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Gionee Elife E6 locally launched, first impressions

Solaire Resort and Casino, Parañaque City — Gionee, a Chinese communication equipment manufacturer has launched in the country today the Elife E6 – a 5-inch Full HD Android smartphone that packs a quad core CPU and 2GB of RAM.

elife e6_front

The Elife E6 sports a 5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) screen which equates to 441 ppi, a 13 megapixel rear AF camera with LED flash, a 5 megapixel front-facing, 32GB of internal storage, and a 2,020mAh battery. Powering the device is a quad-core 1.5GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, and Amigo OS which is based on Android 4.2.1 Jellybean with a flat UI.

elife e6_rear

One of the main selling points of the Elife E6 is its display. Aside from the Full HD resolution, it also uses a LTPS (Low Temperature PolySilicon) LCD with OGS (One Glass Solution). The result is a display that is very crisp, with vibrant colors and great viewing angles.

elife e6_top


In addition, the E6 also features 2.54mm narrow edges and a polycarbonate unibody, hand-polished to create a glossy finish. On hand, the device feels very well-made and solid. At 128g, it is just a few grams heavy than the Huawei Ascend P6 (120g) and at 7.7mm thin, it is just a tiny bit thicker than the iPhone 5 (7.6mm).

elife e6_bottom

Come to think of it, the Elife E6 looks like a combined design of the iPhone 5 and the Ascend P6.

elife e6_ps

Gionee Elife E6 specs:
5″ Full HD (1920 × 1080) LTPS + OGS LCD
Quad-Core 1.5GHz CPU
32GB internal storage
13.0 megapixel rear AF camera, F2.2 aperture, LED fash
1080p/30fps video recording
5.0 megapixel front-facing ,F2.4 aperture
Single-SIM (microSIM)
WiFi/GPS/Bluetooth 4.0
FM Radio
non-removable 2,020mAh battery
Amigo OS (Android 4.2.1 Jellybean)
142.5 × 69.4 × 7.9mm
Black, White

elife e6_1

The Gionee Elife E6 has a price tag of Php18,999 and will be available starting tomorrow through their partner distributors.

This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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40 Responses

  1. Justin says:

    Php18,999?!? I wonder how many people are willing to shell out that much cash for a phone made by a very much unheard-of company?

    • Diorarat says:

      Only in the Philippines. I first read about this in other tech site and it is very popular in European countries. Apparently they appreciate Chinese brands more than we do here in Asia outside China.

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    • binoma says:

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  4. evollove says:

    Bad pricing. Who does Gionee think they are? That non-expandable 32Gb isn’t so bad, but only if it isn’t on a Mediatek phone.

    If we’re talking about non-ZTE/ non-Huawei Chinese phones available in the Philippines, the THL W11 King Kong is the best buy.

    It uses the same Mediatek turbo chipset,

    13.0 MP camera in the back AND in FRONT (selfies galore!)

    32Gb internal AND STILL expandable with a microSD card,

    2 GB RAM

    5″ 1080p screen

    and for 12k only.

    Novo7 Tech is the local distro, the same one that sells Oppo phones

    • Diorarat says:

      It has created somewhat of a brand outside the country in European nations. More importantly, I don’t think it’s positioning itself to be a Chinese brand. It’s similar to Lenovo, it’s a Chinese brand that doesn’t yell out that it’s a Chinese brand. It’s easy to associate Chinese brands with electronics that give you everything you’d want from a smartphone eg quad core, hd screen etc at a cheap price but lacks the things you’ve never imagined to be important. For that reason a lot of people steer clear from brands that shout China. Gionee is avoiding that I pressure. It is actually garnering great reviews around the Web saying it’s one of the better alternative for a nexus 4. I’d like to try it out once it hits stores in manila. I’m actually waiting for local insights from yuga for this device.

    • evollove says:

      That may be so, but if we look at it hardware-wise, it’s pretty much punching well over its weight class. Now if it only has the Snapdragon 600 or 800 inside… I’d rather get the THL phone I mentioned. Which I actually am. :D

    • kumoko says:

      but we are inside the philippines, your argument becomes irrelevant as our 3rd world market will never spend 19k on a device with a chinese sounding brand. GIONEE? who are you kidding? only the chinese are capable of such lousy branding. lols.

    • Everard says:

      It’s funny that you’re already complaining about the price without knowing the full potential of this smart phone.
      Yes, the price is too much for the hardware specifications, but have you considered the other features that this phone can offer?

      Lets compare this phone to StarMobile’s Knight;
      StarMobile Knight – 11,290.00
      Gionee ELife E6 – 18,999.00
      Price difference is 7,709.00

      So, what can we get from that 7,709.00?
      1. RAM is 1GB higher compared to SM Knight.
      2. Both uses Quad Core ARM Cortex A7 but Elife E6 is 0.3GHz higher compared to SM Knights 1.2GHz.
      3. Bigger screen (5.0″ vs 4.7″)
      4. ROM is 32GB compared to Knight’s 4GB. (Yes! Knight’s storage capacity can be upgraded by the use of SD Card. But have you considered that the performance of an app suffers when it is stored on an SD Card? And it still ate some space from your phone’s ROM even if you transfer the app to SD Card.)
      5. Battery of ELife E6 is 20mAh higher.
      6. Screen resolution is higher. (1080×1920 441ppi compared to 720×1280 315ppi of Knight)
      7. Plastic material used is of higher quality.
      8. Motion Sensing Technology / Gesture Control (wala sa Knight nyan)
      9. Heartbeat Synchronizing Technology (wala rin sa Knight nito)
      10. Android is customized by Gionee unlike with the local brands (SM, CM, and MP) that only make a very minor android customization (nagpapalit lang ata ng icon eh… Hehehe)
      11. Gionee is the one manufactures their phone. Unlike SM and CM that only do rebranding. That means better support since they are the one who created the product. Unlike rebranding companies na para ka lang nagpa-repair ng cp sa tabi-tabi kasi hindi naman din sila gumawa nung product.
      12. Quality? I can’t compare yet. But one thing is for sure… Our local brands are not of good quality. I can say that based on my experience with StarMobile and Cherry Mobile.
      13. StarMobile Knight’s camera is higher in MP comapred to gionee based on their packaging. SM Knight’s 18MP primary camera is not really 18MP. And if you are knowledgeable in photography, it is not all about the mega-pixels. So I can’t say who has the better camera until I can compare them in action.
      14. Yes, It’s a China phone. But not all China phones are of bad quality. And even Smart Phone Giants like iPhone are made in China.

      Based on those comparisons, is 7,709.00 difference reasonable?

    • I own a Gionee Elife E3 (E6 is the later version and better specs) so far I love the phone and what it has to offer. Though I was skeptical at first thinking if it was worth shelling out mney for, I am glad I bought it because I never made a mistake. Considering the european technology it uses which is very strict and a very good surround sound patented by Yamaha well known for best quality sound. It even comes with a free Yamaha earphones which are to die for, one of the selling points and reason why consumers were more convinced in buying. Despite of its unfamiliar name it can compete with Samsung, Huawei, Sony E and even Iphone. Of course, you have to own one to see and feel the difference. This is just their E3 I’m talking about… what more if it’s Elife E6 which is more high end? So before some people react, I guess you have to experience somethings first instead of commenting on it without any knowledge about the product just for the sake of being able to comment…

    • I had dropped my Gionee phone for several times and voila! It’s still in great condition. I don’t need to have it checked at their service center. One that Gionee is proud of… the durability of their phones considering the sensitivity of modern technology. Definitely money’s worth and friendly customer service here in the Philippines :) I am planning to get the Elife E7 when they release it in the market!

  5. abuzalzal says:

    This is D.O.A. (guaranteed) if they don’t lower the price ASAP

  6. deanking says:

    this is Omega HD 2.0 in a bar for me. not in specs but in looks. I better hope it has atleast a Qualcomm Quad Core.

  7. abuzalzal says:

    im gay

  8. ferdinand marte says:

    if this came from Cherry Mobile, guess how much it will cost?

  9. umuulan says:

    eto yung phone ni mikay

  10. Zobel says:

    19k tapos lang LTE? O kahit 3G na lang sana? Di pa dual sim? Only a moron would buy this. For that price S3 na lang ako kung meron pa.

    • mike says:

      WCDMA->Short for wide-band CDMA (Code-Division Multiple Access), a 3G technology that increases data transmission rates in GSM systems by using the CDMA air interface instead of TDMA. WCDMA is based on CDMA and is the technology used in UMTS. WCDMA was adopted as a standard by the ITU under the name “IMT-2000 direct spread”

    • Zobelito says:

      WCDMA->Short for wide-band CDMA (Code-Division Multiple Access), a 3G technology that increases data transmission rates in GSM systems by using the CDMA air interface instead of TDMA. WCDMA is based on CDMA and is the technology used in UMTS. WCDMA was adopted as a standard by the ITU under the name “IMT-2000 direct spread” MORON??

  11. Changkaisek says:

    Php19k for a GIONEE phone??? WHAT????

    Sony and LG smartphones are becoming popular in European countries, NEVER A CHINESE!


  12. Ukin Inayo Pay Laeng says:

    Bumili kasi muna kayo ng makita ninyo first hand bago kayo satsat ng satsat mg negative. Sigurado ako pag nakabili kayo ng unit na ito at nagamit ninyo, assuming may pambili kayo at hindi card, mapapahiya kayo sa mga pinagsasabi ninyo. Proof, meron ako nito, straight from hongkong ng mag drop by kami,at solb ako as a second back up phone sa aking z1. Ang masabi ko lang, ang yayabang ninyo, pero wala naman kayo pambili. Kya fuck up!

  13. edmondpogi says:

    Guys i just bought 2 of these… one for me and one for my wife. Where else can you find a phablet this GREAT and not to mention CHEAP!

  14. kittycat katarina says:

    This is my dream phone now. T^T

  15. Rocky Salve says:

    the features were great! di man kilala baka ito magpabagsak sa kilalang brands nyo, Elife 6 for me is a break through brands that can compete with I phones and samsung sa features and durability
    I actually bought it 20k but for me it’s a gadget that’s really worth to invest on. hindi naman brand name ang gagamitin nyo eh, yung features mismo :-)

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