It's needless to say at this point that the Indian domestic smartphone market is one of the growing smartphone markets around the globe. And since it's growing, the possibilities are endless for any company looking to invest here.
And while, in recent times, a number of smartphone companies have made the Indian market their primary target to promote whatever new technology they are coming up with, it is only natural that the market will keep growing with more and more inclusion of such companies.
There are a number of domestic companies that are now coming up with new devices with the likes of Micromax and Karbonn already finding their way into customers' pockets. However, their advent to the top haven't gone unchecked with new Chinese manufacturers, apart from the big boys such as Samsung and Apple, like Oppo and Gionee also looking to make the most out of this growing market.
Leaving aside all others for the moment, it could be quite interesting to find out actually how two different Chinese manufacturers can work it out in a foreign market. And in this case - Oppo N1 and Gionee Elife E7. Let's take a closer look at how they play out against each other.
There's not much to choose from in this respect as we already know that both the devices run on the Android operating system. Both Oppo N1 and Gionee-made Elife E7 run on Android Jelly Bean v4.2.
However, the N1 sports a home made Color OS, which is obviously built on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Display and Dimensions
The Oppo N1, as far as device display and dimensions are concerned, offers a full HD 5.9 inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and delivers 377 pixels per inch pixel density. Device dimensions for the N1 counts up to 170.7 x 82.6 x 9 mm with the N1 being on the heavier side - weighing in at 213gms.
The Gionee Elife E7, however, offers a slightly less 5.5-inch FHD LTPS Touchscreen Display with dimensions of 150.6x75.0x9.7 mm. But compared to the N1, the device is quite light as it weighs 150gms.
Moving ahead to the camera offering, the Oppo N1 boasts a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor camera (from Sony), featuring 6 lenses stacked over one another. The wide Aperture f/2.0 camera is supported by Fujitsu IPS imaging chip with additional Dual LED flash.
Moreover, the camera can be rotated up to over 180 degrees and can be used to take super-high quality selfies. Apart from that, the area under the camera is touch sensitive and thus it has been named as O Touch.
However, the Gionee Elife E7, in this respect, also offers fierce competition. The device sports a massive 16-megapixel auto focus rear camera with 1/2.3″ 1.34 µm Largan M8 sensor, 5 element Sapphire Lens, alongside a unique and stunning 8-megapixel auto focus front-facing shooter. And that's quite a challenge for any smartphone manufacturer looking to offer the best camera phone in the market.
As far as in-device processing power is concerned, the Gionee handset is powered by Qualcomm's most powerful 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 processor - which is more than enough in terms of getting you day to day work done.
The Oppo N1, on the other hand, is powered by 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 quad core processor with Adreno 320 GPU.
Storage and RAM
The Oppo N1 can be bought in two different variants: 16 GB and 32 GB models, assisted by 2GB of RAM. However, the option to further expand the device's storage capabilities via external microSD storage is not available.
The Gionee Elife E7, comparatively, sports a higher 3GB of RAM with 32GB internal memory. And likewise, the manufacturer hasn't provided any external slot for further memory expansion since 32GB is a lot of space and will take some time before it gets over.
Coming down to the price factor between the devices, while the Oppo N1 has been priced at Rs. 39,999, the Gionee-made Elife E7 is available in the Indian market in two variants, 32GB/3GB RAM and 16GB/2GB RAM priced at Rs 29,999 and Rs 26,999 respectively.
If the price factor is considered here, it seems like the Gionee Elife E7 has an advantage over its Oppo counterpart. And even apart from the price factor, the E7 offers more features in terms of processing power, RAM count and in-device camera which could easily convince potential customers to actually opt for the Elife E7.