Hands On with the Gionee A1 [REVIEW]

Remember the ‘Selfiestan’ campaign? Popularized by popular cinestar Alia Bhatt, keeping in mind the growing breed of selfie crazy youngsters in India, the Selfiestan was actually a promotional tactic to launch a budget friendly, selfie promoting smartphone, Gionee A1, which is in reality, a reliable lifeline for your selfies.

Launched on 21st March 2017, in a mega promotional event attended by the top brass of the Gionee smartphone company, Gionee A1 is a sleek smartphone specially designed for the selfie crazy youngsters. With a completely High Definition Display, and better picture clarity, along with a more powerful camera [both in rear and front], Gionee A1 is bound to enthrall the selfie crazy youngsters.

In the words of Arvind R. Vohra, CEO & MD Gionee, India, “…….today’s generation views the world from the front camera. They live for creating and celebrating experiences out of moments. At Gionee, we want to celebrate this inclusiveness by dissolving boundaries and creating a world of equals where every moment is worth capturing. Through Selfiestan, we at Gionee plan to give India a sense of ownership and belonging by creating a world of Hindustan ki selfies. With the new A1, we take our first step towards building #Selfiestan.”

Following is a gist of the salient features of the Gionee Smartphone A1 model:-

Name: Gionee A1

Brand: Gionee Smartphones

Launched: 21st March 2017

System: Android based Nougat 7.0

Memory: 4GB RAM, with internal storage of 64GB, expandable upto 256 GB

Powered by: Mediatek MT6755 octa core 2.0 GHz processor

Camera: 16 megapixels of front camera, with 13 megapixels of rear camera

Price: INR 19999 [as of now]

Battery Power: 4010 mAh


The box comes with a 2A charger and a headphone


Following are some salient features that make Gionee A1 worth a try:

Better Picture Clarity

Sample Picture Taken from Gionee A1

Sample Picture Taken from Gionee A1

With a 19020*10800 High Definition resolution, Gionee A1 has a better picture clarity compared to other smartphones, as well as its own predecessors. The high resolution means the videos can be recorded with better clarity, and a clearer resolution, even in the dark, as and when needed.

Up to date

This smartphone is up to date, with a surprising inclusion of the latest version of Android operating system, Nougat 7.0, compared to the Chinese penchant for previous versions [Gionee is a Chinese brand]. The operating system is laced with the latest layer of Amigo 4.0, which makes the phone a home user only interface

Affordable Price

Good things don’t come cheap, do they? Well, this isn’t entirely true for Gionee A1. Although none would associate a smartphone worth Rs. 20000 as affordable, yet with all its features intact, it is probably half the rate of smartphones worth the same features. Try to get the same smartphone from a different brand below Rs. 30000, with the same software.

Excellent Fingerprint Sensors

Another interesting feature of Gionee A1 smartphone is the excellent fingerprint sensors, which allow no room for apparent breakdowns, irregular calibrations of the touch screen.

An awesome Camera Interface

One of the principal features of the smartphone is the awesome camera interface, where the front camera sports an interface of a staggering 16 megapixels, which allows clearer and brighter pictures, even in the dark, coupled with an LED flash.  The 16 MP front camera is quite similar to the one in ViVo V5 plus, though with a much brighter quality of the pictures clicked. The pictures are sharp and crystal clear, though there are no details as such in the same.  In fact, the primary purpose of such an arresting feature in Gionee A1 is to carve a niche for itself in the smartphone market, specially targeting the selfie crazy youngsters of India.

The camera has quite a lot of modes and filters, especially the front camera, which has the following salient modes:-

  • Panorama Mode
  • Video Mode
  • Face Beauty Mode

Also, unlike other phones, the rear or primary camera has a lesser interface, with 13 mexapixels in the rear camera, coupled with a dual LED flash, of which one of the bulbs also acts as the IR sensor.

As of now, there are seemingly no cons for the Gionee A1 smartphone, except for the fact, that the IR sensor of the smartphone is on the back side of the phone.  All in all, Gionee A1 should be your pick, if you’re a snapshot loving, selfie crazy youngster, looking for an affordable smartphone to make sure your selfie goals are fulfilled.

On a personal note, if not for the minor chinks, Gionee is more than an above average, selfie oriented smartphone, and thus deserves a rating of 8.5/10.