Taking after the Gionee A1, the recently introduced A1 Plus is the second enabler of Selfiestan, a fantasy world of selfie mongers that requires a Gionee selfie phone as proof of citizenship. True to its name, the Gionee A1 Plus a scaled variant of A1 that has a bigger display, bigger battery and is equipped with two rear cameras. But is it also a plus on experience? Let’s try and answer that in our Gionee A1 Plus review.
Design and Build
The Gionee A1 Plus follows the conventional metal unibody design and looks similar to Gionee A1. There is metal on the rear with plastic trimmings on top and bottom and a 2.5D glass layered on the front.
But what you will instantly have to come to terms with is its sheer size. The 6-inch display makes it a huge phone, one that also feels thick and bulky, courtesy the 4550mAh battery inside. Apart from that, all buttons and ports are aptly situated and within easy reach. The fingerprint sensor on the front is a huge convenience since it’s extremely fast and accurate.
The phone is solidly built and comes with a bundled transparent TPU case. The vertical dual cameras on the rear sit flush with the rest of the body. The large display size and the resulting footprint should favor heavy multimedia consumers, but for everyone else, the Gionee A1 should be a better fit (size-wise).
Unlike the A1, Gionee is using an IPS LCD display on the A1 Plus. The display colors are vivid, viewing angles are wide, contrast is high, and the maximum brightness is high enough for usability under direct sunlight. This looks like a good display for watching videos or consuming multimedia content.
Camera and Imaging
The A1 Plus has two cameras on the rear, and the extra sensor is used for adding bokeh effect or background blur to images. Now, this is the most basic implementation of dual camera system but the saving grace is that it works efficiently.
The Gionee A1 Plus rear camera (13MP+ 5MP, f/2.0 aperture) can shoot great images in good lighting and even in low light. But at the same time, the performance doesn’t outdo what’s standard in this price range by a margin.
In broad day light, the camera manages to capture a significant amount of details and captures shots with wide dynamic range. The software can also balance bettering rather efficiently. In low light, you can depend on the Professional mode in the camera app to enhance your images. The 20MP selfie camera is a good proposition for selfie enthusiasts.
Performance and software
The Gionee A1 Plus is powered by 2.6GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. The Android Nougat based software interface running on the phone is very responsive and the day-to-day usage experience on the phone is very smooth. The software fully loaded and in essence isn’t far off from other Chinese UI skins borrowing heavily from iOS.
Heavy games show occasional lag and stuttering but are still playable. As always, Gionee isn’t targeting heavy high-end gamers but a generic audience that prioritizes multimedia experience.
To that effect, the audio from the dual stereo speakers on the phone is fairly loud and clear. As for calling, 4G VoLTE works fine and we didn’t face any issues with call quality in our area.
Battery, Price, and verdict
The 4550mAh battery on the Gionee A1 Plus lasts really long. Moreover, you can swiftly top it up using fast charging. We could easily and consistently get across one and a half day mark on the Gionee A1 Plus even with heavy usage.
Apart from the bulky feel, other aspects of Gionee A1 Plus are quite up to the mark. There is a huge battery, good selfie camera, a fast fingerprint sensor, and a vivid display to be excited about, but at the same time, it definitely feels slightly overpriced at 26,999 INR.