Gionee is a Chinese manufacturer of Android phones which became famous for making one of the thinnest smartphones in the world, the Gionee Elife S5.5. Last November the company released its slimmest device ever, the mid-range Gionee Elife S5.1 sporting a 5.1mm thick magnesium alloy frame. According to some leaked images that surfaced on the internet, the Shenzhen-based maker is preparing a successor for the S5.1 and it was just caught on some hands-on images. Called S5.1 Pro, the rumored handset doesn’t seem so thin as the previous one, having an iPhone 6-like design with curved edges, a metallic frame and a familiar bottom with speakers, micro USB, and headphone jack. The buttons are also very similar to Apple’s ones and the back appears to be made of glass, just like the S5.1.
As for the hardware, it seems pretty decent for the rumored price tag. One of the images shows a CPU-Z screen that highlights some of it’s specs and we can see a Mediatek MT6753 processor with eight Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.3GHz, a Mali T-720 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory support for MicroSD external storage, and a 2400 mAh battery. The display has 5 inches with HD resolution. It’s also expected to have Dual-SIM functionality and 4G LTE connectivity. The rear camera is most likely to have 13 megapixels coupled with an LED flash on its bottom. The device will be running Android 5.1 Lollipop with Gionee’s heavily customized Amigo 2.0 UI that resembles Apple’s iOS. The new phone will be a considerable upgrade from the S5.1, which is a 4.8-inch handset with an HD display at 305 ppi powered by an octa-core Mediatek MT6592 chipset running at 1.7 GHz, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage also with MicroSD expansion.
There isn’t much information on a launch date, availability and pricing, although rumors point for a $300+ price tag. The Chinese company operates in several Asian markets and predecessor was launched in India last year, making the country a candidate for receiving the handset. Other than India and China, they also operate in countries such as Bangladesh, Nigeria, Vietnam, Taiwan, Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines.