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
Type Octa-core Quad-core
Speed 1.5GHz 1.3GHz
GPU Mali-T720 Mali-T720
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
SIM type dual-SIM dual-SIM
USB Type-C micro-B
Fingerprint Yes (front) No
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.

Source: Gionee (M5 Plus, M5)
Via: Android Central, PhoneArena

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