Gionee M2 Quick Review- Expectations & Speculations

Gionee M2 is Gionee’s answer to the launch of Micromax Canvas Power A96. It is slightly more expensive than the Canvas Power but it more than makes for it by its impressive spec sheet.

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It was launched just today bearing a price tag of ₹ 10,999 only. Its battery capacity has been in the news for the last few days and stands at 4200 mAh. It also supports USB OTG for charging your other devices. File transfer via the OTG has been disabled but we won’t fret about that as it has got 4 GB of internal storage and also supports additional 32 GB via microSD card.

To know more about the features and performance of Gionee M2 give this quick review a quick read.

Warning: The quick reviews are based on the first impressions of the gadgets. Our predictions and speculations are based on previous experiences with gadgets having same/similar hardware. We try our level best to provide you with most accurate and educated guesses but we still can’t rule out the scope of errors. Please take these predictions with a pinch of salt.

 

Gionee M2 Specifications

  • Chipset- MediaTek MT6582
  • OS- Android 4.2 JB
  • CPU- 1.3 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A7, Mali 400MP2 @ 500MHz
  • RAM- 1 GB
  • Memory- Internal- 4 GB, up to  32 GB via microSD card
  • Display- 5” LCD FWVGA Display (480×854 px) (195.93 ppi)
  • Camera: Rear- 8MP with LED flash, Front- 2.0MP
  • Battery- 4200mAh Li-Ion
  • Dimensions- 144 x 72 x 10.5mm
  • Connectivity- Dual SIM dual standby, WiFi-Direct and Hotspot, 3G, GPS, FM Radio, USB OTG(for charging other devices), Bluetooth v4.0
  • Sensors- Proximity, G-sensor, E-compass and ambient Light

For info about Gionee M2

 

Design

The Gionee M2 is a plastic body phone with the usual combo of hardware buttons like volume rocker and the power/lock key. Both of these are located on the right side of the phone to make taking screenshots an easy job.

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The right side flanks all the hardware buttons

The micro-USB port along with the microphone is located at the bottom while the 3.5 mm audio jack is there at the top.

The front cam and other sensors are located to the right of the earpiece grill at the top. The back panel encloses the slot for the primary camera and an LED flash. The Gionee logo is printed at the bottom just above the perforations for the loudspeaker.

 

Performance

The M2 runs on the MediaTek 6582 SoC having four CPU cores running at 1.3 GHz each. Mali 400MP2 GPU is there to take care of the gaming needs and is supplemented by 1 GB of RAM for smooth multi-tasking.

You can enjoy games like Temple Run Oz and Subway Surfers etc. buttery smooth.

 

Camera

The 8MP primary camera can capture stills with a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels and also record HD videos. The secondary VGA camera can be used for video chatting.

This 8MP shooter sans the Auto-Focus functionality which is weird

We cannot comment on the camera quality without testing it but we’ll try to get our hands on the phone ASAP.

The camera also supports taking horizontal and vertical panoramas, Beauty shot, Eraser, face detection, gesture and smile shot etc.

 

Display

The 5 inch display has a resolution of 854×480 pixels which translates to a pixel density of 196 ppi. This is very low for a phone priced close to INR 10k.

You can use it for watching videos but the HD videos won’t look like they should. Reading text would not as painful as watching videos but it wouldn’t be a treat either.

Could have been better.

 

Battery

The battery backup is the main USP of the Gionee M2. In fact, most of the people will consider the M2 as a good phone to buy only because of its battery capacity. The rest of the specifications are not earth-shattering and can be found in many other phones.
We recently published the review of Karbonn Titanium S5 Plus and found it to be better than the M2 from Gionee in most of the aspects but the battery backup.

Boasting a battery of 4200 mAh, the Gionee M2 promises excellent battery backup even on heavy usage.

The company states the standby time to be 555 hours and the talk-times to be 31.5 and 24 hours for 2G and 3G respectively.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Gionee M2 is one of those phones which can provide great battery backup without burning a hole in your pocket. We can’t say for sure but it seems like a very strong competitor to Lenovo P780 and Micromax Canvas Power which also have 4000 mAh batteries.

The display could have been sharper but compromises have to be made at some place.

Buy it if: Battery backup is the main priority.

Skip it if: You can’t make any compromise with the display clarity.

 We will give it our full review treatment shortly and let you know if it is the best phone under ₹15k.

Would you buy it?

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