Gionee claims that its latest flagship smartphone, the Elife S5.5 is more than just a pretty fashion accessory. The new Elife S5.5 TVC pokes fun at the competitors by flaunting it’s beautifully crafted glass and metal body, though does go on to add that the phone has a lot more going for it than just pretty looks. The Gionee Elife S5.5 from the specs perspective looks a pretty beast. The device boasts of a Mediatek MTK 6592 Octacore SoC with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
While the specifications look fine on paper, the Gionee S5.5 brings a custom Android skin called the Amigo UI that runs on top of Android 4.2.2 that the phone is currently on. The skin unfortunately is not the most memory friendly and as a result has caused plenty of people blaming the software optimization for the severe drop in the performance of Gionee smartphones. The story does repeat on the S5.5 and the phone’s performance is affected. There are decent heating issues and performance lags on the S5.5. We put the Gionee S5.5 through a series of benchmark tests to evaluate the performances of the device. It is clear that the benchmark tests do not reveal the whole story, but it was interesting nevertheless just to give us a rough idea in terms of where the phone stands. The following are the tests we performed and corresponding screenshots on the scores that the Gionee Elife S5.5 posted.
Perhaps the most trusted benchmark test on Android. Quadrant Standard test checks for the CPU, I/O and the 3D performances of the smartphone. It is one of the most commonly conducted benchmark tests in the Android world.
The Vellamo benchmark test primarily tests the UI/UX, memory writing capability, browser performances and peak bandwidth performances. The browser test checks for the default browser scores, the multicore test checks for how well the multiple cores of the device work in a synergy while the metal test checks for the CPU performances.
Another of the most commonly conducted Android benchmark tests, AnTuTu tests for the RAM optimizations, GPU and CPU performances as well as the I/O performances. Since the test takes into consideration the temperature too, it was one of the key tests we wanted to perform on the S5.5 given its tendency to get pretty warm. And the test validated our claims with a very mediocre score for the device, though it did outscore the heavily fancied Galaxy S4.
The Nenamark 2 is the Open GL ES 2.0 benchmark. The benchmark test simulates various gaming scenes and modes which results in the device simulating performances very close to real gaming scenarios. The phone performed really well in the test scoring 57.2 fps.
Linpack for Android
Linpack test is one of the oldest tests done for a computer, and it has been ported to Android phones to measure of a system’s floating number computational capabilities. It basically measures how quickly a device can solve an N by N system of linear equations. The result is obtained in MFLOP/s. The test is designed to showcase the state of the Android Dalvik Virtual Machine.
The test measures the graphics performances of the Android phone. It checks for the render quality as well as power consumption by the device with a series of challenging graphical scenes. The test also adds advanced OpenGL ES 3-features.
It is fairly clear from the scores above that the Gionee Elife S5.5 falls victim to poor optimization here. While the device has a very good design and feel to it as well as up to date hardware, it is the synergy between the capable hardware and software where the phone performs rather averagely. We must admit we are fairly surprised by the performance of the phone as we expected it to be a bit better better than what it turned out to be. We will have more comments to make about the performance of the phone and whether these numbers translate to a poor performance while using the device in our full review soon. Do stick around for that.