S for style, S for Sensation! Gionee has been known for making some real slim and thin phones and also pump up the ‘Oooomf’ factor with their stylish flagships under the ‘S‘ series. There is something that they have also taken care of in the recent past – give the Indian market a good amount of attention and importance in all aspects. Earlier today at a launch event in Hyderabad, Gionee launched their latest flagship the Elife S7 developed under the ‘making slim to perfection‘ product development philosophy and we did manage to get our hands on the new device. This was first unveiled at the MWC 2015 and Gionee has been super fast in bringing it to India. Let’s look at the specs first:
- Display: 5.2″ Super AMOLED (Full HD 424ppi) OGS screen with Gorilla Glass 3 protection
- Processor: 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6752 (64-bit) with Mali-T760MP2 GPU
- OS: Amigo UI 3.0 with Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Internal Memory: 16GB (fixed memory)
- RAM: 2GB
- Camera: 16MP with LED flash+ 8MP
- Battery: 2700mAh
- Colors: Black, Blue, and White
- Thickness: 5.5mm
- Weight: 126.5gms
- Connectivity: Dual Sim, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi,LTE support
- Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Overall, the phone looks to be decently priced considering the specs and the improved Amigo UI 3.0 which runs on Android Lollipop. Apart from being just slim, this phone is conscious of the mindset in emerging nations and has thrown in the dual-sim ability and surprisingly this takes the nano-sim – not sure how many of us would like it, but that seems to be what Gionee wants! The cameras on the Gionee S series have always been good and that remains here with the rear camera having the ability for Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, and HDR. It can also shoot 1080p videos at 30fps. Indians will love the FM radio that is included. However, the 16GB fixed memory is something that comes off as a drawback but we hear that the S7 will support OTG and that is good news.
S7 claims to have longer battery life when compared to its predecessors. Apart from being just super slim, the ELIFE S7 features an Iconic frame design, beautifully merging a high gloss finish and metal effect with two parallel metal light lines. The unique ergonomic side profile provides an extremely comfortable grip for one-handed use. To bring maximum protection to the device, both the back and front have Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection against scratches, ultimately creating a combination of hardness and softness.
S7 features a unique extreme mode, which automatically enables 10% of remaining battery power to potentially last for 33 hours 45 minutes standby time by freezing functions except calling and text messages to ensure basic communications. Multimedia supports the Hi-Fi Quality Sound for enhanced sound outputs featuring sound restorations bringing a home theater system experience.
We will get our hands on the S7 and be back with a detailed review, so do watch out! S7 will be available online and in retail stores in two weeks from now at a MOP of 24,999 INR.