Our Opinion

The Gionee A1 is a slightly better phone than the Huawei Honor 6X (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Gionee A1!

Gionee A1  Huawei Honor 6X (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Gionee A1 Huawei Honor 6X
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Excellence Score
25.1
22.6
Value for Money Score
69.3
54.0
Price ₹ 9,799 onwards ₹ 13,899 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2017 Feb, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 NougatLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow 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)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display
Display Features AMOLED IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass, Eye Comfort Mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.1 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10Ranked #58 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 655Ranked #56 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T860MP2 Mali-T830MP2
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13.0MP 12 MP + 2 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (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 6P Lens, 1.25um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Sony IMX386 Sensor, Splash, Light Painting
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1/3" Sensor Size 77 degree Wide Angle Lens
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 (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.3 mm 8.2 mm
Weight 182 gm 162 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4010 mAh 3340 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 Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A Video Playback Time: 11.5 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 70 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging; 15 months extended warranty; Noise Filtration; DTS Audio
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%
  • High quality design, fit, and finish
  • The back plate tapers along the edges and corners, resulting in a far more comfortable in-hand feel
  • Very fast and accurate fingerprint reader, at par with what is found with most high-end flagship smartphones
  • Decent display, with good color accuracy and viewing angles
  • Apart from unlocking the device, the fingerprint scanner can also be used to capture photos and videos, answer phone calls, stop alarms, bring down the notification shade by swiping down, and browse through photos in the gallery by swiping left or right, which are all useful features to have - these are the kind of small touches that make the phone much easier to use with one hand
  • Very good performance at this price point - everything is as fluid and responsive in everyday use, and the device also handles graphically-intensive gaming with little issue
  • Decent dual camera setup - the first phone in this price range to come with a dual-camera setup, allowing for a nice bokeh effect in pictures
  • The overall camera experience is pretty good too - it is fast to focus and capture photos, and the photos are pleasant
  • Good loudspeaker
  • Decent overall audio quality
  • Very good battery life, helped by a well optimized processor - you get as much as 1.5 days of battery life with moderate use
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
  • EMUI is bright and colorful, but somewhat cartoonish (although it can be easily replaced with a custom launcher)
  • The single bottom-mounted speaker is good but is easy to muffle with your hand when using the phone in the landscape orientation
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