Gionee has announced the world’s slimmest smartphone Elife S5.5. Gionee launched it in India early April. For a price of Rs. 22900/-. This is the first handset in the new ‘S’ series and the S5.5 gets its name due to the 5.5mm thickness. This makes it the slimmest Android smartphone. One of the highlights of the phone is the 5-inch Super AMOLED display. The panel delivers rich colours and very good viewing angles. This being an AMOLED screen, one can also expect inky black levels.
Gionee Elife S5.5 is available in a beautiful number of colours Black, White, Blue, Pink and Purple. Gionee has managed to reduce the thickness of the phone to just 5.5mm and squeezed in hardware components further. It sports a unibody design so you can’t remove the battery. The frame that holds the phone is made of the alloy with inserts for antenna at the edges. The front features the 5.5-inch display, capacitive touch button for navigation, the front camera and the sensor array. The shiny, all-glass back has a glossy finish and has a small, raised strip at the top left that features the camera lens and an LED flash. The Gorilla Glass guards against scratches.
Brightness levels are great and we didn’t encounter any problems using the phone in sunlight. Even the viewing angles are good. Gionee Elife S5.5 is the one of the most gorgeous displays seen recently. Gionee Elife S5.5 comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It also adds support for the double-tap to wake up gesture.
Gionee Elife S5.5 comes with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. Pictures shot in daylight were kind of underexposed and lacked punch. Colour reproduction was reasonably accurate and close-up shots were good.
Videos recorded with the phone were above average. The front camera clicks good quality selfies and is great for video chats.
Gionee Elife S5.5 is powered by a MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor and 2GB RAM. The phone boasts of powerful hardware yet its performance was a mixed bag. In synthetic benchmarks, the phone scored 26,573 in Antutu, 14,552 in Quadrant, 2391 in Geekbench 3(Multi-core) and 57.2 in Nenamark 2 benchmark tests.
The smrtphone comes with a 2300mAh battery, but hardly sails through a full working day (9-10 hours) with moderate to heavy use. The phone comes with 16GB storage. The phone offers good call quality and signal reception. It was able to lock to GPS without any hiccups. The external speaker on the phone offers loud sound output.