Gionee showcased two new Android phones at the MWC 2017, held in Barcelona last month. Named as the A1 and the A1 Plus, they come with excellent front cameras and mediocre internals. Today we will do an unboxing and quick review of the Gionee A1. We shall also give you a gaming overview and benchmark synopsis of the said device.
The Gionee A1 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Speaking of the specs, the handset packs in a MediaTek Helio P10 chipset clubbed with 4 GB of Ram and 64 GB of onboard storage. While the pricing is yet to be announced, we expect the phone to cost somewhere around Rs. 25,000 in India.
Gionee A1 Unboxing
- USB to micro USB Type-C Cable
- In-ear Headphones
- SIM Ejector Tool
- User Manual
- In Gift Card Worth Rs. 150
- Warranty Card
- Screen Guard
Gionee A1 Specifications
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The Gionee A1 is a handsome looking device with excellent build quality. The design language is nothing new. A1’s metal back with plastic borders on the top and bottom is pretty standard among the midrange smartphones. Coming to the dimensions, the 154.5 x 76.5 x 8.5 mm mobile fits quite decently in hand.
Now, let’s have a detailed look at the exterior of the Gionee A1.
At the front, the 2.5D curved 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display steals the show. Above it lies the in-call earpiece with the sensors and the front camera on either side.
Moving down, we come across the fingerprint enabled home button and the capacitive menu and back keys.
The right side of the phone houses the power button and the volume rockers.
At the left, there is the hybrid SIM card tray.
The 3.5 mm headphone jack remains at the top.
Coming to the bottom, we can see the Type-C USB port along with the loudspeaker and primary microphone.
The back of the Gionee A1 is basically clean apart from the main camera, dual LED flash and Gionee branding.
As mentioned above, the Gionee A1 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD panel. The display has got a 2.5D curvature too, which enhances the premium aspect of the handset. The display is protected by On our usage, we found the display to be quite good. It produces excellent colours, is adequately bright and has loads of contrast.
The Gionee A1 boasts a 16 MP front camera and 13 MP rear camera. This makes it a hot choice for selfie enthusiasts. Both the rear and the front shooter produce exceptional images. The photos come out to be sufficiently sharp and have perfect colour tone and white balance. Needless to say, we are quite amazed by the imaging capability of Gionee’s latest smartphone.
Below are some photographs shot with the Gionee A1.
This is where the Gionee A1 somewhat fumbles a bit. The MediaTek P10 chipset inside is simply not enough for Full HD gaming. It is even more unacceptable considering the phone is going to cost above Rs. 20000. Although most of the average games ran butter smooth, high-end gaming somewhat made the device gasp for breath.
The lacklustre gaming performance is visible in the benchmark results. The Gionee A1 scores a tad less than the like of Snapdragon 625, 650 or 652.
Gionee A1 is a decent Android handset. Yes, it is priced much higher than phones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Motorola Moto G5 Plus, Lenovo P2, etc., but that has a particular reason. In India, Gionee mainly targets the offline market, in comparison to the online-only model of other smartphones. Considering, the offline marketplace lacks devices like OnePlus 3 / 3T or Xiaomi Mi 5, Gionee may manage to sell significant units of the A1.