Elife S8

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Gionee used the occasion of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, to launch its latest flagship Android smartphone, the Elife S8. The Barcelona showpiece event was always the likely place for smartphones OEMs to launch their best and latest. Gionee also used the occasion to show its brand new logo. Which is inspired by smiley emojis.

Elife S8
phot: gsmarena.com

The Elife S8 would be an upgrade of the Elife S7 launched just last year. Review copies were given to tech journalists at the event. So for a hands on review, you can check this excellent post. We are going to look at some of the standout features of the phone here.

Design and Display
At a thickness of 7mm and weighing just 147.2g, the Elife S8 is actually even lighter and slimmer than the industry standard, Samsung’s Galaxy S7. The full dimensions are 154.3 x 74.9 x 7mm.

The Elife S8 has a metallic body encasing a display size of 5.5 inch of AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. According to the specs, the Elife S8 also comes with a 3D touch feature which works almost exactly like the display feature found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus.

RAM, Chipset, and Storage
The Gionee Elife S8 is an Android 6.01 Marshmallow smartphone. The chipset is the MediaTek6755 P10 Helio, supporting an octa-core processor clocked at an impressive 1.9GHz.Just why Gionee decided to use the P10 Helio is a puzzle. That class of chipset is definitely mid-range in MediaTek classification. This is supposed to be a flagship. It is only natural to use only top rated chipses for flagships.

On the chipset is a RAM of 4GB and a Mali-T860MP2 GPU. This is what we are talking about. Gionee certainly didn’t spare anything here. The internal storage too is quite impressive at 64 GB. This can further be expanded by 200 GB with an external microSD.

Camera
Users have come to expect the best from Gionee in terms of the camera quality. At 16MP spec for the rear camera, the f/1.8 aperture lens promises to capture high quality images. Selfie lovers too would have fun with the 8MP front camera.

Battery
The Gionee Elife S8 has 3000 mAh non-removeable battery. Gionee lovers may see this as very disappointing in the face of Gionee’s M5 huge battery which is twice this. It was expected that a flagship should have all the best features. But, if the chipset and processor are both optimized to be energy efficient, 3000mAh can go a long way. Even the Galaxy S7 sports the same battery capacity.

Elife S8
Gionee’s new logo                    Gionee  

Price
The Gionee Elife is not a cheap phone for a MediaTek device. It is billed to be sold at $495. At today’s exchange rates, that can be anything from N80,000 to almost N200,000 depending on where you are sourcing for the dollar.

Clearly this phone was not made for the mass market. But the price quoted here is not the official price for Nigeria. It is just the conversion at the prevailing exchange. It is possible that when it debuts in Nigeria, it would be cheaper than the raw conversion I did here.

The Gionee Elife S8 would be available to consumers in two months.

Full Specifications

Network Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
4G bands LTE band 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300)
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps
GPRS Class 12
EDGE Class 12
Launch Announced 2016, February
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2016, March
Body Dimensions 154.3 x 74.9 x 7 mm (6.07 x 2.95 x 0.28 in)
Weight 147.2 g (5.19 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Micro-SIM/Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.5 inches (~72.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 5 fingers
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
– Amigo OS 3.2
– Force Touch display
Platform OS Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10
CPU Octa-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Mali-T860MP2
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 200 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
Camera Primary 16 MP, f/1.8, phase detection and laser autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
Secondary 8 MP, 1/4″ sensor size
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– DTS sound
– Hi-Fi audio
Comms WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB v2.0, USB Host
Features Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Stand-by
Talk time
Misc Colors Gray, Gold, Rose Gold

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