Gionee’s release of Elife S5.1 has allowed them to snag the title of the world’s slimmest smartphone last year with only 5.1mm thin. After its release, OPPO and Vivo, both Gionee’s competitors from China, started to take things on to another level, with releases of 4.85mm R5 and 4.75mm X5 Max. Not too long ago, another Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad released 4.70mm Ivvi K1 mini, claiming to be the thinnest of them all.
As with MWC coming up real soon, Gionee is said to be introducing another ultra-slim device. However, this time round, they are not keen to take the position of having the slimmest phone. Oliver Sha, the head of global marketing for Gionee, said that the competition to get the slimmest phone was out of control. He added that a phone too slim will not be better for consumers if there’s no performance to back the experience up. In making the phone to be slimmer, several functions have to be sacrificed such as removing the headphone jack, shortening battery life, and a thin frame that affects the cooling and signal strength.
Now, Gionee’s focus is to make slim phones that delivers better results to enhance the user experience. Users will definitely not mind the extra thickness of their device knowing that it will perform better or have a bigger battery capacity. A problem with slim phones, as many have complained, is that the small battery capacity that range from 1,800 to 2,000 mAH. Some users also said that the device don’t feel steady when being picked up.