India is certainly plagued with selfie craze and we don’t see any end of it nearby. Companies have started pushing a lot of selfie centric smartphones. But while concentrating on higher megapixels selfie a.k.a front facing camera, companies have forgotten to keep up with other hardware and updated software. There comes Gionee which has kinda merged their Marathon series with Selfie centric smartphone. The company’s new A series smartphone, Gionee A1 is what we got our hands on and here is what we feel about the device.
Build and Design
Unlike any other Gionee phones, Gionee A1 looks slightly different, yet maintaining the perfect aesthetics. Though the device looked more or like Oneplus 3/3T, the logo on the back confused me with being a non-fingerprint scanner. Will talk about it later.
Gionee A1 comes with 2.5D curved glass housing on the front as well as curved all metal backpanel made up of brushed aluminium. The brushed material on the rear casing helps us in holding the device sturdy and only rare occasions we felt it slipping out of hand. In terms of the buttons and sensors, the device packs a power button and volume rockers on the right. Left side is left empty. On the top we have a headphone port. There is a speaker grille and charging/USB port on the bottom.
On the bottom of the display, we have a fingerprint sensor which also doubles up as a home button in the middle with two touch enabled button on the either sides. On top of the display, we have much discussed selfie camera along with an LED flash and houses all the sensors required.
All in all, the build quality of the device is top notch. There is no doubt about it. The design also looks neat. However, on the negative side, in case of the drop, the screen is the one which gets hit first. There is no metal holding it.
The Gionee A1 comes with a 5.5 inch full HD IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 401ppi. Again, closely matching with Oneplus 3/3T here. Arguably, the company has moved on from the AMOLED display, which we have in a lot of devices in this price segment. Though being an LCD panel, the display seems to be clear and bright. No yellow tint though!
User Interface and Software Experience
Gionee A1 comes with company’s own UI layer, Amigo OS 4.0 built atop of Android Nougat. There is now a fresh icons and cleaner UI compared to legacy versions. Most of the features have remained same. Coupling with better hardware, the device works like a charm.
Running on Mediatek Helio P10 octa-core processor and coupled with 4GB of RAM, the device packs one of the best in class hardware. It comes with a 64GB onboard storage along with expandable storage option up to 256 gigs. So taking all these into considerations, we have seen no lag in the performance. There is no deficiency of storage as well.
The prime section of this review is here. As we have been telling and also, being a selfie centric smartphone, Gionee is all about the camera. And.. about battery.
Let’s talk about the camera here. The Gionee A1 comes with a 16MP front and 13MP back facing cameras. The front facing 16MP camera comes with a single tone LED flash which is bright enough to capture a good image in the low light conditions. The rear 13MP camera is also decent enough to capture images with dual tone LED flash support.
Color reproduction at its best. Though auto mode minimizes our effort in clicking quick point and shoot images, manual focus, exposure, and shutter speed allow us to click better images. Autofocusing is fast and accurate. Both the cameras come with a wide range of modes like beautification, panorama, night mode etc.
Lastly, Gionee A1 shines in the camera department and proves to be best selfie centric smartphone in the price tag.
Remember what we called about Gionee A1? A marathon series merging with a selfie centric smartphone. The reason is 4100mAh battery under the hood. Not all smartphone vendors who are focused on selfie centric smartphones are packing such good battery quantity.
While we were testing battery backup of the device, under a heavy usage the device lasted for a day. Moderate usage lasted for a day and a half. These are not bad results after all.
Though the device packs fast charging tech, the charging time of the device is quite longer comparatively. It took about two hours and fifteen minutes to 0-100% charge.
Being called as Selfie centric smartphone, Gionee A1 proves to be holding the batten up and high. It also looks premium, packs decent looking hardware and software is tweaked perfect for smoother usage.
For a price tag of INR. 19,999, Gionee A1 is really a good option to go with. One thing to note here, software updates from these companies are really slow and sometimes not at all. Apart from that, this is a go-to device and gets a green signal from us.
"Gionee A1 is an all new series from the brand and it targets at a niche market that concentrates on maximum battery plus a killer camera (both on front and rear). The device is sold in India for INR. 19,999. Read our review of more details."
- Display Resolution and Viewing Angles
- Selfie Camera
- Build Quality
- Battery Backup
- Display Placement
Build and Design 90%
User Interface and Software Experience 85%