Gionee's new M2017 phone sports a curved screen and two 3500mAh batteries
While the M2017 are a subject of taste, more than anything, the smartphone still stands out with its deeply engraved metal and curved 5.7-inch dual-edge display with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. It has a Home button and two capacitive touch keys, similar to Samsung's approach to Android navigation. On the inside, the M2017 offers a generous 6GB of RAM and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor. This is an octa-core chipset with its CPU clocked to 1.95GHz.
Unlike other Gionee handsets, or Chinese smartphones in general, the M2017 is priced far up in the premium phone sector, starting at around $1007 (6999 CNY) for the base 128GB storage model. Considering the kind of hardware Chinese customer can treat themselves to for around $300, we reckon only China's wealthiest will be interested in Gionee's offering. Even so, the absence of luxury materials such as diamonds and precious metals does little to make it alluring for such a swag-conscious crowd.