Gionee announced its latest flagship phone from Elife series -“ Gionee Elife S7 ” at Mobile World Congess 2015. The phone is a successor to the Gionee S5.5 and S5.1 smartphones. The phone has already launched in India for INR 25,000 (NRs.40000).
Gionee Nepal, meanwhile, teases with a tagline “Elife S7 Coming Soon to Nepal” on their Facebook page, which means the phone is going to get unveiled here in Nepal, however the exact date is yet to be revealed. [Update: Gionee Elife S7 launching on April 12]
Gionee Elife S7 is one of the thinnest phone measuring only 5.5mm thick, yet premium since the phone is build by aviation-grade alloy and a stainless steel sheet with nano-molding plastic making the phone solid and durable. It’s uni-body design consists of Gorilla glass 3 on the front and rear. The body has grooved sides, something Gionee calls a U-shaped skeleton.
In terms of display, Elife S7 sports a 5.2” AMOLED screen with 1080p resolution. It’s ACL screen technology is said to reduce the power usage by 25%. The 2,750mAh battery of the Gionee Elife S7 is aided by a number of power-saving features based on its research. It is powered by Mediatek’s new 64-but 1.7Ghz octa core processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage. It is a dual sim phone with 4G LTE capability.
On the software front, it is the first phone to come with Gionee’s newAmigo 3.0 user interface that is based on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop. The device is powered by MediaTek MT6752 chipset which is made up of a 64-bit processor with eight 1.7GHz Cortex-A53 cores and Mali-T760 GPU with 2GB of RAM. Gionee says that the HPM technology enables the processors to run at a high speed allowing the performance on this phone to be smooth with very few lags here and there.
Elife S7 comes with a 13MP rear camera with Gionee’s new “image+” image processing system which enables the phone to capture 6 pictures in 1 second which is really impressive. What is even more impressive is that it can capture a picture with only 500 milliseconds, and its focus time is only 300 milliseconds. On the front, it has a 8MP selfie camera. The S7’s 8MP front camera incorporates intelligent Face beauty 3.0 technology with which the device can estimate peoples’ gender and age, and recommend the best over the face beauty effects for more natural selfie photos.
S7 offers superior sound quality with instinctive Hi-Fi standard sound system that features sound restorations. With the built-in tailor-made speaker and Smart PA, users can enjoy music accompanied by louder and richer sounds, bringing a home theater system like experience to an ultra slim phone with DTS audio enhancement.
About the battery life, Gionee says that they have added a lot of optimization to this phone for better battery life with its 2750MAh battery. ACL technology used in its display reduces power consumption by 25%. There’s also a Dark theme, which further drops power draw by 30% compared to the default theme. A new sensor hub enables the CPU to wake up 20% less. Gionee estimates they have improved battery life by 32% and the phone should go for two days. Gionee has also include a extreme mode in case of emergencies, which restricts the phone features and gives 33hours of standby by freezing functions except calling and text messages to ensure basic communications on just 10% of battery. Gionee claims that they have broken the stereotype that a thinner phone always has a poor battery life, but we shall tell you that as soon as we get the review unit. So stay tuned!