Gionee Steel 5 Price and Specs Review

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Chinese smartphone maker, Gionee are not giving up on the smartphone industry. After declaring bankruptcy in 2018, the company is still afloat two years down the line. They’ve released their first smartphone of 2020 – Gionee Steel 5. The Gionee Steel 3 is the last smartphone that was released under the Steel series, which was back in 2017.

Let’s see what the smartphone have in stock for us here.

Gionee Steel 5 Key Specs

• 6.2 inches IPS LCD display
• 12 MP + 2MP Rear Cameras
• 13 MP Front Selfie Camera
• MediaTek Helio P23 SoC
• 4GB/64GB & 6GB/128GB
• Android 9 Pie with AmigoOS
• 5,000 mAh battery

Design

Gionee Steel 5 image

The design and body build of the Gionee Steel 5 is just as expected. It comes with a big display glass, plastic unibody, and curved edges. The Steel 5 weighs 173 grams and comes with a dimension of 159.74 x 75.9 x 9.9 mm. The module at the back of the phone in a square form features two cameras and two LED flash. At the front of the phone is the display which comes with a waterdrop notch.

Display

The Gionee device features a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with a 720p resolution. The display size is small in my opinion compared to other budget/mid-range devices in the market. Except you’re a fan of small-display smartphones. Anyway, the display of the Gionee Steel 5 comes with a waterdrop notch that features the selfie camera.

Hardware and Software

Underneath the Gionee smartphone is the MediaTek Helio P23 chipset built on 16nm manufacturing process technology. The chipset comes with an Octa-core 2.0 GHz processor and Mali-G71 GPU MP2 GPU. The Gionee Steel 5 runs on the company’s AmigoOS which is slapped on top of Android 9 Pie. There are two memory configurations available for this device; 4GB RAM with 64GB ROM and 6GB RAM with 128GB ROM. The storage size is upgradable with the help of the microSD slot.

Camera

The selfie camera of the Gionee phone is located in the waterdrop notch and features a 13 MP sensor. At the back of the device, is a square-shaped camera module. It is home to a 12 MP main sensor, 2 MP depth sensor with PDAF, and two LED flash.

Battery

Arguably the best feature of the Gionee Steel 5 is the 5,000 mAh battery capacity. It comes with a 10W charging which is not ideal for a battery of that capacity. But still, the battery life should last you for most of the day.

Price and Availability

The Gionee Steel 5 is expected to be in stores by May 2020. The starting price will be around $129/N46,762 for the 4GB/64GB model and $145/N52,562 for the 6GB/128GB.

Gionee Steel 5 Complete Specs

Launch

• Announced: January 2020
• Status: January 2020

Design

• Dimension: 159.74 x 75.9 x 9.9
• Weight: 173 grams
• Build: Front glass with a plastic unibody
• SIM: Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Display

• Screen Display: IPS LCD
• Screen Size: 6.2-inch
• Resolution: 720 x 1520
• Aspect Ratio: 19.5:9
• Display Protection: Scratch-resistant glass
• Notch: Yes
• Touchscreen: Yes

Platform

• Operating System: Android 9 Pie with AmigoOS
• Chipset: MediaTek Helio P23
• CPU: Octa-core 2.0 GHz processor
• GPU: Mali-G71 GPU MP2

Device Memory

• RAM: 4GB, 6GB
• Built-in Storage Capacity: 64GB, 128GB
• Card Slot: Yes

Primary Camera

• Camera Type: Dual
• Camera Sensor: 12 MP + 2 MP
• Camera Features: –
• Video Resolution: 1080P
• LED Flash: dual-LED flash

Selfie Camera

• Camera Type: Single
• Camera Sensor(s): 13MP
• Camera Features: –
• Video Resolution: –
• LED Flash: No

Connectivity

• Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2
• USB: microUSB 2.0, USB OTG
• Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n
• FM Radio: Yes
• GPS: Yes with A-GPS
• NFC: No

Network Options

• Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
• 4G Network Bands: LTE 2300(band 40) FD-LTE 1800(band 3)
• 3G Network Bands: UMTS 2100 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 900 MHz
• 2G Network Bands: GSM 1800 / 900 MHz
• Speed: Yes
• EDGE: Yes
• GPRS: Yes

Sound

• Loudspeaker: Yes
• Speaker Location: –
• Sound Enhancement Features: –
• Audio Jack Type: 3.5mm headphone jack

Battery

• Battery Capacity: 5,000 mAh
• Wireless Charging: No
• Fast Charging: No

Other Features

• Colour Options: Black, Gold
• Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

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