It seems that the time is right for Chinese manufacturers to try and gain toe-holds in the Western world. We had reported earlier on the world's slimmest smartphone at least that is the tagline that the Chinese manufacturer Gionee had propagated on announcing the device. In order to differentiate itself from its home-base competitors, Gionee had announced the Elife S5.5 which can only be called anorexic, with a 5.5 mm waistline. Just to set a perspective, the Apple iPhone 5S is 7.6 mm thick whereas the LG-made Google Nexus 5 is 8.6 mm thick. If Gionee's claim is believed, the Elife S5.5 edges out Vivo's X3 from the spotlight (the Vivo X3 was crowned the slimmest at 5.75mm). The Chinese manufacturer also goes on to claim that despite its slim profile, the Elife S5.5 will not disappoint on battery life thanks to its 2300 mAh battery – which (as claimed by Gionee) would last all day.
Apart from its profile and battery life, the Gionee Elife S5.5 sports a 5 inch Super AMOLED display offering a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, an octa-core Mediatek MT6592 chipset clocked at 1.7 GHz, with 2 GB RAM. Internal storage is limited at 16 GB, expansion is not possible as Gionee had to forgo the MicroSD slot given the slim profile. The device boasts a 13 mega pixels (MP) primary camera and a 5 MP front facing video call camera.
The 3G variant of the Gionee Elife S5.5 will launch on 18th March in China. As promised by Gionee, the smartphone will be made available in 40 countries gradually, while the LTE variant will be available from June this year. The 3G variant of the device, as rumored earlier, has been confirmed to set you back by $374, while pricing for the LTE variant is yet to be announced.
However, the slim profile on the device begs the question – how slim is slim enough? Do you feel 5.5 mm is too slim or is it just perfect for you? Let us know in the comments below.