Gionee, through its new Philippine distributor, Cellprime Distribution Corporation which is the company behind Cloudfone is determined to get more chunk from the heavy congested smartphone market. So they brought a worthy competitor to other Chinese flagship smartphones with a slightly lower price tag – the Gionee ELife E8. The device is loaded with flagship worthy features but will this be your next phone? Find out with our review.
Gionee ELife E8:
- 2GHz Octa Core Mediatek Helio X10 (MT6795) processor
- PowerVR G6200 graphics
- 3GB RAM
- 64GB internal memory
- 6-inch Quad HD AMOLED display (2560 x 1440 pixels) 490 ppi
- 23.7 megapixel rear facing camera with optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus and dual LED, dual tone flash
- 8 megapixel front facing camera with autofocus
- Dual SIM, Dual standby
- 4G/LTE, 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- 3,500 mAh battery
- Android 5.1 Lollipop with Amigo UI 3.1
- SRP: P24,999
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
Its been a while since we reviewed anything from Gionee for quite some time now. The last Gionee flagship we reviewed is the Gionee ELife E6 back in 2013 and we even brought it with us in Bangkok, Thailand. The Gionee Elife E8 is already a complete departure from its older models. It is big, as in, really BIG because of its big 6-inch screen. It is so big that folks with small hands will having a hard time holding it with one hand. Though the back is removable that reveals the dual SIM card tray and memory card slot, battery is not removable. The metal sides add some premium feel that defines it as a flagship device.The only concern we had is it heats up pretty fast even by just simply check Facebook news feeds or Instagram photos.
Audio quality was superb! It is loud but details like bass and treble remained to be good. When using our third party earphones, audio is much better. Listening to Spotify is a joy!
The fingerprint scanner works fine but we had a hard time setting it up. We don’t why it takes a while to register our fingerprints as it fails to read them.
The 6-inch display is perfect for those who use their smartphone as their multimedia device. It sports a Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels which has a pixel density of 490 ppi. The screen is absolutely gorgeous and watching You Tube, online movies and graphic intense games is a fantastic experience. It holds up very well under direct sunlight as well.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
This also our first time to review a smartphone powered by Mediatek’s very powerful Helio X10 processor. As a result, we never experienced any lags nor slowdowns thanks to the Gionee ELife E8’s large 3GB of RAM that handles multitasking very well.
Just like any other Chinese smartphone, the Gionee ELife E8 has a custom UI on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop called Amigo UI. It has a clean, youthful and simplistic feel. It ditches the Android app tray too so all of you apps are on the home screen. The only gripe we had is that all toggles like Data Connection, WiFi, Location, Bluetooth, etc are not found at the drop down menu but instead you have to swipe up from below the screen to reveal these toggles. We wish that all toggles are placed on the drop down menu instead.
The Gionee ELife E8 has a beefy 23.7 megapixel rear camera. Photos, obviously, look great and could be at par with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6s in terms of photo quality. The slight advantage is that when you zoom in to your photos, sharp details remain because of its bigger megapixel resolution.
Stuff like LTE, WiFi and Bluetooth comes in standard with the Gionee ELife E8. LTE speeds using our Smart SIM are within normal range. Calls are clear but the phone easily heats up on long phone calls.
The 3,500 mAh battery may be big and can hold up long on many smartphones, it is just pretty average. You just have to take note that the phone has a powerful chipset and a high resolution display and they sip more battery. Worry not because Gionee has many battery saying options to choose from to extend its endurance.
The Gionee ELife E8 is your ultimate multimedia device. Screen is gorgeous, performance is lag free, great camera and good build quality. It does fall short on the battery department but if you have a powerbank, buying this smartpho