Gionee A1 Lite review

Gionee is trying to make a new identity in this overly competitive market. The company has been eyeing the selfie-obsessed generation, which is well reflected in its A1 series. We already have A1 and A1 Plus that mainly falls under mid-range and mid-premium range. But the heart of the smartphone industry lies in the budget segment. And that is why the company has introduced Gionee A1 Lite for Rs 14,999, to capture those selfie lovers, who do not want to spend a fortune for a good selfie camera.

Similar design, not-so-great display
Sadly, we have reached that point of saturation where the design of the smartphones, especially at this price point, does not excite us. With every launch, we see a device which is identical to other and Gionee A1 Lite is no different. The smartphone has a fair share of resemblance to other smartphones that are present in the market. That said, the smartphone is built on a solid line and the ergonomic design makes it easier to hold. The phone is 8mm thick, but we impressed from the fact that, in spite of featuring a 4000mAh battery, the device feels light.

It’s all about taking selfies!
 The major highlight of the Gionee A1 Lite is the 20-megapixel front camera with selfie flash. For the rear, there is a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. On paper, the camera specs look pretty interesting and not many smartphones come with a 20-megapixel sensor. However, in real life things becomes a bit different. To start with the selfie camera, under ideal lighting condition, the photo came out to be well-detailed and crisp. However, one problem we faced during our review time was the fact that most of the times the images were softly focused. This is especially noticeable when you click selfies under indoor lighting conditions. The selfie flash does make a difference when you are clicking photos in dark places and beautify mode works pretty well also.

Age-old specs sheet, wretched user interface 
On the hardware front, it is powered by a 1.3 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor with Mali T-720 GPU. It has 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB via micro SD card. At a time when others are trying their level best to provide the latest and greatest hardware at this price point, Gionee is using an age-old processor in this one. The overall performance of the device is not up to the mark. Though under normal usage, the device does not show any sign of lag, however, things get a bit rough when you begin with the multitasking. The moment the background apps increases, the phone starts choking.

Battery works just fine! 
Another major highlight of the device is the 4000mAh battery, which the company claims can offer up to 295 hours of standby time. During our testing period, we found out that the battery was able to last a day under normal usage, which including checking Facebook updates, replying to WhatsApp messages, calling and net surfing. However, under power usage, the battery depletes at a faster rate and there were times when you need to recharge your battery twice a day. The main reason behind this is the power hungry processor and the consistent problem of heating.