Gionee S8 has been officially launched at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona today, as expected. It is the company’s flagship device in the ‘S’ series and they have also unveiled a new logo. Lets check out the specifications of the phablet.
Gionee S8 Specifications
The Gionee S8 features a 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD AMOLED display that supports 3D touch and is protected by 2.5D arc glass and Corning Gorilla Glass 4. 3D touch was introduced by Apple in iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. You can ‘touch’, ‘tap’ and ‘press’ the screen. It is powered by a 1.95 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) processor along with Mali T860MP2 GPU. It comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 128 GB via microSD card. The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS with the company’s Amigo OS 3.2 on top of it. Here, Amigo OS 3.2 comes with a lot of new features such as dual WhatsApp support for each SIMs, floating window to watch video while on WhatsApp or browser and more. The company will release Amigo OS 4.0 in June 2016.
The phone has a fully metal unibody build and according to Gionee, it has the world’s first invisible antenna design in the full loop around the edge. The company has also patented this design. It supports Hybrid dual SIM (micro / nano) where the second nano SIM slot can be used as a microSD card slot.
The S8 rocks a 16 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, RWB technology, 6P lenses, Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) and Laser Auto Focus. It comes with a 8 megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling. The fingerprint sensor has been embedded into the home button and it has a response time of 0.1 seconds and identification time of 0.38 seconds. It also features 70dB dual microphones and AKM3961 recording chip.
The S8 includes 4G LTE (4G+) with VoLTE, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual Band), Bluetooth 4.1, USB OTG and GPS as connectivity options. The phablet packs in a 3,000 mAh battery under the hood that supports fast charging.
The Gionee S8 is available in Grey, Rose Gold, Gold color variants and has been priced at 449 Euros (US $495 / INR Rs 33,963 approximately). It will go on sale globally by the end of March 2016. Check out our Gionee Elife S7 Review to check out its predecessor’s performance.
On this launch, William Lu, President of Gionee, said:
“The smiling face on new logo shows our desire to create happiness by developing built-in user-friendly technology and easy-to-use communication tools. By adding emotional elements to our smartphones, we believe our ‘smilephones’ will allow us to maintain a place in the hearts of our consumers and gain a stronger position in the industry.”
“Given the growing popularity to share our lives on social media, we have found that users are no longer satisfied with static images, and now need active videos. Gionee S8 is our first smartphone to carry our new smiling logo and enhance the video sharing experience. It allows us to easily record our precious moments and upload them to social media platforms. Our ‘smilephone’ is involved in the process of delivering joy.”
The new Gionee logo combines the letters “i” and “j” to form a “G” which represents Gionee and subtly conveys the message, “I am joyful”. The brightened orange color signifies an energetic, passionate and warm image. “Make Smiles” is the company’s new tagline.