The Gionee Elife E7 phablet was released all the way back in 2013 and its replacement is long overdue. The next-generation model dubbed Elife E8 is now apparently ready for primetime, as evidenced by a listing on Chinese regulator TENAA's website.
Expectedly, the new phablet carries a number of improvements over the predecessor. Most notably, screen size has grown to 6 inches, compared to the 5.5 inches of the Elife E7, but resolution has also seen a bump to 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. According to the listing, it's an AMOLED panel, too.
TENAA entries typically don't specify chipset model, and we're only left knowing that the SoC inside the Elife E8 comes with an octa-core processor ticking at 2GHz. Given that the Elife E7 utilized a Snapdragon 800, and the the Snapdragon 810's high-performance CPU cores are usually clocked at 2GHz, that's the most likely option. Joining that mysterious processor is 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which can be expanded via microSD.
Another key feature of the Gionee Elife E8 is the fingerprint scanner, which resides on the back, below the camera, Huawei Ascend Mate7 style. The camera itself is quoted at 8MP, but that seems unlikely, given the previous generation's 16MP sensor. The 8MP front snapper sounds more credible.
The LTE-capable Elife E8 measures 164.0 x 82.3 x 9.6mm and weighs a hefty 207g. It does have a 3,520mAh battery to show for it, but then the aforementioned 6-inch Asend Mate 7 comes with a 4,000mAh cell in a slimmer and lighter body.
Naturally, there's no info on pricing and availability, but that will likely become clear in the following weeks.