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Gionee ELife E6 Hands On Review

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As promised here is a review of the Gionee ELife E6. It gained some interest to some readers because of the P18,999 SRP is in between well known brands Samsung Galaxy S4, LG G2 or Sony Xperia Z1 but higher than local brands’ flagship MyPhone Vortex, Starmobile Knight or Cherry Mobie’s Cosmos line. According to Gionee, the ELife E6 offers the same features and design sophistication as the global brands and has excellent build quality which is a common problem on local brands. Is it worth buying for P18.999? Let’s find out.

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Please do check my initial impressions of the ELife E6 here.

Gionee ELife E6 specs:

  • 1.5GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589T processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory, no expandable storage
  • 5 inch Full HD LTPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 resolution) 441 ppi
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, back side illumination (BSI) and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth, WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspot
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 144 x 69 x 7.7mm
  • 2,020 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean

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DESIGN

One thing I like about Chinese smartphone manufacturers is their drive to improve their design and built quality. The Gionee ELife E6 is no exception. It is encased in a unibody design made of polycarbonate making the phone extremely light. The phone is exceptionally thin as well. Looking at the phone, you can’t deny, it really looks like the iPhone’s bigger brother. Indeed, it is one of the most good-looking handsets today.

SOFTWARE and PERFORMANCE

The phone is powered by a 1.5GHz quad core processor from MediaTek. Gionee has an UI on top of Android 4.2 Jellybean. There’s no app tray here just like Huawei’s UI and other iOS devices. I noticed some minimal lags while navigating, switching, opening and closing apps although its not bother in my opinion. Worry not, my friends, just download a launcher but I prefer the Nova Launcher. Its free from the Google Play Store. When it comes to gaming, The 5-inch display is perfect for playing games. We downloaded Dead Trigger 2 and Plants vs Zombies 2 which are new games from the Google Play Store. Both games played well but there were noticeable lags but minimal from the start but most of the time it ran well. It got a score of 15,264 based on Antutu Benchmarks which is quite high.

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CAMERA

The device has a 13 megapixel rear facing camera and a 5 megapixel front facing camera. I think this the phone’s main selling feature. Pictures on both cameras are absolutely stunning!

Here are the sample photos while I was on vacation in Bangkok, Thailand

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Photos taken fron the 13-megapixel camera

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Front facing camera

BATTERY

Everything is average when it comes to the battery. The 2,020 mAh battery lasted roughly for 8 hours with light to moderate usage. On heavy usage (like intense gaming and watching videos) it lasted about 6 hours.

VERDICT

The device is ALMOST perfect – good battery life, great camera, awesome display, and excellent build quality but there is something missing – lack of LTE. There are other smartphones that are LTE-capable – Sony Xperia SP, Sony Xperia V, LG Optimus G and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 (priced at P16,990 from Kimstore). So if you are after the LTE connectivity, then this is not the phone for you, But if you are looking for a phone with a “sosy” design, excellent camera and good display then you better take a look at the Gionee ELife E6.

So, is it worth the P18,999? Well, you guys can answer that because it depends on your needs and preferences.