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Gionee ELife E6: Quad Core, 5-inch Full HD Display, 2GB RAM for P18,999

Gionee ELife E6 Launched in the Philippines

Gionee is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer that wants to get a big share of the local market. They have been actually already selling smartphones here since earlier this year but it’s only now that they’re starting to make a name for themselves. In a media event earlier this morning, they introduced their new flagship device, Gionee ELife E6. The phone’s internals, specs and features are pretty impressive and definitely deserving of the “flagship” title.

Gionee ELife E6 Spec Sheet

  • 1.5GHz quad core Cortex A7 MediaTek MT6589T processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory, no expandable storage
  • 5.0-inches Full HD LTPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 resolution) 441 ppi
  • 13.0-megapixels rear facing camera with autofocus, back side illumination and LED flash
  • Dual Mic Noise Cancelling Technology
  • 5.0-megapixels front facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth, WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspot
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 144 x 69 x 7.7mm
  • 2,020 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
Meet the Gionee ELife E6!
Meet the Gionee ELife E6!

The unibody design of the phone reminded us a lot of the iPhone 5S (which is a compliment). The device is well-crafted and the build feels exceptional and solid despite the polycarbonate material that they used for the chassis. The 5.0-inch Full HD display is also one of the nicest we’ve seen from Chinese brands and Gionee claims that you get 80% less sunlight reflection and 20% more brightness because of their Low Temperature Poly Silicon LCD technology.

In terms of performance we’re happy to report that we didn’t encounter any noticeable lag or slowdowns despite the 5.0-inch Full HD display. This maybe due to the generous serving of RAM (2GB) combined with the MediaTek Turbo processor.

Pricey at Php18,999? Gionee Doesn’t Think So

The Php18,999 price tag probably raised a lot of your eyebrows, hehe. Gionee said that it’s priced to compete not with local brands but with flagship devices of global players like Samsung and HTC. They basically want to offer the same level of tech and sophistication but at a lower price (but not as low as local brands).

We can’t make a judgement call yet on this one but we’ll definitely do our best to get our hands on a review unit soon.

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12 Comments

  1. crazy price, I totally agreed with it competing with premium brand and not local brand bec it has no match for the pricing, but also anyone will choose premium brand with the blink of eye for the small price difference,

  2. just get the starmobile knight, im not a fan of SM and how they price their products but you will practically get the same experience with the knight for 8k peso less plus dual sim pa ang knight.

  3. competing with international brands with mediatek running inside doesn’t sounds smart at all. and the price is sure hefty for one. maganda sya but the price is really wrong.

  4. I agree. The price is waaayyyy off.
    Gionee stil isnt an unknown phone brand and smart smartphone users wouldn’t risk such huge money in this.
    If only they made the price lower, make it a dual sim phone, have an external memory and increased battery life, this phone would be viral.

  5. Hi unbox! I wanna know which one will you recommend? The THL T100s which has an expandable memory, 1.7 GHz Octa core processor, Full HD screen resolution and almost same specs as this (ELife E6)? Gionee’s name is I think bigger than THL and most people say that the After sales care is also good with Gionee but the price and specs is what hooks me up with THL though I like the E6’s black design more than the T100s of THL. I just don’t like the fact that the E6 doesn’t have a memory card slot to expand its memory.

  6. Gionee is an Indian company, though their products almost certainly are actually made in China, just like O+ purports to be a USA company but their products are made by a Chinese contract manufacturer. (To be fair, even Apple does this, though I doubt O+ or Gionee for that matter, have the same intimate degree of input/oversight in every stage of design, engineering, procurement, QC, like Apple does at Foxconn.)
    Basically Gionee appears to be another ‘mushroom’ brand selling ‘quasi-made-to-order’ products and attempting to position themselves in the ‘prestige’ market space but they don’t have an established name with regard to quality and aftersales, to justify this kind of pricing scheme (and at this rate, may never)–their products may very well be of high quality and they may have good aftersales support but that is for naught if no one is buying because they don’t want to take the risk when there are numerous established options available.
    As a risk-averse consumer I’d buy a comparably-priced Sony, Sammy, LG or HTC or a much cheaper but similarly-specced quality Pinoy brand with a known track record of quality and good aftersales such as MyPhone, long before even considering Gionee at this price point.

  7. I bought Gionee Elife E6 3 months ago… just taking risk after a long convincing sales talks… up to this date i dont have any complains or found out anything that give me regrets… it is a phone suitable for me and i have already forgotten my hunger with iphone, xperia, samsung, htc, lumia and other top brands… You cant tell ‘less you tried it… but for me… i am still enjoying it

  8. I am using it more than a year now. And maganda naman kaso lang madaling maglowbat even naka save mode or lights display is at low. For me, my 18+k is not worth. And ang issue pa is hindi ko makita ang RAM record na dati meron. Sana may software update din sa phone ito. Rating ko for this phone 1-10 is 6. Barely satisfied.

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