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Another day, another launch event of another brand’s selfie smartphone. Gionee has launched the Gionee A1, which is their latest smartphone in the Indian market aimed towards the selfie lovers.  This year we have seen a lot of selfie-centric phones like the Vivo V5 Plus, Oppo F3 Plus which are priced ridiculously at Rs. 31,000 and is being promoted a lot among the selfie fans, and now the Gionee A1 comes with a moderate pricing, and the promises great selfies. It was showcased at MWC 2017 at Barcelona along with the Gionee A1 Plus phablet that boasts a 6-inch full HD screen and a dual-lens rear camera module. But, as the Gionee A1 has been launched we will have to find out a few things. Does the Gionee A1 work that well? A perfect phone for selfie fans? What about the other aspects of performance and battery lie? Let’s find out in our Gionee A1 Review.

Design and Build

In the case of design, the phone just borrows the design part from other smartphones with a good metallic build. Nothing new, but the Gionee A1 doesn’t feel like a heavy phone or anything due to the proper use of space and distribution, as Gionee popped a 4010mAh battery inside. The device feels sturdy in hand, and the 182g weight can be felt well.

Gionee A1 Silver

On the left edge, you have the dual hybrid SIM slots while on the right, there is the power button and the volume rockers. However, it’s very interesting to know that the power button also doubles as a panic button; press it thrice to activate.

On the top front you have the earpiece, 16MP front camera in its full glory, and below the display, you will find the home button which is a capacitive button as well as the fingerprint scanner.

Gionee A1 Front

There is a 3.5mm headphone jack on top of the phone.

On the rear of the device, you can find the 13MP rear camera, below which the dual LED flash is placed and yes, the Gionee branding below the flash which looks like a fingerprint scanner and may trick many (I got tricked at first). The IR Blaster is also placed below the flash and using the IR at this angle is super comfortable. Totally appreciate this decision of Gionee.

Overall, Gionee A1 has a well-implemented design, good use of space and feels good to hold- that’s all we can say about its design and build.

Display

Crisp, bright and full HD. The Gionee A1 comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display with 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass protection having the pixel density of 401 ppi. The display is crisp, bright and the colors pop out good. The viewing angles are good enough, and while outdoors, the sunlight legibility is quite good and I didn’t find any issues or hurdles to see it under bright sunlight. Also, the colors on the screen are vivid, and the full HD display does make it an ideal choice for watching movies.

Also read: Gionee Extended it’s Dead of Arrival Policy to 30 Days

Camera

The main focus of this phone is the 16MP selfie camera. And we will see how both the cameras perform. The 16MP front camera is quite good for selfies. The camera offer full 16MP resolution for 4:3 pictures, and 12MP if you click wide 16:9 images.

The photos from the front camera captured true colors and a good level of details. In good lighting conditions, the front camera captured very good images, while in the low light, front flash helps a lot in clicking great low light yet great selfies.

Indoor Selfie Sample

Overall, all the photos from the front camera turned out to be good enough for posting on social media, if we neglect the loss of quality due to compression while uploading it online. Along with the camera, the software also adds some magic to your photos by adding effects like making the skin look smoother, whitening, slimming and eye enlarge feature.

The rear camera which uses a Sony IMX258 sensor also clicks some great images in bright lighting conditions, but the real work Gionee did is in improving the indoor images quality i.e. they managed to lower down the noise in indoor images a lot.

Indoor Camera Click

This is why it’s one of the most capable camera in the sub-20K category and click images with vibrant colors and good dynamic range with fairly accurate white balance. Overall the camera impresses with overall detailing and is the best in class in terms of color accuracy.

Also read: 1.2 Cr People in India now use Gionee Smartphones!

Performance

The Gionee A1 is powered by Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 processor clocked at 2GHz and coupled with a Mali T860 GPUand 4GB of RAM. The performance is decent I would say, for any average user. The phone runs smoothly without visible lag; multitasking is smooth, and everything seems to run well. As far as call quality is concerned, it is at par and the device offered stable 4G speeds even while traveling. Many times, I used the device as a WiFi hotspot and it never dropped the connection during the usage.

The phone comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage which should be good enough for even hardcore media consuming people. However, if you need more space, you can also pop a 128GB microSD instead of the second nano SIM card into its hybrid tray.

Software

Gionee A1 runs on Gionee’s proprietary Amigo OS 4.0, which is based on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat. The Amigo OS is intuitive and highly customizable. There is a separate market for themes, wallpapers, ringtones, etc. which is dedicated to Gionee users only. There is the presence of set smart gestures, and you can also manage the functionalities of touch capacitive buttons. There are other settings like glove mode, edge bar, skylight mode.

The edge bar is quite interesting, which brings up some controls at the edge of the display. The skylight feature adds functionality to your phone if you use a flip cover. Overall, the software experience is good and doesn’t feel laggy or cluttered.

There’s also the split-screen feature for multi-tasking purpose.

There are many tweaks which Gionee has done in the OS to enhance the user experience like there’s upon activating a remote of any device, a shortcut to remote widget will appear automatically on the lock screen, and you can simply control your devices without unlocking the phone again and again.

Google Assistant can also be enabled by long press on the home key. So, that’s available too.

Overall experience with Amigo is good, and Gionee also pushes periodic updates to the device with new enhancements and features.

Battery – Long lasting, and gets charged really fast

The Gionee A1`comes with a 4,010mAh battery, which easily lasts for one and a half day of moderate to heavy usage. So, there is no point of carrying a charger when you go out. Gionee also did a good job by providing a fast charger with the device.

Though the fast charging will take around one and a half hour to a little bit more to charge the battery fully considering that it’s a huge one.  You can easily get more than 4.5 to 5 hours of screen on time.

Connectivity

The Gionee A1 has all the connectivity features required these days. The calls were loud and clear, and the VoLTE support out of the box is good as these days most of the consumers are moving towards Airtel 4G or Jio VoLTE. Along with that, the phone comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, hybrid-SIM slot, and GPS.

Final Verdict

The Gionee A1 priced at Rs. 19,999 phone focused towards the selfie freaks out there. If we look at the prices of similar phones like Vivo V5 Plus or Oppo F3 Plus, the pricing of the Gionee A1 is not unfair. If you are a selfie lover and needs a great display to view those, you can surely opt for Gionee A1. Indeed, the phone does look premium, feels premium and is quick without any lags. Also, has good specifications to boast with huge support to support it.

Pros

  • Front selfie camera takes good pictures
  • Fast charging support
  • Huge battery

Gionee A1

Summary: The Gionee A1 priced at Rs. 19,999 phone focused towards the selfie freaks out there. If you are a selfie lover and needs a great display to view those, you can surely opt for Gionee A1. Indeed, the phone does look premium, feels premium and is quick without any lags. Also, has good specifications to boast with huge support to support it.

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