Gionee Elife E5 is the second phone in the Elife series from Gionee. It was launched recently after the success of Elife E3 which is a still a decent phone with great hardware. Elife E5 on the other hand comes with a quad core 1.5 Ghz MT 6589T with 1 GB of RAM and has a 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED. Read on further to find out whether this device is worth spending your money.
Elife E5 Quick Specs
Display Size: 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen with 1280 x 720 HD resolution
Processor: 1.5 GHz Quad Core MediaTek Mt6589 Turbo
RAM: 1 Gb
Software Version: Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
Camera: 8 MP AF camera with HD Record at 720 and 1080p
Secondary Camera: 5 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]
Internal Storage: 16 GB with 13GB approx
External Storage: No MicroSD card slot.
Battery: 2000 mAh battery Lithium Ion
Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
Handset, Battery, Flip cover, 2 Screen Guard, Headphones, Service Center Guide, User Manual, MicroUSB to USB cable and Universal USB charger.
Build Quality, Design and Form Factor
The front of the device has glass with dragon trail coating to resist the scratches and the back rear side has a very good plastic with matte finish which again gives you nice grip when you hold the device in your hand, being a unibody design the phone feels really solid and nice in terms of build quality. The phone has almost the right size of display which makes it easy to hold and gives you better grip with curved edges. The form factor of the phone is good and its light in terms weight does not feel heavy, it can easily go in jeans pocket and size is not at all a problem with this phone because of not too big or small display.
Display, Memory and Battery Backup
The display is super AMOLED HD with 720 x 1280 resolution, the viewing angles are quite wide with minimal fading of colors at extreme viewing angles and pixel density of the display is around 316 which is again quite good number for a display of this size. The in built memory of the phone is quite large in size with around 13Gb available to the user on the 16Gb model for installing apps and storing picture, videos and other data. You don’t have the memory SD card slot to expand the storage of the device. Battery backup is around one day nothing exceptional it last for around one day when we used the phone for calling for one half n hour, played some games and also watched some youtube videos for around 1 hour.
Software, Benchmarks and Gaming
The software UI on the phone is not stock android due to which there is little amount of sluggishness and lag in the UI while going across the home screen but its not much and cannot be a deal breaker. You a different style of UI based on the Amigo ROM on this phone and the UI is quite easy to understand but it might take some hours to understand the same. The gaming performance is good, it can play most the graphic intensive games without much noticeable lag and we played Frontline Commando D Day and it ran quite well.
- Quadrant Standard Edition: 4635
- Antutu Benchmark: 16337
- Nenamark2: 56.1 fps
- Multi Touch: 5 point
The 8MP rear shooter can take real good photos in day light with macro shots supported and in low light it the picture quality is quite good if not the best. The front camera is 5 MP and can do a HD video chat and can also take quite good self portrait shots with proper light and device should not be shaken while taking the photo.
Sound, Video and Navigation
The sound output is quite ok but not too loud and the speaker mesh is the back side on the bottom on the rear which might get blocked when you place the device flat on the back on a table. It can play HD videos both at 720p and 1080p without any issues. The device can be used for Navigation as well with the help of assisted GPS but make sure to enable the same under location settings, see our video review for more info on how to enable assisted GPS and GPS EPO assistance for navigation.
Gionee Elife E5 Photo Gallery
Elife E5 Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]
Conclusion and Price
Elife E5 is a quite decent device which comes with good amount of internal storage which will help you install more games and apps later without even thinking about storage, one may not feel the need of the memory card in this device till the time you fill around 13GB on the device which is not that easy to fill, it comes for a price 19,999 MRP but it is available for much lesser price in the market. The only thing we did not liked is the loud speaker low sound volume and design and placement, apart from that everything is good about this device.