Just last month, we heard of a Gionee Marathon M5 launching in India. A midranger at heart,
the phone has a 720 x 1280 5.5” display and is powered by a MediaTek 6735 SoC,
coupled with 3 GB of RAM. What piqued our interest about it, however, was its
massive battery – a 6,020 mAh cell, tucked under its rather hefty body.
revealed TENAA post shows us another unit from the Marathon line – a Gionee
Marathon M5 Plus will come with a larger, 6” AMOLED display with a 1080 x 1920
pixel resolution, 3 GB of RAM, and a yet unknown MediaTek octa-core SoC (maybe
a Helio P10 or Helio X10?). In the camera department, the M5 Plus has a
promising 13 MP camera in the back, and a commonly-seen 5 MP resolution on its
selfie snapper. The phone will, surprisingly, have a smaller juicer in its
trunk, but still a pretty impressive one – a 5,020 mAh cell will keep the
Marathon M5 Plus' lights on. Of course, the large display and hefty battery
take their toll on the phone's dimensions and weight – according to TENAA, the
M5 Plus measures at 6.3 x 3.1 x 0.32 in (160.7×81.0×8.2 mm) and weighs 7.2 oz
(206 g) – quite bulky.
whether any of these phones will make it to Western markets is yet unknown, but
not impossible. In the US, Gionee smartphones are sold as rebranded products
under the BLU smartphone brand. For example, the super-thin Gionee Elife S5.1, which used
to be a contender for the Guiness “thinnest smartphone in the world”
title, is sold in the US as the BLU
Vivo Air. In Europe, Gionee smartphones can be found under the brand Allview.