Gionee, the Chinese smartphone maker which earned a Guinness World Record for creating the slimmest smartphone with the Elife S5.1, will be unveiling its Gionee Elife S7 smartphone at the upcoming MWC 2015 trade show. The firm has started sending invites for the event, which is scheduled for March 2 at Barcelona.
Though there is no information on the specifications of the handset as of now, it might not feature in the 'slimmest smartphone' race if a comment by the company's Head of Global Marketing, Oliver Sha, is any indication.
"The race to make the slimmest smartphone was getting out of hand. Going so slim is actually not benefiting user experience without the performance to back it up," stated Sha, indicating that the smartphone might be slim for sure but not the slimmest.
The name of the smartphone, Gionee Elife S7, also adds to the speculation that it might be around 7mm thick, considering the fact that Gionee Elife S5.5 was 5.5mm thick and Elife S5.1 was 5.15mm thick. It is worth noting that after the Elife S5.1, Oppo took the 'slimmest smartphone' tag by introducing its Oppo R5 (4.85mm), and is now at second position after Coolpad lvvi K1 Mini, which is 4.7mm thick.
If the Elife S7 is out of the slimmest smartphone race, we can at least expect the smartphone to use the extra space by ensuring better performance, such as better battery life, less heating issues, the inclusion of a headphone jack and more.
Recently, Gionee said it is ready to start manufacturing in India, but is awaiting policy clarity from the Indian government.