“The M7 Power’s build quality comes across as sturdy and premium, but most importantly, compact in hand”
In the future, when we look back at 2017 from a technological perspective, it will undoubtedly be seen as the year when bezel-less design became mainstream on smartphones. With its latest M7 Power smartphone, Gionee has now joined the bandwagon as the company has launched its first handset with narrow bezels and taller-than-usual aspect ratio of 18:9. We managed to get our hands on the smartphone right ahead of the India launch and here are our first impressions.
One of the first things that you will notice when you hold the Gionee M7 Power in your hand is that the handset comes with a textured back with fingerprint sensor right in the middle. While the textured panel ensures that the smartphone is not a fingerprint magnet, its feel in hand is entirely up to the individual preference.
The placement of the fingerprint sensor is convenient and not hard to reach, even for users with slightly smaller hands. The power button is located on the right side of the handset along with the volume rocker while the 3.5mm audio jack, micro-USB charging port, and speaker grille are all located at the bottom of the smartphone.
Thanks to the impressive screen-to-body ratio, despite the 6-inch display, the Gionee M7 Power is easy to hold with one hand and feels compact as well. The smartphone’s build quality comes across as somewhat premium but definitely sturdy, which means it can easily withstand a few drops, though we were unwilling to test this on the unit available to us.
Without wasting any more time, let us move directly onto the highlight of the M7 Power, i.e. its display. The new Gionee smartphone comes with a 6-inch panel with a resolution of 1,440x 720 pixels. The narrow bezels are definitely pleasing to the eyes and the display quality is also impressive. Considering that we are talking about a large screen with HD+ resolution instead of FHD+, the display doesn’t seem pixelated, unless looked upon closely. It can also appear to be slightly oversaturated at times.
Coming to the performance, the Gionee M7 Power comes with 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor and 4GB of RAM. We didn’t face any issues while launching the pre-installed apps or navigating through the operating system in our limited time with the device. If we talk about storage, it comes with 64GB of built-in storage, which can be extended further via a microSD card.
The smartphone houses a rather massive 5000mAh battery, which is yet another USP of the M7 Power. As you might expect, checking the battery life was not within the scope of our testing time, though we believe it can last up to a day and a half of heavy usage with ease. The handset ships with Android 7.1 Nougat which is layered with the brand’s custom Amigo UI.
In terms of optics, the Gionee M7 Power comes with a 13-megapixel primary camera with PDAF. At the front, it sports an 8-megapixel sensor for taking selfies. In our limited time with the handset, we found the camera quality to be average, but we will reserve our final opinion for the full review.
These are just our initial impressions of the Gionee M7 Power, which seems to be an interesting option for those looking for a battery-centric smartphone with a larger-yet-pocketable display. So if this is a device you are considering to buy, our in-depth review will be available very soon.