Gionee has always surprised us with low-cost, but high-quality gadgets. In fact, it is one of the Chinese smartphone manufacturers, which has earned huge success during initial years of the introduction in the Indian market. However, from the last one year, the brand is facing tough competition from other emerging smartphone manufacturers. However, Gionee is not ready to give up.
Just a few weeks ago, the brand has launched a unique smartphone the Marathon M5 in India. After good response from the user for M1 to M4, Gionee hopes to add a new user base with the M5 sales.
The Marathon M5 comes with a huge 6020 mAh battery and 3GB of RAM. You need to pay whopping 18000 rupees to grab this device online. A recent trend shows Indian smartphone market gets highest number of bid for 10000 rupees phones. Therefore, the sales numbers for the M5 is going to be low & slow. Indeed, it is not affordable, even not necessary phone to most Indian smartphone buyers.
As a smartphone user, I consider the battery power and RAM size the most. For user like me, the M5 is a good device. Since I am interested in this Jumbo gadget, I would like to know more so that I can seal my decision. In this review article, I am presenting most comprehensive review of the primary features of this Gionee gadget.
6020 mAh Marathon Battery
The most interesting fact about this phone is that it houses two batteries under the back panel, which together give a total power life of 6020 mAh. I am sure you get a smile for such mammoth battery size on a phone. Unfortunately, Gionee has poorly optimized the phone software, which unnecessarily consumes battery fuel thereby the battery backup time is considerably less. However, in spite of some poor optimization job the M5 still worth your money. You will easily get around three days of battery life on a moderate usage.
The smartphone runs on Amigo 3.1, which is an Android 5.1 Lollipop based operating system. Even though the interface is heavily customized, you will find Gionee’s custom skin useful. Swiping from the bottom one can open the notification toggle I find this feature quite comfortable considering the huge display size. There is no app drawer, so traditional Android users will have to spend a little time to get used to this smartphone.
I love the design elements of this phone. Even with 18000 rupees price tag, Gionee has managed to use premium quality materials in the phone’s outer shell. It features chamfered edges that offer nice appeal to the eyes. The back panel of the phone is made of metal that gives solid feel in the hands.
The 5.5-inch display of the Gionee Marathon M5 packs an HD resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels. Colors are produced accurately and the viewing angles are also very wide. It is an AMOLED panel, so you can expect true blacks. I did enjoy watching videos and playing games on this phone. Moreover, this display is covered with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for extra protection.
The last generation M4 featured an 8MP rear shooter that offered a mediocre performance. However, learning from the mistakes in M4, Gionee has put a 13MP sensor on the back of the Marathon M5. The quality of the images captured from this camera is highly appreciable. All the details are nicely reproduced even in low lighting conditions. Moreover, you can record full HD video on this device. The front 5MP camera is capable of shooting crispy and bright selfies.
4G Connectivity On Both The SIM Cards
I will give full marks to Gionee for making both the SIM card slots capable of supporting 4G networks. This unique feature will truly help the Gionee Marathon M5 to stand out in the crowd.
My team was expecting this smartphone to be underperforming because it sports a MediaTek processor that clocks at a mere 1.3 GHz. But after using it for a few days, every one of us got stunned. Out of 3GB of RAM around 60 per cent remains always free that results in snappy performance. The benchmarking results that we got on the first day are:
Geekbench – 613 (Single Core) and 1767 (Multicore)
Vellamo Metal – 1140
App data is movable to the external SD card, but you will not face the need of doing that because 32 GB of internal storage will be enough for installing a bunch of application and games. Most of the games available on the Play Store are playable. However, you will experience some stutters while playing intensive games like NOVA 3 at the highest graphic settings available.
- 4G LTE
- Micro SD card slot
- High-quality build
- OTG is supported
- Massive battery
- 3 GB of RAM
- Android Lollipop
- Multiple color variants are also available
- 6020 mAh battery with extreme power saver mode
- Feels heavy in the hand
- Software is not optimized
- Lacks gyroscope
According to the current market trend, this battery phone does not come with all the specs that we generally expect in an 18000 rupees mobile phone. Nevertheless, M5 is a worthy buy. The Gionee Marathon M5 successfully tackles the age-old battery problem in Smartphones. Moreover, there are only a few Dual SIM smartphones available in the market that offer 4G connectivity on both the SIM cards.