One of the worries many people have about smartphones is their tendency to drain battery so easily. However, every now and then devices, such as the Marathon M4, designed with those having battery concerns in mind surface. This Gionee phone packs a massive 5000mAh battery, an HD display and quad-core processor.
Design and Display
Gionee Marathon M4 exhibits a very solid build with a chassis made of full matte metal designed with the aid of innovative cutting technology. But this phone is not all that portable at a thickness of slightly over 10 millimetres and a weight of 176 grams. It sports a 5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, which promises decent viewing experience.
Camera and Storage
With an 8-megapixel snapper on the rear, Gionee Marathon M4 looks ready to produce some quality shots. The camera expectedly has LED flash and autofocus. Buyers will also get an impressive 5-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling. Onboard storage memory of 16GB capacity should suffice for most users. But if you are the type that loves to store significant amount of content on your device, you will be able to add extra 32GB space with a microSD card.
Power and Performance
Gionee Marathon M4 is decked out to deliver the sort of performance you’d expect on entry-level devices these days with a quad-core MediaTek processor onboard. The CPU is backed by decent 2GB of RAM which should enable an enjoyable level of multitasking. The smartphone will run on Gionee’s Amigo 3.0 UI software, which is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The main highlight of the Marathon M4 is its colossal battery with a capacity of 5000 mAh. Gionee promises amazing talk time of up to 50 hours and standby time of over 18 days! And with Extreme Power Saving Mode, you can even extend battery life further.
Gionee Marathon M4 supports incredibly fast 4G LTE connectivity. It comes with dual SIM slots, both of which are probably LTE-enabled. Connectivity capabilities also include Bluetooth 4.0, 3G and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. It is available in black and white.
Availability and Pricing
The sale of Marathon M4 has been on for a while now, although it is uncertain if it is already available in Nigeria. The phone currently sells for around Rs. 11,000 in India. Based on that, it is safe to expect a price in the range N30,000-N40,000 in Nigeria – significantly cheaper than the Gionee Marathon M5. That price puts it somewhat in the same category as the impressive and larger Lenovo K3 Note.
– 5000mAh battery
– 5″ AMOLED HD display
– 8MP rear and 5MP front cameras
– 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor
– 2GB RAM
– 16GB onboard storage
– Amigo 3.0 UI (Android Lollipop)
– Dual SIM
– 4G LTE