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shows that the stereotype we have here of Chinese devices being nothing but clones is starting to get very, very outdated.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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RE[3]: Interesting
by twitterfire on Thu 20th Feb 2014 09:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting"
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Some people leave their homes, and when they do so, they carry their phones in their pockets. The thinner said phone is, the more comfortable it is to carry.

I know, what sorcery!

But at the same time, same people use the phones with the largest screen size they find. How is that comfortable?

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RE[4]: Interesting
by Morgan on Thu 20th Feb 2014 11:32 in reply to "RE[3]: Interesting"
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Exactly, it's different for everyone. I was in love with the idea of the Galaxy Note, until I got a Note 2. While it was an amazing phone (and tablet), it was simply too unwieldy for daily use. Even with no case on it, it was too big for my hands, and I'm a tall guy. I've found a happy medium; devices with a 4.0 to 4.3 inch screen are just about right.

As for thinness, I actually prefer thicker phones, but I'm probably in the minority there.

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