Gionee is one of the well-known names in the Indian Smartphone Market. The new contribution from the company is Gionee A1 tapping selfie-obsessed consumers. It seems that Gionee mobiles are going to compete with competitors like Oppo or Vivo selfie. I believe that Gionee will succeed because the more here the device is lowered, the cooler.
Gionee A1 is a beautiful smartphone with its glider grade aluminum construction. It not only looks great but also feels quite premium in the hands. The phone can also be easily managed by a single hand all gratitude to its rounded edges and curved back. All in all, the design is pretty appealing, especially in the almost matte black color variant.
Gionee A1 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) AMOLED display giving it a pixel density of 401PPI. The screen is shielded by Gorilla Glass 3 and is edged out by a 2.5D glass. The panel sits on a tapered edge which makes it look almost like a ‘floating display.’ The display is one of better-looking ones in this price segment since it is an AMOLED panel. Overall, the display on the A1 is top notch, and it was a joy gushing media on it.
Gionee A1 had no difficulty keeping up with my day-to-day activities. The MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 coupled with 4GB RAM. I installed and played games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, WWE, Mortal Combat and NFS. There was no frame rate drop while paying any one of the games. There is VoLTE support on the phone along with USB-OTG. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G and USB 2.0.
A1 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with Gionee’s custom skin Amigo 4.0 UI overlaid on top of it. The addition of Nougat out of the box makes it a winning deal. The UI in this iteration focuses on adding more features rather than a major visual overhaul. Individually, I feel that the UI is very functional. Similar to any customizable UI, Amigo also comes with support for themes, where you can download additional themes from the store. There are also some useful apps like Mood wallpaper, Child mode, Peel remote included in the phone. The phone also comes with few smart gestures like smart dial, intelligent answer, double tap to wake, etc. to name a few.
The Gionee A1 is a selfie-centric smartphone which packs a f/2.0 16MP front facing the camera with a LED flash. The selfies taken on this phone are marvelous with high clarity. To make the happening even more seamless, the phone carries a ton of beautifying tools and creative feature set. The low light capabilities of the phone do excellent work, and I am quite impressed with it.
The phone also has a f/2.0 13MP rear camera which takes some good photos. The low light capabilities, nevertheless, is not as good as that of the selfie camera. Overall, I would say the rear camera was average at its best.
Biometrics and others features!
The A1 has an active front positioned fingerprint scanner embedded into its home button. It works quite great as I was easily able to unlock the phone in a jiffy. The Gionee A1 has an attractive, solid speaker and audio jack output, all thanks to the built in MaxxAudio. There is additionally an infrared blaster which helps you control things like your AC, TV and other IR devices.
The Gionee A1 carries a large 4010mAh non-user removable battery. The battery life of this phone is touched as I was easily able to get 7-8 hours of screen on time. Heavy social media consumers will be overjoyed with this offering of Gionee A1. And to top it off, the A1 comes with fast charging abilities backed by the dual charge to make charging the phone safer and hassle-free.
The Gionee A1 is an excellent smartphone which offers a lot for the price including an attractive selfie camera. The processor is the one segment that falls short in an otherwise powerful device. If you can look past that, Gionee A1 is one powerful smartphone with a super display, super selfie camera, and a super battery.