At face value, the Gionee A1 Lite doesn't look like it has much to offer - but it has some secret weapons.
There are so many smartphone options out there today — to the point that buyers are basically spoilt for choice. That is why every phone maker out there is trying to differentiate themselves, if they want to dominate by any metric at least.
The Chinese OEM has been around in Nigeria (longer than most people think) with a somewhat muted stance but now it’s banging the pans at the door of the Nigerian smartphone market.
It’s latest entry into the race for dominance in Nigeria is the younger sibling to the impressive A1 smartphone — the Gionee A1 Lite.
The review unit came in a white box that had images and specs of the A1 Lite plastered all over. Inside are the things you’d expect in any modern day smartphone box: the A1 Lite unit, a USB cable, a power brick, earphones, sim tray pin and standard paperwork. You also get a protective case and screen cover.
The A1 Lite itself feels well built in the hands and the design is the same as the regular A1. The unit came in a gold color with white front bezels and a 5.3-inch Gorilla Glass display. The display is HD enabled.
But the meat of case the A1 Lite presents for itself is the 20MP front facing camera with selfie flash. At the back is the 13MP rear camera with LED flash. Both of these cameras are quite impressive in low-light conditions.
The fourth version of Gionee’s in-house Amigos skin is layered on top of Google 7.0 Nougat in the A1 Lite and the smartphone is also good for 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory.
Powering the Gionee A1 Lite is an Octa-core processor that clocks in at 1.3GHz and a very large 4,000mAh battery (non-removable) so battery life should be on point. More on that in the full review. It also has a fingerprint scanner.
The design of the A1 Lite is very simple and straightforward (which may or may not be a good thing, depending on personal taste). Good materials are used but don’t expect premium.
First take: All in all the Gionee A1 Lite looks and feel like a very good package and it seems like it will be good value for money. The device feels well put together, the design is okay, the specs are mind-numbing and it makes up for its lack of personality by being brutally honest. Be sure to check out the full review.