The MWC 2017 is on and after the LG, Huawei, Sony, Lenovo and Samsung, Gionee has jumped into the party with two more Android 7.0 Nougat phones.
The Gionee A1 and A1 Plus are the two phones in question here and since they have been unveiled, we have full details of their specs, price, and availability. For starters, many might not be familiar with the Chinese OEM, but these two phones might just be the best way to start getting acquainted with the company.
Both phones come with a premium-looking full metal unibody design with their rear panels housing the fingerprint scanners, just below the main cameras. The phones are also preinstalled with the latest Android Nougat OS along with Amigo 4.0 UI skin on top.
Like many other Chinese OEMs have been doing from the recent past, the Gionee A1 and A1 Plus are targeting selfie lovers. The two are selfie powerhouses, but this doesn’t mean the main camera isn’t impressive. Where the standard Gionee A1 comes in with a 16MP front camera that boasts an aperture of f/2.0 and a selfie flash, the Gionee A1 Plus takes the game to the next level by packing a larger 20MP lens with the same aperture as its counterpart as well as selfie flash.
It gets even better for the Gionee A1 Plus when you do around the phone. The back has a dual-lens setup with a 13MP main lens alongside another secondary 5MP lens. There’s AF, an aperture of f/2.0 and LED flash, but the standard Gionee A1 only manages a single 13MP lens on the back.
In terms of display, the Gionee A1 is the smaller model, but this doesn’t make it a compact phone in any manner. The phone packs a roomy 5.5-inch AMOLED display screen with a Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution and under the hood, the A1 has a MediaTek Helio P10 octa-core processor that is clocked at a speed of 2.0GHz. This is also paired with a RAM of 4GB while the storage is 64GB, which can be expanded using a microSD card of up to 256GB.
As far as connectivity is concerned, the Gionee A1 has support for 4G LTE, Bluetooth, GPS as well as dual-SIM slots. To keep it alive is a huge 4010mAh battery that is supported by 18W rapid fast charging technology. This same fast charging tech is also used on the Gionee A1 Plus, which has an even bigger battery capacity of 4550mAh.
The Gionee A1 Plus also gets a plus-sized display screen with 6 inches and Full HD resolution, same as its smaller counterpart. Interestingly, the larger model will ship with an IPS LCD panel as opposed to the AMOLED panel used on the other model. Furthermore, the specs under the hood are a little different where the MediaTek Helio P25 octa-core comes into play with a clock speed of up to 2.5GHz. This is, however, paired with the same 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The same connectivity options found on the A1 and are also found on the A1 Plus, including microUSB 2.0 and 3.5mm headphone jack.
As far as the price and availability are concerned, the Gionee A1 has a price of 349 euros and for the larger A1 Plus, you’ll have to part with 499 euros in order to get your hands on the phablet. The former is expected to show up somewhere before this coming month comes to an end, but as for the latter, the wait will go on for a while longer until April.
While the Gionee A1 and A1 Plus have been confirmed for Europe, availability in other markets remains unclear. Nonetheless, the phones are expected to hit most Asian and some African markets, which is where the company has the most followers.