Some phones can theoretically last days on end and just look awful doing so. Most phones don’t — not necessarily what power users are going for. Striking a balance between industrial design, horsepower, battery specs and cost gets hard when you favoring one over the others. So, Chinese OEM Gionee decided to compromise less and do more in a follow-up to a marathon runner of a phone. And just like some movies that don’t know a holiday from a better debut date, this phone’s coming out on Christmas.
The Marathon M5 Plus follows up last month’s Marathon M5 with hardware upgrades galore. Yes, it only took a month to whip this puppy up. And while you’ll see a dip in raw milliampere-hours, the charge-up trade-off may be worth it:
|Component||Marathon M5 Plus||Marathon M5|
|Screen size||6 inches||5.5 inches|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080||1280 x 720|
|Pixel density||368 ppi||267 ppi|
|SoC||MediaTek MT6753||MediaTek MT6735|
|Storage||64GB (microSD expandable)||32GB (microSD expandable)|
|Camera||13MP rear / 5MP front||13MP rear / 5MP front|
|Battery||dual-battery 5020mAh||dual-battery 6020mAh|
|OS||Android 5.1 w/ amigo OS 3.1||Android 5.0 w/ amigo OS 3.0|
|Dimensions||160.9 x 81.2 x 8.4 mm / 208g||152 x 76 x 8.5 mm / 214g|
It’s a fingerprint sensor, extra storage, a better processor, dual-LTE and VoLTE support and a tad smaller footprint for 16 percent less battery. Whether it’s a win, loss or wash for you comes down to the price, we guess.
The M5 Plus is out right now for ¥2499 ($386 as of this point) while the regular Marathon M5 got a slight price cut to ¥2199 ($340).
And yes, pre-orders run until December 25, when regular sales start in China.