It hasn't been long since Chinese handset maker Gionee first unveiled its new Elife S5.5 handset at an event in Goa. In fact, the arrival of the device has gradually marked the entry of phones that are not only powerful, but also have an extreme slim factor that makes them even more attractive.
Although not one of the top notch devices in the market, the Gionee Elife S5.5 stands its ground by delivering what is needed from a new age smartphone. And with that slimness factor of its, it shouldn't be a surprise if you find the handset almost everywhere before the year comes to a close.
Doing a recap of the specs available with the device, the Gionee Elife S5.5 comes with a metal chassis. The device packs a 5.0-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
It is also powered by a 1.7GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6592 processor with Mali 450-MP4 GPU coupled with 2GB LPDDR3 RAM and 16GB of internal memory. It runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) with Amigo 2.0 UI, however the KitKat update for the same is already out.
The Gionee Elife S5.5 also comes with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with a single LED Flash. Moreover, the rear-facing camera is capable of recording videos in Full HD format. It also has a 5MP front-facing shooter. The makers have added a 2300mAh battery fitted inside.
However, what concerns us at the moment is the device's camera. We have taken it out for a spin more than once to check out the kind of images we might get from the device. And we haven't been that sad with it. Let's take a closer look.
As we mentioned before, the Gionee Elife S5.5 sports a a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with a single LED Flash. There's also a 5MP front-facing shooter. And while the lack of 4K support did make a few critics wary, it still does a decent job as far as imaging is concerned. It needs to said that the phone did heat up a bit while we conducted the tests.
There have been times when you must have come across a situation where your smartphone, no matter how good it is, shows issues once you start clicking photos with not much background light on offer. With the Gionee Elife S5.5's 13MP offering, however, you can bid all those days adieu. In fact, we were actually impressed at the quality the camera showed while taking snaps in the low light situations.
Maybe you have come across the term HDR a number of times. And while the High Dynamic Range imaging is somewhat of a trend, it isn't really new as it's an old photography practice recently introduced to camera phones like the iPhone and some Android devices. And if the HDR mode is supposed to make images better and brighter, the Gionee S5.5 carries it out pretty well. Just check the image.
Check this image via the S5.5 in an extreme close up. We have to say that there are some pixel issues with the camera when you zoom in as much as possible. But then again, that can't possibly be a reason for the phone not scoring highly in terms of camera. Still we expected better clarity in close up.
The Gionee Elife S5.5 scores well when photos are being snapped under lights in a room. Let us tell you that the artificial lighting isn't as bright as it looks in the image. But then, the Gionee S5.5 makes good use of the light that's available to create as better an output as possible.
This is one of the tests we carry out with most of the devices that we receive in the form of a review unit. In terms of clicking a photo from the photo, we have to say that the S5.5, even though not as great as we thought, does a decent job. However, we loved the kind of output we got when we conducted the same with the HTC One M8.
The Gionee Elife S5.5 does a decent job of clicking images in the night. Maybe it is influenced by the kind of light that's available around it while at night time, but we have to say that the device does a decent job of bringing out workable quality photos at night.
Big time photographers around me keep telling me to play around with the macro settings on any phone, and the S5.5 isn't any different. We tried out the Macro settings and found that the device's camera s capable of focusing at a high rate. A standard that should be maintained by all.
Here's another take on the low light offering where the image was snapped in semi darkness. We have seen a lot of success turning the light off. However, be there light or no light, the S5.5 makes sure the image is presentable.
Everyone takes selfies. We also took one but not from a first person point of view. In fact, we just flipped the front camera and made use of it in a similar way that you would normally use a rear primary snapper. And the 5MP offering does more than enough.