Gionee, a Chinese smartphone maker usually known for competing with Xiaomi, has unveiled a luxury grade device that dwarfs all competition in terms of battery power. Of course, this all comes at a price; and begs the question of whether anyone wants to pay this much for a phone.
The Gionee M2017 sports a 5.7-inch QHD dual curved display on the front, giving it a profile similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Inside, is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor. Which is admittedly a lot less powerful than one would expected for the asking price.
Paired with the Snapdragon 653 is a choice between 128GB of storage and 4GB RAM, and 256GB storage with 6GB RAM. Round off the hardware is a front mounted fingerprint reader and Gionee’s Amigo UI (with Android Marshmallow underneath).
The actual selling point of the M2017 is the massive 7000mAh battery, which promises plenty of talk time between charging. It’s reported that this isn’t actually a single battery, but rather a pair of 3500mAh cells placed next to each other.
Unsurprisingly, the backplate design vaguely resembles something that luxury phone maker Vertu would come up with. We’re not exactly sure what the material happens to be, but it looks reasonably expensive. Additionally, the icon are recoloured in gold; presumably to provide the “luxury” feel.
It would appear that the Gionee M2017 will only be released in China, at least for now. Which is perfectly fine, as the company is expecting people to pay 6999 Yuan (about RM4500) for the excuse of having a luxury phone.