It looks like the deluge of octa-core smartphones has started, with Gionee having announced its own offering with an 8-core chip. The 4.7-inch Elife E7 Mini employs a MediaTek MT6592 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a rotatable camera component.
Even though it debuts as the smaller version of the company’s Elife E7 flagship, the Elife E7 Mini hardly bears resemblance to its big brother. Its specs are for the most part inferior, having abandoned the Snapdragon 800 chip in favor of an octa-core MediaTek processor. Its 13-megapixel camera, on the other hand, greatly reminds us of the Oppo N1‘s rotating shooter. It comes with LED flash to accommodate low-light settings.
Design and build quality is said to be on par with Gionee’s high-end devices, with the Elife E7 Mini going without a glossy finish that easily attracts fingerprints. Running on top of the phone’s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS is the company’s custom Amigo UI, hopefully tweaked enough this time for a smooth performance.
Gionee Elife E7 Mini Specs
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (Amigo UI)
- 4.7-inch capacitive touchscreen (720×1280 HD), ~312ppi
- 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor
- Mali-450 GPU
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- microSD support
- 13-megapixel camera, with autofocus, swivel, and LED flash
- No secondary camera
- 3G, Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth, GPS
- 2100mAh battery
The Elife E7 Mini also has dual-SIM configuration for people who don’t want to stay in just one network all the time. There’s an adequate amount of in-built storage at 16GB, with microSD expansion. Along with the usual set of connectivity options, the phone comes with a 2100mAh battery.
Gionee has yet to announce an international launch for the Elife E7 Mini, though it’s already available in India for Rs18,999 (approx. Php13,500). For other octa-core smartphones in the horizon, have a look at the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+, Starmobile Diamond X1, and Huawei Honor 3X.