OPPO spoilt Gionee’s party by announcing OPPO R5 (Hands on Review)as the world’s slimmest phone prior to Elife S5.1 (Hands on Review). Though both of these are ultra slim phones, they pretty much lie in very different league. We have had the opportunity to spend some time with both of these smartphones. Let’s stack them against one another to better judge the target audience for these devices.

image

Display and Processor

Since slim form factor demands it, both phones sport an AMOLED display panel, flanking the 5 Inch Display Size. OPPO R5 has a 5.2 Inch display with 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution and the Elife S5.1 features a 4.8 Inch display with HD resolution. Both phones enjoy Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Both displays are of good quality, but OPPO R5 is noticeably sharper.

OPPO R5 is powered by 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 615 64 Bit octa core chipset from Qualcomm, assisted by Adreno 405 GPU and 2 GB RAM. This is theoretically better than 1.7 GHz Cortex A7 based MT6592 with 1 GB RAM, which will ship in Indian variant of Elife S5.1.

Camera and Internal Storage

The Oppo R5 has a better 13 MP shooter which can also record 4k videos. Gionee Elife S5.1 on the other hand features an average 8 MP camera with LED flash which can record 1080p videos. Based on our initial testing, OPPO R5 is ahead by a margin in this segment, but that comes with a price. There is a very noticeable camera bump on the back side.

Again the slim profile doesn’t permit a MicroSD card slot in either of the two. Both smartphones offer 16 GB non expandable storage, which should be a limiting factor for aggressive users.

Battery and Other Features

OPPO R5 has a 2000 mAh battery while Gionee Elife S5.1 houses a 2050 mAh battery. We expect the battery backup to be similar on both devices, but OPPO R5 has a very big advantage. It supports VOOC Rapid charging which can make your life a lot easier. You can charge it from 0 to 75 in just 30 minutes and thus, battery backup shouldn’t be an issue in day to day life.

Software is same Android 4.4.2 Kitkat with Color OS and Amigo ROM on top. Which one you like is more a matter of personal taste. The Main compromise OPPO has made, is the missing 3.5 mm Audio jack. You can still use headphones with microUSB port, like the one OPPO will bundle in the box, but your choice for third party headphones will be restricted. OPPO R5 will also feature additional 4G LTE connectivity.

Key Specs

Model Gionee Elife S5.1 OPPO R5
Display 4.8 Inch , HD 5.2 Inch , Full HD, 423 ppi
Processor 1.7 GHz octa Core 1.5 GHz Octa Core, Snapdragon 615
RAM 1GB 2 GB
Internal Storage 16 GB, Non Expandable 16 GB, Non Expandable
OS Android Kitkat based Amigo 2.0 Android Kitkat based Color OS 2.0
Camera 8 MP/ 5 MP 13 MP/ 5 MP
Battery 2050 mAh 2000 mAh
Price To be Announced To be Announced ($400)

Conclusion

OPPO R5 is slimmer (not noticeably) and better of the two, but yes it is also expected to debut for 23,000- 24,000 INR in India. While OPPO has tried to fit in the best of Mid range specs, Gionee on the other hand has further trimmed down hardware as compared to Elife S5.5, most probably to accommodate a lower price tag. The significant difference here is the difference in price tag.

SHARE
The Author spent a significant chunk of his formative years resisting technology. He now keeps an eye on where the world is heading to, and drives a passive pleasure from this indulgence. His passion to write, learn and improve drives him each day. When his day ends, he enjoys the pleasant languor and detoxifies with family. You can connect with him on and Twitter