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Gionee's Elife S7 packs a 13-megapixel camera in a 5.5mm frame (pictures)

Chinese manufacturer seems to be changing its tune this Mobile World Congress -- instead of chasing after the slimmest crown, the company is packing features into its svelte device.

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Gionee's latest handset is the Elife S7, but unlike the name, the phone's not 7mm thick -- it's 5.5mm, the same as last year's Elife 5.5.

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The phone sports a full-HD AMOLED display, and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with Gionee's own custom Amigo 3.0 skin.

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Like most Chinese ROMs, there is no app drawer, instead apps are all located on the home screen, like iOS.

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Interestingly, the phone uses a control panel similar to iOS -- you swipe up from the bottom to adjust the brightness, toggle the Wi-Fi, etc.

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As mentioned, despite the Amigo 3.0 skin, the phone's powered by Android 5.0.

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Because the phone doesn't take the super slim route, there's room for a 3.5mm audio jack. The phone also ships with a pair of premium headphones.

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The front and rear of the phone are clad in Gorilla Glass 3.

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The rear 13-megapixel camera is flushed, which is certainlly impressive.

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The phone comes in three colors, seen here is the black version. Besides white, the phone will also come in blue.

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Fingerprint smudges on the black version are a lot more obvious.

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