Review Roundup: Gionee Elife S5.1
The Gionee Elife S5.1 has a great screen, very good battery life and looks stunning, but its weak loudspeaker, middling performance and forgettable camera let the package down.
Digit70%
Indian Express55%
Sulekha75%
GSM Arena70%
Pros
  • Beautiful design and build quality
  • Excellent screen
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Quiet, weak speaker
  • Bad cameras
  • Cheap processor
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Such is the nature of the Chinese smartphone market that when a smartphone like  the Gionee Elife S5.1 promises to break world records with its thin frame, another comes along to beat that record, and then the day after, so does another. It’s the nature of the beast, I’m afraid, but that doesn’t mean the Elife S5.1 has failed to turn heads, oh no, it’s done that just fine. With a 4.8″ 720p screen, octa-core 1.7GHz processor, 8MP camera and 5.15mm thin frame, it promised to be a mid-range stunner, capable of wowing with its design rather than overinflated spec sheet. So, how did the Gionee Elife S5.1 handle itself when it got into the sweaty mitts of the worlds reviewers? Join us below as we find out, together.

Digit

The Gionee S5.1 is currently the slimmest smartphone in India (the Vivo X5Maxand Oppo R5 are yet to officially launch here), but that isn’t reason enough to buy it. At Rs. 18,999, the Gionee Elife S5.1 is grossly overpriced. Its competitors, namely the Micromax Canvas Nitro and Xiaomi Redmi Note, perform much better but they can’t compete with it in the looks department. In fact, some quad-core devices like the Asus Zenfone 5 and Moto G (2nd Gen) also offer better performance with good looks. So, the only real reason to buy this phone would be for the good looks, but is that really enough? We don’t think so.

In fact, this has been somewhat of a trend with Gionee. The company’s first flagship, the Elife E7 offered very good performance, but was big and cumbersome to use. The Elife E6, Elife S5.5 and Elife S5.1 have been all about the looks. With company’s like Xiaomi and others wreaking havoc on the market, Gionee better start making all-rounders soon.

Indian Express

If you are looking for a stylish phone, one that get some heads to turn at parties and in restaurants, then the Gionee ELIFE S5.1 is a good option. But this is not a premium phone when it comes to specs and overall performance. It is just a mid-range phone that looks like a premium one.

Sulekha

The Gionee Elife S5.1 is a phone that offers the best all-rounder experience with a fantastic display, build quality, has very good battery life and performance to keep you happy for months to come. For the price tag which is approximately a few bucks less than Rs. 20,000, this is a phone that you couldn’t go wrong with!

GSM Arena

The Gionee Elife S5.1 is a phone you’ll want to pick up as soon as you lay eyes on it. Once you’ve had it in your hand, we think you’ll want to keep it. The thing is you’re not very likely to see it on a store shelf in Europe – and Gionee cannot quite count on impulse buys on the internet.

Long story short, the Elife S5.1 hot looks and unique hand feel can make even semi-geeks forget about performance and software package and otherwise sensible buyers may take the plunge not thinking for once about after-market support and resale value. Gionee has come up with a smartpohone (sic), which looks more premium than most flagships today.

Speaking of, the Gionee Elife S5.1 isn’t a flagship, far from it, but it doesn’t cost a fortune either. And, for the most part, it sounds pretty good on paper: an octa-core processor that’s known to behave, a Super AMOLED screen, a high-res selfie camera, and Android KitKat right out of the box. A solid checklist for a midrange device.

The Elife S5.1 performance as we measured it turned out acceptable but hardly a match for the looks. We soon found a single gig of RAM was doing the MediaTek MT6592 chipset and its octa-core processor no favor, even with all the management tools and Kit Kat optimizations available. The graphics chip isn’t doing any better either.

Our initial excitement took another hit with the quiet loudspeaker and disappointing camera performance. On a positive note, the smartphone offers a pretty good quality screen, decent battery life and comes bundled with a rich set of accessories.

Hunting out a Gionee Elife S5.1? Why not check out our where to buy guide?

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