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shows that the stereotype we have here of Chinese devices being nothing but clones is starting to get very, very outdated.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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by rayx on Wed 19th Feb 2014 15:17 UTC
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I am in China and I have never seen people using Oppo phone around me (i.e., in office or in subway). But, yes, there are a lots of Apple/Xiaomi/Huawei phones here. BTW, is it really the thinner (or the larger) the better? I just don't understand it. Or is it because I don't use apps on my phone that often so the size doesn't matter to me? I am using a Lumia 800 and I like its size, as well as its design. I considered to buy a WP8 phone last year but gave up because it's hard to find a phone in the market which has a screen of similar size.

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