Chinese manufacturer Gionee managed to pleasantly surprise us today, after they announced their latest smartphone, M2017, with two 3500 mAh batteries!
Besides the impressive power pack, totalling 7000 mAh, the design can’t be ignored either, since it’s made of engraved metal and features a 5.7″ dual-edge display, with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Also, the Gionee M2017 has two capacitive touch keys, reminding us of Samsung’s navigation keys.
Spec-wise, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 octa-core chip, running at 1.95 GHz, alongside 6 GB of RAM and a storage capacity starting with 128 GB. Unfortunately, it can’t be expanded, since there’s no slot for a microSD card.
Moving on to the camera department, the M2017 offers a dual camera setup, with a 12 MP snapper, as well as a 13 MP one, expected to deliver pretty impressive images. As for the selfie unit, it’s relying on an 8 MP snapper, which should take great selfies.
As a side note, potential buyers might be disappointed by the lack of a 3.5mm audio jack. Besides this, what’s very surprising is the price tag! Gionee used us with pocket-friendly smartphones, but the M2017, considered a premium handset, will have a starting price of 6,999 CNY, which roughly translates to a bit over $1000.
Considering all these aspects, it’s less likely to see the Gionee M2017 selling incredibly well, but it’s a nice addition to the manufacturer’s portfolio, showing that more and more Chinese companies can release premium smartphones and have the potential of targeting the Western market.