Recently Gionee launched its F103 Pro in India and today the company has brought the successor of its very successful S6 in India. It is called Gionee S6s and comes with improved specifications and hardware with better camera capabilities. It is a selfie focused phone like Oppo’s recently launched F1s and the price is also somewhat similar to each other. The Oppo F1s was launched at Rs.18,399 and the Gionee S6s is priced at Rs. 17,999.

We have unboxed the box and tested it in few important areas. Here is a short wrap up of our initial experience with the device.

Gionee S6s Specifications

Key SpecsGionee S6s
Display5.5 inches IPS
Screen ResolutionFHD (1920 x 1080)
Operating SystemAndroid Marshmallow 6.0
Processor 1.3 GHz Octa-Core
ChipsetMediatek MT6753
Memory3 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 32 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 128GB via microSD
Primary Camera13MP with LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera8 MP with LED flash
Battery 3150 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYes
NFCNo
4G readyNo
SIM card typeDual SIM
WaterproofNo
Weight161 gms
Price INR 17,999

Gionee S6s Unboxing

The  S6s comes packed in a flat square shaped box that looks similar to the boxes we have seen with the previous S series phones from Gionee. As always, Gionee has made it simple and minimalistic with Gionee branding on top left, pictures of the phone and S6s branding on the bottom right. Rest of the information and specs are detailed on the back side.

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Gionee  S6s Box Contents

Once you open the lid by pulling it away from the bottom part, you will get the following contents inside the box:

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  • Handset
  • 2-Pin Charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Earphones
  • Warranty card
  • SAR Information
  • Silicone back cover
  • Screen protector
  • SIM ejection tool

Gionee  S6s Photo Gallery

Gionee  S6s Physical Overview

Gionee has always been very particular about looks and design of its handsets. With the S6s, I feel that the company did not put anything stand out in its design. No doubt, the built quality is good and it looks sleek and elegant in hand but the this design language seems quite repetitive. We received the gold variant and it looked almost the same like every other smartphone in the market. The front is white and has thin bezels on the sides, corners are chamfered and have a chrome finish which adds a lot to the looks.

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The back is made up of metal except the top and bottom. Front has 2.5D curved glass for better feel and the back is also slightly curved from the sides. It gives it a good feel while holding in hand. The best part about the design is its thinness and it is lightweight at just 161 grams.

Front Top features an earpiece, Proximity and Ambient light Sensors, front camera and front flash for low light selfies.

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There are 3 navigation keys at the bottom, and they are not backlit.

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At the back you’ll find the camera lens followed by LED flash, fingerprint sensor and Gionee logo one under other respectively. All the components are placed in the center.

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The loudspeaker grill is at the bottom of the back.

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On the right side there is a power/sleep key and volume rocker.

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On the left there is a slot for SIM tray.

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3.5mm audio jack, Micro USB port and Primary mic all are at the bottom edge.

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Display

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It comes with a 5.5 inch full HD IPS display. I found this display panel very good in terms of sharpness, colour output and viewing angles but the only concern that left me confused was the outdoor visibility. Display sharpness is great, it is a very nice display for reading, watching movies and pictures.

Camera Overview

Gionee  S6s has a 8 MP fixed focus front camera with LED flash, autofocus and f/2.2 aperture. The rear camera is a 13MP autofocus camera with f/2.0 aperture.

During my initial encounter with this camera, I was really impressed with the front and rear camera pictures in daylight. Infact the rear camera was performing well in well lit artificial lights as well, but the front camera was not as good as I expected it to be. Front camera pictures were crisp and clear but there was too much software interference in the pictures. The good thing is that you’ll get a lot of modes and filter to play with.

Gaming Performance

On the graphics side, the phone features a Mali T-720 GPU. To get the best of gaming on this device, I installed my two 3D games including Dead Trigger 2 and Modern Combat 5. I should have tested it with Asphalt 8 as well but I was satisfied after looking at these two games. While playing both the games, the device performed really well, and did not show any signs of lagging or slowing down. Here is some data collected for gaming of this device.

GamePlaying DurationBattery Drop (%)Initial Temperature (In Celsius)Final Temperature (In Celsius)
Modern Combat25 minutes11%29.5 degree39.7 degree
Dead Trigger 220 minutes7%31.0 degree37.3 degree

Benchmark Scores

Benchmark AppBenchmark Scores
Quadrant21388
Geekbench 3Single Core- 507
Multi-Core- 2825
AnTuTu (64-bit)37899

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Conclusion

There are a lot of phone which fall under the price category of Rs. 18K which makes it even tougher to make big under this price segment. Gionee has focused more on selfie and photography with this phone, which should make it extraordinary in that department. But I feel the overall package is not justifying the price tag. Although, the quality of material and software feels rich but we have many other phones with much better things to offer.