The Gionee F205 smartphone which was launched today in India has been priced at Rs 8,999 and is one of the cheapest smartphones to hit the market. The smartphone has been designed to give a very premium feel for the price and also borrows some of the possible features from flagships of today. I got the opportunity to try out the phone at the launch and here’s what my first impressions are of the device.
The Gionee F205 is honestly on of the better looking devices in this price segment. The smartphone has a very rounded look with a 2.5D display, rounded edges and metal unibody. The rear panel of the device has a matte finish to it with some interesting colors, I personally think the black one looks the best. Sadly, despite the matte finish of the rear panel, it still turns out to be a fingerprint magnet. And if someone were to look at just the rear of the phone they might even mistake it to be the OnePlus 5.
Moving on to the front, the device houses a 5.45-inch Full View display that has an aspect ratio of 18:9. With thin bezels on the sides and a comparatively small chin and forehead, the device successfully apes some of the costlier phones out there. The device is relatively light and weighs only 135.6 gm.
The UI of the phone which is Gionee’s own Amigo 5.0 skin over the older Android 5.0 is very cartoonish and lacks depth. It does not have an app drawer as well
The Gionee F205 features a Mediatek MT6739 Quad Core processor that has a clock speed of 1.3 GHz, 2GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage. This makes the phone relatively smooth to operate at mint condition. There was some observable lag while initializing apps simultaneously, but that all needs to be examined more in our detailed review.
The camera of the smartphone which is one of the key features is not what one would expect. The rear came clicks just about average photos with the 8MP lens while the front camera which is the highlight with a 5 MP camera isn’t too well off. The selfie bokeh has some issue with the edges and the backlight feature cannot save a photo from noise is low light.
The battery, app clone, face unlock and all the other features could not be tested at the event. And we plan to cover all of those in the final review of the device.
The Gionee F205 offers good design for its price range. However, when we look beyond the surface and compare the specs with other smartphones in its segment, it falls back a few paces. So, someone who would prefer a rather contemporary phone, this fits right in, although going by performance alone, then there are a few options currently pitted against it in the market. We’d take a more in depth look at the Gionee F205 once we have used it for a longer period. Stay tuned for our review.