Smartphones from reputed brands are always equated with awesome quality and reliability. But of late, the rise of lesser known and Chinese players is challenging the forte of MNC handset players – quality.
Here we have taken two handsets – Galaxy Quattro of Samsung, which currently holds the ‘world’s No 1 smartphone maker’ tag and the Elife E3 of Gionee, which, though unknown in many countries, has a reputation in China. Both have almost the same specifications and are priced alike, but would you like a ‘Chinese’ handset over a handset from the World’s No 1 smartphone maker?
Let’s compare their features to make your decision a bit easier.
Design and display
The Gionee Elife E3 is 7.9 mm thick and weighs 110 grams. The Galaxy Quattro on the other hand is 9.65 mm thick and weighs 143.9 grams. The Elife E3 is 137.5 mm taller and is 68.4 mm broad while the Quattro is 133.30 mm taller and 70.70 mm thicker.
So in a nutshell, the Elife has a slimmer and lighter profile than the Quattro and thus is easy to handle. This difference is despite the fact that both handsets come with a 4.7 inch display. Also, the Elife E3 has 1280 x 720 pixel resolution against a meager 480 x 800 pixel (WVGA) of Samsung Galaxy Quattro.
The Samsung Galaxy Quattro comes with a decent 8 GB internal storage (user available memory not known) and has a 32 GB expandable micro SD card slot.
The Gionee Elife E3, however, beats the Quattro hands down in this segment as well with its 16 GB internal memory and 32 GB expandable memory slot.
Gionee Elife E3 comes with an 8 megapixel auto focus camera at the back. The camera features a zero lag shutter and a BIS (backside illuminated sensor). In the front. It has a 2 megapixel fixed focus camera. During its review, Elife E3 managed to provide decent images outdoors as well as indoors. The rear camera can also capture 1080p videos at 30 frames per second.â€¨Figure wise, the Samsung Galaxy Quattro looks beaten. Here too as it has only a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 0.3 megapixel front camera. But because of Samsung’s long reputation for phone camera quality we assume that the Galaxy Quattro is as good as the Elife E3, or even better.
Samsung Galaxy Quattro comes with a 2000 mAh battery, which claims to provide 11 hours of talktime and 210 hours of standby time on 2G.â€¨The Elife E3 has an 1850 mAh battery, which provides, as per our test, 1-2 full days of usage easily between charges and even longer for light users. We haven’t tested the Samsung Galaxy Quattro so we cannot say for sure about its battery life; hence we are preserving our judgment. That said, figure wise Samsung has an upper hand in this segment.
Both the handsets have quad core Mediatek processors and even 1 GB RAM. However, the Elife E3 has Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system while Samsung Galaxy Quattro has Android 4.1.2 version.
Both handsets come with Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, micro USB and a 3.5 mm jack. But Samsung Galaxy Quattro has additional DLNA functionality.
The Samsung Galaxy Quattro, apart from its battery life and camera functionality, doesn’t impress much against the Gionee Elife E3. Moreover, the Quattro is currently available in the market for around Rs 16,500 while the Gionee handset has an MRP of Rs 14,999 only (buying price could be much lower).â€¨Considering the above comparison, we can surely say that Elife E3 is more value for money than Samsung Galaxy Quattro but Gionee’s service network is not that wide as Samsung’s.