Gionee this week introduced two new finances smartphones, the Gionee F205 and Gionee S11 Lite, in India. Launched at sub-Rs. 9,000 and sub-Rs. 15,000 value factors respectively, each smartphones compete with choices from the likes of market leaders Xiaomi, Samsung, Lenovo/ Motorola, and HMD Global. While the Gionee F205 will likely be obtainable throughout on-line and offline retailers beginning April 26, the Gionee S11 Lite will likely be made obtainable nearer to the top of May. The key options of each smartphones are 18:9 shows, face recognition, and Private Space 2.zero (which creates a separate storage space that’s locked down for privateness). The dearer S11 Lite additionally will get twin rear cameras.
Are the mixtures of and software program that every telephone provides sufficient to tackle the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Nokia 6, and Moto G5S? We spent a while with each the Gionee F205 and Gionee S11 Lite on the launch occasion in New Delhi, and listed here are our first impressions.
Gionee F205 and Gionee S11 Lite design
In phrases of design, there’s not a lot distinction between these two smartphone fashions. While the rear panels of each telephones are made from plastic, the F205 has a refined matte end that seemed far more premium than the shiny chrome of the S11 Lite, at the very least to us. While each telephones have 18:9 facet ratio screens with the identical HD+ (720×1440 pixels) decision, the Gionee F205 sports activities a smaller 5.45-inch show whereas the Gionee S11 Lite will get a much bigger 5.7-inch panel. As a consequence, the F205 is compact and has a greater really feel in hand, however the S11 Lite is comfy sufficient.
The Gionee F205 weighs 135.6g and is sort of gentle when in comparison with the Redmi 5. It has a top of about 148mm, width of about 71mm, and thickness of round 7.95mm. The S11 Lite is barely bulkier at 141g and barely slimmer at 7.85mm.
The fronts of each the F205 and the S11 Lite, like different 18:9 telephones, haven’t any bodily buttons. There are on-screen Home, Back, and Overview navigation buttons. The F205 has a 5-megapixel entrance digicam above the show meant for taking selfies and making video calls. The S11 Lite will get a considerably upgraded 16-megapixel entrance shooter. With the standard beautification and bokeh modes in software program, the cameras on each appear respectable sufficient for his or her respective value segments. There can be real-time bokeh mode that lets you blur out the background as you determine which angle to take your selfies from. Group selfie mode permits for a wider angle to get extra folks right into a body.
On the again of the F205 is a daily Eight-megapixel rear digicam. On the opposite hand, the S11 Lite will get a 13-megapixel main sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Both telephones appeared to take respectable pictures in good indoor lighting, however we weren’t in a position to take a look at low-light efficiency on the launch occasion. Stay tuned for our full assessment of every telephone to see our intensive digicam efficiency assessments.
There isn’t any fingerprint sensor on the Gionee F205, however there’s a rear-mounted one on the extra premium S11 Lite. Both fashions have the amount and lock/ energy buttons on their left whereas the SIM trays are on the best. The F205 can take two Nano-SIMs and one microSD card, however the S11 Lite has a hybrid dual-SIM design. Both telephones have Micro-USB ports, three.5mm headphone jacks, and the standard speaker grilles on the underside.
Gionee F205 and Gionee S11 Lite specs and software program
At the core of the Gionee F205 is a MediaTek MT6739 SoC, coupled with 2GB of RAM. The S11 Lite will get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM. In the transient time we spent with each items on the launch occasion, there gave the impression to be no noticeable lag or stutter, and the preinstalled apps labored easily on each. We have been impressed with the efficiency of the fingerprint sensor on the Gionee S11 Lite.
There is 16GB of inbuilt storage on the F205 and 32GB on the S11 Lite, each expandable considerably utilizing microSD playing cards. However, Gionee’s Amigo OS provides plenty of bloatware to each smartphones. As for battery capacities, the F205 will get a 2670mAh unit whereas the S11 Lite has a a lot bigger 3030mAh battery. There wasn’t sufficient time to take a look at battery efficiency on the launch occasion, and that will likely be examined in our full opinions, coming quickly.
As for software program, each telephones run the identical Amigo OS 5.zero pores and skin on prime of Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Gionee gave us no timelines on Android Eight.zero Oreo updates which is disappointing contemplating the competitors right this moment. The icons and buttons on Amigo OS look funky and barely outlandish. In an try and resemble Apple’s iOS, Amigo OS has borrowed its icon designs for lots of the native apps. Similarly, there is no such thing as a app tray.
Both telephones have a number of preinstalled apps corresponding to Facebook Messenger, UC News, Gaana, Amazon, NewsLevel, and Truecaller. They even have a number of video games together with Sonic Runners, Bubble Bash three, Danger Dash, and N.O.V.A three. These, and the numerous native apps, really feel like plenty of bloatware, which is a trigger for concern – particularly on the low-end Gionee F205 which has simply 2GB of RAM.
Oddly, a highly-advertised function – Face Unlock – was absent from the demo items of each smartphones on the launch occasion. Apart from that, Gionee additionally guarantees different options corresponding to like App Clone, and Private Space 2.zero.
The Gionee F205 has been priced at Rs. Eight,999, and the Gionee S11 Lite at Rs. 13,999. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for our intensive opinions of each telephones, during which we are going to consider their cameras, efficiency, software program, battery life, and every little thing else.
Adapted From: Gadgets360