Gionee is back this year with its all new A-series of smartphones. Announced at MWC (Mobile World Congress) the Gionee A1 and the A1 Plus combine a large battery and a powerful selfie camera. The A1 has officially entered India and Gionee even has a whole ‘Selfiestan’ campaign around the smartphone.

The company says that it is changing its smartphone strategy and will be combining the large battery and selfie focused smartphone into one. So does the A1 deliver to its promise? Check out the in depth review.

Build and Design: 7/10

The A1 comes with a metal back and a glass finish at the front. The metal casing at the back curves at the edges and while the finish is matte, it does get a bit slippery. Thankfully Gionee offers a case as well as a screen protector in the box.

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The handset does feel a bit bulky though. Now that’s something that one would expect in a smartphone with a large battery, but it isn’t completely unavoidable. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 offers a similar display size and a large capacity battery. Yet the Gionee A1 weighs a bit more than the Redmi Note 4.

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The finish is premium and Gionee usually takes care of its smartphone design. At the back you can see the rear camera, the dual LED flash and the round dimple with the Gionee logo which always feels like the fingerprint scanner. You can also see the antenna bands which are chromed up. On to the edges, the right side has the volume and power keys which offer a good feedback, the headphone jack is up top, the hybrid SIM tray sits on the left edge and the speaker and microUSB port at the bottom.

At the front there is the 5.5-inch display covered with a 2.5D curved glass. The home button sits below it with two capacitive keys for back and recent apps. Above the display is the earpiece, the front camera, a bunch of sensors and an LED flash.

I was pleased with the design although I think Gionee needs to pull up its socks as almost every other smartphone looks the same. It could’ve cut some corners and made the overall dimensions smaller.

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Features: 6.5/10

The Gionee A1 uses a MediaTek SoC, the Helio P10 MT6755 which features an octa-core processor and a Mali-T860MP2 GPU. This is paired with 4 GB RAM which is slowly becoming a standard for most mid-range Android smartphones. For storage there is 64 GB internal memory. There is an option to add a microSD card (up to 128 GB) to expand the storage as the smartphone comes with a hybrid SIM tray. There is also a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button.

There is a 5.5-inch AMOLED display up front which offers a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. In the camera department, there are is a 13 MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and a dual LED flash. Since this is a selfie focused smartphone, the front camera has a 16 MP resolution camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an LED flash.

In terms of connectivity features the A1 offers 4G LTE with VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/A-GPS, FM Radio, microUSB with OTG support and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Other features include a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button, Amigo 4.0 UI based on Android 7.0 OS and a large 4,010 mAh battery.

Overall the features sound good, but considering the price, there are smartphones in the market that offer a better value for money package.

Display: 7.5/10

The smartphone features a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) resolution. I love AMOLED displays for their high-saturation and vivid picture quality. It offers sufficient brightness and colours look punchy.

I compared the display with the OnePlus 3T and was left surprised. Not only was the display on the A1 less warmer, it felt brighter as well.

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As for sharpness, I didn’t have any complaints. With a pixel density of 401ppi, everything looks crisp on it. The screen to body ratio is about 71 percent which is just average. I wish the manufacturer could’ve tried to thin down the bezels and the room above and below the display.

I had no trouble reading text under sunlight and viewing angles are also great. Touch response on the display is also smooth and quick.

Publish date: April 11, 2017 3:16 pm| Modified date: April 11, 2017 3:43 pm

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