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MWC 2017: Gionee A1, A1 Plus hands-on

Introduction

Gionee used this year’s MWC venue to expand its smartphone lineup with a brand new “A” series of devices. The A1 and A1 Plus are the ambassadors for this new endeavor, which seem to represent the company’s best effort to stay relevant and cater to modern demands, while still preserving its traditional strong suits.

Hence, the three main pillars for the “A” family seem to be good battery life, a quality selfie experience and general software and usability innovations.

Gionee at MWC 2017

To Gionee’s credit all three points seem to shine-through clearly in the A1 and especially the A1 Plus, even on a specs-sheet only level.

Gionee A1 at a glance
Body: 154.5 x 76.5 x 8.5mm; 182g; Gray, Black, Gold
Screen: 5.5-inch FHD AMOLED
Chipset: Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10; Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53); Mali-T860MP2
Camera: 13MP, f/2.0; Flash
Selfie: 16MP, f/2.0; Flash
Memory: 4GB RAM; 64GB on-board storage, microSD slot
Battery: 4,010 mAh; Ultrafast Charge
OS: Android 7 Nougat

Gionee A1 Plus at a glance
Body: 166.4 x 83.3 x 9.1mm; 226g; Gray, Mocha, Gold
Screen: 6-inch FHD IPS LCD
Chipset: Mediatek MT6757T Helio P25; Octa-core (4×2.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.4 GHz Cortex-A53); Mali-T880MP2
Camera: Dual 13 MP + 5 MP, f/2.0; Flash
Selfie: 120 MP, f/2.0; Flash
Memory: 4GB RAM; 64GB on-board storage, microSD slot
Battery: 4,550 mAh; Ultrafast Charge
OS: Android 7 Nougat

The pair does seem to check quite a few boxes, meaning they could easily be a good marketing strategy away from sales success. At least on a Gionee scope, that is.

Gionee at MWC 2017

However, they aren’t exactly cheap at EUR 349 for the A1 and EUR 499 for the Plus, respectively. Still, they’ve got some intriguing features. India and Nepal will be the first markets to judge whether the A1 and A1 Plus are worth it, starting March and April, respectively.