Gionee A1 Plus: Smartphone offers little to justify Rs 26,999 price tag

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Gionee on July 25 launched the Gionee A1 Plus, the updated version of its Gionee A1 smartphone, in India at Rs 26,999. A large-screen device focused on imaging, battery life and multimedia capabilities, the smartphone offers better specifications, features and design than its predecessor.

Business Standard used this device to see how it fares on key performance metrics. Here are our observations on the Gionee A1 Plus:

Design

The Gionee A1 Plus features a metallic build with round edges and curved sides. It has a 6-inch full-HD 1920 x 1080 in-plane switch (IPS) screen. The screen is protected by a 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3. The side bezels are limited, but the top and bottom ones are huge and unnecessarily increase the smartphone’s dimensions.

The device sports capacitive navigation keys, along with home button embedded with fingerprint scanner, at the bottom bezels of the front. At its back, the Gionee A1 Plus’ prominent Gionee logo at the centre at first looks like a fingerprint scanner. The dual cameras and dual LED flash are placed at the centre right above the logo. The vertical placement of the dual-camera module is apt for its usage. Read More

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