A while back we covered the Gionee Elife S5.5 and how it shattered records, being that the device was only 5.55mm at its thickest point. Back then, the Elife S5.5 had a Mediatek MTK6592 chipset which only supported a limited amount of bands, limiting it to 3G, and wasn't able to support alternative ROMs like Cyanogenmod. Things have since changed, however, as the folk at Gionee have switched up the specs of the device and gave a welcomed boost to the display, battery and chipset.
The phone retains its 2GB RAM, 13 megapixel Sony rear camera and 5 megapixel ultra-wideangle front camera, however the phone is now sporting a much more interesting (albeit outdated) Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, meaning it should be fully compatible with all phone networks in Australasia, Europe and North America. The new chipset also provides LTE support, which is always a welcomed addition above 3G and older technologies.
The above image shows a black edition of the Gionee Elife S5.5
Powering the new 1080p Samsung display is a new battery, which now has a larger 2450mAh capacity. Unfortunately the bump up in battery capacity has cost the device extra 0.2mm in width, and the latest iteration now measures in at 5.75mm.
Repackaged as the Gionee Elife S5.5L, the new model is expected to be available for sale in July and maintain the same ~$330 USD price tag as the previous model.
Source: Technotification | Images via Gionee