The Indian smartphone market is pretty crowded. While some brands like Samsung, Apple are trying hard in flagship game, brands like Gionee, Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi are competing with each other in the budget and mid-segment smartphone market. Gionee has been known to come up with smartphones with massive battery capacity and they have refreshed their portfolio with the launch of Gionee M7 Power. The Gionee M7 Power comes with a massive 5000mAh battery and is priced at Rs. 16,999. Does the Gionee M7 Power perform well? Does the battery last long as expected? Go ahead and keep reading as we dive into the Gionee M7 Power review.
Display and Design
Gionee M7 Power has a big 6-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, with minimal bezels on the sides. The Gionee M7 Power comes with an aluminum unibody design and well, Gionee has decided not to make the edges much curvy and it is a squarish phone.
There is a 6-inch HD+ display with minimum bezels on the top and bottom of the display. There is a fingerprint scanner on the back with the camera module and LED flash on the top left. The display on the M7 power is pretty bright and vibrant. While testing the phone in indoor and outdoor conditions, even under direct sunlight no problems were seen with the visibility. Gionee hasn’t provided a 2K or even HD+ display, which may sound disappointing to many, but this was done to enable the huge battery last even longer.
As we mentioned, the Gionee M7 Power has minimum bezels, hence the fingerprint scanner is on the back, centered right where your index finger rests while using the phone. On the top left corner at the back, there is the 13MP rear camera with LED flash.
The power button along with volume keys are placed on the right edge of the phone.
There is a single speaker grill, a micro-USB charging port and a 3.5mm headset jack at the bottom of the Gionee M7 Power.
The Gionee M7 Power is not the sleekest phone for sure as there is a huge 5000 mAh battery, resulting in making the phone thicker at 8.60 mm.
Hardware and Performance
The Gionee M7 Power is powered by a Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz, coupled with 4GB of RAM and Adreno 505 GPU. The performance is fluid, apps open fast and multitasking is not laggy at all.
I used social media apps, played some casual games, watched some videos on YouTube. Between social media, killing time checking emails and all, the multitasking is smooth. The web browsing is smooth as well with no visible lags or delays while switching apps.
Gionee M7 Power sports a 13MP rear camera with LED flash. The photos taken with the Gionee M7 Power consists of a good amount of detail and saturation, but there is no oversaturation as observed with some random shots that were taken throughout the testing.
Photos taken in good lighting conditions and outdoors are pretty good. But, in low lighting conditions, it seems that the phone takes a fraction of a second longer to focus and in some shots taken in low light sometimes, the images come out grainy.
The camera app is pretty simple and easy to use with some good modes like wide angle mode, 3D photo mode, face beauty, card scanner. The 3D photo feature of the M7 power stands out as one of the key highlights. This feature lets a user capture an object in 3D showing it off in a three-dimensional dynamic picture. It also lets users post the 3D photo on social media and let others view the photos in 3D by swiping around on the screen.
On the front, there is an 8 MP selfie camera, which is really good for selfies. The selfie camera captures photos with a lot of detail and the color reproduction is really good for selfies. Even in low lighting conditions, it managed the selfie-taking task pretty well, so if you’re a selfie fan, you may like to grab the Gionee M7 Power.
The camera setup is good, but the selfie camera on the Gionee M7 Power seems to be the better one. The front camera also offers clicking bokeh images.
Gionee M7 Power runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat with company’s Amigo OS 5.0.3 skin on top. The UI is kinda different for many as it doesn’t look close to Stock Android.
There is no app drawer and users will find all the apps on the home screen itself, and the apps can be found by swiping right. The Gionee M7 Power comes with a lot of bloatware apps like Xender, UC News, Flipkart, Gaana, Truecaller, UC Browser.
Other than that there are some useful features like Private Space 2.0, fingerprint security and app lock, glove mode. The UI is fluid, but non-Gionee users may take some time to get used to the UI. M7 Power also offers running 3 WhatsApp in one go by cloning the app 2 times.
Gionee has packed a big 5000mAh battery inside the Gionee M7 Power. After it was charged overnight and full, we took it to test it out by clicking photos, using social media apps, listening to music, making phone calls and emails. Till the time, I returned home still it was in fact at around 56-60% battery power left, which is really good. And so, I decided not to charge the phone and well, even on the second day I followed kinda same schedule and well, by the evening it showed me that it’s running low on battery, still with 20% battery left I made the leap of faith and the phone was on till I reached home. So, even under heavy use, the Gionee M7 Power lasted well for two days, so under moderate usage, it may last even longer. Gionee did a really good job by providing such a huge battery inside the Gionee M7 Power.
The Gionee M7 Power is priced at Rs. 16,999 and at this price it will mostly compete with the phones available at around same price in the offline market. The battery backup is great and this is one factor that may make Gionee M7 Power beat even some tough competitors in the only market as well. The phone is decent in terms of camera, performance, features and offers competitive specs compared to other brands in the offline market.