve been consistently impressed by the offerings brought forth by Gionee. With a focus on bringing high end specifications at a mainstream price point, the company has mostly succeeded with the likes of the Elife E6 and E7. The China based smartphone manufacturer recently announced its launch of what it calls the world’s slimmest phone. Dubbed the Elife S5.5, the USP of the phone is most definitely the aesthetics.
Pros: Design & Construction, Camera, Display
Cons: Average performance, Battery Life, Video quality
Summary: Gionee has risen in the ranks in the past year like anything. Ever since it unveiled the ‘E’ series, Gionee has continuously and vigorously attacked different segments of the market and excelled at it. We already reviewed the Gionee Elife E6 and Gionee Elife E7 and were left impressed by what they had on offer. But, this time, we have our hands on a special treat – the Gionee Elife S5.5 , which is the world’s slimmest phone.
Summary: А теперь самое интересное – цена. На сегодняшний день смартфон GioNee Elife S5.5 можно найти в России от 17 000 рублей. Дорого или дешево - сказать трудно: рассматривая А-бренды - аналогов за эту стоимость практически нет, однако среди Б-брендов еще что-то можно подыскать. Думаю, основные конкуренты – флагманы прошлого года или нынешнего, но в «серых» поставках. Например, Sony Xperia Z1 за 18 000 рублей найти реально, даже РСТ.