Chinese smartphone manufacturer Gionee has announced the launch of their newest smartphone, which is marketed as the world’s slimmest smartphone, measuring only 5.5 mm thick. The appropriately named Gionee Elife S5.5 is almost unbelievably slim (consider that the Huawei Ascend P6 has only 6.2), which some (yours included) would say it is maybe too slim, making it uncomfortable to use.

The device runs on a customized version of Android Jelly Bean, which the company calls Amigo OS 2.0 which matches the clean design of its body. Even though the slim body isn’t to everyone’s taste, it is still something to admire, as its specs are pretty good, putting it smack in the middle of the high-end lineup of smartphones.

What specs has Gionee crammed into the Elife S5.5


As we’ve mentioned, the device is pretty powerful, benefitting from some of the latest components you’d want. It is impressive how well they’ve fitted in such a slim body, and how the company resolved all the issues regarding the cooling of the device. Here’s a quick look at the specs of the device:

  • CPU: 1.7 GHz  Octa- Core
  • Memory: 2 GB of RAM
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Display: 5 inch Super AMOLED Plus display
  • Camera: 13.0MP Rear Camera and 5 MP Front Camera with 95 Degree Ultra-Wide Angle
  • Battery: Non-removable 2300 mAh
  • Dimmensions: 45.1 x 70.2 x 5.5 mm
  • GSM Frequency: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • WCDMA: 850/1900/2100MHz or 900/1900/2100MHz

The company announced that the device will work on pretty much every network frequency used today, which means that users from all over the world will be able to use the device once it will be available. For customization purposes the company will be producing different coloured versions of the device: black, white, blue, pink, and purple.

In terms of price and availability, the company has confirmed that it will be available in India starting from April and it will be priced at Rs 23.000. News on the wire is that the device will be available in 40 other countries, but which exactly was not disclosed. We do know that the price will be around $370.

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