Gionee Marathon M4 with 5-inch Display : Price. Specifications and Review

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Gionee Marathon M4 with 5-inch Display : Price. Specifications and Review

Gionee has announced the Marathon M4, the latest addition to its Marathon series of large-capacity battery phones. The Marathon M4 will come with a 5,000 mAh battery, which is the same capacity as its predecessor – the Marathon M3. The Marathon M4 will be selling for Rs 15,499 through online as well as offline stores.

The Gionee Marathon M4 comes with a 5-inch HD resolution and houses a 1.3GHz quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. The phone comes with 16GB of in-built storage which is expandable to up to 32GB using a microSD card. The phone supports 4G bands in India – TDD-LTE 2300MHz Band 40 and FDD-LTE 1800MHz Band 3.

The Gionee Marathon M4 will come with Android 5.0 Lollipop and just like its predecessors, will have the Amigo 3.0 UI skin atop it. On the camera front, you get an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. The phone will support Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n, EDGE/GPRS, 3G, GPS/A-GPS and Bluetooth 4.0.

The Gionee Marathon M4 – like other members of the Marathon series of smartphones – sports a large battery – 5000mAh battery in this case, which is perhaps the largest battery in a sub-Rs. 15,000 smartphone. Notably, the Marathon M3 smartphone, launched last year, also featured a 5000mAh battery. Other Marathon range handset includes the Gionee Marathon M2, which pack a 4200mAh battery. Another highlight of the smartphone is it supports 4G bands in India – TDD-LTE 2300MHz Band 40 and FDD-LTE 1800MHz Band 3.

In terms of specifications, not much has changed from its predecessor – the Marathon M3. We had reviewed the Marathon M3, and had observed, “Thanks to the massive battery capacity, the phone is only meant for one kind of user – he or she who need a long lasting device. If you are tired of lugging around your portable chargers because of your phone dying out within a work-day, then the Gionee Marathon M3 makes for a compelling choice. Of course you have to spend a grand sum of Rs 13,999 to get it. A quick search on online e-commerce sites will get you the device anywhere between Rs 11,800 to Rs 13,000.

Sure, it is not a flawless device. The storage space available to the user is a huge let down. Bloatware is another issue. Also I would have liked if the Amigo UI was a tad bit speedier, not that it’s as slow as the E6, but you can still notice a lag while swiping screens. The camera performance is decent.”

Apart from 4G, other connectivity options on the Gionee Marathon M4 include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, GPS/ A-GPS, and Bluetooth options. It measures 144.7×71.2×10.18mm and will be available in Black and White colours.

Commenting on the launch, Timir Baran Acharyya, GM, Gionee India said “Marathon M4 is a result of Gionee’s consistent understanding of the rising demand for a device that not just looks great on the specs sheet, but also demonstrates an impeccable performance. Consumers today love to be connected on the go and are always on the lookout for powerful devices and M4 answers exactly that. With an exceptional battery life and powerful multimedia experience, M4 is sure to set the bar a notch higher.”

GENERAL

Release dateAugust 2015
Form factorTouchscreen
Dimensions (mm)144.70 x 71.20 x 10.18
Weight (g)176.00
Battery capacity (mAh)5000
Removable batteryNo
ColoursBlack, White
SAR valueNA
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches)5.00
TouchscreenYes
Resolution720×1280 pixels

HARDWARE

Processor1.3GHz  quad-core
RAM2GB
Internal storage16GB
Expandable storageYes
Expandable storage typemicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)32

CAMERA

Rear camera8-megapixel
FlashYes
Front camera5-megapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating SystemAndroid 5.0
SkinAmigo 3.0 UI

CONNECTIVITY

Wi-FiYes
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 b/ g/ n
GPSYes
BluetoothYes
NFCNo
InfraredNo
Wi-Fi DirectNo
MHL OutNo
HDMINo
Headphones3.5mm
FMYes
Number of SIMs2
SIM 1 
SIM TypeMicro-SIM
GSM/ CDMAGSM
3GYes
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)Yes
SIM 2 
SIM TypeMicro-SIM
GSM/ CDMAGSM
3GNo
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)Yes

SENSORS

Compass/ MagnetometerNo
Proximity sensorYes
AccelerometerYes
Ambient light sensorYes
GyroscopeYes
BarometerNo
Temperature sensorNo