Our Opinion

The Gionee A1 is a slightly better phone than the Oppo F3, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Gionee A1!

Gionee A1  Oppo F3 
Gionee A1 Oppo F3
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Excellence Score
27.8
24.6
Value for Money Score
71.0
56.3
Price ₹ 10,710 onwards ₹ 14,698 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2017 May, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 NougatLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 6.0 MarshmallowLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features AMOLED IPS TFT, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.5 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10Ranked #52 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek MT6750T
GPU Mali-T860MP2 Mali-T860 MP2
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 1/3" Sensor Size, 1.12 um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR F/2.2 Aperture, 1.3" Sensor Size, 1.12um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF)
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1/3" Sensor Size Dual Camera (16MP + 8MP), 1.3" Sensor Size, F/2.0 Aperture, 120-degree Wide-angle Lens, Beautify 4.0, Selfie Panorama, Screen Flash, Palm Shutter
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.3 mm 7.3 mm
Weight 182 gm 153 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4010 mAh 3200 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging; WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; WiFi Dual-band; Noise Filtration USB On-The-Go, WiFi Dual-band, WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Premium, aesthetic metal finish design
  • Feels good to hold in hand - the rounded-off edges allow it to sit comfortably in the hand and offers plenty of grip
  • The fingerprint sensor on the front of the device works well
  • 2.5D curved glass display is nicely integrated into the shell of the phone, has vivid colours, good viewing angles, and comes protected with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Amigo UI offers a decent experience, and is pretty intuitive (although it could do with less bloat)
  • Armed with 2GHz octa-core P10 Helios processor and 4GB RAM, the phone runs smoothly whatever you throw at it - be it movies, games or browsing
  • The main USP of the Gionee A1 is its front 16-megapixel camera that offers a great selfie clicking experience, and comes with a front flash feature that makes taking selfies in dimly lit areas easy - the images captured have rich colour tones with an appreciable amount of detailing - offers strong competition to higher priced selfie smartphones from the likes of Oppo and Vivo
  • Decent rear camera - the shots captured have bright colours, fine details and delivered good depth of field when clicking in bright-light conditions - though it fails to impress in low-light
  • The 4, 010 mAh battery on the Gionee A1 is also very good and offers a good day-and-a-half backup in moderate to heavy usage
  • Decent charging speed - takes about 2 hours to charge the battery to 100%
  • Sturdy polycarbonate body with a metallic finish
  • Slim and light
  • The fingerprint sensor is quick in scanning fingers and unlocks the device quickly
  • Decent, bright 5.5-inch full HD display, though color reproduction could be better
  • Good set of dual front-facing cameras form the highlight of the phone - let you capture sharp selfies, as well as wide-angle group photos - the cameras perform especially well outdoors, with the photos look bright and sharp - this is arguably the best selfie camera in this price bracket
  • Good battery life - lasts the entire day with moderate usage
  • Reasonably good charging speed - fully charges in about an-hour-and-a-half
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The display's sunlight legibility could have been better
  • Tends to heat up a bit when put under stress
  • A little bit on the heavy side
  • ColorOS UI over Android is decent (and heavily inspired by iOS) but something simple such as stock Android would have been better
  • Powered by a mid-tier MediaTek chipset, which is decent but definitely isn’t as powerful and efficient as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC that powers some of its competitors - the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Lenovo P2
  • Rear camera could have been better - the photos are sometimes overexposed, and at other times appear dull, even in bright outdoor conditions
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