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shows that the stereotype we have here of Chinese devices being nothing but clones is starting to get very, very outdated.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 tempting
by FunkyELF on Wed 19th Feb 2014 16:32 UTC
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I go with Nexus devices personally because I like custom ROMs and I don't want to have to build them myself.

I know that Nexus devices are typically the first to be supported.

This comes at a cost. The Nexus phones are very good, but they're not great. They have yet to produce one with a good camera. I've used a SGS3 and a HTC One S and both of those cameras blew away the Nexus 5 which came out a over a year later.

I wish there were fat ROMs that would work on any device similar to the way you can boot a live Ubuntu DVD on practically any x86 machine and install it.

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