Gionee M5 mini

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Gionee‘s business model of making a scaled down version of some  of their best selling phones has being very successful. The Gionee M5 Lite is one of such products. Coming as the scaled down version of the very impressive M5, the Gionee M5 Lite is also likely to be a popular model too from the specifications. Have a read and judge for yourself.

Gionee M5 Lite

Design and Display

The M5 lite is encased in a very cool aviation grade aluminium alloy. This gives the phone that solid glossy look combined with a lightness that is the hallmark of that kind of  alloy.

Weighing just 182 grams, the smartphone has  dimensions of 143×69.9×8.5mm. This is the frame that supports a 5 inch HD IPO display with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. The pixel density tops out at 293 ppi. This is obviously good because those kind of display specs normally render crisp and sharp pictures with very good viewing angles.

Software, Storage and Processor

Coming after the M5, it is only right that the M5 lite would be packed with the latest softwares. The Gionee M5 lite spots the Amigo 3.0 OS based on Android 5.1 lollipop.

The quad-core smartphone has a MediaTek MT6735 chipset supporting a 64 bit processor clocked at 1.3GHz. Extra power for running multiple apps seamlessly is found in a RAM of 3GB and a Mali-T720 GPU to handle videos and graphics smoothly.

For storing videos, files and pictures, the M5 lite comes with an in-built internal storage of 16GB. There is microSD slot to expand the storage up to 128GB in case you prefer storing your files in the microSD card.


This is the feature most people would be interested in knowing about: just to see how the M5 lite matches up to the M5. At 4000mAH, the Li-ion battery is massive enough to give you over 40 hours non-stop talk time and up to 40 days of standby time. And just like the massive 6000mAH of the M5, this phone can also be used as a power bank to charge other phones.

Gionee M5 Lite


On the Gionee website, the M5 lite is priced at 900 Chinese Yuan which roughly translates to just over 27000 Naira. So it is safe to assume that, with imports duties and sundry charges, the phone would be priced at no more than 30000 Naira. This is a relatively fair price for a budget phone with those specs.

See the Full Specs below


See the Full Specifications below

2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G bands HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 40(2300)
Speed HSPA 42.2/11.5 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
GPRS Class 12
EDGE Class 12
LAUNCH Announced 2015, December
Status Available. Released 2015, January
BODY Dimensions 143 x 69.9 x 8.5 mm (5.63 x 2.75 x 0.33 in)
Weight 183 g (6.46 oz)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.0 inches (~68.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Asahi Dragontrail Glass
– Amigo 3.1
PLATFORM OS Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
Chipset Mediatek MT6735
CPU Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Mali-T720MP2
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 128 GB
Internal 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
Secondary 5 MP
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB v2.0
FEATURES Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
BATTERY Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 450 h (2G) / Up to 400 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 33 h (2G) / Up to 19 h (3G)
MISC Colors Gold, Gray
SAR EU 0.38 W/kg (head)     0.54 W/kg (body)



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