Gionee A1

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

Box Contents

Gionee A1

  • Handset
  • Charger
  • 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

Key SpecsGionee A1
Display5.5 inch IPS LCD
Screen ResolutionFull HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat
ChipsetMediatek MT6755 Helio P10
Processor Octa-core:
4 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
4 x 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUMali-T860MP2
Memory4GB
Inbuilt Storage 64GB
microSD cardYes, upto 256GB, hybrid slot
Primary Camera13 MP, Phase Detection Autofocus, LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera16 MP, f/2.0
Fingerprint SensorYes, rear mounted
Dual SIMYes (nano)
4G VoLTEYes
Battery 4010 mAh
Dimensions154.5 x 76.5 x 8.5 mm
Weight182 grams
Price Rs. 19,999

Coverage

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Physical Overview

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.

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.

Gionee A1

Moving down, we come across the fingerprint enabled home button and the capacitive menu and back keys.

Gionee A1

The right side of the phone houses the power button and the volume rockers.

Gionee A1

At the left, there is the hybrid SIM card tray.

Gionee A1

The 3.5 mm headphone jack remains at the top.

Gionee A1

Coming to the bottom, we can see the Type-C USB port along with the loudspeaker and primary microphone.

Gionee A1

The back of the Gionee A1 is basically clean apart from the main camera, dual LED flash and Gionee branding.

Display

Gionee A1

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.

Camera Overview

Gionee A1

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.

Camera Samples

Daylight

HDR

Artificial Light

Low Light

Front

Gaming Performance

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.

Benchmark Scores

Gionee A1 Benchmarks

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.

Conclusion

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.

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