Almost all offline first mobile manufacturers are channeling their energies towards selfies. After all, a great selfie camera is what consumers demand these days and that’s also where there is a lot of scope for improvement, especially in the midrange price segment. It’s amidst this selfie frenzy that the Gionee A1 comes in and tries to present a convincing case for itself. Let’s explore the handset further in our quick review.
Gionee A1 Specifications
- 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p IPS LCD display; 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- 2.0GHz MT6755 Helio P10 64-Bit octa-core (Cortex-A53) processor, Mali T860 MP2 GPU
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB Internal storage; expandable up to 256GB using microSD card (goes in SIM 2 slot)
- 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, dual-tone LED flash
- 16MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and LED flash
- Android 7.0 Nougat with Google Assistant
- Fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, proximity, compass
- 4010 mAh battery, fast charging
- Hybrid dual SIM 4G with VoLTE support
Design and Build
The Gionee A1 looks different from what we are usually used to seeing from Gionee. At the same time, it safely adheres to what has worked for other manufacturers in the past. There isn’t anything radically different about the way it looks.
It’s a metal unibody handset with a metal plate making most of the phone’s rear. On this metallic rear, you will find the camera module placed right above the symmetrical Gionee branding. On the front, there is 2.5D glass adding that premium feel, and a home button that integrates an extremely fast fingerprint sensor. The other two capacitive keys on either side of the home button can be swapped from phone settings.
The big 4010 mAh battery housed within takes its design toll, pushing the thickness and weight to 8.3mm and 182 grams respectively. The build quality is pretty solid. There are no flexes or creaks in the handset.
Gionee A1 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD panel. The display is surrounded by reasonably narrow bezels on all sides. It’s a crisp display with punchy colors and high contrast well suited for multimedia consumption. The best part is that you can choose between three different color profiles – neutral, cool and warm. Auto brightness works well and the display is legible under direct sunlight.
Camera and Imaging
For photography, Gionee A1 includes a 16MP front camera with soft LED flash on the front and a 13MP sensor on the rear. The camera app offers numerous shooting modes for both the rear and front camera. You can also shoot HDR selfies.
The rear camera performs great in adequate lighting, and even in low lighting, the performance doesn’t falters much. The selfie camera software also works fine and we did manage to shoot some stunning selfies with A1.
Hardware, Software, and Performance
The Gionee A1 is powered by Helio P10 SoC, which now belongs to the last generation of chipsets. Though this falls short of what one would expect at this price point, but we didn’t find any reason to complain with regards to day to day performance. The A1 can handle all regular tasks and even moderate gaming with perfect ease. Unless you are a hardcore gamer, the performance won’t disappoint you.
The chipset is paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage that shall ensure that your performance doesn’t deteriorate over a period of usage.
Among the current midrange selfie phones, Gionee A1 is the only one that comes with Android 7.0 nougat based software and Google Assistant right of the box.
The loudspeaker on the handset is quite loud and the audio output quality is also quite good. We didn’t face any connectivity issue on the device and Reliance Jio SIM works just fine too.
Battery Life, Price and Verdict
The 4010mAh battery on the Gionee A1 can comfortably last one day even with very heavy usage. With 4G LTE on for an entire day, two Google accounts and several social media apps synced we could hit the end of the day with more than 15 percent juice remaining in the tank. Moreover, the phone supports fast charging and can be fully charged in about one and half hour.
Priced at 19,999 INR, the Gionee A1 stands tall when compared to other offline market phones under 20,000 INR. The beautiful display, fast fingerprint sensor, excellent battery backup and reasonable performance add up to ensure that the overall experience you get out of it is pretty convincing.
If you are comfortable buying online, there are other options that you can consider, but if you have more faith in purchasing from offline stores and after sales support of brands with an actual presence on the ground, the Gionee A1 should be on your final list.