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Gionee Elife S5.5: frequently asked questions

|June 23 2014 |Android Phones, Smart Phones, Gionee

"Got any queries regarding the slimmest smartphone in the world, the Gionee Elife S5.5? We're here to help"

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Making a smartphone slim takes just more than offering everything in a compact form factor. It requires lot of expertise as well, which Gionee has showcased very well with its newest smartphone, the Elife S5.5. S5.5 might be a peculiar name for a smartphone but it highlights its key strength quite smartly –  the device is just 5.5mm thick, making it the slimmest smartphone in the world so far. The Gionee Elife S5.5 also comes loaded with top-notch internals, giving it an edge over the competition. Check out our first impressions of the device to get a closer look. Also, If you're planning to buy one, do hang on for our full review coming up shortly, but until then, here are the responses to a few questions that may come to mind regarding this device.

What hardware specs does the Gionee Elife S5.5 offer?

The Gionee Elife S5.5 is an Android smartphone sporting a 5-inch, full HD resolution display. A 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek processor sits inside, complemented by 2GB of RAM. In terms of internal memory, the device offers 16GB onboard storage, which sadly is non-expandable, but users can make use of the USB on-the-go functionality for additional storage and data. In addition to this, the device comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as standard.

How slim is the Gionee Elife S5.5?

As per its name, the Gionee Elife S5.5 features an thickness of 5.5 millimeters overall. This has been achieved with the help of a glass and metal-based construction that offers great looks. In comparison to its closest competitor, the Huawei Ascend P7, the S5.5 is slimmer by one millimeter – doesn't sound like a lot but makes a lot of difference in the smartphone world. 

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How is the video and gaming performance on the Gionee Elife S5.5?

The device offers a brilliant 5-inch full HD display, which is a boon for video playback and gaming. The screen offers good contrast and colour variance for playing both HD and full HD videos. In addition to this, the octa-core processor, with a dedicated graphics engine, allows the smartphone to play HD games with ease.

Does the Gionee Elife S5.5 have Gorilla Glass?

The Gionee Elife S5.5 sports a Gorilla Glass layer on top of its display for protection against scratches and accidental knocks. In addition, the Gorilla glass that has been used on the device is a third generation version of the company’s popular product, offering better scratch protection and allowing for the smartphone to be made slimmer at the same time as well.

How is the camera on the Gionee Elife S5.5?

The 13-megapixel primary camera is common for devices with a similar price tag, but the Gionee Elife S5.5 offers everything in a much slimmer profile. The images are good in ample lighting conditions, while low-light photography is not certainly one of its strong points. The smartphone also gets a 5-megapixel front-facing camera which is good for selfies and video calls. You can check out the image samples of the Gionee Elife S5.5 here.

Does Gionee Elife S5.5 feature NFC?

Unfortunately, no. NFC isn't one of the many features offered by the S5.5, but the device does offer Wi-Fi Direct for fast data transfers. 

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Does the Gionee Elife S5.5 support dual SIMs?

No, the smartphone offers single-SIM connectivity with support for 3G networks only.

Does Gionee Elife S5.5 have heating-related issues?

The device is powered by a true octa-core processor by MediaTek, which is known for its higher thermal output as compared to regular chipsets. Add the metal and glass construction of the Gionee Elife S5.5, and you get a device that runs hot. The metal works as a passive radiator and helps the device cool down faster too, bringing the heat down. However, it does heat up when gaming, though it does not go beyond the usual threshold during regular usage.

What accessories come bundled with the device?

The Gionee Elife S5.5 comes with standard accessories like a wall charger, a USB cable and a stereo headset in the box. In addition, there are bundled freebies like a flip cover, two scratch protectors for front and three for the rear. Our unboxing video has more details on what's inside the box. 

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