Chinese Smartphone manufacturer Gionee is one of the early entrants in India. Unlike most Chinese smartphone OEM’s, Gionee strengthened offline retail channel while most other took the easier online route. Gionee established its band in India by banking upon its capable performance, sleek and good looking smartphones. A couple of months back, it introduced S6 in India after witnessing some success in China. We have been using it as our primary device for about a week and are now well acquainted with the device. Here’s the answer to all the frequently asked question, benchmark scores and Camera Samples of Gionee S6.
Design, Build, and Display
Question: How is the Gionee S6 design and build quality?
Answer: Most appealing thing about Gionee S6 is its design. My Gold color S6 unit reminds me LeEco’s Le 1s which comes with almost identical design and the same shade of gold color. However, in contrast to Le 1s, it has a slimmer fit and a table flat back. Also, the chamfered edges on Gionee S6 are more pronounced. There is a narrow black color strip running around the display. On the top, it has a 3.5mm audio jack while at the bottom there is a USB Type-C port sandwiched between two speakers grill giving an illusion of stereo speakers. Overall there is a lot to appreciate in the design.
In terms of built quality, S6 feels strong enough in hand and doesn’t attract fingerprints and scratches easily. However, we would recommend our readers to buy a screen protector to avoid any accidental screen damage.
Question: Are the capacitive keys backlit?
Answer: There is no backlight available to illuminate capacitive keys.
Question: How is the display of Gionee S6?
Answer: The phone comes with a 5.5-inch super AMOLED display with HD resolution. It is a sharp and bright display with rich color tones and good viewing angles. Still we are not very pleased with the display. The color saturation is a bit over the top, which makes color look unrealistic. There is an option to adjust color temperature but that doesn’t really help in curtailing over saturation problem of the display.
Question: Does it come with Always On display feature?
Answer: No, this feature is currently only present in Nexus 6P, Samsung S7, and LG G5.
Question: How is the outdoor visibility? Does Gionee S6 have an option for automatic brightness?
Answer: Outdoor legibility is not an area of concern in Gionee S6. Yes, it does feature automatic brightness color option in the setting.
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Question: Does Gionee S6 display have gorilla glass protection?
Answer: No, it does not feature Corning Gorilla Glass or any other protection.
Performance and Storage
Question: How much internal storage space is free on Gionee S6?
Answer: Out of the 32GB onboard storage, 21.82GB is available at the user end.
Question: Does Gionee S6 support SD card? Can Apps be moved to SD card on Gionee S6?
Answer: It features a hybrid SIM slot, where a user can use second SIM slot as microSD slot. No apps can’t be moved to microSD cards.
Question: Does Gionee S6 support USB OTG?
Answer: Yes, USB OTG is supported (You will need USB Type C OTG pen drive, adaptors won’t work).
Question: How is the fingerprint sensor?
Answer: No, Gionee S6 doesn’t feature a fingerprint sensor.
Question: How is gaming performance of Gionee S6?
Answer: It is capable of delivering a decent gaming performance. While playing Asphalt 8, the phone did not sweat which is a positive sign of any average user. We have to test a bit more to offer a verdict on Gionee S6 gaming performance.
Question: What are benchmark scores of Gionee S6?
Answer: Here are some benchmark scores.
Question: Does Gionee S6 have heating issues?
Answer: Like most metal unibody smartphones Gionee S6 runs warm but it doesn’t ‘over-heat’. It has managed to survive our heating tests which include 15 minutes Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 5 game play and an extensive photography session.
Question: How much RAM is free on first boot in Gionee S6?
Answer: On the first boot, we got 2.2GB of RAM free out of the 3GB of RAM.
Question: Does Gionee S6 support Google cardboard?
Answer: Yes, Cardboard app is supported.
Question: How is the Gionee S6 camera performance?
Answer: Gionee S6 possess a decent camera which shines in natural lights. Under the influence of artificial light images appear grainy and camera’s color reproduction capability takes a hit. It is also capable of 1080p full HD videos.
Question: Can Gionee S6 shoot 4K videos?
Answer: No, it doesn’t support 4K video recording.
Question: Can you record slow-motion videos on Gionee S6?
Answer: No, in the default camera there is no option to shoot slow-mo.
Gionee S6 Camera Samples
Question: How is the software?
Answer: Frankly speaking, it is not the most glamorous OS around. Having said that, it’s smooth, effective and doesn’t embarrass you in front of friends by throwing a lag in your face. The best part about Android Lollipop based Amigo UI 3.1 should be its auto-lockscreen-wallpaper-change feature.
Question: Does Gionee S6 support Gestures?
Answer: Yes, it does supports smart gestures including smart dial, smart answer, pause alarm, black screen gesture and a few more.
Question: Does Gionee S6 have one handed mode?
Answer: No, there is no such option available on the phone.
Question: Does Gionee S6 support double tap to wake feature?
Answer: Yes, it does support double tap to wake feature.
Question: What kind of SIM card does Gionee S6 support?
Answer: It supports micro SIM cards on both the slots.
Question: How is the call quality on Gionee S6?
Answer: Call quality is excellent.
Question: Can you record calls on Gionee S6?
Answer: Yes,calls can be recorded on this phone.
Question: How is the Battery backup on Gionee S6?
Answer: Phone offers a decent battery backup. A 720p display also helps the cause as it consumes less power in comparison to full HD display.
Question: What are the sensors present in Gionee S6?
Answer: The phone supports various sensors, including as Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope sensor, and Magnetometer.
Question: Is the battery removable on Gionee S6?
Answer: No, the battery of S6 can’t be removed.
Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on Gionee S6?
Answer: Even though it sports twin speaker grills at the bottom, the right grill is where actual speaker rests. Speaker is loud enough and the sound is clear as well. Overall speaker performance is satisfactory.
The Gionee S6 is meant for people who prioritize beautiful design and who are not particularly heavy users. We do wish it had a fingerprint sensor and a better-calibrated display for its price, but if you are strictly looking for a phone you can buy from brick and mortar stores, Gionee S6 is worth considering.