While many people may have turned their attention from small screen sizes on their smartphones, manufacturers are having a hard time to keep up with this taste while at the same time pack these handsets with capable battery units.
We’ve seen quite a number of OEMs shift from 4-inch display panels to larger 5-inch panels or even more. However, these huge screen sizes mean that handsets use up more battery life than ever, especially with the knowledge that smartphone display screens are the leading battery hogs. But Gionee is out to take care of this problem with the new Gionee M6 and Gionee M6 Plus smartphones.
Launched on Tuesday in China, the two handsets boast some of the largest battery units you can find in a smartphone. The best part is not even this one. Apparently, the Gionee M6 and M6 Plus are equipped with data encryption chipset that is aimed at adding that extra layer of security to your information as well as communications. You even get a fingerprint scanner on the two handsets, however, this former feature can only be found on the local variants.
Gionee M6 and M6 Plus release date
The two Gionee M6 and M6 Plus handsets will be made official as from this August, but the smaller Gionee M6 will lead the way on 6th while the larger Gionee M6 Plus will come in later on 13th. However, these dates are only specific to the Chinese market as the company has not stated when these phones will start shipping to the rest of the world.
Hardware specs and pricing details
As for the specs and pricing aspects, the Gionee M6 has a price tag of CNY 2,699, which is equivalent to about $405. However, this is just the 64GB variant. The 128GB model is priced at CNY 2,899, which is about $435. For these prices, you will be getting a smartphone that packs a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display screen with 1080p resolution, meaning it gets a 401ppi of pixel density. The screen also includes a 2.5D curved glass protector to ensure that it doesn’t crack in cases of accidental falls.
Under the hood, the phone packs a capable 64-bit MediaTek Helio P10 SoC that is clocked at a speed of 1.8GHz. This octa-core processor is paired with a RAM of 4GB and as pointed out earlier, there are two storage options of 64GB and 128GB, all of which can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 128GB. In terms of photography, you get a decent 13MP snapper on the back with the likes of LED flash and PDAF on board. The front part has an 8MP snapper, which should be ideal for selfies and video calls.
While the encryption chipset that is installed in the Chinese variant for keeping the device safe from hackers might be the phone’s major highlight, the humongous 5000mAh battery unit it packs is just insane. According to Gionee, you can watch up to 6.4 hours of video playback or make non-stop calls for 55 hours with a single charge. As for standby, the phone can last up to 33 days or 794 hours. The Gionee M6 comes with support for fast charging, 4G LTE, USB OTG, WLAN, and so on. It will be powered by the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
Looking at the larger Gionee M6 Plus, the phone comes with the same storage capacities as its counterpart. The smaller 64GB variant is valued at CNY 2,999, which is approximately $450 whereas the larger 128GB variant will be available from CNY 3,199, which is about $480. For this, you get a smartphone that packs a huge 6-inch AMOLED panel with Full HD 1080p resolution. The processor is the same as the one used on the Gionee M6 as well as the RAM, but the Gionee M6 Plus gets a better rear snapper of 16MP as compared to the 13MP used on the base model. In addition to this, you get a huge 6020mAh battery unit, which can also be fast charged like its counterpart. As for the rest of the spec sheet, including the software configuration and front-facing camera, you get the same as what is available on the 5.5-inch model.