Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Gionee Elife E7: Old champion vs New Warrior

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 needs no introduction. It became the undisputed ruler of the phablet world right after it was launched. It does all the tasks you want done from a smartphone and leaves little room for complaints.

 Galaxy Note 2 vs Gionee Elife E7

Gionee Elife E7 on the other hand, has the most advanced hardware under ₹ 30,000.

At the price point of 30k INR consumers expect any smartphone to be complete in all senses. It might not have those unwanted by seemingly cool features but the ones which are present make the smartphone experience complete.

If you want to buy a phone in this price bracket then you must go through this comparison of Gionee Elife E7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100. After all, they are the top phones at this price point.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Gionee Elife E7: Comparison and Specs showdown

GENERAL

Name Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 Gionee Elife E7
OS Android 4.3 (4.4 coming soon) Android 4.2
Better Choice= Galaxy Note 2. It will receive Android 4.4 upgrade.

HARDWARE

Chipset Exynos 4412 Quad Snapdragon 800 MSM8274
CPU 1.6 GHz Quad Core, Cortex-A9 2.26 GHz Quad Core Krait 400
GPU Mali 400MP4 @ 533 MHz Adreno 330 @ 450MHz
RAM 2 GB 2/3 GB
Internal Memory 16/32/64 GB 16/ 32 GB
Expandable Memory Upto 64 GB using MicroSD Non expandable
 Better Choice with a compromise= Elife E7 has faster chipset than the Note2.Compromise= E7 doesn’t have expandable memory

DISPLAY

Type Super AMOLED Capacitive LTPS LCD Capacitive
Size 5.5 inch 5.5 inch
Display Resolution 720×1280 pixels 1920×1080 pixels
PPI 267.02 400.53
 Better Choice- Elife E7 has sharper display.

CAMERA

Primary 8 MP, AF 16 MP, AF
Secondary 1.9 MP Fixed Focus 8 MP AF
 Better choice- Can’t say without actual testing

BATTERY

Capacity 3100 mAh Li-ion 2500 mAh Li-Po
 Better choice= Galaxy Note 2 has better battery backup.

CONNECTIVITY

EDGE Yes Yes
HSPA+ Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Dual Band, Hotspot & WiFi Direct Hotspot & WiFi Direct
Bluetooth Yes (v4.0) Yes (v4.0)
GPS Yes, with A-GPS and GLONASS Yes, with A-GPS and GLONASS
Micro USB Yes (v2.0) V2.0
Dual SIM No No
NFC Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
 Better Choice= Tie. Both have almost similar connectivity options

OTHERS

Sensor Proximity, Accelerometer, Compass, gyro, compass, barometer, light Proximity, Accelerometer, G-Sensor, Magnetic, Motion
Dimension 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm 150.6×75.0x9.5 mm
Weight 183 g 150 g
Colours Gray, White, Brown, Blue, Pink, Ruby Wine Black, White, blue, pink, green, yellow & orange.
 Better Choice– Gionee Elife E7 is smaller in size and lighter in weight

Operating System

The Galaxy Note 2 comes with the goodness of Android 4.3 with Samsung Touch Wiz UI running on top.  The Elife E7 runs on Amigo 2.0 OS based a rather outdated Android 4.2.

Samsung has already announced that the Note 2 will be upgraded to the latest Android KitKat OS but there is no such update related news from Gionee regarding the E7.

WinnerSamsung Galaxy Note 2

 

Performance & Memory

The MSM8274 chipset in the Elife E7 blows the aging Exynos 4412 chip in the Note 2 out of water.

Both of these phones are practically very fast in everyday life but the Snapdragon 800 chip in the Elife E7 is just faster. Note 2 comes with 2 GB RAM and the E7 has 3 GB of RAM. The E7 has an extra GB of RAM but it won’t matter in real life though.

The only drawback in the Elife E7 which might repel the prospective buyers away is its limited storage of 32 GB.

Winner with a compromiseGionee Elife E7

 

Display

The Galaxy Note 2 has a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 267 and the Gionee Elife E7 has an LTPS display having a ppi of 400. The display technology has a huge role to play in the overall perceived sharpness but it cannot change a pixelated display into a sharp one.

WinnerGionee Elife E7

 

Camera

Elife E7’s 16MP primary camera is based on Largan M8 solution and has a pixel size of 1.34 micro metres (higher is better). The lens is also quite large and measures 1/2.3 inch and has an aperture of F/2.2.

The 8MP rear shooter on the Note 2 is same as that in the Galaxy S3 which is 5C73M3 CMOS sensor. The sensor size is 1/3.2 (lower denominator is better) inch and has an aperture of F/2.6 (lower denominator is better). The pixel size is 1.4um.

The 16MP snapper seems much better than the 8MP shooter of the Note 2.

Also, there is an 8MP AF front camera on the Elife E7 versus the 1.9MP FF front cam of the Galaxy Note2. It means that you can take much crisper selfies with the E7 than with the Note2.

The primary camera of both these phones can record 1080p videos @ 30fps.

WinnerGionee Elife E7

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Gionee Elife E7

Image courtesy: engadget

 

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a Li-Ion battery of 3100mAh capacity while the Gionee Elife E7 has a 2500mAh Li-Po battery.

The E7’s processor has to feed data to 1920×1080 pixels while the processor in Galaxy Note 2 has to render only 1280×720 pixels. Mathematically there are 2,073,600 pixels on the display of Elife E7 as compared to just 921,600 pixels on Note2’s display. This corresponds to an increase in pixel count by 225%.

Now, considering that both the phones are used for the same amount of time (which is but obvious as you are not going to use your phone depending upon these pixel count. 😀 ) the Note 2 will last longer.

Note 2 not only has the advantage of having a higher power battery but its processor also has less work to do.

Technically speaking the chipset in Elife E7 is more power efficient than the one present in the Note 2 but it has got more work (2.25x) to do.

WinnerSamsung Galaxy Note 2

 

Summing it up…

If you have this comparison up till here then I do hope that you have found out which phone best suits your needs. Both are good phones with different qualities.

Here is what I have to say:

 

Buy Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for

  • Brand Value
  • Latest Android OS
  • Longer battery backup

 

Buy Gionee Elife E7 for

  • Higher performance
  • Better cameras and display

Which one would you prefer to buy? Galaxy Note 2 or the Elife E7?

2 Comments

  • prathamesh says:

    Gionee makes up for a better choice for hardcore users……..gaming n camera is a plus point with gionee while brand value with samsung……however…..gionee is an established big brand in china so i don’t see y its brand value shud get any lesser…….true critics will always choose phone over brand…….

  • 3k says:

    biased review
    Samsung fanboy

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