Flagships like LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge skipped on pressure sensitive 3D touch technology, but it’s adoption on Android side of the equation wasn’t null. Gionee S8, the next high end offering from the renowned Chinese manufacturer embraces the technology, besides other set of interesting hardware.
The handset has a 5.5 Inch display with full HD resolution that can sense three levels of touch – touch, tap and press and is protected by an aesthetically appealing 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 layer on top. The navigation bar below the display has a physical home key, which doubles as a fingerprint sensor.
Gionee S8 is a metal unibody handset which, according to the company, is the first phone with invisible Antenna that runs along the edges (LG G5 does too). On the rear side, there is a 16MP rear camera with LED flash, f/1.8 aperture 6p lens, RWB technology, PDAF, Laser AF and the new Gionee logo. An 8MP selfies camera is also part of the package.
The handset is powered by mid-range 1.95 GHz MT6755 Helio X10 processor, with ample 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. That’s not all though. You can further expand it by another 128GB using a microSD card slot at the expense of second SIM card.
Software is Android 6.0 Lollipop with Amigo OS 3.2. One of the new quirky feature of the OS is dual WhatsApp, ie ability to configure and use WhatsApp for each SIM separately. Other features include 4G LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, 70dB dual microphones and AKM3961 recording chip.
“Given the growing popularity to share our lives on social media, we have found that users are no longer satisfied with static images, and now need active videos,” said William Lu, President of Gionee. “Gionee S8 is our first smartphone to carry our new smiling logo and enhance the video sharing experience. It allows us to easily record our precious moments and upload them to social media platforms. Our ‘smilephone’ is involved in the process of delivering joy.”
Key Specifications of Gionee S8
|Display||5.5 Inch, Full HD, 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4|
|Processor||2.0 Octa-Core MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 64-bit processor|
|Camera||16MP Rear and 8MP Front camera|
|Internal Memory||64GB, Expandable up to 128GB|
|Operating system||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Dimensions and Weight||143.6 x 66.8 x 7.9mm and 137.4 grams|
|Dual SIM||Yes (Hybrid)|
|Price||Approx 34,000 INR|
The Gionee S8 will be available starting end of march for a price of 449 Euros or approx. 44,000 INR.