Gionee unveiled its svelte Elife S7 smartphone at last year’s MWC in March, and launched the phone in India in April last year. The phone sports a sleek profile with a waistline measuring 5.5mm at its slimmest point. The company introduced the Elife S7’s successor dubbed the Elife S6 in November last year, and launched the handset in the Indian market in February this year. This one also sports high-end specifications, but is slightly thicker than its predecessor. They are among Gionee’s finest flagship phablets in the sub-Rs 20,000 range in the Indian market.
The Elife S6 and Elife S7 share quite a few specifications, so it may be hard for you to choose the one among them. To help you on deciding, let’s compare the features of the Elife S6 and Elife S7 to help you choose the one that better suits your needs.
Gionee Elife S6 vs Gionee Elife S7: comparison of svelte phablets from China
The Gionee Elife S6 sports a premium all-metal design. The phone measures 6.9mm at its thickest point and 4mm at its slimmest point. The handset sports a reversible USB Type-C port, which eliminates the hassles while plugging your smartphone for charging or data transfer with a computer. The Elife S7 on the other hand comes with a slimmer 5.5mm frame that is made out of aviation-grade aluminium magnesium alloy, mated to stainless steel to keep the handset lightly weight at just 127 grams. The Elife S6 on the other hand is a bit hefty at 147 grams. Overall, both the smartphones offer premium appealing design.
Display and OS
Talking about the display, the Gionee Elife S6 is for those who are looking for a huge screen as the handset sports a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen with a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. The Elife S7 on the other hand will impress those who are looking for crispier media details as the phone sports a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED full HD display, and a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on both the back and front panel. As for the software, they both run Android 5.1 Lollipop with the brand’s Amigo user interface on top, which offers extra software goodies on top of Android.
Moving to the configuration, the Elife S6 is powered by a 64-bit 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor, further supported by a Mali-T720 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal memory, which users can further increase up to 128GB by inserting a microSD card. The Elife S7 on the other hand is fuelled by more powerful 1.7GHz 64-bit octa-core MediaTek SoC, mated with 2GB of RAM and a Mali T760 MP2 graphics processor. It offers 16GB of internal memory. Unfortunately, the storage on the Elife S7 can’t be expanded further by a microSD card. Overall, the Elife S6 offers better performance and internal memory than the Elife S7.
Moving to the camera, the Gionee Elife S7 sports a 13-megapixel primary snapper with autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Exmor-RS sensor, full HD video recording and an LED flash. For selfies, it gets a clear 8-megapixel secondary snapper. The Elife S6 also comes with a very capable 13-megapixel primary snapper with autofocus, CMOS sensor, full HD video recording, and an LED flash. However, it offers a downgraded 5-megapixel snapper for selfies and video calling.
Connectivity and battery
In terms of connectivity, the Gionee Elife S6 and Elife S7 offer similar features. They offer 4G LTE, dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB OTG and A-GPS. However, the Elife S6 gets additional connectivity options including a reversible USB Type-C port and VoLTE support. As for the battery, the Elife S6 is backed by a 3,150mAh battery, while the Elife S7 sports a smaller 2,750mAh battery. So in battery and connectivity department, the Elife S6 is the better of the duo.
The Gionee Elife S7 is a very capable device with an impressively slim design, a Super AMOLED full HD crystal clear display, a powerful octa-core processor, Gorilla Glass 3 on the back and front, and decent camera features. However, the Elife S6 sports a bigger display, better performance, and higher amount of storage capacity than the Elife S7. Also, the Elife S6 gets a reversible USB Type-C port that is the latest USB standard, VoLTE support, and a much bigger battery. As for the pricing, the Elife S6 and Elife S7 are available from the e-tailers for around Rs 15,500 and Rs 16,000 respectively. It’s worth mentioning that these phones are officially priced at Rs 19,999 and Rs 24,999 respectively.