Few years ago, if Gionee announced a smartphone in India, virtually everybody would know about it. Such was the extravaganza that you would feel left out if you were not a part of the launch. Things have been a little more subdued off late, but that does not take away from the fact that Gionee has definitely established a name for itself in India. In fact, the brand now plans to sell more than 40 million units globally this year and with India being one of their biggest and key markets, there is little doubt that onus will be on the brand to sell a majority of devices here.
It was in the effort of this that Gionee announced a major brand revamp a few months ago, and the Gionee Marathon M5 Plus is one of the first devices to come out of their labs post this revamp. The device is basically an increment on the Gionee Marathon M5 bringing similar sort of a form factor but a different internal hardware.
To start with, the Gionee Marathon M5 Plus comes with a smaller battery as compared to the Gionee Marathon M5. The device comes with a 5020 mAh non-removable battery, that still performs exceedingly well thanks to the higher charge retention capacity of the phone. Not just this, the device also comes with Quick Charge, which ensures that you can charge your device really quickly. It is this reduction in battery size that has allowed Gionee to make the M5 Plus thinner as well as lighter when compared to the Marathon M5 in general.
The front of the device features a 6 inch AMOLED Full HD panel, which produces beautiful colors. The contrast is really deep and there is a good sharpness about the display. The display features a 2.5D curved glass on top, which makes swiping on the screen a really pleasurable experience. Thanks to its large size and heaviness, the Marathon M5 Plus is not meant to be used single-handedly, but the device does feel good in the hands. On the backside of the phone you have a 13MP sensor which is slightly protruding a Dual LED flash, speaker grille at the bottom and the Gionee logo towards the upper half. The front-facing snapper is 5MP, which is adequate for your selfie obsession. The Marathon M5 Plus features the newer Gionee logo rather than the text based logo.
While most of the device is constructed using metal, there are two plastic plates that flank the metallic back of the device. On the sides you the power button and the volume rocker, which you have the SIM tray on the left side. Powering the device is a MediaTek 6753 Octa-core chipset with 3GB of RAM. There is 64GB internal storage, as well as a slot for MicroSD slot thrown in there for expandable storage. On the software front, the device is still running the dated Android 5.1, with Amigo 3.1 on top. The overall experience feels much refined, and there were very little stutters across the device. However, thanks to the chipset limitations, very heavy tasks such as very intensive games like FIFA, started to really raise the temperature of the device and cause frame drops. The camera app opening was a little all over the lace, but we reckon it could be because we were using the phone after the first boot so will wait for the judgement on that. The battery life seems really good, and the phone consumed about 7% battery in setting up our 3 Gmail accounts and social media accounts, where normally a phone would consume anywhere between 10 to 15% battery when connected to Wi-Fi. Overall, in our day of the Gionee Marathon M5 Plus, we found the device to be a consistent performer, without ever hitting the heights that perhaps some of the other Gionee phones have. But, we will reserve our full judgement of the phone till we are in a position to write a full review.
In the meanwhile, attached are some pictures of the device we took when we unboxed it for your pleasure.