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Gionee seems to be very dynamic and extremely flexible in the smartphone market which they operate, and I must say that dynamism and flexibility should be the watchword of any smartphone maker in today’s world and market. Just on the heels of releasing their most expensive smartphone – which is even costlier than an iphone 7 – the Gionee M2017, in December last year, and also the Gionee Steel 2 which came hot on the heels of the former, this well respected Gionee has decided to take a dynamic turn and make the low end phone users very happy. This they have done by releasing what we are about to talk on – the Gionee F5 Lite (F5L).
Just as you think the ‘lite’ means, the Gionee F5 Lite is a slimmed down version of the Gionee F5, but then, the specs does not allow it to settle for the title ‘Lite’, instead, it is way more than that. It would only be fair if you give me your audience and attention as we take a walk through the specs and you take my review on the lighter version of the Gionee f5 – the Gionee F5 Lite. All you need to do is to stay with me.
Design and Display of the Gionee F5 Lite
The Gionee F5 Lite measures 150 mm in length x 74.5 mm in breadth x 7.7 mm in thickness while it weighs 162g. it has a 5.3 inches IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen, which is a yes yes from me as it beats my marked down standards for screen sizes which is 5 inches. We would like to know your own standards. (what is the minimum size of a smartphone screen you can make use of?). The screen resolution of the Gionee F5 Lite is 720 x 1280 pixels and the device can surely pass to be called a phablet.
Technology, software and Memory of the Gionee F5 Lite
Surely as you would expect, the Gionee F5 Lite features the 4G LTE as one of its networks. All smartphone makers now seem to make this a priority when releasing their very recent phones. 3G is gone, its 4G’s world now (life na turn by turn). It runs on an Android Operating Sustem, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow) with a Gionee’s Amigo UI. The Gionee F5 Lite has an Octa core 1.5GHz (not specified).
It packs a whooping 4 GB RAM, which is too impressive and extremely good for the ‘Lite’ version of a phone. Multitasking abilities of the Gionee F5 lite would be terrific. The internal storage is just 32 GB which can be expanded up to 128 GB with the use of a micro SD card, and also sacrificing the SIM 2 slot. Sensors available includes the Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, and of course, the Fingerprint Sensor.
Gionee F5 Lite Camera
The Gionee F5 Lite packs a 13MP Camera dual, with autofocus and LED flash – for the primary – while the secondary camera at the front has a camera quality of 8 MP. I cannot but talk about the fact that the selfie takers discrimination is still on. It is like the smartphone world has waged a full fledged war on the “selfiers” in the industry. But then, we won’t stop speaking out until our voices are heard. By the way, good camera by Gionee.
Multimedia and Connectivity
The Gionee F5 Lite supports microUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.2, dual-band Wi-Fi. It still possesses the 3.5 mm audio jack.
Gionee F5 Lite Battery
To be sincere with you, this part interests me very much, because, of what use is a smartphone without a long lasting battery. I’d say it is vanity upon vanity. But then, the Gionee F5 Lite has done us proud in this aspect as it packs a whooping 4000 mAh battery capacity which according to reports, can last more than 4 hours on 4G LTE network. Who else have noticed the correlation between Gionee and good batteries, well, I have. Thumbs up to them once again.
Gionee F5 Lite Price in Nigeria
Well well, this is another area you should be interested in but not to worry, the Gionee F5 Lite doesn’t leave much to be worried about. The price in Nigeria of the Gionee F5 Lite would be around N32,000 to N40,000. I really think it is a very fair and attractive price given it specifications and it will surely compete favourably with other devices in its category, if possible, lead them. This is an excellent one from Gionee. I’m impressed.
Summary of Gionee F5 Lite Specifications
GSM: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G: HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
4G: LTE bands 1(2100) / 3(1800) / 5(850) / 8(900)
SIM Type: Dual SIM (Micro SIM, Nano SIM dual stand-by)
Dimensions: 150 × 74.5 × 7.7 mm
Weight: 162 g
Colours: White. Gold.
Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels (267 PPI)
Type: IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen
Processor Type: 64-bit Octa-core 1.5 GHz
OS: Android 6 Marshmallow + Amigo 3.5
RAM: 4 GB
Internal Storage: 32 GB
External Storage: microSD, up to 128 GB (SIM 2 slot)
Rear: 13 megapixels, autofocus, LED flash
Video recording: 1080p @ 30fps
Front-facing: 8 megapixels
Music Support: MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
Video Support: MP4/MPEG4/H.263/H.264 player
FM Radio: Yes
WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, hotspot
USB: microUSB v2.0, USB-On-the Go
Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh
So tech brethren, what do you think?