The Gionee Elife E7 is a very interesting device for many reasons. First of all, it is the first phone to feature the 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AC chip, which already makes it desirable. On top of that, it has many other hardware features that make it really catch the eye.
Gionee claims that the camera in the Elife E7 is better than the 16MP sensor on the Galaxy S 5, which hasn’t even been announced yet. It features a 16MP camera with a Largan M8 lens and an OmniVision 1/2.3-inch sensor with 1.34µm pixels. Those specs could make the camera the best balance between pixel size and resolution, though amazing camera claims are made by all, and only a few smartphones have truly good cameras.
Other specs include an 8MP front facing camera (with the same sensor as an iPhone 5 main camera), a 2,500 mAh battery, and a co-processor to keep the main processor from wasting battery. Co-processors are starting to take off with the Moto X and iPhone 5S, so we should see them in more phones soon. It is 9.5mm thick at its thickest point, but its curve goes down to 6.2mm on the sides.
In terms of software, it isn’t completed but it’s running Android 4.2 right now. It’s a highly customized build with features like auto marking of spam texts, live task cards for some apps, and even a full manual camera.
The device, in a 2.2GHz original Snapdragon 800 variant, goes on sale in China on December 12th, while the 2.5GHz new Snapdragon 800 model will go on sale sometime in Q1 of 2014. The original model will be available in a 16GB variant with 2GB of RAM for CN¥2,699/US$440, while a 32GB model with 3GB of RAM will go for CN¥3,199/US$530. The new, 2.5GHz model will go for CN¥3,499/US$570 and will feature 32GB of memory and 3GB of RAM. Gionee claims it will launch in 40 countries, so we might just see it close to home. Would you buy this device? Leave a comment!