Slim beauty

The Gionee S5.1 succeeds the S5.5 as the world's thinnest phone. It has shed a few millimetres and is super sleek at 5.1mm.
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Gionee S5.1
Gionee S5.1

The Gionee S5.1 succeeds the S5.5 as the world's thinnest phone. Like the S5.5, the S5.1 is beautiful. This phone has shed a few millimetres and is super sleek at 5.1mm.

The design seems to be inspired by the iPhone 5S, with the metallic rim on the sides. The 4.8inch HD display is sharp and offers good sunlight legibility. The power and volumen keys are on the left side, while the charging port and the 3.5mm jack are at the bottom.

Gionee has added a wet-hand mode where the touch responds even when operated with wet hands. The S5.1 runs on Android KitKat and has Amigo UI. Gionee has added a bunch of pre-loaded apps. For those who aren't comfortable with the Amigo UI (like yours truly), downloading the Nova launcher works.

The device isn't a powerhouse as it has a 1.7 GHz Octa-core processor by MediaTek and is paired with only 1GB of RAM. Even with no app running in the background, only 305MB of RAM is free.

There isn't any lag in terms of the performance while watching multimedia content and playing basic games. But heavy graphic apps and games show signs of lag. Surprisingly, the phone didn't heat up even once during our one week of testing.

The S55.1 packs in an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing one. While the results appeared good on the phone's display, the edges were not very sharp when zoomed in. But considering that most images are captured for sharing on social networking sites and not for taking larger prints, the camera does a decent job.

The 2,050mAh battery is good enough to last a day on a single charge. My usage included couple of hours of calling, multiple email accounts, web browsing, social networking, and a few camera clicks, etc. The phone comes with a flip cover, a silicon back cover and four screen guards.

Price: Rs 18,999
Bag it or junk it: It is a beautiful looking, media consumption device.

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