Gionee S6 review – premium smartphone with 4G + VoLTE support

The Gionee S6 is an octa core powered handset packed inside a full metal unibody with 4G + VoLTE support. This handset is using a super AMOLED screen and gets power from a 3150 mAh battery.

Unboxing

Box Pack Contents : S6 handset, SIM tray ejector pin, user guide, warranty card, screen guard, silicon back cover, USB Type C cable, travel charger 5V / 2A and premium quality earphone. SAR Value : 0.192 W/kg @ 1g head and 0.119 W/kg @ 1g body.

S6 Design

The S6 is using a metal body with a matte finish and shinny parallel borders on the side. Weight with battery is 141 grams and dimensions are 74.60 x 151.83 x 6.32 (mm). This handset has got a premium look with a very good built quality and finishing. It is available in Silver, Rose Gold and Gold colour options. I got the Gold colour version for the review.

Gionee S6 review and Unboxing

S6 is comfortable to hold and operate. Power button and volume rocker is on the right side, SIM tray is on the left, audio jack is on the top and microphone, single speaker and USB Type C port is at the bottom.

This is a dual SIM handset – in SIM slot 1 you can use a micro SIM card and SIM slot 2 is a hybrid slot you can either use micro SD card or a nano SIM.

Gionee S6 dual SIM slots (Hybrid SIM slot 2)

There is LED notification. VoLTE is supported (the service is not yet available in India). S6 is packed with following sensors – Accelerometer, proximity, light, gyro and magnetic.

Gionee S6 review, design, build quality

Display

The Gionee S6 sports a 5.5 inch super AMOLED screen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. Screen comes with gorilla glass 3 protection. Color reproduction, viewing angles and touch response are pretty good.

Gionee S6 5.5 inch super AMOLED screen with HD resolution

Memory, Storage and OS

There is 3GB RAM and 32GB of ROM plus users can use up to 128GB external micro SD card. You will get 22GB free space and 2GB free RAM on the first boot. There is option to move apps to external storage.

Gionee S6 is running Amigo 3.1 over Android Lollipop 5.1 (64 Bit).

Performance

Inside the hood : MediaTek MT6753 octa core (cortex A53) clocked at 1.3GHz with Mali T720 GPU. Performance was smooth, did not find the handset lagging. Battery temperature was well under control with normal to moderate usage, however with heavy usage (gaming / heavy apps) the battery temperature increase but still under 45 degrees as per in my standard testing conditions.

Benchmark

  • Quadrant – 22928
  • Antutu (64 bit) – 1st time 38753, 2nd time 38781
  • Nenamark 2 – 59.7fps
  • Internal storage Speed – Read (187MB/s), Write (144MB/s)
  • Multi Touch – 10 Point.

Gaming

I downloaded and installed the latest Asphalt 8 game and played it in the high visual quality mode. Game was playable, smooth and lag free – though the battery temperature increased to 43 degrees in 20 minutes.

Camera

The S6 comes with a 13MP AF camera on the rear with single LED flash support and front camera is a 5MP shooter. Rear camera can record FHD videos. The handset can play max FHD videos with ease.

Gionee S6 13MP camera

Camera quality is above average; do check the sample images and videos listed below.

Gionee S6 Rear Camera Sample

Front Camera Sample

Camera Video Sample

Others

Sound output is load and clear, in-call sound is also very good. I did not find any networks / call quality issues. 4G, WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth worked well.

Battery

S6 houses a 3150 mAh non-removable battery. It takes less than 2 hours to fully charge this handset. Battery performance is also pretty good you can expect 3 to 8 hours of continuous moderate to heavy usage. I got a comfortable one and a half day of battery backup with normal to moderate mixed usage.

Gionee S6 metal back panel

Battery Performance

  • Running Benchmark app – 21 minutes / battery % dropped by 6 / battery temp = 37 degrees.
  • Played Asphalt 8 – for 19 minutes / battery dropped by 9% / battery temp = 43 degrees.
  • Watched FHD video with full brightness (WiFi /4G on) – for 40 minutes / battery dropped by 8% / battery temp was 35 degrees.
  • Handset charging (wall charge) 1 hour 47 minutes from 18% to 99% using 5V / 2A charger.

Verdict

Gionee S6 is a premium handset with a beautiful body. Performance is smooth, camera quality is above average and battery backup is also decent depending on your usage. S6 supports 4G with VoLTE. A good buy however a bit pricey.

Gionee S6 is available for ₹19,999 in Silver, Gold and Rose Gold colour options.

Gionee S6 Image Gallery

Gionee S6 Video review

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