Gionee Marathon M5 Plus is perhaps the most expensive ‘Big Battery phone’ around. It is also the first Gionee phone to flaunt the refreshed Gionee logo in India. So, if you want to get rid of any possible battery anxiety and don’t want to settle for any lower-midrange offering, you might be considering buying Marathon M5 Plus. But is it any good? Let’s try and answer some frequently asked questions related to Marathon M5 Plus.
Gionee Marathon M5 Plus Key Specifications And Features:
|Model||Gionee Marathon M5 Plus|
|Display||5.5 Inch, Full HD, AMOLED Display|
|Processor||Octa Core 1.3GHz Mediatek MT6753, Mali T720MP3|
|Internal Storage||64GB, expandable up to 256GB|
|Software||Android Lollipop based Amigo 3.1|
|Primary Camera||13MP sensor, LED Flash, PDAF|
|Secondary Camera||8MP Front-Facing Camera, F/2.2 aperture lens|
|Battery||5020 mAh, USB Type-C fast charging, Dual Chip|
|Others||Dual SIM, 4G LTE and VoLTE, Fingerprint sensor, USB Type C, OTG|
Design and Display
Question: How is the Gionee Marathon M5 Plus design?
Answer: Gionee hasn’t tried anything fancy and kept things pretty simple in Marathon M5 Plus. It has a regular design with display dominating the front. Bezels around the display are quite narrow (75.5 percent to be very precise). The 2.5D glass layered on the display not only protects it but also adds to the phones overall appeal. It has a good screen to body ratio. On the rear, it features a symmetrically aligned camera, flash and new Gionee smile logo. Slim side edges and a back door that gently curves along the sides helps in lending Marathon M5 Plus a firm, comfortable grip in spite of it being a bit heavy.
Question: Are the capacitive keys backlit on Gionee Marathon M5 Plus?
Answer: No, Gionee Marathon M5 Plus doesn’t have backlit capacitive keys.
Question: How is the display of Gionee Marathon M5 Plus?
Answer: Gionee Marathon M5 Plus display is massive in size. It features a 6-inch full HD AMOLED display with 368ppi pixel density. In general, the display is sharp, responsive and slightly over saturated. The display also offers decent viewing angles.
Question: How is the outdoor visibility? Does Gionee Marathon M5 Plus have an option to toggle automatic brightness?
Answer: Outdoor visibility is decent. Against the sunlight, we didn’t face any legibility issues. There is option to turn on and off automatic brightness.
Question: Does Gionee Marathon M5 Plus display have gorilla glass protection?
Answer: Yes, it does.
Question: Is Gionee Marathon M5 Plus water resistant?
Answer: No. it is not water resistant.
Performance and Storage
Question – How much storage does Gionee Marathon M5 Plus comes with? Is their microSD slot in Marathon M5 Plus?
Answer: Out of 64GB, 58GB can be used by customers. Yes, Marathon M5 Plus supports microSD card expansion up to 256GB.
Question: Does it support USB OTG?
Question: How is day to day performance of Gionee Marathon M5 Plus?
Answer: In day to day usage, M5 Plus manages to hold its ground. However, Mediatek MT6753 chipset doesn’t manage to justify its price tag with its performance. The phone is not really optimized for gaming. Having said that, if you are a normal user who is not much into gaming, you won’t be disappointed.
Question: How is gaming performance of Gionee Marathon M5 Plus?
Answer: As I mentioned above, it is not a gaming device. Still you can play light games like Candy Crush, Clash of Clans, etc. But if you are looking forward to play highly graphics intensive games than you should consider other options.
Question: What are benchmark scores of Gionee Marathon M5 Plus?
Answer: LeEco Le 2 Benchmark Scores
|Geekbench 3||640(single core), 2865 multi-core|
|3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited||6910|
|Vellamo Browser, Metal and Multicore||2715 ,1130, 1552|
Question: Does Gionee Marathon M5 Plus have heating issues?
Answer: So far, we haven’t witnessed any heating issues in Gionee Marathon M5 Plus.
Question: How much RAM is free on first boot?
Answer: At the time of first boot, received 2.1GB free out of 3GB RAM.
Question: Does Gionee Marathon M5 Plus support Google cardboard and other VR gear?
Answer: No, it doesn’t include much-required gyroscope sensor.
Question: How is the Gionee Marathon M5 Plus camera performance?
Answer: The Gionee Marathon M5 Plus boasts a decent camera hardware. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with F/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus, LED flash and a 5-megapxiel front mounted camera for selfies.
The camera truly shines in good lighting conditions and captures a good amount of details with low noise. What’s bugging the camera is its exposure matrix. Sometimes it blows up highlights so much that image becomes useless. A function pro mode is also part of the camera app.
Question: Can Gionee Marathon M5 Plus shoot 4K videos?
Answer: Gionee Marathon M5 Plus cannot shoot videos at 4K resolution.
Question: Can you record slow-motion videos on Gionee Marathon M5 Plus?
Answer: No, with default camera app you can’t shoot slo-mos on Gionee Marathon M5 Plus.
Software And Battery
Question: How is the software?
Answer: Just like most Chinese brands, Gionee too has its own OS Amigo which is based on 3.1. It feels well-polished and animations are smooth. There is no app drawer and all the applications are stacked on the home screen. It comes with a fair share of gesture support. To me, the most appealing feature of Gionee Marathon M5 Plus UI is its lock screen which gets a fresh stock of wallpapers from the internet every day.
Question: How capacious is the Battery on Gionee Marathon M5 Plus? Does it support fast charging?
Answer: Biggest asset of Gionee Marathon M5 Plus is its 5020mAh battery which comes with dual chip USB Type C fast charging. It is still too soon to give any decisive comment, but as of now we are easily getting up to 2 days of backup with moderate usage.
Question: What kind of SIM card does Gionee Marathon M5 Plus accept?
Answer: It accepts Micro SIM cards on both the slots.
Question: How is the call quality on Gionee Marathon M5 Plus?
Answer: In our area, call reception was good. On the 2G network, voice calls were crystal clear at both ends.
Question: Does Gionee Marathon M5 Plus support VoLTE?
Answer: Yes, it supports 4G with VoLTE.
Question: What is the SAR rating of Gionee Marathon M5 Plus?
Answer: The SAR rating are will within permitted standards, it is 0.333 W/kg @ 1g (Head), 0.614 W/kg @ 1g (Body).
Question: What are the sensors present in Gionee Marathon M5 Plus?
Answer: It comes with Fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity, compass sensors.
Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on Gionee Marathon M5 Plus?
Answer: The loudspeaker quality is loud and clear. The speaker grill is placed at the rear, which is far from ideal.
Question: Does it feature a fingerprint sensor? Is it fast and accurate?
Answer: Yes, it does feature a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button. So far it has proved to be fast and accurate.
The Gionee Marathon M5 Plus has a sturdy built quality with decent hardware under the hood. Its capacious battery is its biggest strength and likely to attract all those who are fed-up of having to worry about losing charge. At the price, however, we would have appreciated a more powerful chipset. We will be exploring it further in coming weeks and will give our final verdict in our upcoming full review.