“Hands on with the latest addition to Gionee’s Marathon stable”
Gionee has several categories of smartphones under its belt, but one of the most relevant these days is its Marathon series. With a focus on long-lasting battery life, the Marathon smartphones are aimed at power users who don’t want to worry about running out of juice. The Marathon M4 is the latest device in this range, and packs in a meaty 5,000mAh battery under the hood. We’ve got the smartphone in our labs, and we’re going to begin by taking a look at the closer look at the phone and its box contents.
The Marathon M4 comes in a white box with the image of the smartphone on top and the specs listed at the rear. Opening up the lid you’ll see the smartphone nestled in a foam tray on top. Lift it up, and you’ll find a second tray bearing a flip cover. Underneath, you’ll find the user guide and warranty information, along with wealth of other goodies which are a standard in Gionee retail boxes. The list includes a two-pin wall charger, a micro-USB cable, a USB OTG cable, a stereo headset and a screen protector.
Coming to the smartphone itself, the Marathon M4, as you might expect, is pretty heavy at 176g. It’s also fairly thick at 10.2mm, but the tapered back panel makes it feel much slimmer than it really is. The Marathon M4’s 5-inch display features a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, resulting in a crisp pixel density of 294ppi. The screen uses Super AMOLED technology, which results in fairly saturated colours. From our initial time spent with the device, we found the display to be extremely fluid and responsive. Above the display you’ll find the front 5MP camera, earpiece, sensors and notification LED. A row of capacitive Android keys lies below the screen, but they miss out on backlighting.
The dual-SIM smartphone supports both Indian 4G LTE bands on both SIMs. The remaining connectivity features include Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG and HotKnot. According to Gionee, the 5,000mAh battery offers up to 50 hours of talk time and 440 hours of standby time. You can also connect a USB OTG cable to charge other USB-powered devices.
The Gionee Marathon M4 has been priced at Rs 15,499, making it more expensive than the competition which includes the likes of the Intex Aqua Power Plus, Lenovo P70 and Lava Iris Fuel 60. To find out whether the performance justifies that price tag, we’re going to be using the device as our daily driver for the next week to bring you our review.