Gionee M6 has been around for up to a month in Nigeria now. It’s the successor to last year Gionee M5. The device brings a lot of upgrades when compared to its predecessor. There is 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage and 5000mAh as expected from Gionee Marathon line of devices. Below is the unboxing, quick review and price of the Gionee M6 in Nigeria.
Quick unboxing of the Gionee M6
- Micro USB cable,
- a Noise-cancelling stereo headset,
- a 2A power wall adapter charger,
- a flip case
- a screen protector
At the top of the phone, there is IR blaster and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. While at the bottom of the phone, the speaker grills are flanked on both sides by the Micro USB port. I was expecting the latest USB type connector but Gionee has decided to stick to the old Micro USB port.
At the back of the Gionee M6 lies the 13MP rear camera sensor, a secondary noise-cancelling microph one, a dual-LED flash and a Gionee logo to beautify the device.
The right side houses the SIM slot, the volume rockers and the power button while on the left, there is the Micro SD card slot.
The Gionee M6 has greatly improved form factor and design concept compared to the M5. It’s the best looking member of the Marathon series yet, it screams premium all round which is available in two colours- gold and champagne. Sadly there is no black in colour. The device has two antenna bands, one at the top and the second at the bottom, the body is made of metallic material which is solid when you hold it in your hands.
In terms of form factor, the dimension measures 152.3 x 75.3 x 8.2 mm, which makes it slimmer than its predecessor and 25 gram lighter at 180g. The back of the phone curves inwardly at the edges and also at the front with the 2.5D glass construction- which makes it firm to hold. The aluminium at the back doesn’t attract fingerprints at all but the glass up front attracts a lot of fingerprints and smudges but this is not really an issue since a simple wipe would take that all away.
The device comes with a 5.5 inch AMOLED display with FHD (1080 x 1920) resolution with a pixel density of 401ppi. For most people, this display size is the sweet spot for mobile displays. The display looks crisp and colours thanks to the infinite contrast that comes with AMOLED displays. Colours are saturated and vibrant. You can change the colour temperature in the settings to suit your taste. However, the display isn’t the brightest in the market but it is bright enough to be legible under intense direct sunlight.
Features and connectivity
Above the display is the earpiece flanked by notification light and the 8MP front-facing camera to the left and light and proximity sensor to the right. A home button is introduced to the M6 just like the m5 plus. It contains the speedy fingerprint sensor surrounded by a metallic ring. The volume controllers, the power button and the dual micro-SIM sits on the right side while the MicroSD card slot sits on the left side.
User Interface and performance
Gionee M6 runs on Android Marshmallow under Gionee’s own custom skin amigo 3.5.0. This may not be the greatest UIs but it is an improvement upon the older versions – 3.1 and 3.2. It is loaded with the Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 with Mali-T860MP2. So far it’s fluid with no stutters or lags thanks to the 4GB of RAM and the fast Helio p10 processor. It should be able to play most graphic intensive games flawlessly.
On first boot, you are greeted with the stock launcher with no issues. If you are a lover of the stock launcher, there are a bunch of pre-installed apps like the chameleon to change the look and feel. But I quickly set it up with the trusted NOVA launcher. The ability to run two apps side by side (split-screen) has been introduced here, though this is a welcome feature it is limited to a number of applications.
The Gallery App
In the gallery app, there is a new feature called ‘trash’ that saves any deleted picture for 7 days. Though you can permanently delete any picture by going to the trash folder in the gallery. This is similar to what we first saw on the Tecno Camon C9 which can save deleted pictures for up to 30 days.
Finally, the fingerprint sensor performs flawlessly and it’s very fast. You pick up the phone and push the home button with your registered finger, the phone unlocks instantly and you can add up to five fingers.
Gionee opted for the 13MP IMX 258 sensor from Sony and an 8MP snapper for the selfie lords. The 8mp selfie camera does well in a well-lit environment and performs averagely in a poorly lit condition. The 13MP rear camera, however, fairs better in both conditions, images produced are rich in detail, very good colour reproduction and adequate dynamic range.
The battery in the M6 is 5000mAh pared down from 6000mAh in the M5 but this doesn’t really mean a poor battery performance. The direct result of this is a thinner and lighter phone. The P10 chip promises a 30% more energy efficient than older MTK SoCs so nothing is lost.
I was able to squeeze out more than 5 hours of screen on time after about 15 hours of usage with 66% battery left. That translates to two days of moderate usage though those numbers will vary with different usage habits. The Gionee M6 supports “fast” charging which is achieved with the bundled 2A charger. A full charge takes about 1 hour 30 mins.
Final thoughts and price of Gionee M6 in Nigeria
The M6 series has never been this expensive at launch but the ergonomics and the features match the price. We love the camera, the crisp AMOLED display, the fluid performance, great battery life and the IR blaster. If you are an M5 user or a power user, the Gionee M6 is totally worth every Kobo spent, it retails at ₦120000 in Nigeria
Review by Hotdiamond and published by Daremarvell. Let’s hear what you think about the device and if you anything to add feel free to leave your comments below.