Gionee Pioneer P6 review – quad core with 5MP primary camera

The Pioneer P6 is using the MediaTek 1.3GHz quad core processor running Android KitKat with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. This handset comes with an 5MP AF camera packed on the rear and a 2MP on the front. Is it worth it? read the review.

Box Pack
Inside you will find the P6 handset, 2 screen guards, 1950 mAh battery, good quality velvet flip cover, data cable, travel charger, user manual, warranty card, standard earphone and unique stand.

Design, Display and OS
Though the Gionee Pioneer P6 body is made of plastic the rear panel looks like metal because of the circular texture. Build quality and finishing is good. Body is glossy black colour with silver strip all along the sides.

Handset is comfortable to hold weight is 150 grams and it is 8.54mm thick. Power button and volume rocker are placed on the right side, 3.5mm audio jack on the top and micro USB port at the bottom. There are accelerometer, light, proximity and magnetic sensors.

Gionee Pioneer P6 box pack

This is a dual SIM handset with 3G support. You need 2 micro SIM’s. The handset supports many Indian regional languages (check video review).

Screen is 5 inches supporting FWVGA resolution (854 x 480 pixels). Touch is smooth but viewing angles are not that great.

Gionee Pioneer P6 review and unboxing

This handset is running Android 4.4.2 with Amigo UI.

Memory and Storage
P6 comes loaded with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage, there is micro SD card slot too. OTG is not supported but you can install / move apps to external SD card. Of the 8GB, 3.6GB is allocated as phone storage and 1.5GB is the space available for apps. Of the 1GB RAM you will get around 455MB free on the first boot.

Gionee Pioneer P6 review

Performance
The handset is using the 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6582 quad core chipset with Mali 400 MP GPU. Performance is smooth, but there is a very mild lag because of the Amigo UI.

Benchmark

App Result
Quadrant 6939
Antutu 19550
Vellamo Metal (684) Multi core (1190) Browser (1732)
Nenamark 2 62.9 fps
Multi Touch 5 point

Gaming
I tried Asphalt 8 that got installed on the external storage. Game was playable in the highest visual mode. The graphics quality was not that good, it was kind of smudged.

Gionee Pioneer P6 5 inch screen with FWVGA resolution

Camera
There is 5MP rear AF camera with flash and 2MP camera on the front. Still image quality is good but 1080p video recording is not that great. Check sample images and videos at the end of this review.

Gionee Pioneer P6 hands on back

Others
Sound is loud and clear. I did not find any issues with 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. Handset does not heat up much.

The flip cover gives a new and unique look. You will need to stick the flip cover on the back panel. Flip cover is with velvet material and comes with a window on the front (without glass). It is a magnetic flip cover that will show the time, date and notification on the flip window.

Gionee Pioneer P6 velvet flip cover screen

There is a unique stand too with a suction cup – great for watching movies (check video review or images in the image gallery).

Battery
There is 1950 mAh removable battery. You can expect continuous usage time of 4 to 5 hours (moderate to heavy).

Gionee Pioneer P6 1950 mAh battery

Task Time Battery drop (%) (max temp)
Running Benchmark apps 19 minutes 7% (36)
FHD video playback with Wi-Fi on + full brightness 17 minutes 6% (34)
Asphalt 8 Game Play 16 minutes 6% (35)

Verdict
The Gionee Pioneer P6 is using the well known 1.3GHz MediaTek quad core chipset. Other features are too basic like the 5MP camera (with below average performance) and 5 inch screen with FWVGA resolution. Considering the price tag of approx Rs. 8,200 and the specification the P6 is pricy.

With this price and specs the P6 simply cannot compete with the Lenovo A6000 and the Yureka smartphones.

[Rating 2.5 out of 5]

Image Gallery

Rear camera sample images

Front camera sample images

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