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Apr 22, 2015

Elephone Dual-Boot Smartphone with Windows 10/Android 5.0 Launching in Late June

A few days ago news about a Chinese company that plans to launch a Windows 10 for Phones device made headlines. An unnamed Elephone smartphone has been showcased at a trade fair in Hong Kong and the Chinese company confirmed it will be capable of dual-booting Android and Windows.

Although some of the phone's specs were listed by Elephones and some of the pictures showing the smartphone were also displayed at the trade fair, the actual phone or a prototype wasn't showcased. Today, the folks over at Neowin received new information regarding the upcoming Elephone smartphone. Some of the phone's features and its release date have been confirmed. More pictures have been published as well, so let's see what's coming for both Android and Windows Phone fans. From what we can tell, Elephone's new smartphone is aimed at both Android and Windows Phone users, so those who would want to switch to Microsoft's OS but don't really want to give up Android's advantages will want to choose this particular device.

The Android version of the smartphone may ship in May
Elephone's smatphone will ship with both Android 5.0 Lollipop and Windows 10 for Phones operating systems, and will be capable of dual-boot. We already know the handset packs 4GB of RAM and a powerful quad-core processor provided by Intel. Elephone's high-end device will also boast an impressive 20.7-megapixel Sony camera on the back, as well as 32GB of storage inside. The phone will be powered by a more than 3,800 mAh battery and will sport a 5.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution.

According to Elephone, its dual-boot flagship smartphone will be launched sometime in late June. The other version of its flagship handset that will only run Android OS will ship beginning in May. Obviously, the smartphone will only be available for purchase in China, at least at the beginning. So there you have it folks, a Windows 10 smartphone may be launched as early as June.

Elephone dual-boot flagship
Image credits to Neowin

Elephone Android flagship
Image credits to Neowin

Gionee’s Elife S8 Flagship Might Beat the Samsung Galaxy S6 at Pixel Density (PPi)

Chinese smartphone maker Gionee attracted attention upon itself when it launched what back then was considered the world’s thinnest smartphone, the S5.5 (it was only 5.6 mm / 0.22 inch thin).

The company currently sits on a lofty portfolio of devices and has received a good response from users, both for hardware and software. Gionee is also in the process of prepping its upcoming flagship, which will probably be dubbed the Elife S8. And now, a new Gionee smartphone has recently been spotted in the GFX Benchmark showing an impressive list of hardware specifications. We’re not 100% sure we’re dealing with the Gionee Elife S8 here, but there's a big chance this is exactly the case, given what this phone packs on the inside.

Gionee Elife S8 could come with an advanced display
The upcoming model appears to sport a relatively small display, of the 4.6-inch variety, with QHD resolution on top (1440 x 2560 pixels). If the benchmark entry is correct, the Gionee Elife S8 will end up boasting one of the most crisp displays on the market with a pixel density of 639ppi. For the time being, the smartphones with the crispest displays on the market are Samsung’s newest darlings, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, both of which boast 577ppi. Gionee might be able to jump in front of Samsung for a while when pixel density is concerned, but the Korean tech giant is said to be working on UHD (2,160 x 3,840 pixel resolution) Super AMOLED displays for mobile devices.

Actually, a recent report claimed Samsung might be looking to use such a panel in the upcoming Galaxy Note 5. If the information turns out to be genuine, the Galaxy Note 5 will make a debut with a 5.89-inch display and a whopping 748ppi, thus surpassing Gionee’s offering. In related news, Sharp recently unveiled the world’s first 5.5-inch mobile display with UHD resolution and an outrageous 806ppi.

So, as you can see, pixel density in mobile devices is on the rise and will continue to ascend throughout the year. The benchmark also sheds light on other specs, including a quad-core MediaTek 6795 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a 24MP/8MP camera combo. Sadly, the benchmark listing doesn't say anything about the design of the product, but we have to imagine it will be very sleek.

Gionee’s Elife S8 listed in benchmarks
Image credits to GFX Benchmark

Current Gionee’s Elife S7 flagship

Current Gionee’s Elife S7 front and back
Image credits to Gionee

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