Gionee had been keeping us on tenterhooks with its new flagship the Elife E8 , which the company claims to come with the best camera ever fitted in to a smartphone. Apart from the launch, Gionee will also be making a foray in to the exclusive e-commerce sales channel it had been avoiding till now. Gionee has launched the ELife E8 in India at a price of Rs 34,999 and will be avialable on Snapdeal starting from October 12.

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The Gionee Elife E8 is fitted with a gigantic 6-inch QHD display translating into a pixel intensity of 490ppi. The device will be powered by octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 (MTK6795)n SoC and will be paired up with a 3GB of RAM. Just like all the other new phones hitting the market even Gionee Elife E8 offers a fingerprint sensor at the back and it apparently takes less than 500 ms to identify the print at an accuracy rate of 99%.

As promised on the imaging front, Gionee has bought about some major changes, lets begin with the 24-Megapixel OmniVision OV23850 primary sensor and a 8-Megapixel secondary sensor. The camera app, called Image+ has also been greately improvised and it now supports auto HDR detection, intuitive UI and a smart scene mode. The phone also boasts of a dedicated camera hardware button and a shutter speed of 0.8 secs for the first photo, furthermore the E8 also comes with a 3-Axis optical image stabalisation for balanced exposure and color.

Elife E8 is fitted with dual speakers at the back and they have also come up with a 3D vibration feature which will vibrate whilst playing games, pretty much similar to the console controllers. The smartphone comes with the usual bunch of connectivity features including 4G LTE and dual SIM. Elife E8 is backed by a large 3,520 mAh battery pack laced with fast charging technology and will run on Android 5.1 underneath the amigo 3.1 UI. On the storage front Gionees new flagship comes with 64GB of internal memory and a expandable memory card slot (not yet confirmed).

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At the price of Rs 34,999, the Elife E8 becomes the costliest Gionee phone to launch in India. Although the company claims to provide exemplary camera performance, it’s tough to see people queuing up to buy the E8 at that price, specially since we have the likes of OnePlus 2, Honor 7 and Lenovo Vibe Shot costing at least Rs 10,000 lesser. Stay tuned for our detailed review in coming days.


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Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. Also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and the non-edible silicon chips.