Gionee has added another smartphone to its Marathon range of smartphones, it is named as the Gionee Marathon M5. It is the successor to the Marathon M4, and the highlight of Marathon phones is the massive battery and this one boasts a 6020 mAh battery. The company has used dual-battery setup comprising of two 3010 mAh batteries. It comes with few battery saving modes, which can extend your battery life up to 3-4 days. Let’s find out what else does the Marathon M5 has to offer.

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Gionee Marathon M5 Pros

  • 3 GB RAM
  • Huge 6020 mAh battery
  • Snappy performance
  • Solid built
  • Amigo OS offers a lot of customization features
  • Charge other devices using USB OTG

Gionee Marathon M5 Cons

  • Heavy weight
  • Poor low light camera performance
  • Average pixel density

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Gionee Marathon M5 Quick Specifications

Key SpecsGionee Marathon M5
Display5.5 inches AMOLED
Screen ResolutionHD (1280 x 720)
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 5.1
Processor 1.3 GHz Quad-Core
ChipsetMediatek MT6735
Memory3 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 32 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 128 GB via microSD
Primary Camera13 MP with LED flash
Secondary Camera5 MP
Battery 6020 mAh
Fingerprint SensorNo
NFCNo
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM
WaterproofNo
Weight213 gms
Price INR 17,999

Gionee Marathon M5 Quick Unboxing, Quick Review [Video]


Question- How is Design and Build Quality?

Answer- The Gionee Marathon M5 comes packed in a sturdy shell, mostly made out of metal. It has a 5.5 inch display which makes it a quite large for your hand and one handed usage isn’t an easy task, though it has a normally sized body but 5.5 inch phones are never easy to use until you have a huge palm. The back is made out of metal and a metallic stripe with chamfered edged is surrounding the phone by covering all the sides, the top and bottom of the back side are made of plastic and reside the camera and speaker grill respectively. It has very thin bezels which make the front look beautiful. Due to the gigantic battery, it weighs 213 grams, which is a little heavier than most of the phones with this screen size. Overall, not a bad form factor looking at the battery it packs inside.

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Question- Does the Gionee Marathon M5 Have Dual SIM Slots?

Answer- Yes, it has dual micro-SIM slots. It functions as Dual SIM standby.

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Question- Does the Gionee Marathon M5 Have microSD Expansion option?

Answer- Yes, the Gionee Marathon M5 has a microSD slot, it can support up to 128 GB microSD.

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Question- Does Gionee Marathon M5 Have Display Glass Protection?

Answer- The Gionee Marathon M5 has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

Question- How is the Display of the Gionee Marathon M5?

Answer- Gionee Marathon M5 come with a 5.5 inch HD AMOLED (720 x 1280p) display with pixels packed at a density of 320 dpi, the viewing angles are good, changing angles makes the display look one tone darker and a tint of black can be noticed but it is very minimum. Colour output is good and pictures and videos look bright and rich in colour, text looks crisp and outdoor visibility is also fine.

Question- Does Gionee Marathon M5 Support Adaptive Brightness?

Answer- Yes, it supports adaptive brightness.

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Question- Are navigation Buttons Backlid?

Answer- The physical capacitive navigation buttons are not backlid.

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Question- Which OS Version, Type Runs on Phone?

Answer- It comes with the Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box.

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Question- Is there any Finger Print Sensor, How Good or Bad It Is?

Answer- No, fingerprint sensor is not available on this phone.

Question- Is Fast Charging Supported in Gionee Marathon M5?

Answer- This phone features a fast charging system, but no details have yet been provided about how long it will take to completely charge the twin-battery setup.

Question- How Much Free Internal Storage is Available to User?

Answer- Out of 32 GB of internal storage, around 23 GB is available at user end.

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Question- Can Apps be Moved to SD card on Gionee Marathon M5?

Answer- No, the apps cannot be transferred to the microSD card.

Question- How Much Bloatware Apps are Pre-installed, Are They Removable?

Answer- Around 1.7 GB of bloatware apps are pre-installed, some of them can be uninstalled.

Question- How Much RAM is Available on the first Boot?

Answer- Out of 3 GB RAM, 1.7 GB was free on the first boot.

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Question- Does it have LED notification light?

Answer- Yes, it has a LED notification light.

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Question- Does it support USB OTG?

Answer- Yes, it supports USB OTG. It can charge other devices via USB OTG but may not support USB flash drive.

Question- How is the User Interface on the Gionee Marathon M5?

Answer- It comes with the latest version of Gionee’s own Amigo OS UI, it is offers a very different experience from the stock Android. The notification panel does not have quick settings, like iOS you need to swipe from the bottom to reach quick settings and tools. It has a modified the menu, settings and app drawer. It supports off-screen gestures and a few more additional features. For usage, it works smooth on this phone but looks a bit unfinished in some areas.

Question- Does Gionee Marathon M5 offer theme options to choose from?

Answer- Yes, you can download themes on the theme park app and also includes Chameleon app, which lets you choose the colours around you to set up the theme.

Question- How Loud is The Loudspeaker?

Answer- The loudspeaker quality is loud and clear, the speaker is placed at the back side of the phone.

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Question- How is the Call quality?

Answer- The call quality was good and we had no issues during the calls.

Question- How good is The Camera Quality of The Gionee Marathon M5?

Answer- It comes with a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 front camera. In good lighting conditions, both the cameras perform well. The rear camera captures good amount of details and punchy colours but low light performance is not that good, grains can easily be noticed in low light pictures. The autofocus speed is average but the shutter is quick. Camera interface offers a lot of amazing features to make you experience more fun.

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Front camera captures good quality pictures in natural light but lacks in artificial or low light conditions, it reflects a red tint when shooting indoors, and produces poor images in low light.

Gionee Marathon M5 Camera Samples

 

Question- Can we Play Full HD 1080p Videos on Gionee Marathon M5?

Answer- Yes, it is capable of recording and playing Full HD videos, though the quality will only be HD on this panel.

Question- Can Gionee Marathon M5 record slow motion videos?

Answer- No, it cannot record slow motion videos.

Question- How is Battery Backup on Gionee Marathon M5?

Answer- It comes with a 6020 mAh battery, which is the main highlight of this device. We don’t need to tell much about it, as you can expect a really impressive battery backup from such a battery. It also has several power saving modes to extend your usage up to 4-5 days.

Question- What Color Variants Available for Gionee Marathon M5?

Answer– Black, Gold, and White variants will be available for Gione Marathon M5

Question- Can we set the display colour temperature on Gionee Marathon M5?

Answer- No, there is no option to adjust the colour temperature on this phone.

Question- Is there any in-built power saver in the Gionee Marathon M5?

Answer- Yes, it offers 3 different power saving modes suiting your need and convenience.

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Question- Which Sensors are available on Gionee Marathon M5?

Answer- It has Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, gravity sensor, e-compass, orientation sensor, magnetometer, gyroscope and light sensor.

Question- What is the Weight of Gionee Marathon M5?

Answer- It weighs 213 grams.

Question- What is the SAR Value of Gionee Marathon M5?

Answer- SAR values are 0.320 W/kg@1 g at Head, 0.479 W/kg@1 g at body.

Question- Does It Support Tap Wake up Commands?

Answer- Yes, it supports tap to wakeup.

Question- Does It Support Voice Wake up Commands?

Answer- No, it does not support voice wake up commands.

Question- Does Gionee Marathon M5 Have Heating Issues?

Answer- We did not face any abnormal heating while charging, browsing, shooting videos or playing games in our initial usage.

Question- Can Gionee Marathon M5 be connected to a Bluetooth Headset?

Answer- Yes, it can be connected to a Bluetooth headset.

Question- What are the benchmark scores?

Answer- Benchmark scores are:

Antutu (64-bit) – 27711

Quadrant- 13022

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Nenamark- 59.6 fps

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Question- How is the Gaming Performance?

Answer- Gionee Marathon M5 offers a good gaming experience, we installed Asphalt 8 on and the gameplay was lag free but we noticed that the moment we applied the high quality graphics in game setting, it crashed and we had to re-start the game. When the game was on Medium resolution, it ram smooth and we did not face any problems in launching or loading the game.

Question- Mobile Hotspot Internet Sharing Supported?

Answer- Yes, you can create and share internet from this device.

Conclusion

The Gionee Marathon M5 is a heavy built smartphone with a good set of hardware to boost the performance. The design is a lot better this time compared to the older Marathon phones and the 6020 mAh battery is one of its kind. This is a great device for those who cannot stick to the power plugs and carry power banks at their work. The area of compromise will be the weight and display, though the display is not bad but the pizel density should have been more on this 5.5 inch AMLOED panel.