Gionee at its global product launch event in Beijing made announcement of two of its new highly-anticipated phones. Unveiled Marathon M5, Gionee Elife E8 comes with flagship specs and focuses on photography, and first off we will detail about the M5. Specifications, price and release date time frame can be found right after this fold.
The Marathon M5 purely aims to impress with battery life, Gionee call a major “pain point” in today’s smartphone useage, and that’s the power. Gionee, apart from other manufacturers who have gone for replaceable batteries or fast charging, has taken a slightly different way. With the Gionee’s M series variant, Marathon M5 packs a 6020mAh battery unit and that too using two 3010 battery cells, promising up to 64 hoiurs of standby even if the phone has only 5% of life left. Fast charge is supported too, and the phone uses dual charging chips, to charge both batteries at the same time, similar to Oppo’s VOOC concept. Resulting in faster charging times, and keeping the temperature down, and of course increasing safety.
It has built with an unibody metal frame with a narrow line and is just 8.5mm thick (4.75mm edge), even though it packs a huge battery 6,020mAh. Marathon M5 will last you four full days of heavy use and also have some software optimizations to help in prolonged autonomy, like background app management and a smart power consumption management as well.
The M5 is a regular lower mid-range device. Fetaures a 5.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED HD Plus display and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 64-bit processor with Mali-T760 GPU. Paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with expansion microSD card slot. Camera wise, it boasts a 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, 5P lenses, 1080p video recording and a 5-megapixel front-facing sensor with 84-degree ultra-wide angle lens.
The Marathon M5 comes with dual-SIM slots and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with Amigo UI 3.1 on top. Supports 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG connectivity options. Available in Black, White and Gold colors.
Price for the Gionee Marathon M5 is quoted at CNY 2,299 ($370) and will go on sale across China starting from 25th of June 2015.