Xiaomi aren’t the only brand doing well priced, big battery phones. Gionee too are in the game with the newly announced Gionee Marathon M5 Mini.
The M5 Mini has a smaller 5-inch screen to its bigger brother, and also a smaller battery, but at 4000mAh it is still a massive cell for a budget HD smartphone.
Gionee have built-in fast charging for the 4000mAh battery (likely Mediatek Pump Express) and use a quad-core Mediatek 1.3Ghz MT6580 chipset and 2GB RAM to run Android 5.1.
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Speaking of Android, the system in the M5 Mini is Gionee’s latest Amigo 3.0 ROM which offers some nice features, especially for the camera app.
Cameras are a little under specced compared to rival devices with an 8 mega-pixel rear and 5 mega-pixel front, but like most mid-range phones these days the M5 Mini has an SD slot.
Pricing hasn’t been confirmed but with a lower spec rear camera, and no LTE support (remember the MT6580 only supports 3G) the M5 Mini would need to be under 999 Yuan ($152) to compete agains the Redmi 3.