Gionee issues invites for MWC launch, Elife S7 leaks ahead of reveal


Gionee today sent out invites for its MWC 2015 press conference where it will announce the Gionee Elife S7. The Chinese manufacturer has long been expected to unveil the world’s latest smartphone at next month’s event in Barcelona but the name of the new handset suggests the company could be of the world’s thinnest smartphone race.

The race to be thin began with Gionee’s Elife S5.5 which has a 5.55m thin body and was then surpassed by the Elife S5.1 (with a 5.15m profile) before the Oppo R5 (4.85 mm thick), Vivo X5 Max (4.8 mm) and Coolpad Ivvi K1 Mini (4.7 mm) all took the crown in succession. The invite to Gionee’s MWC 2015 event (as seen above) reveals the new handset will be dubbed the Elife S7 and unless the company has made a drastic change to its naming policy, chances are the Elife S7 will have a 7mm thick body.

The suggestion that Gionee are leaving the thinnest smartphone race is further enhanced by comments made by Oliver Sha – the company’s head of global marketing – who stated that:

“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”

However, according to sources from China (as noticed by GForGames), the Elife S7 might not follow Sha’s comments as leaked images suggest the handset will be ridiculously thin at just 4.6 mm thick, which would make it the thickest smartphone in the world.





The leaked images – which can be seen above – show a thin handset but there’s still very little information on other handset specs and it’s also unclear whether Gionee will sacrifice the thin profile for additional premium hardware. Whatever Gionee choose to announce, we’ll be at MWC 2015 bringing you all the latest info live from the show-floor where it promises to be a week of surprises!


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