Gionee A1 Lite 

price₹ 7,861 onwards

launchAug, 2017

20.1

excellence score

65.8

value for money score

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Design

  • Ergonomic and well built
  • Even more concerning are the serious heating issues - the phone starts to get warm as soon as you start using it - even with calling, downloading or just watching videos - the Gionee A1 Lite tends to be warm always - and gaming on the phone or using the camera raises the temperature even more, up to about 42 degree celsius, making the metal back rather uncomfortable to hold

Display

  • Display resolution should have been better at this price point - video watching experience, for instance, is not as good as say the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 with a 1080p display

Software

  • The UI looks decent and colorful, but is not very refined - the launcher and other apps start asking for annoying permissions as soon as the phone starts for the first time (its difficult to see why these things are not already baked in) - there are also annoying quirks like the Gallery app requiring an internet connection to work

Performance

  • Sub-par performance for this price point - little sluggish, there are lags with more than 10 apps open, even browsing is sometimes slow, and games will consistently drop frames and stutter

Camera

  • Good front camera - images look good, especially under ample lighting conditions - there is good amount of details and dynamic range
  • Decent rear camera - produces good quality images most of the times - captures good amount details and has almost true-to-source colour reproduction in ample lighting conditions
  • While the rear and front cameras are good overall, they are not without their issues - there is sometimes soft focus, and low-light images have plenty of noise

Audio

  • Decent, loud rear speaker

Battery

  • Good battery life - will last the full work day
  • Decent charging speed - takes about 1.5-2 hours to charge completely
  • Even in 2017, Gionee still misses out on the modern USB Type-C port for charging and data, putting it behind
  • Battery life is good, but not great, especially given the mAh capacity - one of the likely reasons being the heating issue - which is always an enemy of battery life

More

  • On the whole, the phone doesn't stand up to most of its top competition - the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Moto G5 Plus, Coolpad Cool 1, Oppo's F3 and Vivo’s V5 - if you want a selfie-centric phone, the Oppo F3 does a better job and is slightly faster - and as overall better options, the likes of Moto G5 Plus, and Redmi Note 4 lead the pack

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Gionee A1 Lite Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 7.0 NougatLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.3 inches
Screen Resolution720x1280 pixels (~ 277 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor1.3 GHz, Octa Core, Mediatek MT6753Ranked #58 in Mobile Procesor Benchmarks
GPUMali-T720MP3
RAM3 GB
Memory
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
Battery Talktime48.00 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Standby (4G): 295 hrs
  • Audio Playback Time: 12.5 hrs
  • Video Playback Time: 5.5 hrs
Dimensions
Weight161 gm
Thickness8 mm
Camera
Camera13.0 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
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
Secondary Camera20.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • Flash
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes
CompassYes
NFCYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • USB On-The-Go

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