Chinese smartphone vendors are slowly but surely making their mark in the Indian smartphone market. The latest entrant is Gionee, which entered six months ago. Today the company launched its latest flagship smartphone, the Elife E6 in India. The phone makes a great first impression because of its stunning unibody design, and decent spec sheet. We went hands-on with it, read on for our first impressions.
To begin with, the design of the E6 will put any smartphone to shame. Leave Samsung, this phone competes with Nokia s Lumia smartphones in terms of build quality. The white model, which we checked out, has a polycarbonate chassis that has an enamel like finish, which looks very classy. The phone has geometric lines and is fairly ergonomic to hold, but single-handed usage can be cumbersome considering it has a relatively large 5-inch display. The phone also feels very light to hold, which always is a good thing.
Gionee has packed in a gorgeous 5-inch 1080p display that can hold its own with most flagship smartphones like the Galaxy S4, Xperia Z1 and HTC One. Frankly speaking, at a price of Rs 22,999 it was unimaginable having such a display in a phone.
There is a 13-megapixel rear camera on the E6. The camera has a 5-element lens and the few shots we took, it produced satisfactory images. It also has a 5-megapixel front camera.
Software-wise, the E6 offers a very unique take on Android. While the phone runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, it offers a custom user interface that Gionee calls Amigo. Amigo has retooled the core Android experience to something that resembles iOS. This is similar to MIUI that Xiaomi uses. Even the multitasking menu looks quite similar to the one we see in iOS 7 and Palm s webOS.
Performance wise, the phone felt a little laggy, at least that s what we thought especially because of the heavy duty animations Gionee has implemented. Under the hood, a 1.5GHz Cortex A7 quad-core processor by MediaTek powers it and there is 2GB of RAM for good measure. We will reserve the final judgment for our final review.
Overall, one can t help being impressed by the ELife E6, as it delivers in terms of design and mostly also in terms of features. Of course we would prefer slightly better performance from the device. At Rs 22,999 it will take on the likes of the Panasonic P51, Sony Xperia SP, Lava Xolo Q1000C and Micromax Canvas 4.