After the noise that Gionee made with the launch of the Gionee Elife E7 back in 2013 and the many software problems it faced, Gionee comes back this year with, not one, but two very interesting devices.
The first one, the Gionee S8, was already announced in this year’s MWC in Barcelona, but the surprise came from the second device, the Gionee W909. The W909 had recently made its appearance on Geekbench results as well as TENAA. It is a clamshell device, one of the very few Android smartphones with this kind of design. It sports two 4.2″ 720p displays, accompanied by 4GB RAM and Helio P10 SoC. On the storage side, 64GB will be enough for most users, but for those who need more, a microSD slot will allow up to 128GB more. Android 5.1 is the version that the device comes with, driving a 16MP camera sensor on the back and a 5MP on the front for quality selfies. The 2,530mAh battery capacity will probably be enough to take with through the day, considering the relatively small display(s) it carries. The W909 dimensions are 124.1 x 62.8 x 16.5mm while the weight is a bit on the heavy side, reaching 207.7 grams. The Gionee W909 is priced at 3,999 Yuan ($616) in China.
As for the Gionee S8, its specs were already known from its announcement at the MWC ’16, sporting an impressive 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED panel, with Helio P10, 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM expandable up to 128GB via microSD, 16MP rear camera and 8MP front shooter. The 3,000mAh battery is average for a phablet and the dimensions in this case are 154.3 x 74.9 x 7mm, while it weighs 152 grams. The interesting part of the device is that it supports “Force Touch” the technology that Meizu is recently rumored to have dumped due to production issues for the Meizu Pro 6. Its price is 2,599 Yuan ($400) in China.