The Gionee Elife S5.1 is officially launched in India, for the price of Rs. 18999. The color options available would be White, Black, Blue & Pink colors.
Speaking about the launch of Gionee Elife S5.1, Mr. Arvind Vohra, India Head, Gionee Smartphones said, “From the very onset of our entry in India every step and move we have made is towards making a difference for our consumers. Gionee has been creating benchmarks for itself in various aspects and believes in giving the consumers better than the best. After the phenomenal success of the Gionee Elife S5.5, we are happy to launch the extremely elegant and stylish Gionee Elife S5.1. The smartphone is a manifest of our in-depth R&D, design expertise and manufacturing ability.”
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On this new development Mr. Arvind Vohra, India Head, Gionee Smartphones said, “We are excited to have made it to the Guinness World Records for the World’s thinnest smartphone category. The Gionee ELIFE S5.1 has been launched in China and will be available in India by early November. Gionee has always believed in creating new benchmarks and we hope to continue our endeavor by bringing in products that have never been heard or seen before”
Strictly limiting itself to the slim phone lovers, Gionee’s new Elife S5.1 arrives into the smartphone world, with a thickness of mere 5.1mm, breaking the company’s own record of 5.5mm that was held by the predecessor Elife S5.5 (which previously was the slimmest smartphone in the world). The device looks no different than what was shown in the leaks, and no surprises there, it looks like a shrunken Elife S5.5, but the company has made some compromises to a few specs while trying to make this even more slimmer.
While the previous slim phone had a Full HD 5-inch display, the new Elife S5.1 has an HD display under a 4.7-inch screen, and it is the AMOLED display. Gionee has decided to use a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset this time, as the device comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a quad-core chip clocking at 1.2 GHz, and there is 1GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage with no option to expand it, as the MicroSD card slot is absent.
There are compromises even in the camera segment, as the rear side of Gionee Elife S5.1 has an 8-megapixel camera with the LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera sits above the display for the selfies. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and over that, Gionee’s own Amigo 2.0 UI layers itself. The battery included in this slim device comes with the capacity of 2100 mAh, which might feel a little less but given the compromises in the chipset and display, the consumption too can be lesser than what it was in the Elife S5.5.
One of the other features showcased here is the LTE connectivity, though that is limited to TD-LTE for now, and this connectivity feature is what makes them call it the slimmest LTE smartphone, because the predecessor was limited to 3G connectivity, and there were competitors touting their own smartphones as the slimmest LTE devices.
If flaunting it as a slim device isn’t enough, Gionee is giving a choice of few colors to choose from – pink, white, black and light blue. Currently, the Gionee Elife S5.1 is announced and will be available only in China, but sooner or later, it would enter India and a few European countries where Gionee has been selling its products. For the Western market, you might have to wait until one of the re-branding companies take a step and start selling it under their own brand name. Blu is one of the brands we know, which sells Gionee’s phones in the U.S.