Copycat Android Phone From Gionee Includes 3D Touch Quick Actions, Peek and Pop

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Chinese smartphone manufacturer Gionee debuted its Gionee Elife S8 at Mobile World Congress this week, and the new device mimics the iPhone in both look and functionality. Available in silver, gold, and rose gold shades, the Elife S8's exterior design more closely resembles an Android device than an iPhone, but it does have a similar rear camera, a 5.5-inch screen, a body that's 7mm thick, a fingerprint sensor, and an aluminum body.

    Image via GSM Arena

    Most notably, it includes a pressure-sensitive display with built-in software features that look a lot like 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s. As described by BGR, the Elife S8 steals both Peek and Pop and Quick Actions from Apple. Pressing on an icon on the Home screen brings up a list of shortcuts, as seen in the image below. For example, a press on the camera app includes Quick Actions to take a snapshot, video, or selfie.

    Image via BGR

    There are also Peek and Pop gestures for previewing content, and a press on the left edge of the screen brings up a list of "Edge" apps. This differs from Apple's multitasking functionality, but it's the same general idea. Several hands-on reviews of the Elife S8 have noted the "too close for comfort" similarities between 3D Touch and Gionee's pressure-sensitive display.

    Image via BGR

    The Gionee Elife S8's other features include an octa-core Mediatek MT6755 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage with a micro SD card slot, a 16-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. It's priced at ~$500 and will be available to consumers in two months.

    Gionee is not the first Android phone to include 3D Touch-like features. The Huawei Mate S has a pressure-sensitive display and launched ahead of the iPhone, but it does not attempt to copy the look of iOS or its specific implementation of 3D Touch. A pressure-sensitive display was also one of the features rumored for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge, but the two phones launched earlier this week without the feature.

    Article Link: Copycat Android Phone From Gionee Includes 3D Touch Quick Actions, Peek and Pop
  2. b0nd18t, Feb 24, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2016

    b0nd18t macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2012
  3. bteters macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2013
  4. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    So Android users can now not use this feature as well...Other than hardcore power-users, I have rarely seen anyone use 3D Touch on purpose. I taught my girlfriend how to use it when she got her 6S months ago and it's never been used again.
  5. Adithya007 macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2015
    I bet Samsung is gonna sue Gionee for this....
  6. xmichaelp macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    Only Samsung execs would think this isn't a copy.
  7. Benjamin Frost Suspended

    Benjamin Frost

    May 9, 2015
    London, England
    And yet, Samsung, the chief copycat, chose not to offer 3D Touch or anything like it in their latest phone.

    That, to my mind, speaks volumes as to the worth of the feature.
  8. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    Doesn't look at all like an iPhone, has is really got that bad that you need to use clickbait titles to drive more people to the site?
  9. DUCKofD3ATH Suspended


    Jun 6, 2005
    Universe 0 Timeline
    I don't see the problem. Clearly there's no other possible way to design a phone's software. Apple needs to lighten up.
  10. Aluminum213, Feb 24, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2016

    Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    Tech companies steal ideas from each other, news at 11
  11. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    They're not talking about the aesthetic look of the hardware, they're talking about the 3D Touch rip-off.

    This isn't about the phone's exterior it's about 3D touch.
  12. soupcan macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2014
    Looks like an iPhone 6S had a kid with a Galaxy S6.
  13. Borin macrumors regular


    Jan 15, 2016
    After getting used to it when I first got my 6S+, I use it all the time; reading emails, checking links, and pretty much every other 'thing' it was advertised as doing. I know a fair number of people don't use it, but a quick look around some of the threads on this forum reveals plenty that do.
  14. AbSoluTc macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2008
    You mean they're copying Samsung and adding pieces of Apple with it? Looks nothing like an iPhone other than the obvious color scheme copies and of course the 3D touch "look alike".
  15. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Had the iPhone 6S not been released, I find it very hard to believe that this phone would look and behave as it currently does.

    If it's a stretch calling it a copy, then let's agree on "fundamentally inspired by" :)
  16. Chatter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2013
    Uphill from Downtown
    This is a bigger problem for Xiaomi - chief copycat of every smartphone out there.
  17. \-V-/ Suspended


    May 3, 2012
    So ... Samsung?
  18. InfoTime macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2002
    I don't use it. Most of the time it gets in the way of the way I used to do things. I'll admit I've never really sat down and given it a fair shake. Maybe I should give it a try.
  19. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
  20. Planey28 macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Manchester, UK
    Say what you want, I use it all the time. Peek and pop are really useful.
  21. \-V-/ Suspended


    May 3, 2012
    You should give it a fair press, instead of a shake.
  22. RowellE macrumors regular


    Mar 5, 2012
  23. realeric macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2009
    United States
    Is there anybody using 3D touch functions? No, I don't.
  24. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    Reminds me more of a Samsung then an iPhone, with the elongated oval home button and colorless holes by the ear speaker.
  25. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Everyone copies. Big whoop, wanna fight about it?

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