The Gionee S6 offers a 90% metal body and impressive specs for a sub-$300 price point
_Gionee has dished out quite a few interesting smartphones in recent times, most of which have offered a great assortment of specs at a very low price point. The new S6, which has just rolled out to consumers in India, includes the usual healthy dose of features for a cost equivalent to $294.
A number of mostly Chinese firms have risen to prominence over the past few years for delivering powerful-yet-cheap handsets to eager consumers. While the S6 almost certainly won't hit the United States or European markets any time soon, its great design and impressive tool-set are hard to ignore, particularly if you're a fan of slick design language.
The body of the S6 -- at just under seven millimeters thin -- is unquestionable eye candy. At 89 percent metal, it also offers a screen-to-body ratio of 77.8 percent thanks to the sizable 5.5-inch display. The panel itself is described as an HD Super AMOLED, so almost certainly a 1080 x 1920 resolution. Not exactly the QHD loveliness we've come to expect from the majority of higher-end devices, but not too shabby nonetheless.
Under the hood sits a 64-bit octa-core chip clocked at 1.3 GHz, allied to a very substantial 3 GB RAM. There's 4G LTE with VoLTE, which offers a much smoother voice calling experience, while the 3150 mAh battery should keep the thing ticking over nicely.
There's a 13-megapixel main camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies. On board you get 32 GB of storage, but if you require more, you can pop in a microSD card of up to 128 gigs.
Running the Amigo OS version 3.1 atop Google's Android 5.1 Lollipop, the S6 is available in Gold, Silver and Rose Gold. If you have $300 to spare and have been sufficiently wooed, you can buy the device online through Flipkart at the source.