MWC 2016: Gionee Press Conference S8 Launch Live Blogby Ian Cutress on February 22, 2016 8:16 AM EST
09:25AM EST - Hands on time... :)
09:24AM EST - doesn't say if that's including tax...?
09:24AM EST - 449 EUR, available from end of March
09:22AM EST - Prices coming up
09:21AM EST - So Amigo 3.2 is an Android 6.0 fork
09:20AM EST - Three colors
09:20AM EST - Fingerprint reader in home button, 0.1s response, 0.38s identifiaction
09:20AM EST - 3000 mAh battery, 9V2A fast charge
09:19AM EST - 4GB DRAM, 64GB Storage
09:19AM EST - Helio P10
09:19AM EST - Hardware config now
09:18AM EST - amigo 4.0 will be in June
09:18AM EST - Mostly used for listening to Youtube while doing other things I think...!
09:18AM EST - 'Floating window' to watch video while on whatsapp or browser
09:18AM EST - e.g. 30MB/day on 2G when in Barcelona with a Chinese variant
09:17AM EST - Gionee abroad service
09:17AM EST - 'Ami Locker Live'
09:16AM EST - It says 4GB DRAM in that last image
09:16AM EST - Whatapp doesn't allow it by default, but ours will
09:16AM EST - 'Dual WhatsApp' for office and family
09:15AM EST - I've not used it before - is this their version of Touch Wiz or EMUI
09:15AM EST - Now amigo 3.2 software
09:15AM EST - So that's a Qualcomm chipset? or Mediatek?
09:15AM EST - 7 modes and 15 bands
09:14AM EST - Dual 4G SIM
09:14AM EST - VoLTE, Cat 6
09:13AM EST - Now talking about 4G+
09:13AM EST - 'More 3D Touch features to come'
09:13AM EST - Kind of looks like Samsung's edge software
09:13AM EST - 'Pressing any side of the display will give the edge bar'
09:12AM EST - 'Live wallpaper will move if you use different force on the background as well'
09:12AM EST - This looks better than Huawei's force touch
09:11AM EST - 'We have one big group internally to develop 3D Touch features for Android'
09:11AM EST - 'Current ecosystem isn't ready for 3D Touch'
09:10AM EST - Now talking about 3D Touch
09:10AM EST - A video of the film effects on screen now
09:08AM EST - Sorry, pictures still being piecemeal
09:08AM EST - 'Everyone is a film photographer'
09:08AM EST - Ah, there's also a non-filter mode for cut/filter/text/sound/speed
09:07AM EST - It's just filters over video - mosaic, old time film etc
09:07AM EST - Comes with a video editor
09:06AM EST - 70dB dual mic, using AKM3961 recording chip
09:06AM EST - Supports Beautify on video, both front and rear cameras
09:04AM EST - English, simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
09:04AM EST - Text recognition algorithms included
09:03AM EST - Flash Selfie mode as well
09:03AM EST - Today sees the launch of Image 2.0
09:01AM EST - Laser focus and PDAF focus
09:00AM EST - Changing the color coder from green to white
09:00AM EST - RWB Tech in camera, F1.8
09:00AM EST - So my 6P stopped uploading images when I ran low on battery, Changing phones...
08:59AM EST - under 75mm
08:59AM EST - 'Narrowest 5.5-inch smartphone'
08:58AM EST - It looks like my pictures aren't uploading
08:58AM EST - latest amoled
08:57AM EST - 'Exquisite details'
08:57AM EST - Using Gionee patents in the design, apparently
08:56AM EST - 'worlds first invisible antenna design in the full loop around the edge'
08:56AM EST - 'Nobody has seen this design before, Loop full-metal design
08:55AM EST - 'We wanted something unique and noticable'
08:55AM EST - 'Each smartphone needs a recognizable design'
08:54AM EST - amigo 3.2 is Gionee software
08:54AM EST - With 3D Touch...!
08:54AM EST - 'But our engineers have'
08:54AM EST - 'Not easy to meet all of these'
08:53AM EST - 'S8 is our flagship, but what deserves a flagship mobile phone?'
08:52AM EST - Now for the S8
08:52AM EST - 'The new logo might become an emoji'
08:51AM EST - I'm not sold on the logo image, but the byline isn't bad for sure
08:51AM EST - It's interesting
08:51AM EST - 'Make Smiles'
08:51AM EST - New Gionee Logo and Byline
08:50AM EST - 'We will devote ourselves to making smiles, starting from today and from here'
08:50AM EST - 'We want people to remember what they feel'
08:49AM EST - 'From smartphone to smilephone'
08:49AM EST - 'We believe in the power of smiles'
08:47AM EST - 'People want to establish a relationship and have emotions'
08:46AM EST - 'People only care when they feel for it'
08:46AM EST - 'For every CEO, you should always think about these questions'
08:45AM EST - 'Responding to a customer need'
08:45AM EST - 'Design and User Experience'
08:45AM EST - 'It's not what Apple does, it's why they do it'
08:44AM EST - 'We always think about why Apple has success'
08:44AM EST - 'People think apples are good for health, and people like health so they buy them'
08:43AM EST - 'One question: Why apple?'
08:43AM EST - 'We have been thinking how to rebrand'
08:43AM EST - 'Why rebrand Gionee'
08:43AM EST - 'Launch our new flagship'
08:42AM EST - 'Last Year, we launched the S7'
08:42AM EST - William Lu on stage, President
08:41AM EST - China and India is a big countries for Gionee
08:41AM EST - Announcing the VPs
08:40AM EST - Beginning
08:38AM EST - About to start in a few minutes
08:37AM EST - Sorry, Elife S5.1 was the model at 5.15mm
08:37AM EST - I remember it was marketed in non-China locations under other names, e.g. Kazam Tornado 348
08:35AM EST - There was also the Elife S5.5 (or S7), a 5.5mm smartphone
08:34AM EST - The Marathon line are known for high battery capacity, up to 6000 mAh
08:33AM EST - There are a few Gionee smartphones over the years to hit the US and EU news
08:33AM EST - Gionee also seems to be announcing a new corporate identity
08:32AM EST - It's all meant to start about now, but there was trouble getting in so I suspect it will be late