Gionee has been an active player in the offline mobile phones segment in India. The company earlier this year launched their flagship handset – the Gionee A1 in India which ended up being a moderate success. The company also followed that launch with a spruced up ‘Virat Kohli’ edition of the handset after they roped in the ace cricketer as their brand ambassador. Fast forward to July, Gionee is readying the launch of another A-series smartphone in India, the Gionee A1 Plus. The good folks at Gionee were considerate enough to lend us a review unit of the A1 Plus so that we can take a detailed look at the phone.
Before we talk about the A1 Plus in detail, I am sure you might have realized that this is a larger version of the Gionee A1 with slightly updated specs. Read on to find out what else has changed with the addition of the ‘Plus’ moniker to the A1.
Gionee A1 Plus Specifications
- Display: 6-inch, Full HD Display
- Front Camera: 20-megapixel front camera with flash
- Rear Camera: 13-Megapixel + 5-Megapixel Dual Camera combo
- Operating System: Android 7.0 with Amigo UI 4.0
- RAM: 4GB
- Memory: 6GB
- SIM: Dual SIM (Micro + Nano SIM Hybrid Slot)
- Processor: Mediatek MT6757T Helio P25 Octa Core
- Battery: 4550 mAh
- Security: Fingerprint Scanner
In the box
- 2A Charger
- USB Cable
- In Ear earphones
- Warranty Information cards
- SIM Ejector
- Protective Case
- Screen Guard
Gionee A1 Plus: Unboxing Video
The Gionee A1 Plus is a large and bulky phone. Having been used to the comparatively lighter Samsung C7 Pro before I started using this phone, I had a difficult time adjusting to the sheer size and weight of the phone. Build quality seems to be excellent at first glance. However, I did notice a noticeable scratch on the display just two days into my usage. Apparently, the phone does not get a scratch resistant coating on the front panel. Thankfully, the device does come with a screen protector and a pouch – both of which are included in the package.
Performance was generally decent, and I am yet to notice any major lag or stutter while using the device. Please wait for the final review of the handset for more details on this aspect. Battery life also seems to be decent, and the phone comfortably lasts a day of usage – even under heavy load.
Moving on to the camera, it was a complete mixed bag. While some pictures turned out great, I noticed that the unit I had with me messed up the white balance on some images. Macro mode was also buggy, and I faced a lot of trouble getting the phone to focus on the areas I wanted it to focus. Here are a few sample images. The camera has several other modes that I am yet to use.
I will continue using the Gionee A1 Plus for the next few days so that I can write a detailed review of the device. While Gionee is yet to announce the price, it is expected that the A1 Plus will set you back by at least Rs.25,000 when it is finally launched later this month.