The Gionee Elife E5 and the Zopo ZP980 are devices with amazing displays, from two of the most popular Chinese device makers in India. Both these devices comes with some unique features, and offer great value for money. The Gionee Elife E5 packs a Super AMOLED display, while the Zopo ZP980 comes with a FHD (1920x1080p) display which is why we’re so interested in the ‘display’ segment of these devices.


If you have a budget of 15-20,000 INR and are in a sporty mood to go for a Chinese device, this post will help you decide which one among the two would suit your needs best!

Display And Processor

The Gionee Elife E5 comes with the latest processor from the Mediatek bandwagon – the MT6589T Turbo processor which features some major updates from the previous iteration. The Zopo ZP980 on the other hand, comes in two versions; one, which features the ‘regular’ MT6589 quad core, while the other comes with the same MT6589T as seen in the Elife E5. However, due to the much higher pixel density on the ZP980, you can expect the Elife E5 to be the smoother out of the two in general UI transitions as well as gaming.

The display on the Elife E5, as mentioned previously, is a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED panel which is something new for the category it features in. The resolution on this Super AMOLED panel is 720p HD, which is quite good given the screen size. The Zopo ZP980 betters the resolution section, since it features a much higher resolution of 1920x1080p, on a 5 inch screen.

This means that the ZP980 will better suit people who are more into multimedia than can usage and utility, while the Elife E5 from Gionee will match the usage of the average user.

Camera And Memory

The Zopo ZP980 comes with a 13 megapixel rear shooter, while the Gionee Elife E5 features a more common 8 megapixel rear unit. This means that the ZP980 is expected to be the better out of the two, when it’s the rear camera we’re concerned about. On the other hand, The Gionee Elife E5 packs a better front camera; it sports a 5MP unit as compared to the 2MP on the Zopo ZP980.

The Zopo ZP980 comes in 3 variants as far as internal memory is concerned; the 4GB, 16GB, and the 32GB, and 2 variants in terms of available RAM; 1GB and 2GB, wherein the 32GB ROM version comes with 2GB RAM. On the other hand, the Gionee Elife E5 packs 1GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM, which is non-expandable due to the phone’s unibody design.

Battery And Features

The Zopo ZP980 as well as the Gionee Elife E5 feature 2000mAh batteries. At this moment, we’d assume that the battery on the Gionee Elife E5 is non-removable, while the one on the Zopo can be removed and user-replaced. There are not many other features to speak of, since both these devices are essentially built on the same Mediatek chipset. Gionee has done a few UI tweaks and you can expect the UI experience on the Zopo to be as close to vanilla android as you can think of.

This might also mean that the firmware on the Gionee is more polished and optimized – which in turn would provide better battery backup than the ZP980

Key Specs

Model Gionee Elife E5 Zopo ZP980
Display 4.8 inch 720p HD 5 inch 1080p FHD
Processor 1.5GHz MT6589T 1.2GHz MT6589/1.5GHz MT6589T
RAM, ROM 1GB RAM, 16GB ROM non-expandable 1GB/2GB RAM, 4GB/16GB/32GB ROM
OS Android v4.2 Android v4.2
Cameras 8MP rear, 5MP front 13MP rear, 2MP front
Battery 2000mAh
Price 19,990 INR 13-18,000 INR


The Gionee Elife E5 is priced quite a bit higher than the Zopo ZP980 at 19,990 INR. Zopo being priced starting at almost 13,000 INR definitely brings more to the table. However, Gionee has a great customer support base in India which is growing by the day, so you can expect much better after-sales service from Gionee. This might include services, repairs, and even firmware updates which would be very frequent. However, the lure of a low-cost full HD phone isn’t easy to resist. We expect the Zopo ZP980 to sell more than the Gionee Elife E5 for this very reason. However, if your budget is not a problem and you are fond of Super AMOLED displays, you can put the Gionee Elife E5 further up your list.


  1. Hiii It was good to read about your review on both the phones. As I have done all the R&D on Gionee E5 online and have also found that it is even better than Micromax Canvas 4 in stability and gaming performance. I haven’t seen much reviews about Zopo ZP980 but found out 1 ova here. I have made a challenging list of Phones Which I think it is very difficult to choose one from them following is the list:

    Micromax Canvas 4
    Gionee Elife E5
    Zopo ZP980
    Xolo Play T1000
    Spice Pinnacle FHD Mi525
    Wickedleak Wammy Passion Z/Z+ (16GB)

    Let me know which one is the best and which phone gives the best performance whether it be Gaming, Camera, Performance and which one has less issues (such as heating, etc).

    • Canvas 4 – has the great build quality, decent performer, average camera.
      Elife E5 – has the amazing build quality, average camera and good perfomer.
      Zopo 980 – good build quality, average good performer with pure vanilla android experience
      Xolo play – cant comment yet to review – review coming soon.
      Pinnacle FHD – decent performer and but average build quality and average camera
      Wammy passion z – decent performer, ok build quality, good camera.

      now you can decide on the basis of the which matters you the most out of build quality, performance and camera.

      • Hey Thanks a lot for your kind reply. According to your reply/review I think Gionee Elife E5 stands out amongst these phones as it is a good performer and from my opinion if the phone doesn’t perform well then I don’t care about the features it has got. If the performance is affected then what’s the use of features which we can’t use it for long as we want it to.

        Just waiting for your review on Xolo Play T1000 as it is priced way low than the Gionee Elife E5 and it has a good built quality too which is somewhat similar to E5.

        • The review will be live by next week end just to give you an idea, as i have other reviews to be done which are pending on my plate.


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