Gionee Elife S5.5 Philippines Unboxing, Key Features Explained by Mr. Oliver Sha, Gionee Global Head of Marketing

Just thought I'd show you my unboxing photos of Ellen Adarna's favorite smartphone currently, the Gionee Elife S5.5 -- dubbed as the slimmest in the world.

Taken from ellenmadarna on Instagram

With depth of only 5.55 millimeters Gionee Elife S5.5 is inarguably the thinnest or slimmest full-fledged smartphone available anywhere in the world. In the Philippines, it is being distributed by Belexis Concepts Inc. and dons an official suggested retail price of Php 21,999.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing

When I had a conversation with our friends from Gionee Global during the phone's local launch in SM North EDSA a few days ago, they shared that they wanted the packaging to match the look of the device itself. "Mark, as you can see, the packaging is also very slim just like the smartphone that's inside it," Mr. Oliver Sha - Gionee's Marketing Head - told me.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
Gionee Elife S5.5 comes with a simple white carton packaging.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
At the bottom of the box, Gionee printed the key technical specifications of the device in a neat table. You will find a more detailed listing below this post.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
Lifting the cover, the slimmest smartphone on the planet will greet you as it lies in its tray.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
Gionee Elife S5.5 ships with a free flip cover, which also doubles as a stand for the device when you view the screen in landscape mode.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
Pulling the tray out, all the accessories - in their respective packs - are revealed.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
There's a pre-installed screen protector with a list of the phone's main selling points. Gionee always puts one on their touchscreen handsets to protect the display when shipping.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
Holding the handset, I was instantly impressed not just with how slim it is but by how solid it feels in hand. The device comes with a glass-metal-glass sandwich construction that doesn't just look gorgeous but has an air of durability. Inspecting it, I'd say Gionee Elife S5.5 is incredibly well-made; There are no visible gaps between the outer parts. The metal rim hugs both glass panels perfectly.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
The powerful camera module happens to be thicker than the phone itself, which explains the protruding plate at the back.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
"Our Research and Development team and our partnership with parts manufacturers like Samsung and Corning made it possible for us to create a smartphone this slim," Mr. Sha told me.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
The 3.5 millimeter audio jack is located at the rear of the device, which I like since it puts the earphone wires out the way whenever I look at the phone's display while listening to music.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
It's all in the details. Check out the plastic lining inside the microUSB port located at the top of the device. The power button and volume rocker - like the S5.5's frame - are also made of real metal.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
OK. Let's take a look at all the included peripherals and accessories.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
The flip cover has holes for the earpiece and loud speaker and has grooves for the volume rocker and the power button.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
The microUSB to USB cable for connecting the phone to your computer and for charging it.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
Gionee Elife S5.5 ships with earphones having in ear silicon buds and tangle-free wires.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
You get a protector for both the front and back Gorilla Glass 3 panels.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
All the smaller items are bundled in this pack.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
Gionee Elife S5.5 comes with USB On-The-Go support and you can use this cable to quickly and conveniently plug your flash drive and other devices to the phone.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
The metal microSIM card tray ejector

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
Hardly anyone reads gadget user manuals these days -- but I think it's nice that Gionee has opted to include one in the box. Read it when you have time.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
The travel charger is small enough to fit in your jeans' front pocket.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Unboxing
Gionee has service centers located in Metro Manila, Makati City, Cebu, and Zamboanga.

TP Friends, I was able to record my interview and conversation with Mr. Oliver Sha and Mr. Yuan - Product Director of Gionee Global - after the launch of Gionee Elife S5.5 in the Philippines. If you want to know more about the handset as well as the Chinese company, kindly watch the clip above.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Gionee Elife S5.5
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category High End
Dimensions144 x 69.8 x 5.75 mm
Weight 133 grams
Available Colors White with Gold Frame, Black
Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean skinned by Amigo UI 2.0
Display 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density), 1080 x 1920 pixels, 800 x 1280 pixels, Super AMOLED, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Octa Core 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex A7 CPU, Mali-450MP4 GPU, MediaTek MT6592 chipset
Internal Storage 16 GB, non-expandable
Camera Main: 13 MegaPixels, 4160 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Front: 5 MegaPixels front camera
Video Capture Main: Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second
Front: HD 720p (to be confirmed)
Audio and Video Playback MP4, H.264, H.263, MP3, WAV, eAAC+ player
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Light, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIM Card Type microSIM
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 2,300 mAh battery
Uptime 490 Hours of Standby
27 Hours of Talk Time
Value-Added Features Slimmest Smartphone in the World as of July 2014, Metal Frame
Announcement Philippines: July 2014
Availability Philippines: July 2014
Price Official SRP: Php 21,999