The smartphone market allows us to choose from large variety of smartphones, given its constant expansion. Although there are a few brands that lead the industry, the numbers of manufacturers is way bigger. In fact, there are many people who prefer a less-hyped device, instead of the ones that are always praised excessively before their release, such as iPhone, Samsung or HTC flagships. Today, we’re looking at a great alternative for the pricy flagship devices. The Gionee Elife E7 Mini will be facing some phones manufactured by leading brands, but not currently bearing the “flagship” status.
Gionee Elife E7 Mini
You shouldn’t shoot down this device before giving it a chance to prove itself. Many overlook the E7 Mini, although it might surprise.
The phone comes with a sleek look that relies on a minimalistic design. There is a 4.7 inch screen taking all the attention on the front panel, which isn’t bad at all in terms of size.
Hardware and Software
The handset comes with an octa core processor made by MediaTek and clocked at 1.7 GHz. The specifications also include 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. The camera featured on the E7 Mini has 13 MP, and doesn’t have any front facing support from a secondary lens. For the Elife E7 Mini, Gionee has opted for the Android 4. 2 operating system from Google, keeping the device on a path of good features.
With 2200 mAh, the battery that comes with the Elife E7 Mini provides a good deal of power for the phone’s components, and given the fact that the handset isn’t especially big, it should last for quite some time.
Sony Xperia E1
The first device we put against the Elife E7 Mini is the Sony Xperia E1, which has an incline towards the music listening experience that you get out of the device. Let’s see how it handles the other categories of our comparison.
Unlike the Gionee smartphone, the Xperia E1 comes with a not so sleek design, sporting a rather bulky appearance and a much smaller screen, with only 4 inches.
Hardware and Software
A dual core Cortex A7 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz will take care of the heavy load for this device, combined with 512 MB of RAM. The 4GB of storage supplied will be available for you to deposit your media and personal files. The phone also comes with a camera on the rear, without a front facing companion. The existing lens features 3 MP. The phone can support the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, as it relies on Google for its operating system.
The battery featured in this handset is smaller than hat you could see in the Elife E7 Mini, with only 1750 mAH available. About 18 days of standby time are expected from the Sony Xperia E1.
Samsung Galaxy S4
The Galaxy S4 is the toughest competition for the Gionee produced device, as it was a massive success in its prime. Now, time has passed and the S4 is no longer Samsung’s flagship device. Let’s see if this old timer has what it takes to outmatch the Elife E7 Mini, or if the Gionee spawn can get out alive.
The S4 comes with a stylish design, as it was praised during its release time for the classy appearance. The body houses a 5 inch display on the front.
Hardware and Software
Straight from the start, the Galaxy S4 busts in with the premium specs, boasting with its Krait 300 quad core processing unit clocked at 1.9 GHz. The chip is supported by 2 GB of RAM, and the phone benefits from 64 GB of internal storage space for depositing files and data. Unlike its competition, the S4 comes with two cameras. The one in the front has 2 MP, while the bigger one has 13 MP. The operating system for this device is, of course, Android.
The 2600 mAh battery is expected to provide around 15 days of standby time. Otherwise, it is the biggest battery in this comparison.
In the end, we have seen that the Xperia E1 is the best choice in terms of budget friendly devices, as it comes with more than decent specifications and a not-so-scary price tag. However, the S4 is clearly the way to go if you are looking for the device with the best configuration overall. The price is for this one is a bit stiffer though.
For about $380, you can get the S4 on Amazon.com. On the same website, the Xperia E1 is less than $150. The Gionee Elife E7 Mini is retailed for about $280 in India.