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Gionee Launches Dual Battery Marathon M5 and Camera Centric Flagship Elife E8

Gionee has announced not one but two smartphones today to please even the most demanding spec junkies. The Gionee Marathon M5 comes with 2 x 3010 mAh batteries for enduring backup and the Elife E8 carries forward the legacy with a very fast and responsive 23 MP camera.

Gionee Marathon M5

Gionee explained why it felt the urge to cramp two batteries inside the 8.5 mm thick casing (only 4.5 mm thick on edges), instead of one big unit. Apparently, one single 6020 mAh battery would be unsafe and liable to explode. Well, the more the merrier.

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Marathon M5 can last for 62 hours of standby time, even on 5 percent charge! The handset supports fast charging and can be used to charge other devices.

Gionee has used a 1.3 GHz quad core processor (details unknown) with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB native storage.  Other specs include 5.5 Inch 720p display, a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and dual SIM support with 4G for both SIM cards.

Gionee Elife E8

Elife E8 is loaded with mouthwatering specs and a 23 MP rear camera. You can fire and click in just 0.2 seconds. With software trickery, Elife E8 sews 120 MP images, but that sounds like an overkill. Selfie lovers, fear not, the 8 MP selfie shooter has been paid due attention as well.


Gionee has sided with MediaTek and used the premium 2.0 GHz Helio X10 octa core 64 bit chipset to pump QHD 2560×1440 pixels on the mammoth 6 Inch AMOLED display. Other features include 3 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, Dual SIM card slots with 4G support, MicroSD card slot and 3500 mAh Battery.

According to Gionee, the E8 will go on sale beginning July 15 in China at 3999 yuan ($644 or 41100 INR approx.), while the Marathon M5 will be available starting June 25 at 2,299 yuan ($370 or 23613 INR approx.)

Key Specs

Model Gionee Marathon M5 Gionee Elife E8
Display 5.5 inch, HD 6 Inch, QHD
Processor 1.3 GHz Quad Core 2 GHz Octa Core
Internal Storage 16 GB 64 GB, Expandable
OS Android Lollipop based Amigo UI 3.1 Android Lollipop based Amigo UI 3.1
Camera 13 MP/ 5MP 24 MP/ 8 MP
Battery 6020 mAh 3500 mAh
Price $370 or 23613 INR approx $644 or 41100 INR Approx

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