Gionee isn’t exactly a name that you’d come across in the Western market every day, but this time, the Chinese company has big global ambitions. The latest proof is its Elife E7, a 5.5-inch 1080p Android phone that boasts two titles: it’s the first known phone featuring the 2.5GHz flavor of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chip (MSM8974AC); plus it has the most sensitive 16-megapixel camera, courtesy of its Largan M8 lens (though the aperture is still unknown) and 1/2.3-inch sensor with large 1.34µm pixels. Compared to the competition, Gionee believes this particular OmniVision sensor has the best balance between resolution and pixel size, and the phone maker even went as far as claiming this already beats the 1.12µm, 16-megapixel counterpart on the yet-to-be-announced Galaxy S 5. Of course, we’ll believe it when we get to properly test the E7’s camera ourselves.
The fun doesn’t stop there. The E7 also packs a three-mic system for better voice quality, as well as an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, which has the same 1.4µm sensor as the iPhone 5’s main camera. As for the lovely LTPS display by JDI, you’ll find a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 on top of it and its 2.33mm bezel.
Build quality isn’t really an issue on the E7, though we’d rather not have that glossy finish, which was becoming a magnet for smudges as well as giving the device a cheap look, as the plastic’s unevenness was accented. Other than that, the phone felt good in our hands courtesy of the slightly curved back, with the thickness going from 9.5mm in the middle to 6.2mm on the thinnest sides.
Source: Gionee (Chinese)