Gionee's Marathon series of big-battery-packing
smartphones was just expanded with the addition of the Marathon M5 Plus.
Launched today in China, the smartphone address one notable omission from the
original Marathon M5's specsheet - the fingerprint sensor.
The Gionee M5
Plus sits on top of the series and leans towards a higher segment of the
midrange. The smartphone comes with a significantly more powerful (though not
record breaking) Mediatek MT6753 chipset with an octa-core CPU. There is 3GB of
RAM on board, same as the M5, but built-in storage has been doubled to 64GB,
and you can further expand it by up to 128GB via microSD.
cell capacity for screen size, the new Plus-size model comes with a 6-inch
FullHD AMOLED display and "only" 5,020mAh worth of juice, where the
M5’s specsheet reads 5.5 inches, 720p, and 6,020mAh. The smartphone measures
160.9 x 81.2 x 8.4mm, which is reasonably compact for the screen and battery
size, and weighs in at 208g – 3g lighter than the 5.5-inch M5.
primary camera on the back comes with phase detection autofocus and a single
LED flash, while the front-facer is a 5MP unit. There’s a fingerprint sensor on
the front in place of the capacitive home key of other Gionee models. Fast
charging is supported and is done via a reversible Type-C connector, though it
only adheres to the USB 2.0 standard.
supports multi-band 2G/3G and LTE, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 and runs on Android
5.1 Lollipop with the company’s Amigo OS overlay on top, in its 3.1
incarnation. Priced at CNY 2,499 ($385), the Gionee Marathon M5 Plus is
available for purchase right now.