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shows that the stereotype we have here of Chinese devices being nothing but clones is starting to get very, very outdated.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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You sir pulled the racism card when he said he didn't trust phone made by Chinese companies, not me. I rightly pointed out it does not have a thing to do with race, just as it wouldn't have a thing to do with race if he said he didn't trust companies run in NK or Putin's Russia.

When we have countless evidence that the state is 100% in control of the major tech companies over there AND have a vested interest in trying to steal secrets? Its not racist to point out that the hardware and our software might be compromised.

Hell I'm an American and not ashamed to admit when it comes to networking equipment I'd trust something made in Japan or the EU a hell of a lot quicker than I would trust something made in the USA. Does that make me racist or anti-American? No it just makes me able to read the headlines, just as I'm sure the other guy read all about the "pre-pwned" routers and other gear coming from China.

So don't be so quick to throw the race card, especially where it has no merit. An authoritarian regime knows no race after all, it only knows control.

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