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Gionee S6s Review: An Average Selfie Smartphone That's Good Looking

The Gionee S6s smartphone. Image: News18

The Gionee S6s smartphone. Image: News18

Launched in the sub-Rs 20K segment, we find out if the Gionee S6s gets the selfie game right.

With the never-ending popularity of selfies, manufacturers are now focusing more on the camera quality of their smartphones. The market is already full with a variety of smartphones bringing the best front camera lenses packaged in beautiful designs and realistic price tags. Launched in the sub-Rs 20K segment, we find out if the Gionee S6s gets the selfie game right.

What’s Cool?

The Gionee S6s comes with an eye-pleasing design and sports a metal unibody frame with smooth edges. The phone features a full HD display at 5.5-inches which is both bright and responsive. Despite a large screen, the phone is comfortable to hold or carry owing to its slim factor.

The power button and volume rockers are placed traditionally on the right and on the left is the hybrid tray slot for microSD card and SIM. The bottom features both the standard 3.5mm headphone jack slot along with a micro-USB charging port, while the front features the selfie camera, flash, and an LED indicator.

Gionee phones boast of symmetric designing and this one too comes with a center aligned rear camera, fingerprint sensor, and the company logo.

The Gionee S6s features a symmetric design. Image: News18.

As part of Gionee’s own custom interface, a feature called - Chameleon - lets you use your phone's rear camera as a colour dropper tool and pick colours from your surroundings to tweak the display's background colour.

In terms of performance, the phone comes with a 1.3Ghz MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor with 3 GB RAM that doesn’t disappoint and offers a smooth experience. You can easily fire up multiple apps and continue switching between them without facing any lags.

Targeted at selfie-lovers, highlight of the Gionee S6s is its 8 megapixel front camera that comes equipped with a secondary selfie flash, in addition to the screen flash, which offers brighter results. The selfies are better if captured in naturally bright outdoors. The rear camera too at 13 megapixel offers decent output. The in-built filters and camera modes such as HDR, time lapse, GIF, macro, mood photo, etc. further add to the overall betterment of results.

The phone comes powered with a 3150mAh battery which is sufficient for an average user and will last you a day.

What’s Not So Cool?

Priced in the sub-Rs 20K segment, the phone comes with a hybrid tray for accommodating either a second Nano SIM or a microSD card, which defeats the purpose of having a dual-SIM phone.

The phone comes with a hybrid slot for SIM and microSD card. Image: News18

The phone is powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Gionee's Amigo 3.2 layered on top. While the custom skin is non-intrusive, bundled apps consume about 8 GB of the 32 GB on-board storage.

Although there is abundant light offered through screen flash and an additional selfie flash, if you are taking a regular self-portrait without using the Beauty/ Front Beauty mode, you will notice that the image is sharper than it should be. That basically takes out the realism out of a selfie.

Competitors

At Rs 17,999, the Gionee S6s is in direct competition with the Oppo F1s which is also touted to be a selfie phone. The Oppo F1s features a 16 megapixel front camera that is double the megapixel count offered with the Gionee S6s. Also, the selfie phone by Oppo does not come with a hybrid slot, which means you can insert two SIM cards and also expand the 32 GB internal storage via microSD card.

Verdict

Gionee S6s is a slightly pricey deal even if you are a selfie-addict. Given the price tag of Rs 17,999, the phone isn't exactly true to its name of being a selfie phone given the low megapixel count and non-consistent results. Gionee intends to woo selfie-lovers at a time when the market for camera-focused phones is booming. The phone holds potential to strike a chord if one wants premium designing, 4G, good performance, memory expansion, and a decent battery without necessarily going by the 'selfie phone' label.

first published:September 13, 2016, 12:11 IST