Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Feb 2014 14:21 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Gionee has announced what the company claims is the thinnest smartphone in the world. Aside from boasting the most impressive 5.55mm waistline, the Elife S5.5 runs an Android-based Amigo OS, sports an octa-core 1.7 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a duo of 13 MP and 5 MP cameras (back and front).

I've already made the jump to Chinese smartphones early last year, and with still zero complaints about the Find 5, I have no intention of ever going back. Here, too, Gionee, shows that the stereotype we have here of Chinese devices being nothing but clones is starting to get very, very outdated. Influenced by lobbying from western companies, our governments will do all they can to block the influx of Chinese devices for as long as they can, but it won't take long for consumer demand for high-quality devices at low prices to overcome that.

Chinese companies like Oppo, Huawei, Xaomi, and others will do to the device market what Japanese and later South-Korean car brands have done to the car market. If I were a Korean, Japanese, or American device maker - I'd be worried.

Also, I totally want this phone. Beautiful.

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looks nice, but can I trust it?
by Adurbe on Wed 19th Feb 2014 15:06 UTC
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Now, as I write this, I KNOW I dont have any facts to back this up. Its a difficult thing to articulate, but I don't quite 'trust' these devices.

I think it comes from how authoritative the host nation is, that I cant quite shake the feeling there will be "something" in the software or hardware(be that filtering or snooping). This is different from the Korean/Japanese who fully opened up during their westernisation push.

I must admit some of the stuff coming from china is looking better and better quality. However, I cant Quite bring myself to trust/buy them. This goes from Lenovo down to this phone.

If I got one of these, I wouldnt be comfortable without at least flashing it with a ROM from someone else which I trusted more(cyanogenmod?).

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