Gionee seems to be poised at making a name for itself in the overcrowded smartphone market, especially the sub-15K segment. The company launched its A1 Lite smartphone at Rs 14,999 following the launch of Gionee A1 and A1 Plus. The new variant is the smaller version of the previously launched phones.
Gionee chose to stick to the formula of ‘Selfistan’ which means a nation obsessed with selfies. The highlight of the new phone is also its front 20MP camera alongside huge 4000mAh battery. While the previous launches from Gionee were also focused on the selfie, let’s find out what the new device has in store for its users.
Design wise, Gionee A1 Lite might not be the best looking phone out there but it offers a good feel and sturdiness. It comes with thick bezels and the edges have been carved in a way that it offers sharp sides close to the front panel.
The front panel houses the front shooter with an LED flash alongside a microphone and sensors, while the bottom of the front panel is occupied by three capacitive buttons. On the rear panel, the device packs a camera with an adjacent LED flash followed by a fingerprint sensor.
Overall, the Gionee A1 Lite offers a sturdy build equality but does feel slightly heavy at the same time.
The smartphone sports a 5.3-inch 720p display and a 227ppi of pixel density. The 720p screen comes as a big disappointment since most of its competitors are offering a full-HD display at the same price point.
If we keep the low resolution aside, the color reproduction is good enough to do the job with good brightness levels. The color representation setting comes with the cooler side on default, but the users can change it to a warmer tone.
The viewing angles and the sunlight legibility is also decent if not great. Overall the display is an average offering but the company could still have tucked in a 1080p screen considering the display’s its contemporaries are using.
Gionee has made a lot of improvement with its camera module on the A1 Lite compared to what we have seen on the previously launched mid-range Gionee devices. The smartphone comes with a 20MP front-facing shooter and a 13MP rear camera.
The camera sensors on the A1 Lite looks top-end on the brochure and they work well in good light conditions but when tested under indoor lighting conditions, the front camera takes softly focused images and the front flash doesn’t seem to make a major difference.
The rear 13MP is capable of taking decent pictures in favorable lighting conditions but requires some touch up before sharing on a social media platform. The highlights are usually overblown when clicked against the light. The camera on the Gionee A1 Lite qualifies as decent but has its own limitations.
The Gionee A1 Lite is powered by an octa-core processor MediaTek MT6753 processor with Mali T-720 GPU. It has 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB via microSD card.
The overall performance of the smartphone is decent but shows stutter and lags while performing heavy tasks. Simple tasks on the phone can be performed easily but when it comes to taking on rigorous tasks such as high-end gaming or using intensive apps, the device starts to show signs of slowness.
The device runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with company’s own Amigo 4.0 UI skin atop. Users who like custom UI will like the interface as it offers a lot of features and customization options. Also, the UI needs some optimisations for improving the overall experience.
To sum up things, the Gionee A1 Lite smartphone comes with a sturdy design similar to other devices that fall under the same price segment. The smartphone will surely get some tough competition in the sub-15K price segment. The huge 4000mAh battery and the front 20MP camera is something that will attract users, however, there are other devices in the same price segment which offer better display and performance.
So, if you need a device which is available in the offline market that offers great selfies than you can look at Gionee A1 Lite. For online buyers, there are better options like Redmi note 4 which offer better value for money.