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Gionee Marathon M5 Plus launched

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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.


Trading-off 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.

The 13MP 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.


The smartphone 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.


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