Gionee is slowly gaining momentum in smartphone markets. Their smartphones are getting attention by the smartphone users and people have begun trusting Gionee as a brand. Gionee has been launching smartphones in almost all price segments and they seem to have been more focused in launching budget segment of smartphones lately. Well, they should be focusing on the budget segment of smartphones as it’s the one segment that is giving the company most of its profits. Recently, Gionee launched its Gionee Steel 2 smartphone. The smartphone is launched to attract the budget segment smartphone users. So, let’s see how this smartphone works in real life.
Gionee has done a pretty decent job in terms of designing this phone. The phone looks stylish with its amazing rectangular design and finely cut exteriors. The phone comes with a physical home button and two soft touch capacitive buttons. The volume rocker and power buttons are provided on the right edge of the phone. The external dimensions of the phone are 144.3 x 70.5 x 8.6 mm (5.68 x 2.78 x 0.34 in) and it weighs 160 grams. The phone is available in two color variants i.e. jazz gold, gold black. The phone comes with a 5.0-inches IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen that provides a screen resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels and roughly corresponds to a 294 ppi rich screen. The display provided in the phone gets the job done and the screen gets bright enough to provide decent sunlight legibility. Overall, the phone’s looks boast stylish exteriors with decent display.
The Gionee Steel 2 features a Quad-core 1.25 GHz Cortex-A53 processor which is backed by the Mediatek MT6737 chipset. The processor is competent enough to play light games and videos easily. However, one might not be able to play heavy games and videos on the phone, as then the users might observe lags or stutter from the phone. The Mali-T720MP2 GPU provided in the phone makes sure that the phone has enough juice for its graphics performance. The processor is also backed by 3GB of RAM, which is enough to run almost all kinds of applications. The phone runs on Android ecosystem, version 6.0.1 i.e. Marshmallow with the help of Gionee’s latest FunTouch UI. The phone comes with 16GB/32GB of internal storage and the internal storage could be expanded up to 256GB using a microSD card. The phone supports 4G networks and also allows dual SIM support.
The main camera features an 8-MP camera that is backed by autofocus and LED flashlight. Also, a 5-MP front camera has been provided in the phone. The primary camera has all the basic features like Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Geotagging, Panorama, HDR, Touch focus, Face detection, White balance settings, ISO settings, Exposure compensation, Self-timer and Scene mode. HD video recording would also be done by the camera at frames like 1080p@30fps. The camera provided in the phone captures decent images when the images are snapped in bright sunlight, however, the images may look a little faded at times. The camera, however, struggles to capture even decent images in dim light conditions. It has been observed that many times, it’s even hard to focus on subjects in low light conditions and many a times lot of noise seems to creep in the photos. The phone features a loudspeaker that gets loud enough and fulfills its purpose. The phone also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack.
The phone comes with a 4000 mAh Li-Po battery. The battery provided in the smartphone is non-removable. The phone also promises a stand-by time on 3G networks for up to 527 hours and talktime on 3G networks for up to 45 hours. In the real life conditions, the phone can easily run for a day and half with moderate to heavy usage. Talking about the connectivity options, the phone offers basic connectivity options, such as, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth version 4.0, A2DP, A-GPS, FM radio and microUSB v2.0. The phone comes with three kinds of sensors i.e. accelerometer, light and proximity. Being a low-budget phone