Thursday, October 10, 2013

Gionee ELIFE E6

Gionee Mobile is an India based company, whose products are now being offered in the Philippines. The latest offering of this India based company is pretty impressive: the Goinee ELIFE E6. The ELIFE E6, is not cheap. One of the online resellers I use for price comparisons has it listed at Php16,150. That is a fair bit of cash for a phone from a lesser known company.

Update: Apparently the SRP of this phone is Php18,990.

But what does the ELIFE E6 offer? The ELIFE E6 is a 5-inch Android smartphone with a Full HD (1080 x 1920) display. Like the other locally and India branded phones, it sports a MediaTek chipset, a MediaTek MT689T. This comes with a 1.5 GHz quad core ARM Cortex A7 processor and PowerVR SGX544 graphics chip. Although, you will find a few locally branded phones sold for lower prices like the Cherry Mobile S & Z.

The ELIFE E6 is a cut above its locally branded competition with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. It does not appear to have a MicroSD card slot.

Another thing going for the ELIFE E6 is that it comes in a slim and compact case:

  • Gionee ELIFE E6 - 142.5 x 69.4 x 6.2 mm
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 - 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
  • Sony Xperia Z - 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm
  • Cherry Mobile Cosmos Z - 142.7 x 71.9 x 7.8 mm

The other specifications are what you would expect, with a 13 MP primary camera, 5 MP front camera and HSPA+ connectivity. Notably, this phone only supports one SIM slot.

Quick specifications:
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 5-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920) display
  • 32 GB internal storage, not expandable
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1.5 GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589 processor
  • PowerVR SGX544 graphics
  • 13 MP autofocus primary camera with LED Flash
  • 5 MP front camera
  • HSPA+
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • A-GPS
  • 2000 mAh battery (not user replaceable)
The biggest drawbacks of the package are the PowerVR SGX544 graphics and 2000 mAh battery. PowerVR SGX544 is fast, and can run the Full HD display well. But if you are looking for a handset for 3D gaming, you might want to look for a model with a MT6589 or MT6589T chipset and 720p display instead.

The 2000 mAh battery is on the small side for a 5-inch phone with a 1080p display. The fact that it is not user replaceable does not help. A thicker case with a larger 2300~2800 mAh battery would have been preferable.

So there you have it. As far as I know it is the cheapest locally available Android with a Full HD display and 2 GB of RAM. On the other hand, at this price you have the LTE enabled Sony Xperia SP, which offers a more well rounded package, and the Huawei 6.1-inch phablet, the Ascend Mate.


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