Back in January, GizBot ran an exclusive leak story around Gionee's mid-range M2 smartphone. Now the device has been released in Black and White color variants via online retailer Snapdeal at the price of Rs. 11,123.
Gionee has already influenced the high end segment as well with its most competitive Elife E6 and the latest Elife E7, while also drawing most of the smartphone users' attention with these smartphones.
The 5 inch smartphone segment, which South Korean honcho Samsung made full use of, is gradually being picked once again by most of the companies. However, when it initially started, the 5 inch devices were somewhat confined to high-end. But when it comes to the same 5 inch smartphones from Indian and Chinese manufacturers these days, they mostly fall under the mid-range tag. More so, some even fall in a range of Rs. 12,000.
Like-wise, the M2 smartphone from Gionee is also an affordable 5-inch handset with a 854 x 480 pixels display resolution. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex A7 processor with Mali 400 GPU coupled with a 1GB RAM, and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS.
There is no barrier that will stop you from taking photographs with the M2's 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. Additionally taking selfies and making video calls will be easily taken care of by a 2-megapixel front-facing snapper.
Apart from the Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) support with Dual Standby, the M2 also supports 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth with A2DP and GPS connectivity options. It also has USB OTG Support lets you use it as a power bank to charge other devices.
There is a minimum of 4 GB on-board memory which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.
The smartphone, which appears to be quite better than average devices, is powered by a 4200 mAh battery. The cell is said to offer up to 555 hours standby time and up to 24 hours (3G) and 31.5 hours (2G) talk time for the smartphone.
Looking at the specs, the device would in fact, be in the race against Lenovo's P780 which comes with a heavy battery package. Other than that, its sensible pricing could also affect Micromax and other Indian and Chinese vendors operating in India.