Gionee A1 Review:
Chinese smartphone maker Gionee has announced the successor to its selfie-focused handset Gionee A1 with Gionee A1 Plus. Gionee A1 Plus gets upgrades in camera, display and battery department. The phablet sports a massive 6-inch Full HD screen, a 20MP selfie camera, a dual-lens rear camera setup and a big 4,550 mAh battery unit.
From the tech specs perspective, the Gionee A1 Plus appears to be a great device but does it also deliver in real world? Lets find out.
DesignGionee A1 Plus gets much bigger 6-inch screen compared to Gionee A1’s 5.5 inch one, and while in my fairly large hands fits well, most will find it slightly tough to use it with one hand. Rounded corners and gentle curves makes the device feel smaller than it actually is, and that means most of the tasks like basic screen navigation, calling, scrolling the Facebook etc is still comfortably one-hand operation for any one. The device is 9.1mm think and weighs 229 grams which is 50 grams more than Gionee A1, and is even heavier than the Xiaomi Mi Max 2 which even with larger 6.44 inch display and much bigger 5300 mAH battery is both lighter at 211 gms and thinner at 7.6mm. Gionee certainly is bulkier than it should be but that in our opinion is not a deal breaker.
Gionee A1 Plus is made out of metal and feels sturdy in hands and is also not as slippery as Xiaomi Mi Max 2. The phone has a premium look to, especially rear panel. On the back you have dual-lens camera setup, dual LED flash and Gionee’s trademark branding which can be easily mistaken for a circular fingerprint scanner. The right side of the handset has volume rockers and power button that offers good feedback, while the hybrid SIM card tray is placed on the left edge.
You can also click the power button thrice to trigger the panic button that automatically connects the call to the emergency number, a nifty feature in emergency situations. The clickable home button on the front has the fingerprint sensor embedded in it that unlocks the handset, though we found it to be slightly less responsive than Gionee A1, but that is because the later has ultra responsiveness and not that A1 plus is bad. The 3.5mm headphone jack is placed on top.
Big 6-inch Full HD IPS Screen 1080×1920 pixels resolution and 367 ppi pixel density. And as on paper the display delivers well in real life usage as well. The display is crisp and colours look vibrant. The screen is quite comfortable to use in daylight and the 2.5D curved glass makes for some good viewing angles.
Bokeh Effect, Rear Camera, Indoor
The phone boasts impressive camera specs a Dual camera setup with 13 megapixel and 5 megapixel sensors at the back and 20 megapixel selfie camera in the front. Both cameras are capable of taking portraits with bokeh effect.
Front camera clicks crisp and vibrant selfies. The front camera is also supported by a LED flashlight to brighten up the images in non-ideal light conditions. You also get Face beauty mode to tweak the selfies you capture. However, Bokeh effect on front camera is not polished enough and is more of software effect and therefore has its shortcomings, the camera also blurs the edges of the face and will retain focus in some areas around the face. However it is better to have this feature than to not have it at all, if you are careful you can get some cool bokeh effect selfies with this phone.
Dual-lens rear camera setup on the Gionee A1 Plus is in fact rather good. Camera delivers impressive depth of field effect. Bokeh effect works flawlessly on this. The camera manages really crisp pictures even indoors, though low light situations does produce some noise which is a grouse with most phone cameras. In Outdoor bright conditions, you do get some over saturated images, however the camera app offers manual settings which can easily control this. Overall a good camera for a mid range phone.
Gionee A1 Plus with dual-rear cameras, 4,550mAh battery launched in India: specifications, features
|Item Weight||181 g|
|Product Dimensions||15.5 x 0.8 x 7.7 cm|
|Item model number||A1|
|Wireless communication technologies||Bluetooth, WiFi Hotspot|
|Connectivity technologies||2G, (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), WCDMA, 3G, (850/900/1900/2100 MHz), 4G LTE, TDD, (B40/B41)|
|Special features||Dual SIM, GPS, Music Player, Video Player, FM Radio, G sensor, Proximity sensor, Light sensor, Gyro sensor, E-mail|
|Other camera features||16MP|
|Form factor||Touchscreen Phone|
|Battery Power Rating||4010|
|Phone Talk Time||38 Hours|
|Phone Standby Time (with data)||220 Hours|
|Whats in the box||Handset, Earphone, Travel Charger (2A), Data Cable, Protective Film, Transparent Cover, User Manual and Warranty Card|
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The A1 Plus comes with Gionee’s facial recognition system and bokeh-selfie mode, which allows users to blur backgrounds with bokeh while still allowing their faces to stand out. The smartphone is powered by a 4550 mAh battery which as per the company claims offers uninterrupted usage for up to two days regardless of web browsing, reading or even consuming video content.
In addition to longer battery life, GioneeA1 Plus also features Ultrafast charging capability which gives users 2-hour talk time in just 300 seconds charging.
Like the A1, the A1 Plus is also equipped with the fastest fingerprint sensor, unlocking the phone in just 0.2 seconds, for top-notch safety. The finger print sensor also activates ‘Edgebar’ allowing users a hub for quicker access to their favorite apps.
A1 Plus sports a 6-inch full HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection and features such as Split Screen, Maxx Audio VOLTE and Virus detection enabled amongst other key features.