Gionee has unveiled a selfie-focused variant of its S6 smartphone which was launched back in November 2015. All you selfie lovers appear to be in for a good treat with this one given the impressive snapper on offer for self-portraits, amongst other somewhat notable upgrades.
Design and Display
The original Gionee S6 was one elegant smartphone you would be proud of. Its selfie-focused brother didn’t deviate significantly from that chic, premium design either. The body is fabricated with metal and is available in rose gold finish. We find the same huge 5.5-inch IPS display on offer here. However, the Gionee S6s boasts an improved Full HD (1,080p) resolution which is sure to bring out sharper images. It is protected by 2.5D curved edge glass and will come with a protector film.
The selfie camera is what Gionee certainly banks on the most to move this phone. The S6s sports an 8-megapixel shooter with an f/2.2 aperture on the front. This is accompanied by a dedicated flash module for great selfies in dimly-lit settings. The smartphone also supports screen flash feature. By comparison, the original S6 had a 5-megapixel selfie snapper. You get similar-resolution 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and LED flash. It uses a Sony IMX258 sensor.
Hardware and Software
Nothing significant has changed between this one and the first in terms of hardware. Under the hood is an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. The CPU receives decent backing from 3 GB of RAM to ensure games and movies are fluid. Internal storage is 32 GB and is expandable by up to 128 GB using a microSD card. There is newer software onboard as well. The Gionee S6s boots its maker’s Amigo 3.2 OS which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The phone packs a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for added security. It is powered by a 3,150mAh battery – unchanged from the earlier device. The Gionee S6s offers 4G LTE connectivity and dual-SIM slots, with one of these serving a second SIM or microSD card. Of course, you will also be getting other regular connectivity options, including microUSB, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n.
Pricing and Availability
You should expect the Gionee S6s to set you back by about N95,000 if you are interested in getting one at this time. It is to start selling on Amazon from August 22 and expected to make its way to other retail outlets in subsequent weeks. This is a nice phone, especially for selfie lovers. But at this price, you may be tempted to opt for the new dual rear camera Cool1 Dual which comes at a more pocket-friendly price instead.
Gionee S6s at a Glance
– Metal body
– 5.5″ Full HD IPS display
– 8MP selfie shooter with flash
– 13MP rear camera
– Octa-core MediaTek 6753 processor
– 3GB RAM
– 32GB expandable storage
– Amigo 3.2 (Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
– 3,150mAh battery
– 4G LTE
– Fingerprint sensor
– Dual SIM