Before today, it was apparent that Gionee was preparing a handset with a monstrous battery; or, should we say, two batteries. Today, the company's Marathon M5 smartphone featuring two 3010 mAh juice packs has been revealed alongside the flagship Elife E8, and aside from sheer capacity, it includes a number of battery optimization features to ensure that it can outrun most other smartphones on the market.
At a time when blazing-fast processors, top-notch cameras and sleek designs seem to be the order of the day, Gionee has concentrated on one of the most common gripes of today's devices. The Marathon M3, which preceded the new M5, offered a whopping 5000 mAh battery, but with enhanced battery management and dual charging chips, the M5 is a true beast of endurance.
One of the killer battery features is the extreme mode, which boasts almost three full days (62 hours) of standby time from just 5%. This is great for those who want to use their device to the max but don't want to fall off the radar once the juice begins to run low. The charging chip pairing also ensures that the battery can be charged quickly, and allows the device to double up as a power bank for charging two devices simultaneously.
Whilst the Marathon M5's name gives it away as a long-distance runner as opposed to a sprint specialist, its specs are still reasonably solid. It bundles a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear shooter, 4G LTE and 16GB of on-board storage, which can be expanded by means of the microSD slot. The 5.5-inch AMOLED display is only a 720 x 1280 offering, which is a bit of a disappointment on the resolution front, but it's a sacrifice that perhaps had to be made to give the M5 such incredible battery retention.
Despite housing two relatively large batteries, the Marathon M5 itself isn't too huge. With a thickness of 8.5 mm and the outer rim measuring 4.75 mm, it's not overly large, and users should be able to squirrel it away into the pocket without too much fuss.
The dual-SIM Gionee Marathon M5 will arrive in black, white and gold color options on June 25th, and with a price tag of $370, is designed for those who wish to spend more time using and less time wall-hugging.
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