Chinese smartphone brand Gionee, already known for producing very slim smartphones, has let us know we should look out for another one in a few weeks time. A short press release on the company’s website says it’ll be revealing its “latest ultra-slim smartphones at Mobile World Congress,” and will be holding an event to celebrate the unveiling. The wording certainly suggests we should be on the look out for more than one thin device this time around.
Gionee’s not the only one making super-slim smartphones, and its record-breaking Elife S5.1 has been usurped by Oppo, Vivo, and Coolpad since its release, bringing the current target for claiming the title to 4.7mm thick. Gionee notes the competition, but says many are compromising on performance and function in the quest to make ever-slimmer phones.
Despite not being a household name in the U.S., Gionee makes beautiful hardware. The Elife S5.5 and Elife S5.1 are truly premium devices, make from metal and glass, with build quality often surpassing other, better known brands. Yes, it needs to work on the software and do some performance tweaks itself, but the devices are of high quality. In the U.S., Blu Products licenses Gionee’s designs, and sells the S5.1 and S5.5 under the name Vivo Air and Vivo IV respectively.
It’s not giving anything away about the spec of the new phone (or phones), so outside any leaks beforehand, we’ll have to wait until the event to find out more. Gionee will launch its new hardware on March 2 in Barcelona, which is day one of Mobile World Congress. We’ll bring you all the news on the day.
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