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Gionee have finally brought their flagship device to the country. Dubbed the Gionee Elife E8 the device comes with a 2.0GHz octa core Mediatek X10 Helio Chip under the hood along with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
As expected from an E series handset of Gionee, the Elife E8 is a camera centric device touting a large 24MP sensor with OIS and PDAF sensor on the back. Below that is a Fingerprint sensor which works rather well.
However the most logical question would be is it better than the OnePlus 2? Let's find out.
Build & Design:
The Gionee Elife E8 comes with a polycarbonate body with a metal profile. The back sports a 24MP camera which sits flush on plastic back. Below it is the round Fingerprint Sensor.
The OnePlus One the other hand features a slim metal profile with the same Sandstone finished back cover which came with the first gen of the device, albeit an improved one.
Gionee E8 and OnePlus 2 sports two different displays. While the OnePlus 2 with its 5.5 inch Full HD display is ideal for single handed usage, the Elife E8 comes with a large 6 inch QHD display. The QHD display of the E8 is unwieldy for single handed usage, however it is ideal for media consumption.
The display is also decidedly sharper than the OnePlus 2.
This is an area where OnePlus wins hands down, at least on paper. It features a Qualcomm octacore 810 SoC with an Adreno 430 GPU. Despite the fact that Qualcomm 810 has been severely criticized before, OnePlus claims to have used an improved 2nd gen of the chip which curbs down the heating issues. The first gen chip had severe throttling issues too.
On the other hand the Gionee Elife E8 uses a Mediatek X10 Helio octa core SoC with cores clocked at 2.0GHz each. This coupled with a PowerVR G6200 GPU and 3GB of RAM.
Unlike the Gionee E8 though, OnePlus comes in two different RAM variants. While the 16GB internal storage version comes with 3GB RAM, the 64GB variant comes with a larger 4GB one.
Both the devices come with a 64GB internal storage variant. However the OnePlus comes in a 16GB version too.
Gionee Elife E8 sports a 24MP rear camera which comes with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) technology. The Chinese OEM has always got their camera spot on and this time too it won't be an exception.
The OnePlus on the other hand comes with a 13MP camera on the back which is accompanied by a dual tone LED Flash. It also comes with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and PDAF sensor. Both cameras are capable of shooting 4K videos at 30fps.
The USP of the Elife E8 however lies in UltraPixel Mode, via which it can shoot super high resolution (120MP) images.
On the front of Gionee Elife E8 is an 8MP unit as compared to the 5MP unit on the OnePlus 2. Hence it's pretty clear that the Elife E8 stands tall over the OnePlus in the camera department.
In terms of battery the Gionee Elife E8 has an edge thanks to its 3520mAh unit as compared to the 3300mAh found on the OnePlus 2. However both the device will deliver decent on screen time.
Both devices run on Android Lollipop 5.1.1 with their custom UI on top. While the Elife E8 runs on the highly customized and RAM hungry Amigo UI 3.0, the OnePlus 2 has the Oxygen OS on top. The OS is pretty similar to stock Android despite packing a no of nifty and useful features.
The pricing departments of both the devices are vastly different. While OnePlus comes at just Rs 22,999 (for the 16GB internal storage/3GB RAM version); the Gionee Elife E8 is priced quite high at Rs 34,999. At this price point it fall head on head with the recently launched Nexus series of devices.
However buying an OnePlus 2 isn't quite easy thanks to the flawed invite system!