Gionee launched the Elife E8 that comes loaded with a 24MP camera on the rear and the handset is powered by 2GHz Helio X10 octa core processor. E8 is running Lollipop out of the box with 3GB RAM and 64GB storage.

Elife E8 unboxing
Inside the box you will find the handset, premium quality flip cover, screen guard, user guide, warranty card, NFC tags, data cable, travel charger (5V ~ 2A) and premium quality earphones. SAR Value as mentioned on the box 0.26 W/kg @ 1g (head) and 0.90 W/kg @ 1g (body).

Design
The Gionee Elife E8 is a big handset and heavy. Weight with battery is 204 grams and dimensions are 83.37mm x (over 154mm) x 8.95mm. The handset is big but it also comes with a bigger screen – 6 inches.

Gionee Elife E8 review and unboxing

Build quality and finishing is very good, I got the gold colour handset for the review. It is using a metal frame and rest of the body is made of plastic. E8 has got a curvy body and it gets amazing slimmer towards the edges (considering the size). It is comfortable to hold though because of the size it will not be easy operating it with a single hand.

Gionee Elife E8 handson

Power button and volume rocker is on the right side along with a dedicated button for the camera. Audio jack is on the top side and micro USB port is at the bottom. There are dual mics.

This is a dual SIM handset, there is a micro SIM slot 1 and a micro SIM slot 2 plus a micro SD card slot that supports up to 128GB external cards.

Gionee Elife E8 dual SIM slots

Native video calling is not supported (you can however use 3rd party apps like skype etc), there is LED notification and following sensors – accelerometer, light, proximity, magnetic, gyro and hall.

Display
This handset comes with a big 6 inch screen supporting 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution. The screen also comes with gorilla glass 3 protection. It is sAMOLED screen, colour reproduction, viewing angle and touch response are very good.

Gionee Elife E8 6 inch screen with quad HD resolution

Memory, Storage and OS
The E8 is packed with 3GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage space. There is micro SD card slot too that supports up to 128GB external cards. On the first boot you will get about 1.2GB free RAM and 52GB free space.

OTG is supported and the good part is that the apps are getting installed on the external storage.

Elife E8 is running Amigo UI 3.1 based on Android Lollipop 5.1 (64 Bit).

Performance
This handset is using Mediatek Helio X10 MT6795 octa core chipset cortex A53 64 bit clocked at 2GHz coupled with PowerVR Rogue G6200 GPU. Performance is very smooth, lag free. The handset does heat-up when using heavy apps. The max temperature I encountered was when playing games – temp rose to 44 degrees.

Benchmark

Benchmark App Score
Quadrant 31567
Antutu (64 bit) 1st – 48664 , 2nd – 47538
Nenamark 2 59.1fps
Internal Storage speed Read – 179MB/s, Write – 114MB/s
Multi touch 10 point

Gaming
I played Asphalt 8, interestingly it got installed on the external storage. Game Play was very smooth in the highest visual quality level. Powerful handset that can play many high end games and best part is most of the games can be installed on external storage.

Camera
The key highlight about the Elife E8 is the camera. A 24MP AF on the rear and an 8MP on the front. Both front as well as rear cameras are auto focus. So when it comes to selfies you can get DSLR kind of blurriness in the background.

Gionee Elife E8 24MP camera

The 24MP primary camera can also shoot images in 120MP printable output mode using ultra Pixel option. Rear camera can shoot videos in 4K resolution. However there was some problem uploading those 4K videos on youtube, hence I shot a 1080p video sample and it uploaded without issues on YouTube.

Now how is this camera?
If you are going to use the Auto Mode then the camera output quality will be above average for most shots. But if you switch to manual mode and tweet the settings as required you can get really awesome (excellent) quality pictures.

Do check the sample images and video at the end of this review.

Dedicated Camera Button
The button comes really handy when you want to instantly shoot. Just double tab the button when the screen is off (phone in standby mode) it will switch on, load camera app and will capture 5 shots instantly (check video review).

Gionee Elife E8 camera button

Others
The loudspeaker sound is very loud and clear – there are dual speakers (mono). I did not find any issues with network strength and in-call sound quality. No issues with WiFi, 4G, 3G, GPS (instant lock), NFC. I did find some issues with Bluetooth, initially it was able to connect but later it failed, probably a software issue.

For NFC there are 3 tags provides you can program each of those tags and place those tags where you need it. For example you can program a tag to switch on the car Bluetooth, switch on GPS, Switch on Data. Then place this tag in your car. Next time you enter the car use NFC (should be switch on) and just bring the phone close to the tag that you have placed in your car, the settings will automatically be applied.

There is touch ID based finger print scanner is also the key highlight, you can unlock the phone by placing your finger on the scanner and hold. The phone will unlock within 1 to 2 seconds and there is no need to press the power button.

The Magnetic Flip cover changes the look completely it’s also golden colour and comes with S-View window.

Gionee Elife E8 flip cover

Battery
There is built in battery of 3500 mAh capacity. You can expect about 3 to 7 hours of continuous moderate to heavy usage on a full charge.

Gionee Elife E8 3500 mAh non-removable battery

Performance Time Battery drop % Battery Max Temp
Benchmark 12 Minutes 4% 38 degree
Gaming (Asphalt 8) 18 Minutes 10% 44 degree
4K movie play with full brightness + Wi-Fi on 17 minutes 4% 38 degree
Wall Charge (on standby) 1 hour 45 minutes 46% to 100% (wall charge) – from 0 to 100% estimated less than 2 hours 30 minutes. 37 degree

Verdict
The Gionee Elife E8 is no doubt a very powerful handset with an impressive camera though you might want to go manual for excellent output. Performance is smooth, however the handset does heat up. The max temperature I encountered was 44 degrees.

Elife E8 is a big handset with a 6 inch sAMOLED screen, finger printer scanner and very good build quality. There is plenty of storage space. E8 is not that cheap and it does come for a price.

Gionee Elife E8 is available for ₹34,999.

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Rear Camera Sample


Rear Camera Sample (Manual Pro Mode)


Front Camera Sample

Video Review

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Published by Gogi Rana

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  1. never buy this phone just return within 7 days
    because you cant use this more than 8-10 min
    use anything, any app, display gets heat up.
    no matter what service they give you. new software. 1 year free service.
    heating issue remains same

  2. The Gionee Elife E8 is an exact clone of BLU PURE XL , which is not yet launched in India.
    Strangely the BLU PURE XL Smartphone – 4G LTE GSM Unlocked – 64GB +3GB RAM – Gold is priced at 349$ (approx 22,700 rupees) with free shipping from amazon.com . I don’t understand why Gionee has priced its product so high.
    Even other phones with the same specs are priced around 20k in India. At 34k one should definitely go for galaxy s6/nexus 6p/lg g4 only.

  3. Gogi bro your comment about dslr like selfie comment has pressed me to think that you should include one selfie shot in picture gallery nowdays. Many people buy phones for selfie. Counting PM also 🙂

    1. if they had put the price as 25K…. you would have changed the price to 14999!!!

      Its a decent camera phone with good display and camera. The only issue i can see is the non removable battery.

  4. Hey Gogi. Hi This is Rajiv on this side. Seeing you after I bought Moto G with your recommendation though i regularly visit your Sites for latest updates on the gadgets. As usual you are doing good with your reviews, I would request you to kindly review One Plus X since I have an eye on it after moto G. Plz review it asap. Thanks Again…ATB

  5. Good review gogi sir, gionee phone are well built and quality product, but I think price is bit high if it sale for 27-29k, it can be a hit.

  6. BLU is selling rebranded gionee e8 for 350$ something as per some reports. So they could price it around 25k

  7. Gogi, you have mentioned camera quality excellent in manual focus mode. Also camera quality of Zenfone laser is excellent. So camera of laser is competent to that of E8 or E8 is superior? Again this one is excellent among your recent reviews like S6,One plus 2, Note 5 etc.

  8. Hi, Can you please Review Meizu MX5? It seems a great phone for the price around 16000 and have top class specs like 3GB Ram, Helio x10 Processor, Amoled, fingerprint scanner etc. I cant think of any other Phone that good in this price segment. b’coz a reputed brand Meizu and easy availabilty, I think You Should Review this.

  9. For this cost,even not with IR blaster!!! Common Gionee, Even 15K smartphone coming with IR Blaster.

  10. sir, please review the mobile in Hindi also because there are lots of consumer who understand Hindi because your review are too good. please at least try on your YouTube channel.

    1. I try to make it as simple as possible and also most of the technical words is also pronounced the same in Hindi too.

      1. @Amit: Then Gogi should also think of reviewing in Telugu,Tamil,Malayam,kanada ,Oriya,Marathi and so on,just joking I do know Gogi knew only Hindi but at the same time Hindi is not our National language for Gogi to do the Hindi Review.Eng is wat every state people would some wat able to understand irrespective of language but that doesn’t mean I like Eng(Eng is now a Global language for means of communication used by majority of them except Russians & so on May be).As gogi said even Tech terms are maximum pronounced the same in Hindi or what every language.

    2. I think some links for different languages can be included in every page by using google translate service.

      However user can do same at their end . But if one does not understand simple english then it is not that easy for them.

  11. I think gionee tried hard in R&D to put such a great product but personally I feel marketing team’s failure in pricing dept. Tough competition are there one can opt for Nexus 6p, honor 6+ (old but great built n great camera too),opo 2,or s6,s6 edge, although if it were in 20 to 25 segment then it could have great success.

  12. HI Gogi. You have mentioned that camera quality is above Average in Auto mode and Exellent in Manual mode. The photos which you have attached is not sure is taken in auto or manual mode. Next time whenever you feel that camera quality is excellent in manual, request you to post both auto and manual photo so we can compare and feel the difference.

  13. Considering that their earlier Flagship Device – Gionee Elife E7 32GB (Snapdragon 2.3Ghz processor with 3GB RAM) is still stuck at Android 4.4 (KitKat) with Gionee confirming that no further updates for the same; it is a big NO for Gionee Elife E8.

    1. Hey Pawan,

      considering the cost who will buy this phone, does it even compare to Meizu Mx5, same hardware at almost half the price.

      only downside on Mx5 is no memory card slot. Even One Plus X sounds a lot better than elife e8.

  14. Personally I used their predecessor E7. I felt that is the best mobile so far I used. Software optimization, Performance, Camera, No heating issues or temperature throttle but only major downside is no software updates. Big down in that area. After that I used one plus and Lg g3 but not giving satisfaction which elife e7 given overall. Wait for some days price will drop down. I bet it’s a very good phone to buy if it’s priced 28k.

  15. Very Good….
    Actually in between reading review I thought I can buy it…..
    BUT when seen price……
    second thought was ” it is very high price”.

    I think in 10k price ASUS zenfone2 laser is best.
    And in20k price range oneplus 2 is best…
    And if your budget is 30k and above….
    Then better go with S6 or S6 plus like models with well known brands….

  16. Gionee smartphone is really durable even budget phone, I own p2 before used for 5 months and sold it, I have dropped it many times without case and still no problem.

  17. 6″ inches screen is not comfortable in regular use. Also too costly. If it comes around Rs.20,000 then people can go for it.