Selfie smartphones are making a comeback in the Indian market. Just recently OPPO launched its OPPO F1s with 16-megapixel OIS camera. And now Gionee has launched the Gionee S6s, which is also aimed at selfie enthusiasts. The smartphone is priced at Rs 17,999. The Gionee S6s comes with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, as well as a 13-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and Ultra Pixel support. The smartphone will be available online via Amazon India, as well as offline via the company’s retail partners. Also Read - Amazon Mega Music Fest sale: Best deals on TWS earphones, headphones, soundbars and more
As the name suggests, the new Gionee S6s is a newer variant of the S6, which was launched in India earlier this year with a price tag of Rs 19,999. Like the S6, the new S6s too comes with metal unibody design, but with the addition of a 2.5D glass on the front. It will be available in two colors — Latte Gold and Mocha Gold. The smartphone features a fingerprint scanner on the back, which Gionee says can support up to five different fingerprints. Other important features include a hybrid setup that either lets users opt for two SIM cards or one SIM card and one microSD card. There’s also support for VoLTE that makes the smartphone future-proof. Also Read - Huawei Band 6 launched to take on Mi Band 5, brings SpO2 monitor at budget
Gionee S6s specifications
The Gionee S6s comes with a 5.5-inch IPS In-Cell display with full HD (1920×1080 pixels) resolution. For performance, the Gionee S6s comes with 1.3GHz MediaTek 6753 octa-core processor along with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone comes with 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card.
The Gionee S6s’ USP is the 8-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture and 5P Lens. The selfie camera is accompanied with a LED flash and also screen flash, which essentially aid in clicking selfies in low light conditions. At the back is a 13-megapixel auto-focus camera with f/2.0 aperture and Sony IMX 258 sensor. The camera also gets a slew of modes like Panorama, HDR, Professional, Magic Focus, Face Beauty, Pic Note and Ultra Pixel, which stitches multiple images together to deliver a 120-megapixel resolution image. The rear camera is capable of shooting full HD (1080p) videos.
Connectivity options include dual-SIM, 4G with VoLTE support, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and OTG support. The smartphone is powered by a 3,150mAh battery. It runs Amigo 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Right now there’s no word on when or whether the smartphone will be upgraded to Android 7 Nougat.
At Rs 17,999, the smartphone will compete against OPPO’s F1s selfie smartphone. OPPO’s smartphone is priced at Rs 17,990, and comes with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera featuring f/2.0 aperture and 1/3.1-inch sensor. It also has a MediaTek octa-core processor along with 3GB of RAM. The OPPO smartphone also comes with the fingerprint scanner.
Besides the OPPO F1s, the Gionee S6s will also compete against popular Android smartphones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Moto G4 Plus and Lenovo Vibe X3, which are all priced in the Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 price range.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is priced at Rs 11,999 and boasts a fingerprint scanner at the back. It also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor, 32GB internal storage, 16-megapixel rear snapper with f/2.0 aperture and PDAF support, and a bigger 4,000mAh battery.
The Moto G4 Plus is priced at Rs 14,499 and also boasts a fingerprint scanner embedded into the physical button up front. It features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 octa-core chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB onboard memory and a combination of 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel cameras.
The Lenovo Vibe X3, on the other hand, is available online for Rs 19,999. At this price you get a device with 1080p display, Snapdragon 808 hexa-core chipset, 3GB RAM, 32GB onboard memory, and a combination of 21-megapixel rear camera with 4K video recording support, and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The smartphone also comes with a fingerprint scanner and stellar audio chops thanks to three Texas Instruments OPA1612 amplifiers and a high-end Sabre 9018C2M DAC chip.