Gionee A1 Plus is the nicest of all the three smart devices currently in Gionee’s A-series. The phone has a very powerful battery and a total of three cameras. Two of this smart phone’s camera are positioned on the rear of the phone.
A1 Plus also comes with a larger RAM, compared to Gionee A1 Lite. While high-end smartphones are expected to feature a minimum of 32 GB flash storage, this smartphone comes with a 64 GB flash storage. In addition, A1 Plus is powered by a MediaTek chipset.
Gionee A1 Plus Review
While Gionee planned the release of Gionee A1, the phone manufacturer also planned the release of Gionee A1 Lite and Gionee A1 Plus. Gionee A1 Plus was also announced the same day as the standard A1. In addition, it was also released the same day as the standard A1. Ever since the release of the phone, it has been available for sales in the smartphone market. The release of this phone was in August 2017.
Like every high-end smartphone, Gionee A1 Plus is a 4G smartphone. All required to use the 4G network of any mobile operator in the country is a nano-SIM card. Not just any nano-SIM card is required to use the 4G network of a mobile network operator, a nano-SIM card that must be used, needs to have support for 4G networks. Aside from having support for 4G networks, the smartphone also has support for 2G and 3G networks.
As stated above, Gionee A1 Plus was released in August 2017. Even though this smartphone was released in August 2017, it is as large as 2018 high-end smartphones.
Giving an idea of how large this smartphone is, the smart device measures 150.50 x 74.40 x 8.00 mm. The dimension 150.50 x 74.40 x 8.00 mm is an equivalent of 5.93 x 2.93 x 0.31 inches.
As it can be seen from the dimension, Gionee A1 Plus is quite slim. The smartphone weighs just 161 grams and comes in two colours, namely mocha gold and black.
It is easy to assume Gionee A1 Plus will have a display of about 6.00 inches (15.24 cm). Interestingly, such guess will be accurate as this smartphone has a 6.00 inches (15.24 cm) display. The standard display size for 2018 high-end smartphone is 6.00 inches (15.24 cm), so Gionee A1 Plus gets a 5-star in this aspect.
The 6.00 inches display featured by Gionee A1 Plus, has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. With a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, this display of this phone is left with a pixel density of 367 pixels per inch (ppi).
Looking at other specs and features of Gionee A1 Plus, it will be expected of this phone to be championed by a very nice chipset. Just as expected, this smartphone is championed by a high-end MediaTek chipset. The chipset that champions this phone is the MediaTek Helio P25 chipset.
MediaTek Helio P25 is alternatively known as MediaTek MT6757T. For people who are not familiar with this chipset, the chipset is made up of 8 processors. The high-speed cores of this chipset operate at speeds up to 2.50 GHz.
Gionee A1 Plus operates with a very nice RAM. The RAM that serves as the main memory for the 8 processors of MediaTek Helio P25, has a capacity of 4 GB. A RAM of 4 GB is no doubt high in capacity.
With such a RAM, this smartphone will perform excellently. Its excellent performance will be maintained, even when it is running heavy apps. With a 4 GB RAM, the smartphone is 1 GB above the standard for 2018 high-end smartphones.
As seen among some high-end smartphone in the market, Gionee A1 Plus runs Android Nougat as its operating system. There is no doubt about the fact Android 7.0 Nougat is a catch for a 2018 high-end smartphone.
However, this smartphone can be excused as it was released in August 2017, when Android Nougat was the standard for high-end Android phones. Although Nougat is not expected from a 2018 high-end smartphone, it does not mean there is a problem with this version of the Android platform.
Key Specs and Features
- Display: 6.00 inches; high-definition (HD) in-plane switching (IPS) LCD; 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Storage: 64 GB, expandable up to 256 GB
- RAM: 4 GB SD-RAM
- OS: Android 7.0 (Nougat)
- Cameras: 20 MP front camera; 13 MP + 5 MP rear camera
- Battery: 4500 mAh
- Chipset: MediaTek MT6757T (Helio P25); octa-core; 1.40 GHz/2.50 GHz
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes
Cameras of phones are one of the hardware of smartphones, that have recorded great improvement over the years. Some years ago, VGA cameras were the type of cameras commonly seen in mobile phones. With time, cameras with resolution as high as 2 MP were introduced. In no time, we started seeing cameras with resolutions as high 5 MP. This progress continued, and we now have cameras with resolution as high as 24 MP.
Gionee A1 Plus follows the latest trend among new 2018 high-end smartphones. The phone comes with more than two cameras. Being explicit, the smartphone has a total of three cameras. Two of the three cameras that come with A1 Plus, are positioned on the rear of the smart device. A 13 MP and a 5 MP are the rear cameras of this smartphone.
The beauty of this smart device isn’t just about the number of cameras it has, another nice thing about the phone is its front camera. The camera that acts as the selfie camera of this smartphone, has a very cool resolution of 20 MP. Only a few of high-end smartphones have selfie cameras with resolutions as high as this. The selfie camera of this phone is not only powerful, it is also well-enhanced. In addition, the selfie camera works with a LED flash.
OS and APPS
The operating system a smartphone runs is important to be taken into consideration when buying a smartphone. For an individual who uses their phone for things more than basic things, this is very important. However, people who use their phones for basic things can afford not to take OS seriously. The reason why heavy smartphone users are asked to pay attention to OS is that OS often determine if smartphones can do some tasks or not.
In 2018, Android 8.0 operating is considered the standard for high-end smartphones, in the aspect of the operating system. In addition, Android 9.0 Pie has been released. These facts are meant to help infer that a 2018 high-end smartphone is expected to run at least Android 8.0 Oreo. Sadly, Gionee A1 Plus does not meet up to this standard. Rather than running the expected Android 8.0 Oreo, the smartphone runs Android 7.0 Nougat.
Gionee A1 Plus runs Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, as it was released in 2017. In 2017 Oreo was still in production, so the manufacturer could only equip the phone with Nougat which was the latest then. Even though, 2018 high-end smartphones are expected to come with Oreo or Pie, it does not mean Nougat is bad. Rather than being a poor operating system, Android 7.0 Nougat is a very nice OS.
While many smartphones come with pointless pre-installed apps, Gionee A1 Plus comes with thoughtful pre-installed apps. As this smartphone was designed for selfie lovers, it comes with apps like photo editor and video editor.
With the help of a photo editor, users of this smartphone do not have to waste their time and internet subscription, looking for a good photo editor. Furthermore, the video editor will also make it possible for users of this smartphone to edit videos, directly on their phone. With this, there is no need to get a laptop, before a video can be edited.
The brain of computing systems, are chipsets. Chipsets are the hardware that direct the operations of computers. Assembling a phone without a chipset is foolhardy, as the phone would not come alive.
In the smartphone industry, we have a number of companies that produce these chipsets. One of these chipset manufacturers is MediaTek. MediaTek is not a regular chipset manufacturer, the manufacturer is one of the best in the world.
Gionee A1 Plus is powered by a chipset that comes from MediaTek. The chipset that powers this smartphone, is furthermore one of MediaTek’s epic chipset. The chipset belongs to the Helio family. Being explicit about this chipset, the chipset is called MediaTek Helio P25, or Helio P25, for short. Apart from Helio P25, this chipset is also called MediaTek MT6757T, which is an uncommon name for the smartphone.
MediaTek Helio P25 is made up of 8 cores. In other words, Gionee A1 Plus is an octa-core smart device. As octa-core smartphones are known for, A1 has a very smooth operation, even when a user is playing very heavy games.
As expected, the cores of this chipset exist in two groups. Processors of one of these groups operate at speeds up to 1.40 GHz, while the high-speed processors of this chipset can operate at speeds up to 2.50 GHz.
With the help of the high-speed processors of Gionee A1 Plus, it is very okay to say that Gionee A1 Plus is almost two times faster than a typical low-end smartphone. The device is also almost 2x faster than some mid-range smart devices.
The proof behind these claims is that some mid-range phones and typical low-end phones cannot operate at speeds higher than 1.30. However, with the help of the high-speed cores in Helio P25, this smartphone can operate at 2.50 GHz, which is about 92 percent more than 1.30 GHz.
In 2018, 3 GB is the least capacity of RAM a high-end smartphone is expected to have. While 2 GB is the general standard for Android smartphones, a 3 GB RAM will help ensure that a smartphone operates smoothly, even when heavy apps and games are being run.
Gionee A1 Plus features neither a 3 GB RAM nor a 2 GB RAM. The smartphone goes beyond expectation, to feature a 4 GB RAM. With the help of such a large RAM, the user of this device will have a very cool user experience, using the phone.
Gionee A1 Plus Full Specs and Features
- Announcement Status: Announced
- Announcement: June 2017
- Release Status: Released
- Release: August 2017
- 2G: Yes, GSM (850/900/1800/1900)
- 3G: Yes, HSDPA (850/900/1700/1900/2100)
- 4G: Yes, LTE
- Count: Dual SIM
- Type: Nano SIM (Hybrid)
- Dimension: 150.50 x 74.40 x 8.00 mm (5.93 x 2.93 x 0.31 in)
- Weight: 161 grams/5.68 oz
- Thickness: 8.00 mm
- Colours: Mocha Gold, Black
- Case Type: N/A
- Size: 6.00 inches
- Type: high-definition (HD) in-plane switching (IPS) LCD
- Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Pixel Density: 367 pixels per inch (ppi)
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Size: 4 GB
- Type: SD-RAM
- Manufacturer: MediaTek
- Model: MT6757T (Helio P25)
- Cores: 8 cores (octa-core)
- Speed: 1.40 GHz/2.50 GHz
OS and APPS
- Type: Android
- Version: 7.0 (Nougat)
- Edition: N/A
- Apps: Photo editor, video editor
- Size: 64 GB
- Expansion Support: Yes
- Expansion Limit: 256 GB
- Total: 3 cameras
- Front Camera: 20 MP
- Rear Camera: 13 MP + 5 MP
- Front LED Flash: Yes
- Rear LED Flash: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes
- Position: Rear
- GPU: Mali-T880 MP2
- Speed: N/A
- Wi-Fi (Mobile Hotspot)
- Proximity Sensor
- Light Sensor
- Type: Li-Ion
- Capacity: 4500 mAh
- Rapid-charge system: Yes
Gionee A1 Plus Price in Nigeria
Gionee A1 Plus price in Nigeria ranges from 65,000 Naira to 70,000 Naira and is available in Gionee authorized retail stores nationwide and online on Konga, Jumia, Slot and other reputable e-commerce stores.