If you think the iPhone 7 or Google Pixel is expensive you haven't seen this device.
Gionee has made a name for itself in Nigeria , China and India in the mid-range segment, but with its latest handset, the company just set its sights on the luxury market. The M2017 is made out of premium materials and is set to retail for $1005 (N493,000).
The main feature of the M2017 is its battery capacity, with Gionee joining two 3500mAh batteries to create a 7000mAh monster. The phone supports Quick Charge 3.0, and according to Gionee, it'll offer 32 hours of talktime for calls and 26 hours of video playback on a full charge.
The rest of the specs aren't too bad either. You get a 5.7-inch dual curved QHD AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage, dual cameras (12MP + 13MP) at the back with 2x optical zoom and 8x digital zoom, 8MP front shooter, fingerprint sensor and dual-SIM support.
The only drawback is the processor of choice. Gionee left out the latest 835 model SoC by Snapdragon and went with the mid-range Snapdragon 653, which has four Cortex A72 cores clocked at 1.95GHz and four Cortex A53 cores at 1.44GHz. Considering the QHD screen and the rest of the hardware, it would've been better to add the Snapdragon 821 or 835. There is no microSD card slot or 3.5mm jack either, so you'll have to use the USB-C port for wired audio.
The phone measures 155.2 x 77.6 x 10.78mm, and comes in at 238g. On the software front, the M2017 runs on Amigo 3.5 UI and Android Marshmallow. Gionee will also sell a variant of the M2017 with "Italian custom alligator leather back" and 256GB storage that will retail for $2445 (N1million ). It seems like the phone may be limited to China but if there are changes I'll definitely let you know.
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