The Gionee Marathon M4 has a late reception in India when the Marathon M5 (6020 mAh battery) has already been unveiled in China. If you are interested in a phone that delivers guaranteed 72 to 80 hours of backup in ideal usages, then you are at a right place to review the Marathon M4 offers 3 to 5 days of nonstop usages. Snapdeal lists this phone at a price of 15400 rupees.
We are trying to answer a basic question – at a price of 15400 rupees, is the M4 with 5000mAh battery is a worthy choice or you should wait for much better upcoming releases. Also, we are validating the M4’s claim to be the best smartphone in terms of battery power below 15000 rupees budget. In pure mathematical calculation, Gionee offers 1mAh battery in 3 rupees. So, should we invest 15000 for this much battery power? Let’s get started.
The M4 is all about battery. Its 64bit processor is built on a solid promise to sustain multitasking pressure. However, I expect lag and uneasy usability because of in-house developed Amigo user interface, which is time and again accused of creating unnecessary burden on processor.
An initial overview about the M4 – it is a good choice for those wants a heavy-duty long lasting smartphone. In fact, I am planning to own it for personal usages since battery backup in real usages is much better than what I had expect. On my usages (mostly calling, music playback and internet browsing) I need to charge this phone once in a week only.
According to the brand endorsement, main highlights in the Marathon M4 are
- Dual SIM with dual Indian 4G TD/FD LTE
- Amigo 3.0 and Android Lollipop 5
- 3 GHz Quad Core Processor
- 2 GB RAM
- 5 Inches HD Display
- 5000 mAh battery
- USB OTG Support
- 8MP and 5MP Camera
0.850 W/Kg @ 1g (Head)
0.733 W/Kg @ 1g (Body)
Magic Box – 10/10
Besides the Champ, the sales box contains
1) Premium Flip Cover – Made with artificial leather. This flip-cover is designed for the M4 for better outlook and protection enhancement. There is one small information window on the front shows data, time, notifications and a button to switch-on built-in Torch, which fires from the rear LED flash.
2) Screen Guard – for better screen protection
3) OTG Cable – Convert UBS into OTG
4) Data Cable – For data syncing and charging usages
5) 5V – 2A Charger – Thanks to this high capacity charger, a 100% charging of the battery requires only 4 hours 15 minutes.
6) Premium quality Earphones – Sufficient for good in-ear music
Battery – 10/10
In order to maintain service warranty, avoid extracting the 5000 mAh lithium polymer battery, which is screw tight under the back panel.
Three days of battery backup is confirmed, but additional usages depend upon user’s urgent requirement. Since I consume daily one to two hours of active screen for browsing, calling and song playback; I would definitely get four days of easy backup. One thing is sure; the Gionee M4 offers 20 hours of active screen on 100% recharge. The better utilization of battery juice has to be decided by the end user in order to achieve long lasting backup.
Gionee packs 5V- 2Amp powerful charger to fuel up this 5000 mAh monster. Usually one charging session ends in 4 hours 15 minutes.
Built and Design– 9.5/10
I have verified its weight from the official website. Can you believe the M4 with a jumbo 5000 mAh battery on its back weighs only 176 grams? Gionee deserves appreciation for the fine print of this fantastic craft, which comes, despite an addition of mammoth 5000 mAh battery. Also, the thickness of 10.1 mm culminated thanks to this mammoth battery.
In order to balance this bulky phone, Gionee has used a solid metal frame keeps both AMOLED display panel and Back panel nicely attached together. The metal frame has nice brushed grey finishing with shiny silver parallel lines run around all sides.
The Gionee M4 has a flat back made with hard plastic gets metallic glossy finish. The back panel is being bit slimmer and much curvier towards edges. Having camera module inline gets easier to keep it on a flat surface without worrying about having damaged.
In terms of button positions everything seems replica of a regular smartphone made in China factory. Volume and Power keys are next to each other on the right side, 3.5 mm audio jack at the top and a USB port at the right bottom. To insert SIM cards and microSD card, the back panel needs to be extracted, which is a tough task since the back panel is not very flexible. Moving the front – the front facing camera and LED notification sits together on top and the lower bottom is the base of three home control button that does not light-up.
Overall the grand feel is very solid and good to hold in the hand. This is a premium durable design to last longer. The M4 is not a heavy phone so buying it at a price of 15400 rupees won’t be a bad decision if your choice is dominated by battery backup requirement.
The Super AMOLED, which is next generation technology in display defines quality, excellent viewing angles and superior colour reproduction all fine at today’s standard. The Gionee Marathon M4 sports 5 inches HD screen has a Super AMOLED display panel wherein pixel density per inch is 294.
Gionee has done neither extra nor less – the display is fairly warm, colour reproduction is excellent and absolutely no distortion even titled on extreme angles. Icon, fonts and graphics are easily visible from most angles. Yes, this is a very good display neither fancy nor sub-standard – absolutely inline according to mid-budget customer taste.
Memory – 9/10
A 15000 rupees phone should have at least 32GB internal storage. Trust me; I am not making general statement. After a careful calculation of all features, weakness and intrusive premiums, I am sure internal storage should be 32GB.
With USB OTG support, the Marathon M4 packs 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. Its external memory enhancement is down to just 32 GB than 128GB in the Marathon M3. After the first boot, approx 1.4GB RAM and only 10GB on-board memory is left for the end user to store personal contents.
We have minus one point from a rating of ten for downgraded SD card support and average internal memory.
There are several hardware and software connectivity options built-in for easy data and network sharing. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS (with Assisted-GPS), HotKnot and options for mobile data tethering are built-in for easy and better connectivity control.
Processor – 7.5/10
64Bit Quad core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 chipset is basic in terms of the regular performance. This is one reason I argued for 32GB internal memory because in order to get better margin, Gionee has compromise in many aspects of this phone.
Quad core processor with Mali 400 graphic unit delivers basic performance that is just good for regular multitasking. I had witness mild lag in performance and during HD gaming.
The Quadrant benchmark gives a score of 9682, AnTuTU’s score is 28109 and NinaMark2 rating is really good at 61.2 fps. Any benchmark score is just symbolic. In real usages, the M4 shows sign of lag when multitasking is at pick. Yes, you can play high-end games, but be ready to witness lag and frame drop thanks to a custom user interface, average processor and outdated graphic unit.
Camera – 6.5/10
The 8MP main camera and 5MP front facing camera does very basic job. To get good profitability, Gionee has cut shot at many fronts. Unfortunately, the camera management is one of them. Frankly speaking, this phone has nothing to offer in terms of advance camera performance.
The rear shooter, backed with some good camera module features can record 1080P videos in good quality. Some of popular camera features are “continuous shooting”, “touch to focus”, “HDR” and “Geo tagging”.
Operating system and User Interface – 8.5
I am not fan of custom user interface and the same is the case of my disliking of the Amigo 3.0. The M4 runs on Android Lollipop having a customer UI Amigo 3.0 running on the top. This phone is fairly limited in CPU power that is further compromised with a heavy user interface. Yes, I agree, for add-ons, a custom launch-pad needs to be mounted, but the brand has to ensure that without affecting usability factor.
I have already mention mild lag in multitasking and HD gaming that is primarily because of the Amigo 3.0 which bites sizable amount of processor power.
- 3G Clock
This is a good animation to play for kids. The watch makes a 3D spin on touch.
The Amigo 3.0 does not follow the concept of Android in terms of interface setting. To review notification, you need to tap from top to bottom whereas for quick setting bottom to the top.
- Advance Setting
This long list features some of smart setting option to improve display and phone’s behavior. Smart gesture options, LED notification setting, Suspend option are some options to be noticed.
- Amigo Paper
Make the display gorgeous with unlimited wallpaper collections.
I love this feature. This is the easiest way to make a custom theme. The application picks three colours from a camera pointed source. Based on these three colours, a new theme is built that can be applied immediately or save in memory for late usages.
- Adapted Brightness
This is an alternative to auto brightness.
- Economical Back-light
This feature is designed to auto adept to a custom back-light setting to save power.
- LED colour Option
User can define colour and tone of LED light in three basic forms – natural, cool and Warm
- The M4 is free from heating problem
- Mammoth Battery for easy 3 to 5 days of usages
- Screen guard and Flip cover in the sales box
- Built and finishing is excellent
- Very good display with 5 point multi-touch
- Both camera do average work
- Average Processor
- Native video calling is not supported
The Gionee Marathon M4 is primarily designed for those customers hunger for long lasting battery life. In terms of overall experience, it is a decent phone that works flawlessly in casual usages. I would recommend this phone for a few selected users mostly small businessman. At a price of 15400 rupees, I consider it a worthy buy, but not for all.