Gionee's new M2017 phone sports a curved screen and two 3500mAh batteries


Chinese brand Gionee announced a smartphone that's bound to turn some heads with the design and technology it offers. Notably, the Gionee M2017 incorporates two 3500mAh batteries, adding up to an impressive 7000mAh of available battery capacity.

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.

In addition, the Gionee M2017 offers a dual camera setup with one 12MP unit and one 13MP unit on the back, along with an 8MP front cam. While the specs definitely tick the right boxes, some of you might be disappointed with the absence of a microSD card slot and 3.5mm audio jack.

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.

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