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Gionee A1 Lite Review: Good Camera, Average Hardware

Overview

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If you have an affinity for selfie phones or phones with big batteries then you must have heard of Gionee. The company has been pushing these two aspects in smartphones with a lot more enthusiasm than its competition. This year we have already seen the Gionee A1 and A1 Plus, which were launched with the same philosophy, but didn't fulfill it completely. Now, the company has launched an all new phone called the A1 Lite that is smaller than either of two previous devices.

Priced at $220.28 (₦79,190), the phone tries to create a space for itself in the very competitive sub-50k smartphone segment. Like its brothers, the A1 and the A1 Plus, the A1 Lite is also aimed at selfie lovers and features a 20MP front facing camera. Complementing the ‘Selfie and battery’ tag line of the company, you also get a 4000mAH battery on the device. Is it worth the price? Well I have been using the Gionee A1 Lite for a few days and these are my thoughts on the phone.

Pricing and Availability

Gionee A1 Lite is now available in Nigeria. You can buy the Android phone at leading online stores in the country. Gionee A1 Lite price in Nigeria ranges from ₦75,000 to ₦80,000 depending on where you buy from.

Gionee A1 Lite Review: The Design

The Gionee A1 Lite looks similar to the Gionee A1, with a full metal body. The right side houses the volume keys and power button while the left only has the dual-nano sim card tray that also doubles as the microSD card slot. The charging port and the headphone jack is located at the bottom. The back has the rear camera with the finger print sensor under it and the speaker grille at the bottom.

The A1 Lite sports a 5.3 inch HD (720X1280) IPS LCD with corning gorilla glass over it, with the front camera at the top and the soft keys on the lower bezel. Although it packs a huge battery, the device is surprisingly quite slim and easy to handle.

Gionee A1 Lite Review: The Camera

According to Gionee, the USP of the A1 Lite is the 20MP front facing camera. On paper, it seems to have the same setup Gionee used on the A1 Plus, but image quality is lower. Images look good only under ample lighting conditions. The camera captures a decent amount details, and dynamic range is average. Moreover, the soft focus issue i saw on previous Gionee phones still persists. That is not something camera enthusiasts would like, but at the same time your selfies have lesser blemishes and a smoother skin tones, which many tend to like, although it may be overdone here.

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Coming to the rear camera, Gionee A1 Lite Features a 13MP Camera. Like the 20MP front shooter, the 13MP rear camera is again decent. It shares DNA with the rear camera of the Gionee A1 I reviewed earlier and hence produces good quality images most of the times. It captures good amount details and has almost true-to-source colour reproduction in ample lighting conditions. The dynamic range is decent too, but the soft focus does persist, alhtough it is not as prevalent as it is on the front camera. Besides that, the main issue with the camera is its slow. It is slow to focus, slow in changing modes and the phone even takes a couple of seconds to launch the camera app.

Gionee A1 Lite Review: Performance

The Gionee A1 Lite runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with Amigo UI 4.0 layered on top. It is powered by Mediatek MT6753 Octa-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 with Mali-T720MP3 GPU. The A1 Lite comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded via a microSD card.

As far as the performance is concerned, the A1 Lite Does fairly well.  couple of tests was conducted and it scored a 595 on single core and 2356 on multi-core, while on AnTuTu it scored 36465. The Amigo UI 4.0 is quite fluid and some features like full page screenshot comes in pretty handy. It doesn't even have too many bloatware so it's clean and even if you want to delete some of the pre-loaded apps, you can delete them. 

While testing the pre-loaded games, it performed fairly well, with barely any lag, but the moment you try to play heavy games like the WWE Immortals or the Injustice: Gods Among Us, you'll start noticing that the device heats up and the visuals tend to lag quite frequently.

Gionee A1 Lite Review: Battery

Heat is the enemy of battery life and performance and hence the 4000mAh battery is unable to live up to our expectations. In our test PCMark battery test, the A1 Lite lasted for just six hours and 45 minutes, which is quite low, compared to what most of its competitors achieve. That said, the phone will last for at least a full work day for most users, but at the same time it takes more than an hour and a half charge completely.

Gionee A1 Lite detailed specifications

GENERAL
Release dateAugust 2017
Form factorTouchscreen
Dimensions (mm)150.50 74.40 8.00
Battery capacity (mAh)4000
Removable batteryNo
ColoursGold, Black
SAR valueNA
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches)5.30
TouchscreenYes
Resolution720x1280 pixels
HARDWARE
Processor1.3GHz octa-core
Processor makeMediaTek MT6753V
RAM3GB
Internal storage32GB
Expandable storageYes
Expandable storage typemicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)256
CAMERA
Rear camera13-megapixel
FlashYes
Front camera20-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating SystemAndroid
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-FiYes
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 b/g/n
GPSYes
BluetoothYes
NFCNo
InfraredNo
USB OTGYes
Headphones3.5mm
FMYes
Number of SIMs2
SIM 1
GSM/CDMAGSM
3GYes
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)Yes
SIM 2
GSM/CDMAGSM
3GYes
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ MagnetometerNo
Proximity sensorYes
AccelerometerYes
Ambient light sensorYes
GyroscopeYes
BarometerNo
Temperature sensorNo

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