First Look: Gionee Elife S5.5 – Unboxing, Specs, First Impressions

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I gotta say this – the review units being received here in my home office keeps on getting better and better!

I recently reviewed the Gionee Pioneer P4 smartphone which is my first taste in checking out on what Gionee has to offer in the world of Android. The unit I received today, however, is something I did not expect from the international smartphone brand. They’re touting it as the “World’s Slimmest Smartphone”, and if that is true, then I am honored to be one of the first here in the Philippines to review the Gionee Elife S5.5.


OS: Android 4.2 Jellybean w/ AMIGO OS 2.0
Processor: 1.7 GHz MTK MT6592 Cortex A7 Octa-Core processor | MALI-450
Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5-inches Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Wireless Connections: HSDPA+, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS w/ A-GPS
Memory: 16GB Internal Storage (non-expandable), 2GB RAM
Connectors: Micro USB port, USB OTG (On-The-Go) capable
Camera: 13.0MP Rear Camera Auto-Focus with LED flash (Main), 5.0MP (Secondary)
SIM Card Slot: 1x Micro SIM Card Required
Battery: 2,300 mAh


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This ain’t going to be a boring unboxing like I usually do 🙂 We have here the Elife S5.5, USB Cable, USB Charging Head, a pair of in-ear headphones, USB OTG (On-the-go) cable, Slim Flip Cover case, a couple of screen protectors, SIM Card Remover Pin and the manual.

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The earphones included in the package is a flat cable type which should easily avoid any tangles.

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For the hardcore gadgeteer, the USB OTG dongle is a must-have to easily access files from a USB flash drive or use with any USB peripherals.

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Over the years, I have held different phones that claim to be the slimmest in the world, but after holding the Elife S5.5 for the first time, I don’t think I have held anything slimmer than this! I am still getting used to holding this crazy-thin phone and I have to be careful at the same time. The back is made of glass, Gorilla Glass 3 I heard, which makes it slippery to hold and I don’t think anyone would like to see this beauty of a phone drop by accident. This is where the Flip case comes in and I highly recommend using it from Day 1.

The UI is clean and I immediately noticed the absence of the app drawer similar to the Mi 3 I reviewed recently. I am also curious how slim form-factor would affect the performance of the Octa-Core processor.  Would it heat up easily? I will discuss more of this on my full review for my next post.

Here are some more photos with the other smartphones:

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On top: Gionee Elife S5.5, Middle: Mi 3, Bottom: LG G3

On top: Gionee Elife S5.5, Middle: Mi 3, Bottom: LG G3

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slightly thinner than 4 25 centavo coins on top of each other.

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We don’t have the official price of the Elife S5.5 yet but it will be announced during their launch on July 13.

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I will post my full review next week, but if you want to know some of my thoughts and experience with the Gionee Elife S5.5, follow me on Facebook ( or on Twitter @dronthego (

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