Gionee has been carving out a name for itself for crafting premium smartphones with innovative features. The Elife S5.5 managed to sandwich relatively high end specs between a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 on both sides while achieving a thickness of only 5.5mm. On the other hand, the Gionee Elife E7 Mini might not nearly be as thin, but it features a rotatable camera to go along with a chipset that’s capable of breaking the 30,000 mark in Antutu!
I managed to get my hands on a review unit the other day, and while the full review won’t be out for another few weeks, I’d like to share some of my first impressions of the device.
First, is that the body is slightly longer than you would expect because of the rotatable camera. Sure, you eliminate the need of a front camera, but the rotating assembly itself occupies a sizable chunk of the body.
Second, the screen is gorgeous. It’s not Super AMOLED, but the color calibration tries to mimic it. Either that, or Amigo OS just looks damn good on this screen. For the record, it’s actually an IGZO screen by Sharp.
Third is its score in Antutu. Antutu 5 has been much more forgiving and phones have typically scored higher in Antutu 5 than they did in the previous version of this popular benchmarking app. Still, to achieve more than 30,000 in Antutu in a quick test is impressive.
Well, that’s all for now. It’s best to make a complete judgement after I’ve spent more time with the phone. Still, the Gionee Elife E7 Mini is shaping up to be a pretty interesting phone, especially for all the selfietographers out there 🙂
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