If 2014 fared very well for Chinese handset maker Gionee as far as handset sales are concerned—the company claims a Gionee phone sells every seven seconds in India—now it is planning aggressive expansion as part of its strategy to capture a larger pie of the smartphone market in India.
In fact, Gionee even has plans to set up a manufacturing facility in India in the next couple of years. One of the reasons for the company’s success is good product quality—its manufacturing facility in China has a pass rate of 99.7%—and right products at the right price. One of these is the GPad G5, a dual-SIM phablet.
First, the looks. At a thickness of just 7.9 mm, the GPad G5 is relatively slim for a phablet. Its design has a retro feel to it. The overall build quality is good and the 5.5-inch display reproduces sharp images. The screen has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and its viewing angles are good too. While the phone is handy, we didn’t really like the sharp edges—the phone has a brick shape and rounded edges would have made holding it more comfortable. It weighs 104 gm without battery.
Coming to its processor, the GPad G5 gets the 1.5 GHz Hexa-core processor which lets you run multiple apps with ease. It gets the Android 4.4 Kitkat operating system which ensures faster multitasking. The phone gets 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. The phone works well as far as day-to-day usage is concerned and we didn’t find any lags using it for voice calling and messaging functions, and internet usage. The GPad G5 is powered by a 2,400 mAh battery.
As far as camera is concerned, the GPad G5 gets an 8-megapixel auto-focus rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front camera. While the rear camera clicks good photos in daylight conditions, the images are not very clear in lowlight conditions. However, the rear camera gets features such as face beauty, panorama (horizontal and vertical), eraser, face detection, geo-tagging, touch focus, 99 snaps in one click, smart gesture and smile shot.
For R14,999, the GPad G5 is decently priced. Agreed, it doesn’t shine in any single area, but as far as day-to-day usage is concerned, this phablet won’t disappoint you.
Estimated street price: Rs 14,999