Gionee Pioneer P3 review; 1.3GHz MT6582 quad core with 4.3 inch display

Gionee Pioneer P3 is another budget friendly smartphone that houses the MT6582 quad core chipset clocked at 1.3GHz. This handset runs on Android 4.2.2 with Amigo UI over 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. It is priced at under Rs. 7,500.

Pioneer P3 box pack
Inside the red box you will find the P3 handset, 1700 mAh battery, a screen guard (there were 2 screen guards), service centre list, user guide, warranty card, power adapter, data cable and earphone.

Design
The Gionee P3 handset is small in size and has got a bulky outfit. It does feel sturdy. It is a dual SIM handset (you need normal SIM’s). P3 weight with battery is 156 grams and dimensions are 68.01 x 129 x 10.86mm – it is 10.86mm thick.

Rear side is matte finish and handset is comfortable to hold. 5MP camera on the rear is a bit out. Just like the Gionee GPad G3 the P3 also has the volume rockers and the power button placed on the right side, 3.5mm audio jack on the top and micro USB port at the bottom. SAR Value: 0.679 W/kg (head) and 0.66 W/kg (body).

The Gionee Pioneer P3 box pack

Display and OS
The capacitive touchscreen is 4.3 inches with 800×480 pixels resolution. Touch response is good, however viewing angles are not that good. There are accelerometer, magnetic, light and proximity sensors.

The handset runs on Android 4.2.2 with Amigo UI.

Gionee Pioneer P3 unboxing and review

Memory and Storage
There is 512MB on board memory and of the 4GB storage 1.6GB is assigned for apps and a minimal 369MB as phone storage. On first boot 187MB RAM is available. There is micro SD card slot that can add another 32GB external storage. Users can install / move most of the apps on to the external storage. Just like as seen on the GPad G3 the Pioneer P3 does not supported OTG.

Performance
The handset comes loaded with MT6582 quad core chipset @ 1.3GHz with Mali 400 GPU. We have seen this hardware performing well on the Micromax A114 and many other handsets that are using the same chipset.

Gionee Pioneer P3 buttons

Benchmark scores

  • Quadrant Standard – 5619.
  • AnTuTu –  1st: 17313, 2nd: 16955.
  • Vellamo – HTML5 1875, Metal 547.
  • Nenamark 2 – 62.7 fps
  • Multi touch : 5 points.

Gaming
It’s action time, I tried the MC4 and the Asphalt 8. Both the games got installed on external SD card. The MC4 (Modern Combat 4) was smooth however Asphalt 8 failed to load. I had faced the same issue with the Gionee GPad G3 that also could not play the Asphalt 8 game. Probably it is a low memory issue or incompatibility with the Amigo UI.

Gionee P3 screen

Entertainment
Full HD videos work in both H/W and S/W modes (using MX player). I also tried playing h265 video (High Efficiency Video Coding) in 720p resolution. It worked in S/W mode only.

Camera
The camera of 5MP (Auto focus) is placed on the rear with single LED flash support and a VGA camera on the front. The rear camera shoots very good quality images and videos. Front camera output is below average. The handset can record videos in 1080p resolution at 30fps. Do check the sample images and 1080p video. The long shot still image (Outdoor) is very impressive and so is the night shot street light.

Gionee Pioneer P3 5mp camera

Others
Sound is loud and clear. GPS lock is very fast. I did not find any issues with 3G, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The handset gets heated up a bit when using heavy apps which is normal.

Battery Performance
The removable battery is of 1700 mAh capacity. The battery dropped by 11% when running the benchmark apps for about 21 minutes. You can expect the handset to last for about 3 to 4 hours with heavy usage on a single charge.

Gionee Pioneer P3 battery 1700 mAh

Verdict
The Pioneer P3 is available for a price tag of under Rs. 7,500. Again a good option for this price, however it is with 512MB RAM and some high end games may not work. The performance is good and because of a smaller screen / resolution the FPS is really good. The pricing is good and competes with several handsets in this budget quad core category. Gionee Pioneer P3 also comes with a magnetic sensor that you would usually find missing on handsets using the 1.3GHz quad core chipset.

Image Gallery

Sample Images

Gionee Pioneer P3 handset and gaming review video

Full HD (1080p) sample shot using Pioneer P3 handset


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  1. Riema Dy says

    My Gionee Pioneer P3 Phone can’t store pictures even if it has still a huge space in its internal memory. I don’t know what to do.

  2. Ralph says

    I want to inquire 4 instances about Gionee P3 that I have:
    1. How to turn off its predictive text?
    2. The screen do not light up if it has an incoming message. how to make it on?
    3. Message indicator shows it still has 3 messages, but I just can notify them.
    4. It volume no matter it’s already maximized is just barely audible, although it’s ok w/ music. are there any ways to increase its incoming call ringing?

    Thanks to those who can advice…

    Ralph

  3. sukh says

    Plz tell me from where i can download Stock ROM of Gionee P3? i have searched too much on net and found Stock ROMs of all models of Gionee except P3.

  4. Arun prakash says

    I am using gionee p3 I can’t connect otg adapter it’s not show anything in display can you help me?

    • Ashu says

      Moto E not having front camera very hard to say what mobile good p3 or moto e because i am want to buy a phone around 7000 price range but i think P3 is good i think to buy gionee P3 not Moto E

  5. ashu saini says

    sir mai gionee company ka phone lena chahta hu par maan me ek daar sa hai.jese china ke phone jo 6month to teek chalte hai or baad me bekar ho jate hai aisa raha to mere Rs. 7000 bekar chale jayege. Sir kya mujhe gionee ka ye p3 lena chahiye. Woh iss liye agar ek baar Rs. 7000 ka loss ho gaya to sayad mai dubara smartphone na le saku. PLESE GIVE ME ADVICE.

    • Anwar says

      ashu brother, Gionee is better brand than Micromax, lava etc. its built quality is like samsung. go for p3. for 6800 rs. at flipkart.

    • Makrand says

      No Problem Mate!!! I Think U Should Go To Pioneer P3…. I’m Using It And Its Awesome!!!! Its Better Than Micromax…. Eg. Micromax MAd A94 And Canvas Doodle Has Not A Smooth Touch But P3’s Screen Is Smooth And Responsive……So I Advice U 2 Buy Gionee Pioneer P3…….. :) :) :)

  6. Nishant says

    Hi Gogi, before buying the p3 I’m trying to get an idea of how easy/difficult it is to remove the custom Amigo UI. It looks a bit kiddish, and probably takes up precious internal memory. Does anyone have experience with removing amigo and replacing it with a stock android UI? Thanks

  7. dhruv says

    hii gogi bro

    hw r u doin?

    cud u plz tel me vch chipset is better

    1.3 quad core(MT6582) wid Mali 400 GPU.

    or

    1.2 quad core(MT6589M) with PowerVR SGX 544 MP GPU.

    plzz rply soon dear i m goin 2 buy a budget friendly smartphone
    i ‘ll purchase only after ur reply(recommendation)

    plz plz rply soon gogi bro
    thnkssss

  8. kuntal sarkar says

    Sir, My brother purchased it, but its battery back up is very low,(I think worst) even he charged his phone daily thrice a tym (only 2g internet). Having a samsung Galaxy y pro duos of mine wid 3g vodafone net , it lasted about 8-10 hrs(battery 1350 mAH,since 2012 june till now) I also suggest him to download open battery dr saver. but failed to increase battery backup.den my brother go d shop & they xchanged it wid nu 1, but same is here. I suggest him dat phone by Practical reviewing Just it’s predecer p2 which 1 has one of my clz frnz.but p2 has 1500mAH battery wid it’s own power managemen software + dr battery saver , it lasted about 2 days.
    Now my question wat can i do for it? plz plz sir, tell about d solution. Bocz of now i faced a irritating situation here for brother

  9. S2G says

    cpu z app shows magnetic sensor on many devies but while testing the magnetic sensor with any app you will find the compass is not rotating

  10. ashish j says

    I got pioneer p2, same specs only screen size is 4″ at 5200 from indiatimes shopping. its better buy, you save 2000 for a little smaller screen.

    • Kumar Varun says

      Dude, you serious? Its has a quad-core processor, 4.3inch, autofocus camera. Compare the benchmarks. Get your facts right man.

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