2017 seems to be the year of bezel-less smartphones. Almost every brand seems to be in a rush to launch its own bezel-less device. Not to be left behind, Gionee too has joined this bandwagon with its M7 Power smartphone. The device has a big battery one of its highlights and on paper most of the other specifications looks like they mean business. and other specifications seem to be good on paper too. With a price tag of Rs 16,999, is it a smartphone that is worth buying? But is it worth a buy at a price of Rs 16,999? Read the rest of our review to find out
Gionee M7 Power is made of aluminium and the front panel is dominated by the bezel-less display. The metal clad body coupled with the edge to edge display does give it a futuristic look, but somehow, we were more impressed with its build quality than we were with its design. The diamond-like luster on the smartphone’s textured back panel and the thick edges make it look a bit chunky. If you like flashy looking gadgets then you may just like the look of it. You may like it, but personally we prefer phones that come with a more minimalistic look and feel, so the M7 Power didn’t really leave a lasting impression.
The textured back panel of the Gionee M7 Power isn’t impressive for multiple reasons. To begin with, the smartphone has three kinds of textures on the back: there is a glass strip on the top where the rear camera and LED flash can be found; below it is the glossy texture and finally there’s a plastic like material below that as well. One can’t fault Gionee for putting in a lot of effort on the smartphone’s design and look. However, the end result somehow is rather mundane. One thing that we didn’t like about Gionee’s M7 Power is the textured back panel. Firstly, the smartphone has three kinds of textures on its back. There is a strip of glass on top on which the rear camera and LED flash are placed. Below it glossy texture we mentioned earlier and below that is a plastic-like material. Although it seems like the company has put in some effort to make the smartphone look good, the end result seemed mundane.
This is not to say that the brand hasn’t got things right with the design and look. The build quality of M7 Power is sturdy and impressive which also makes it heavy at 199 grams. With 8.6mm edges, this is a slightly thicker looking smartphone compared to a few others. If thicker looking devices are what you prefer then this is certainly a good option to consider.
However, we must add that we were far more impressed by the built quality of the Gionee M7 Power. The smartphone comes with a sturdy built quality and feels heavy to hold at 199 grams. It is also quite thick compared to others smartphones with 8.6mm edges. If thin smartphones are not your thing, you would certainly like the device. The edges of the smartphone house a 3.5mm jack, charging slot and speaker grilles at the bottom, power and volume rocker buttons on the right and SIM tray on left.
The front panel remains dominated by the 6-inch HD + display of the smartphone. The colours get a bit saturated but overall, it’s consistent at different viewing angles. Using the smartphone under direct sunlight wasn’t a problem either. Gionee M7 Power comes with 18:9 aspect ratio which makes watching videos and other multimedia a good experience. The on-screen navigation keys on the display work fine as well. The display of the M7 Power is certainly satisfactory. We found the display to be decent. The colours were a bit saturated, but remained consistent at different viewing angles. Sunlight readability was not a problem something that we consider to be a plus. Thanks to the 18:9 aspect ratio, watching videos and the multimedia was a good experience. The display also had on-screen navigation keys. Apart from the display, the front panel was is also home to the earpiece and the selfie camera of the smartphone.
Gionee M7 Power smartphone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system with Amigo 5.0 skin on top. It is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. For storage, it offers 64GB ROM and a microSD card support of up to 256GB. For imaging duties, the smartphone comes with a 13MP camera at the rear with an aperture of f/2.0 and an 8MP facing camera with an aperture of f/2.2. The device houses a 5000mAh battery with fast charging and offers the device offers 4G, VoLTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC as connectivity options.
Speaking of the UI of the smartphone, Gionee M7 Power does come with customization’s. For instance, the app icons are different from other Android devices, the Settings shortcuts in notification panel is tweaked and the smartphone has a number of pre-installed apps. These include Flipkart, UC NEs, Truecaller, Gaana, TouchPal, GStore and more. It also has a number of games like Danger Dash, Kingdoms, Bubble Bash 3, etc. But if you don’t find these apps useful, you’ll face no trouble uninstalling them.
There weren’t any complaints from our side when it came to the smartphone’s performance. It handled almost all routine tasks like launching and switching apps or multitasking on Chrome without any stutters or lags.Launching and switching between apps was not a problem either. Using multiple tabs of Chrome was also not an issue. In general day to day tasks, we faced no lag
Multi-tasking was also handled by Gionee M7 Power seamlessly. Other multitasking operations like listening to music while navigating or playing games was handled seamlessly. The smartphone offers consistent and smooth performance while performing any kind of task you assign. Browsing the Web or social media apps comes naturally to it and you’ll have no complaints.
The biggest USP of the device is the battery it comes. The 5000mAH battery generally lasted for two days on a single charge. You can perform all kinds of tasks on the smartphone games, music, social media and the battery still lasts close to two days. It’s certainly one of the most impressive features of the Gionee M7 Power. Be it playing music while using navigation or playing games the smartphone took it quite well. You can browse the Internet or use social media apps like Facebook and Instagram, but the performance of the smartphone will remain smooth and consistent. The cell phone reception was good most of the times, even in areas like basements and elevators.
If the battery life impressed us then the optics did disappoint. The 13MP primary camera is just about reasonable. In well-lit conditions, the images were satisfactory but step in dimly lit condition and it falters. The colour reproduction isn’t particularly great either be it in any sort of lighting conditions. The clarity and sharpness of the images suffer to a great extent in the Gionee M7 Power. While bokeh effect might be the buzzword for most cameras these days, Gionee M7 Power comes with 3D effect.
The front camera does a better job than the rear one but there are a host of other smartphones that perform way better than Gionee M7 Power. The cameras are certainly not the reason to buy this device. The battery of the smartphone is probably the biggest reason for you to buy it. The 5000mAh battery usually lasted for 2 days on a single charge. Use the smartphone for watching videos, playing games listening to music, and keeping your self updated with various social media apps like Facebook and Instagram. It will still last two days on a single charge. We were thoroughly impressed by Gionee M7 Power’s battery life.
However, optics were a little disappointing. The 13MP primary camera does a decent job. Images taken in well lit conditions were satisfactory, but in dimly lit conditions, it falters a bit. But we did notice a difference in colour reproduction. They weren’t accurate most of the times be it well lit or dimly lit conditions. Th clarity and sharpness of images was also not up to the mark. Unlike most other camera centric smartphones that come with Bokeh effect, Gionee M7 Power has a 3D effect.
The front facing camera does a better job, but there are other camera centric smartphones like Honor 9i that perform better as far as this aspect goes. We ran some benchmark tests on Gionee M7 Power and it scored 45825 in Antutu and 680 and 2614 in Single core and Multi core scores of Geekbench 4.