Gionee Elife S5.1 with 5.1mm Thickness Launched in India for Rs. 18999

by Chetan Bhawani 37

Gionee Elife S5.1 Side

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.”

Check out our Gionee Elife S5.1 hands-on

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.

Chetan Bhawani

Chetan Bhawani is a dentist, a tech blogger and a passionate writer in the field of technology. He keeps himself connected to the web for the entire day, of course except when he's dozed off! Add +Chetan Bhawani on Google Plus for more!

  • SurajHodi

    Again SLim ohhhhhh
    Not deserving having so slim mobile if having Heating issues like OLD one.

    • Suraj Racharla

      If hearing issue continue then it is best to put a cover. Atleast you won’t feel the heat.

  • SurajHodi

    So Uncomfortable to use this heated up mobiles..
    So better to have fat than slim.

    • Android

      its okay if it heats up a little it should’t be a problem.

    • usually for me a col protective cae or covr helps the heating issue. One thing that cant really be avoided is heating and also power issues. Thats two things

  • Nikhil Narkhede


    • Suraj Racharla

      I know right. This phon e take the words right out of your mouth.

  • Is there a version with a 5″ or a 5.5″ screen?

    • We can only hope on would come out! Time will tell with the elife!

    • Suraj Racharla

      You jsut gotta wait for the right time!!

    • Ikanile Soele

      One of the previous models from Gionee, the Elife S5.5 has a 5” screen and it’s quite the same or maybe even better for me than the new one..
      Check their differences ..

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    wwooo man slimmest probably samsung will defeat it

    • Samsungs getting slimmer profiles with phones like the alpha but i dont think its their main priority to release worlds slimmest device, they are already worlds best at other things.

      • Shanky Yadav

        yup they release or not people will love their smartphones because they provide best features and their touchwiz is customized which look great all over Samsung is still a best choise

    • Suraj Racharla

      Maybe one day next year Samsung will defeat this phone in terms of thickness. If Samsung does it will a very big achievement. I am almost sure.Samsung will do this because they do have the technology and the expertise to make this happen

  • samir naik


    • Suraj Racharla

      I know its really nice. The phone shows the world.that Gionee has made one of the slimmest phones in the world. Also I love the design of this phone.

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    Too good

    • Suraj Racharla

      I know gione e has outdone themselves this time. Imagine the amount of time it would have taken them to atleast come.up with the design and try to integrate the components with it

  • coupontammy

    Sounds like it would be a good phone. I don’t know that being the slimmest is that big of a selling point. I like bigger screens. Makes it easier to use.

    • me too! Im not into the slimnees fad it doesnt matter much for me i want it to be big comfortable and definitely to outperform EVERYONE!

    • Suraj Racharla

      Slimmness is more like a marketing and portability things and a company like Apple takes that very seriously. I dont think you should but a phone may tbecause it is thin but buying a thin phone should just be a play point and not the main reason to buy the phone.

  • The looks of chinese products are always up to the mark..

    • one thing in question about them is their durabilty, they are improving thatt but some products cant hold at for long extended use.

    • Suraj Racharla

      Yeah I Have to agree with you before.Chinese companies werent the best at designing but overtime that changed. Now we are seeing the results and we can see that chinesenphone are looking a whole lot better and they look like they have been designed to perfection

  • Nikhil Narkhede

    Immensely thin <3<3<3 .

    • yes and it held such a nice record until oppo and vivi max came along1

    • Suraj Racharla

      Super Duper thin phone. I never held a phone in my whole life that thin and I can’t imagine it in my hands. I mean it seems so easy to break but Gionee has also made it durable so it hard to break. I wish they can set up gione e phone models here so show the people here what gione e can do

  • Shanky Yadav Jungly

    Gionee best achievement

    • Suraj Racharla

      Yes nice statement
      Gionee has managed to for so much components and thinking into such a small thin device. This means that Gionee is doing something right and they are really making the impossible possible. Nice job Gionee

  • Joshua Akinsola

    it was great to hold that title for a period of time even though im not a slim phone enthusiast =. Its niece to be the best at something. But the title is short lived as the oppp r5 came at 4.85 mm and was taking the industry by storm… until the vivo teased their 3.85mm. hopefully that number doesn’t go any lower or you will be holding nothing.

  • Android

    The phones hardware looks amazing and it reminds of the iphone 5s design. I knew this was the slimmest phone for some time and then the Oppo r5 came at a slim 4.85mm and it became very popular. BUt looking back at this phone i know that this inst a device you should turn away and if this phone is in your budjet you definetly try it out. I hear know Vivo is making a phone that is half the thick ness of an Iphone5 s and i wonder how that will feel in the hand. I mean if someone robed the phone out of your pockets you would probably not even feel it slipping away. Or you may not even feel it in your bag. Anyways in the years to come i am expecting phones to get thinner but then at some point comsumers will backfire and they will complain that the phone is too thin and not as durable as other phones. I am waitting till this thing happens. It might have happened already but i am waiting for global attention other this issue

  • yeah and since their getting and better and better for me it is the only choice

  • Jugal Mudoi

    After reading your hands on article of this phone I got very much impressed by the design and looks of this phone and decided to buy one for my sister, just hope to seeing a full review on it. and the color comparison if possible. Thanks for the great information.. as always I’m enjoying each of the posts on Phoneradar and I do apappreciate the way you giving a tech news as fast as you create a review or the tips tricks article. That’s really amazing 🙂

  • Im excited to hear about it’s critical reception. This isn’t for me personally, due to its slimness and watered down specs. I would prefer the best available, so this probably isn’t the best for users like me. But for user that prefer a super slim profile will definitely consider the S5.1 as their daily driver

  • When first it was in my hand I was little worried but beause its too slim and light .and I was excited because it offers LTE and at this price its worth . but whatever it offer is still a Chinese brand for me.

    • Suraj Racharla

      Yes but soon they might be able to expand in Europe(which is very unlikey) and take their hearts away. Gionee is an emerging brand and they are doing quite well. They are breaking world records and that is another way for them to market. I wont be surprised if they soon made their way to Europe soon