Gionee today announced the first device of their A series smartphones i.e. Gionee A1 which does continue the long legacy of metal unibody design which we have seen in S6s and S6s Pro. Although the price of the phone is still a mystery as the company didn’t announce the price at the device launch which was quite surprising. Hence, the official pricing of the device is still unknown, and the device would be made available in offline markets very soon.
Gionee A1 First Impression
Design and Build Quality
Gionee A1 has an all metal back with a slightly raised camera module. There’s a Gionee logo embossed at rear center. The volume rocker and power key are on the right-hand side, and the hybrid SIM tray is at the left.
The micro-USB port for charging/data transfer is at the bottom, and 3.5mm audio jack is at the top. On the front, there’s a 5.5 inch Full HD display, and just below it, there’s the home button which is also a fingerprint sensor.
There’s also an IR blaster placed just below the rear camera flash, which surprises me a lot placement wise, but it provides an ease of use.
Weighing at 182 grams, the phone weight is slightly at the upper side because of all-metal construction and bigger battery, but won’t give you any bulky feeling, as the metal (aluminum) is the same which is used in making light weight aircraft.
With a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, Gionee A1 doesn’t fail to impress in first looks. The brightness level is good and better than before. It has a pixel density of 401ppi, and the screen to body ratio is 71 percent. The display is protected by a Gorilla Glass covering the whole front with a 2.5D curve around the edges. While there’s nothing new in an all-metal unibody design, but the phone looks good and premium. Gionee also offers themes and wallpapers app pre-loaded to customize the screen as per user preference.
Gionee A1 runs on an octa-core Helio P10 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. Other features include expandable storage (up to 256GB supported), 4G, VoLTE, WiFi, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB host support along with compass, accelerometer and proximity sensor. There is built-in support for Ultra-fast charging and Gionee bundles a fast charger in the box.
Gionee A1 is the first phone this year being shipped with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Over it, Gionee runs their own customized Amigo UI 4.0 skin which offers a dedicated page for various advanced features. The phone does support features like split-screen, dual-instances of apps, virus scanner, beautified video and a built-in-panic button. Gionee also adds some games and ‘Peel Remote’ to use with IR blaster for controlling various appliances.
Being focussed on Selfie, this phone comes with a 16MP front camera with selfie flash and a 13MP rear camera with PDAF support and LED flash. Upon trying, both cameras performed well in taking good pictures and offers a good number of settings to tweak camera settings and clicked images. However, we’ll test camera more in upcoming days with various modes and shall publish more details in full review of the device.
Gionee already has been selling the devices like S6s and S6s Pro which are majorly focussed on selfie and battery focussed devices under the Marathon or M-series. But Gionee A1 is a combination of both, and is designed elegantly with a premium build and is a good looking smartphone. Although the price of the device was not announced by the company, hence comparing it with others won’t be a wise thing. Do subscribe to us, as in coming day we’ll publish the full review of this device.