Gionee announced a new feature-packed smartphone, the M2017, in China today. The device comes as the latest addition to the company’s M series of smartphones. It is being offered in two variants: a standard variant with 128GB of internal storage space and another high-end variant with an Italian custom alligator leather back with 256GB of internal storage space. Both variants are available for pre-orders in China.
Gionee packs the phone with high-end specifications such as a 7000mAh Polymer Li-Ion battery that has its own intelligent power management system and low power consumption display, and 6GB of RAM. The device comes with a 5.7-inch (2560x1440p) Quad HD AMOLED curved glass display that has sapphire glass protection. Under the hood, there is an octa-core Snapdragon 653 processor with Adreno 510 GPU. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a layer of the company’s Amigo OS 3.5 on top of it.
In terms of optics, the phone also boasts of dual rear cameras of 12-megapixels and 13-megapixels with an LED flash. At the front is an 8-megapixel camera. For network connectivity, the device supports 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG, USB 2.0 Type-C. There is also a 7000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The phone offers up to 25 hours of continuous video playback and 915.42 hours of standby. The device measures 155.2×77.6×10.78mm and weighs 238g.
The device is offered in two colour options: gold and black. In terms of pricing, one can see huge contrast between the two devices. While the standard variant is priced at 6,999 yuan (approximately ₹68,500), the high-end version which comes with Italian custom alligator leather back, comes for a staggering 16,999 yuan (approximately ₹1,65,000).
While there is no word yet on the phone’s availability in India, it could end up in the country soon. However the important questions remains as to whether one would cough up the kind of money that it demands for the high-end version. Would you buy the device? Do share your thoughts in the comments section below.