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shows that the stereotype we have here of Chinese devices being nothing but clones is starting to get very, very outdated.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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Adurbe
Member since:
2005-07-06

As long as the maker of the phone is accountable. That is the distinction. I don't feel that is yet true of many Chinese companies (in particular state backed companies).

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm sorry, but Soulbender is right. Picking and choosing a company based on where their pretty office is located isn't a guarantee against anything. Nokia is based in Finland but my N900 says "Made in China". Granted, it's a fairly open device, but not 100% open. I don't know for sure that it's any safer than a Chinese branded device.

Fact is, it's getting harder and harder to find good technology that isn't mass produced in China. For me, well it's never been an issue; I go into any tech purchase with the assumption that it's sending my data somewhere it will be stored and later mined, and I've had that mindset for many years now.

Or look at it another way: Richard Stallman uses a laptop designed and manufactured in China -- in fact it uses a CPU that is 100% Chinese design -- because it allows him the greatest possible level of Freedom in his daily computing. He doesn't use a cellphone at all over privacy concerns. And you're stuck with a closed radio no matter where your phone is made or who designed it, unless you can find a carrier who will support your fully open hardware. Good luck with that.

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

I go into any tech purchase with the assumption that it's sending my data somewhere it will be stored and later mined, and I've had that mindset for many years now.


Basically, this.

When it comes to buying a mobile phone, you pretty much have to expect zero privacy in this day and age. If you want privacy - don't buy one.

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

But I'm sure you will admit its a LOT harder to do when the company isn't in the same country (and thus can be bullied and threatened) by the ruling regime, yes? After all I'm sure somebody in product testing will say "Uhhh why is this calling out to this strange IP and why is it sucking our battery?"

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