Gionee A1 and A1 Plus Hands on Review

While almost of us have been focused on flagships from famous brand like LG, Huawei, and Sony at MWC 2017, we still have other the little guys. During the time at the event, Gionee also revealed its two new smartphones this year. Let’s jump right in and take a first look at them.

Let’s get started with their specs. Both the duo Gionee A1 and A1 Plus sport a full HD displays, with the former stopping at 5.5-inches and the latter at 6”. They both are powered by the MediaTek Helios chipsets, the A1 is the Helio P10, while the A1 Plus comes equipped a Helio P25.Their chipsets are also packed with 4GB RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and they are now running on Android 7.0 Nougat OS.

But what the phones really make you impressed is the camera and battery departments.

There’s a 13MP primary camera and a 16MP front facing sensor on Gionee A1, while the A1 Plus takes things a further step with a 13MP and 5MP dual camera setup at the back and a 20MP high resolution front facing camera. Both smartphones support front and rear flash for the low-light condition. So we do hope the cameras will provide a perfect experience, especially for selfie fans.

In the battery department, you get a huge 4010mah battery for the Gionee A1 and a slightly bigger 4550mah for the A1 Plus version. This is much more above what you typically see in most similar sized phones, with many devices stopping at the 3,000 mAh. You can also get the 18W fast charging onboard.

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Although there’s nothing too special with the design of the Gionee phones, they are a bit on the generic side. The solid metal construction makes them more premium, but there’s not a lot of things make us impressed for the look or feeling of these devices.

And according to some leaks, the Gionee A1 will go on sale first in March, with the pricing at 349 Euros, while the A1 Plus variant will be available in April, priced 100 Euros higher at 449. There’s no word on the market launch, but Gionee has a history of licensing its designs over to Blu so we could probably see at least one or even both of these models in the other markets soon.

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