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shows that the stereotype we have here of Chinese devices being nothing but clones is starting to get very, very outdated.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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bassbeast
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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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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

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?


Yeah, that's why I don't buy phones from companies based in the good ole' US of A.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

"Why is my Apple device tracking every move I make, saving it to the phone, and reporting it back to Apple?" "Why is my Google device keeping a record of every voice control request, and storing it on their servers?"

It's not just Chinese companies we have to worry about; Apple and Google are both part of PRISM whether they want to be or not. On the surface, my country is against the idea of governments spying on their own citizens, but the wool has been pulled back and it's clear that they will throw major corporations under the bus just to be able to do the same kind of spying. They call it "metadata" and say it's not important, but I've still got that irresistible urge to look over my virtual shoulder with every word I type.

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