Throughout these past several months, a handful of Chinese smartphone makers have unveiled some of the thinnest handsets the market has to offer. It all begun with the Gionee Elife S5.1 measuring a 5.15 mm profile, which was then surpassed by the Oppo R5 which measures 4.85 mm in thickness. Then came the Vivo X5 Max with a 4.8 mm profile, and not long ago, Coolpad seems to have earned the crown with its newly announced Ivvi K1 Mini, measuring only 4.7 mm.
Meanwhile Gionee announced that it will be out of the race for creating the slimmest smartphone in the world, as this competition is getting out of hand. The company’s head of global marketing, Olivia Sha, said that “Going so slim is actually not benefiting user experience without the performance to back it up“.
Sure enough, Gionee’s press invites for MWC 2015 were sent out today, revealing that the next handset to be revealed by the company will be called the “Gionee Elife S7”. There are reasons to believe that the smartphone will have a 7 mm profile, but apparently the company might not be out of the race just yet. Based on a recent report containing several leaked pictures with the alleged Elife S7, the smartphone is extremely thin, measuring only 4.6 mm.
Gionee Elife S7 Breaks Cover
The below images originate from sources in China who seem to have gotten their hands on a Gionee Elife S7 unit before its official unveiling. According to the source, the Elife S7 has a mind-bogglingly thin 4.6 mm profile.
Evidently this claim is a bit odd given Gionee’s earlier statements regarding the ultrathin smartphone market, and also due to the smartphone’s name. As some of you might be aware of, the Elife S5.5 measured 5.5 mm, whereas the Elife S5.1 had a 5.1 mm profile. Logic dictates that the Elife S7 should feature a 7 mm profile, but in light of this recent leak that might not be the case at all. Needless to say, if the Gionee Elife S7 will indeed feature a 4.6 mm profile then the smartphone will become the thinnest on the market.
The Elife S7 will be unveiled on March 1st during MWC 2015 in Barcelona.