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Gionee Elife S5.1 Review, Slim and Extra Sharp

March 16, 2015

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If slim smartphones are your cup of tea, you might want to take a look at the Gionee Elife S5.1, a mid-range device which was the world’s thinnest smartphone for a while, until its throne was claimed by an Oppo handset. The S5.1 was released a few months ago, in November 2014, and brings a tempting package of features which consist in a 4.8 inches Super AMOLED display, a MediaTek MT6592 chipset, an 8 megapixels primary camera and a 5 MP secondary one and more. This good looking fella will also go easy on your wallet, being available for a small price and offering quite a lot for it. Feeling interested? Follow the next review and check it out.

The Gionee Elife S.1 comes in a box filled with goodies, being accompanied by a microUSB cable, its charger, a pair of headphones with in-ear buds, a leather flip case, a rubber back case, a microUSB to USB adapter and a little tool for ejecting the SIM card. Impressive, isn’t it? Let’s carry on.

Now, we’ve reached to my favorite part: its appearance. The Gionee Elife S5.1 is definitely a looker and has some smartphone-supermodel measurements. It stands at 139.8 x 67.4 x 5.1 and weighs 97 grams, being also very light besides super-thin. Its sides are covered by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 and the entire body is surrounded by an elegant metallic frame. Although looking at it is very pleasing, the phone requires more attention than usual due to its dual-glass body, which isn’t something you’d want to drop too often. Nevertheless, the device seems to be very well put together and quite solid too, being made of high-quality materials that offer it not only beauty, but reliability too.

The Elife S5.1 features a 4.8 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a pixel density of 306 ppi and is protected, as I mentioned before, by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. As expected, the screen offers some beautiful and vibrant colors, excellent contrast and some very wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is also very good, due to the high brightness levels and low screen reflectivity.

In terms of user interface, the Gionee Elife S5.1 comes loaded with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which was deeply customized with Gionee’s own OS, Amigo 2.0. The lockscreen features two panes: one of them displays the date and time and the other holds a widget that features four shortcuts towards the camera, recorder, torch and “fake call”; the last is quite interesting (and sneaky) and will make your device receive a fake call whenever you need an escape from an unpleasant conversation or something like that.
The handset supports a maximum number of nine homescreen panes, which can be customized with widgets, folders and themes. Due to the lack of an App drawer, your applications will be shown on your homescreens and can be uninstalled directly from there.
The notification area holds a tab with your notifications and another one with quick toggles and a brightness slider.
At the hardware department, the Gionee Elife S5.1 features a MediaTek MT6592 chipset, having an octa-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Mali-450MP4 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, which isn’t expandable. The handset is a decent performer and would do a magnificent job with some more RAM. If you don’t abuse it with a lot of apps and tasks, it’s okay, but otherwise, some unpleasant lag will unfortunately appear.

Let’s check out the connectivity package. Here, we’ll come across support for quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, dual-band 3G, dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct andHotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0 with USB On-the-go support for enabling you to connect USB peripherals to it.

For snapping pictures, the Gionee Elife S5.1 is packed with an 8 megapixels snapper with autofocus which takes stills with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and is assisted by a LED flash in low light conditions. The photos produced reveal a good image quality, with accurate colors, good contrast and a fair amount of resolved detail. HDR and Panorama are supported.
The video camera is also okay and will produce some decent 1080p videos @30 fps.
For taking selfies, there’s also a 5 MP front-facing camera on board.

Some other handy tools offered by the handset are a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps and Navigation for getting around, an FM Radio with RDS support, the Kingsoft Office for handling documents, a file explorer, Google Now as a personal assistant and much more.

The Gionee Elife S5.1 relies on a 2,050 mAh battery and will last for two days under a moderate usage.

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