Teletalk Pvt. Ltd., the authorized distributor of Gionee smartphones in Nepal, has officially launched the successor of Marathon M5 — Marathon M5 Plus. It features a huge 6-inch 1080P display and is available from Gionee’s retail outlets for Rs. 39,999.
Being a Marathon line-up, the main highlight of M5 Plus is its innovative battery technology. Although it houses a lesser capacity battery of 5020mAh than its predecessor Marathon M5 which has a 6020mAh, the battery of M5 Plus will maintain 90 percent of its capacity after 600 charging cycles, which converts to roughly two years of use.
The Marathon M5 Plus sports a metal body and weighs 208gms. Despite featuring a 6-inch display, the screen to body ratio stands at 75.5% making it one of the most compact phablets. The 1080P panel of the phone has an energy-efficient AMOLED panel and boasts a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Under the hood, the Marathon M5 Plus is powered by an octacore Mediatek processor (MT6753, 64bit, Cortex A53 @ 1.3GHz) and 3GB of RAM.
In terms of memory, the Gionee Marathon M5 Plus has a whopping 64GB of inbuilt storage and a dedicated microSD card slot that can be further expanded upto 128GB. For the camera, Gionee has opted for a 13MP rear unit with f/2.2 aperture lens, phase detection autofocus, and LED flash. There is also a 5MP front snapper. The phone now sports a fingerprint scanner which the company claims will unlock the phone in 0.3 seconds. Connectivity options include Dual SIM support, WiFi b/g/n, GPS, and Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.
Gionee M5 Plus Key Highlights:
- 6-inch (1920× 1080 pixels) Full HD AMOLED display with 2.5D arc glass
- 1.3GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6753 64-bit processor with Mali-T720 GPU
- 3GB RAM, 64GB Internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with micro SD
- Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with Amigo OS 3.1
- Dual SIM (Micro + Micro)
- 13MP Auto Focus Camera with LED flash, PDAF, 1080p video recording.
- 5MP front-facing camera
- Fingerprint sensor
- Dimensions: 160.9 x 81.2 x 8.4mm; Weight: 208g
- 4G LTE / 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG, USB Type-C
- 5020mAh battery with fast charging
The Marathon M5 Plus is a worthy upgrade to the Marathon M5 and is perfect for those who want excellent battery life and a big screen for entertainment. However, if battery life isn’t a concern, you will find a handful of phones under the same price bracket that is slimmer and faster. For example, you will get Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 for Rs. 25,000 that comes with a better 16MP camera and a better chipset. For a market price of Rs. 40,000, you get the One Plus Two that offers flagship grade Snapdragon 810 chipset and better user experience.