Gionee has launched the selfie-centric A1 with 16-megapixel camera today in India. The company hasn’t announced the pricing as yet but said that the Gionee A1 will be up for pre-order on Amazon starting March 31st and the pre-booking customers will be offered two-year warranty along with a JBL headphone or Swiss Military Bluetooth speaker.
The company had first unveiled its new A series with couple of smartphones at MWC last month. The new Gionee A1 was launched alongside the A1 Plus and both smartphones come with high-resolution selfie cameras.
Gionee India had sent out review units well in advance and we have already unboxed it for you. Check our unboxing video below.
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Talking about the big highlight of Gionee A1, the 16-megapixel front facing camera features a 5P lens, with f/2.0 aperture, 1/3.06″ sensor and an LED selfie flash. We used the camera for a bit and found it quite impressive as well.
About the rear camera, it is a 13-megapixel shooter with phase detection autofocus (PDAF), f/2.0 aperture, 5P lens and LED flash. The fingerprint sensor is located on the front home button which is clickable in nature and not capacitive style like the OnePlus 3 or 3T. The other two capactive buttons (Back and Menu) sit below the display too and are non-backlit.
On the front, Gionee A1 features a 5.5-inch full HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with cuved 2.5D glass protection on top. We didn’t find any issue with the display in our brief time with the device. The screen brightness and viewing angles appear as per modern age standards. The touch accuracy was great too. The Chinese company has put in a good combination of software and hardware on papers. The device runs Google’s latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS with Amigo 4.0 skin on top. Although we like stock Android more, but notably the refined Amigo OS skin appeared a great improvement over the previous iterations.
Inside the handset is powered by a 2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor coupled with Mali T860 GPU and 4GB of RAM. The internal storage on the device is 64GB, which is further expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The Gionee A1 supports dual-SIM 4G VoLTE. The slot is hybrid, so you can either put in a SIM card along with microSD or two SIM cards at a time. This could be a bummer for most consumers, but then the 64GB storage (52GB user available on first boot) might just be enough for some.
The smartphone is backed up by a 4010mAh battery and Gionee ships in an 18W ultra fast charging power adapter for fast charging, which company claims can charge the device fully in 2 hours. We cannot comment on the battery life as yet, but do come back for our full review where we will put the battery under various tests.
To sum up, Gionee A1 seems a well balanced smartphone as of now. The company has tried to put in all the essential components to make it a complete phone, but does it really take edge above the competition? We will only be able to tell when we grill it extensively in our lab tests. So do checkout our full review soon.
Checkout Gionee A1 Image Gallery below: