Nov 29 AT 4:11 PM Dima Aryeh 25 Comments

The Gionee Elife E7 is the first smartphone to feature a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800

Gionee Elife E7 hands on

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!

Source: Engadget

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • Tommy

    The specs sound great, and the phone probably will be great. But the problem with alot of these android phones, is that since its not samsung, lg, or htc, it won’t be developed. It will be left behind by google and the rest of the developers.

    • lwoodya

      I would put forth that by the time you would want something like this to be upgraded or think it is being left behind, you will likely be shopping for a new phone again anyway. The mere fact that you are one of us non-mainstream shoppers, you are likely to upgrade before this hits EoL. I wish more of these had more recent versions of Android at launch. To be successful, this needs to come out with 4.4 or 4.3 at the very least.

      • chase

        my friend’s mother-in-law makes $61/hr on the laptop. She has been without a job for eight months but last month her check was $12157 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Look At This………

    • Richard Yarrell

      Wouldn’t touch this with a TEN FOOT POLE. 4.2 android on a handset in December NO WAY. This handset is definitely a fraud NOTHING BEATS the Galaxy Note 3 today period.

      • clocinnorcal

        The Nexus 5 does. Samsung cheated benchmarks for the GN3 and it’s now blacklisted from 3Dmark.

        “Wouldn’t touch this with a TEN FOOT POLE.” “NOTHING BEATS the Galaxy Note 3 today period.”

        I remember when you said the same thing about Samsung :\

      • squiddy20

        Please. For the past 2 years you’ve made all sorts of claims about what devices you “wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole”. And just a few months before that, you were claiming how amazing HTC was and that the Evo 3D was the “greatest thing since sliced bread”. All while saying how you’d “never” have any of “Samsuck’s crappy ass plastic devices”. You’re a total whack job who waffles on every viewpoint you’ve ever had at the drop of a hat. For the months leading up to the S4 unveiling, you claimed to have known exactly what specs it would have, but every claim you made was different from the last. You even “knew” it would have that newfangled curved display tech Samsung showed off just a few months before, which made absolutely no sense whatsoever. Talk about “definitely a fraud”…

  • Mohammad Shahed

    sounds great any idea of time frame to see at Dhaka

  • JVP

    Getting Tired of these xxMP specs. MP doesnt mean anything without a good sensor behind (talking about the front camera not the selfie-crap). And 4.2?? Must be a joke. I’m not buying anything that is “a highly customized build” from an unknown developer that will be forgotten in 2 months and then no one will develop custom roms for it ..

    • keems

      hey, you sound to be ignorant of gionee smartphone. I have been using my gionee e3 for over six months now and I have flash a custom rom on the second months I bought it . my only worries is the price tag for an unpopular brand

  • donger

    Stock android?

  • Saiyed Muhammad Hussain Naqvi

    i think it is cheap and best

  • Varun

    Yes i want to buy good spec the company will become high end company in indian market soon .

  • Arvind

    How can we pre-order? Mumbai, India

  • mr 1338

    it always surprised how much more flexibility these unknown phone makers have.
    Lately its more often than not one of them to bring the first of something

  • kuddus

    I’m awestruck and pretty excited. It’s attributed with great features. Definitely buy it.

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  • soubhik

    awesome look i loved it i need this anyhow! pls pls pls somebody offer it to me for free pls i am ready to do anything for that person

  • Govind shaw

    gionee became most popular brand in few months, reason is that it gives all genuine feature as it says !!!

    i m using gionee dream d1 and yes awesome features included superbbb display!!


    When it comes in Bangladesh?


    i will love to buy this phone and also make my friend’s get for them self’s because i am a phone freak,but i hope it will be having the screen lock like the E6 the eye sensor that it was competing with S4 galaxy,it will make it more unique and also a welcome greeting’s like if i drop it go out and come back it will recognize me wit the greeting’s like welcome BECKLYS that will be lovely,any way just suggesting, i am talking about the 3GB RAM and 32GB phone for it to recognize only the owner for opening

  • Bittu

    Yep, I would surely buy this thing man, its features are really amazing.

  • koushik

    this phone is very impressive the configuration should be higher like this gionee e7 for up coming models in gionee

  • Aliyu

    we nigerian papele we like Gionee

  • council

    can gionee e-life7 have a capable to instantransmission?