Gionee launched the P7 Max about a month ago in India. At the price of Rs. 13,999, it offers some nice internals packed inside a beautifully designed body. Powered up by the MediaTek MT6595 processor and 3 GB of RAM, smartphone performs quite well under day to day usage and even excels in gaming. It is basically a mid-range device with high-end aspirations.
We have unboxed the newly launched handset and took it out for a spin. Read on to know about our initial impressions and a quick review of the Gionee P7 Max.
Gionee P7 Max: Specifications
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Gionee P7 Max: Unboxing
Gionee P7 Max: Box Contents
- Charger (2A)
- Data Cable (USB to microUSB 2.0)
- Free Protective Film or Screen Guard
- Free Transparent Cover
- User Manual
- Warranty Card
Gionee P7 Max: Photo Gallery
Gionee P7 Max: Physical Overview
The Gionee P7 Max looks a stunner right out of the box. The super glossy 3D mirror body sports a unique texture which definitely adds up to the handsomeness of the smartphone. Even though the phone feels somewhat slippery in the hands, the free back cover cancels it out. The 3D curved construction further contributes to a decent handling.
When phones are coming up with metal and glass built, the P7 Max has a plastic construction. But the plastic does not feel cheap, in fact it keeps the phone lightweight and sturdy.
At the front, the 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD panel covers about 70 percent of the total surface area. Above the display, there is a notification LED, on-call speaker grill, front camera and the usual sensors.
Moving on to the bottom, there are three capacity touch buttons.
Coming to the rear, at the top center sits the primary camera. Just below it, there is the LED flash and the circular Gionee logo. Further, below lies the loudspeaker opening along with the manufacturer branding.
Surprisingly, the handset features a removable back cover. Sadly, the 3100mAh Lithium-polymer battery is sealed and can’t be swapped. Opening the back cover, you will see the two SIM card slots and a dedicated micro SD card slot.
At the top of the smartphone, lies the 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The bottom features the microphone opening and the microUSB port.
At the right edge of the handset, there are the volume rockers and the power button.
Gionee P7 Max: Display
A 5.5-inch HD (1280 x 720) IPS LCD panel sits at the top of the Gionee P7 Max. The display is shielded by NEG (Nippon Electric Glass) protection. If you don’t know, the NEG is a Japanese competitor to Corning Gorilla Glass and Asahi Dragontrail Glass and offers similar kind of screen protection.
Quality-wise, the display is quite bright and sports decent color reproduction. However, considering its large size, the HD 720p resolution don’t give the desired viewing experience. It would have been perfect if Gionee went for a Full HD 1080p screen as processing power is not an issue here.
Gionee P7 Max: Camera Overview
The Gionee P7 Max is equipped with a 13 MP rear autofocus camera assisted with a LED flash. There are a lot of in-app features like Face Beauty, Night Mode, Time-Lapse, Text Recognition, GIF, Ultra Pixel, Mood Photo, HDR, Panorama, Smart Scene, Professional, Macro, etc. The primary camera can shoot up to Full HD 1080p videos at 30 fps.
The selfie snapper is a 5 MP unit. Although there is no dedicated front LED flash, you can use the screen flash feature to brighten up your selfies.
Gionee P7 Max: Camera Samples
Gionee P7 Max: Processing Power and Gaming Performance
The MediaTek MT6595 SoC present inside the Gionee P7 Max be an older generation 32-bit chip, but it is quite an amazing performer. The octa-core processor features two CPU clusters, one with four high-performance ARM Cortex A17 cores running at up to 2.2 GHz each and another with a quad core Cortex A7 setup clocked at 1.7 GHz each. The former cluster is aimed at high performance, while the latter specializes in power saving.
Coming to gaming performance, the PowerVR G6200 GPU running at 600 MHz offers above average graphics. The lower display resolution further adds up to it.
My gaming experience with the phone was just decent. It was able to pull off Modern Combat 5 but was stuttering when I ran Asphalt 8 on it.
The 3100mAh Lithium-Polymer battery provides adequate power backup.
Gionee P7 Max: Benchmark Scores
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The Gionee P7 Max is a decent performer considering its price point. We can’t disagree that other manufacturers like Xiaomi and LeEco have much better offerings which cost even lesser. However, those are available only in online marketplaces. Whereas, you can purchase the P7 Max through the vast network of offline channels. This is the main USP of Gionee, and in a country, like India, it is indeed a crucial aspect.